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  1. #41
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    Default Re: Could I have an aquarium?

    Ok, best parts of four months into fish keeping.
    Happily the tank is now pretty well established.
    Lost a couple of fish early on, one within 24 hours of getting it with nine other Tetras.
    A dozen 2" fish in there now along with a couple of Assassin snails which are helping to keep the population of small snails down. Those can only have come with the plants I bought from the aquarium shop.

    Question:- What do you do when the plants get too tall or too big for the tank?
    Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught and the last river poisoned, will we realise, we cannot eat money.

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    Rejoice! Great problem to have, and a good achievement to have healthy plants.

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    Great to hear tank has worked out. Snails are a real pain. You can buy a gadget that you can scoop snails off of the glass with. Will try and find a link. You need to to do it every day but eventually you can get rid of them. Or just press them with your finger. Try this.

    https://www.amazon.co.uk/Dennerle-40...y&sr=8-1-fkmr0
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    Quote Originally Posted by morayfisher View Post
    Ok, best parts of four months into fish keeping.
    Happily the tank is now pretty well established.
    Lost a couple of fish early on, one within 24 hours of getting it with nine other Tetras.
    A dozen 2" fish in there now along with a couple of Assassin snails which are helping to keep the population of small snails down. Those can only have come with the plants I bought from the aquarium shop.

    Question:- What do you do when the plants get too tall or too big for the tank?
    Trim them! There's a company called Dennerle that specialise in planted / nano tanks and they have a large range of tools for keeping planted tanks in check. Other makes are available.

    As for snails they will have come in on the plants you bought either as snails or snail eggs. The best advise I can give you is to physically check the plants before adding them and then stick them in a bucket with a chemical product like Esha Gastropex to kill them. Don't use it in the tank as the dead snails will die and potentially cause an ammonia spike.

    Assassins will kill pest snails but will also multiply themselves hence me suggesting killing them first.

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    Thinking of a new tank myself after I've completed the re-building work, may have to reinforce the joists if I go for the tank I'm keen on.
    Did you ever set anything up David? If you want owt, fish, plants, hardscape, equipment or accessories drop me a PM. I'll get you it at trade.

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    Thank you MobyJones,

    I still haven't done anything about the overgrowth yet so I'll have a look at the Dennerle stuff.

    It's taken a while but the Assassin snails appear to have eradicated all of the other snails and, so far, haven't multiplied themselves.
    Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught and the last river poisoned, will we realise, we cannot eat money.

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    Quote Originally Posted by morayfisher View Post
    Thank you MobyJones,

    I still haven't done anything about the overgrowth yet so I'll have a look at the Dennerle stuff.

    It's taken a while but the Assassin snails appear to have eradicated all of the other snails and, so far, haven't multiplied themselves.
    No problem. Are planted tanks something you have an interest in?

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    Quote Originally Posted by MobyJones View Post
    No problem. Are planted tanks something you have an interest in?
    In a word, no. Because a few short months ago I knew nothing about the subject but had always fancied having a tank in the house.
    So this is my first ever foray into keeping fish and I didn't particularly like the look of the artificial plants I'd seen. Then I read that real plants help to regulate the water quality so it seemed a no brainer.
    So wether by luck or judgement the tank seems to be flourishing and is needing less maintenance as time goes on. I presume it has helped that I've kept the stocking density low.
    The low maintenance is important to me as I'm away from home a lot and while the wife is happy to feed them, she won't be doing water changes or dealing with problems.

    I don't mind saying that I found the whole thing quite stressful, especially in the beginning, being responsible for the lives of several little creatures.
    But now I find my gaze drifting away from the TV to watch the tank instead so it's been worth it.
    Only when the last tree has been cut down, the last fish caught and the last river poisoned, will we realise, we cannot eat money.

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    It will get easier. A thorough understanding of the nitrogen cycle and basic water chemistry helps immensely. These are quite well written for newbies.

    The Nitrogen Cycle in Aquariums – Fishlady

    Water Chemistry – Fishlady

    True planted aquaria have evolved massively over the last ten years or so. They take a lot of maintenance and a greater understanding of chemistry too. They can look stunning though. Google the works of Takashi Amano (now sadly deceased) or even George Farmer aka The Aquascaper. Just bear in mind they're not focused on the fish as such.

    takashi amano - Google Search

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    It will get easier. A thorough understanding of the nitrogen cycle and basic water chemistry helps immensely. These are quite well written for newbies.

    The Nitrogen Cycle in Aquariums – Fishlady

    Water Chemistry – Fishlady

    True planted aquaria have evolved massively over the last ten years or so. They take a lot of maintenance and a greater understanding of chemistry too. They can look stunning though. Google the works of Takashi Amano (now sadly deceased) or even George Farmer aka The Aquascaper. Just bear in mind they're not focused on the fish as such.

    https://www.google.com/search?q=taka...w=1366&bih=625

    https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC21...oCjm9IEuu5SHLQ

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    I am very successful with Cryptocoryne, I can't get them to stop taking over the tanks I have just set up my four foot partitioned tank, two foot each side, after the front began to peel off of it. I removed all the plants and they took up two 5 litre buckets so I through out about half of them and split the rest between the two sides, they are already growing fast and taking over the tanks after two months There are no fish yet and I have only just added the filters. No heaters yet as the tank is in an insulated shed and the temperature seldom drops too far. Lighting is two fluorescent lamps, 40 inch, on for approx 12 hours a day and the heaters will be connected to the same timer so they will only work during the lighting hours. I have always done it this way with all my tanks.
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    i don't think we're really talking about the same thing. Many species of Crypts are very easy to keep and should grow well. They're recommended for what are now referred to as 'low tech tanks'.

    When I say there's been a lot of change with 'planted tanks' I was really referring to new types of extra clear glass, new LED lighting, new substrates, a huge array of different fertilisers and trace elements and a lot of newly discovered species and man made cultivars as well as CO2 injection to sustain aquaria with an unnatural amount of plant life in it.

    There's also been a huge interest in biotope aquaria where people try and recreate (with some artistic license) more natural set ups with fish, plants and hardscape from a specific area.

    Species such as Riccia fluitans (a naturally floating plant) are now grown on the substrate with a carpeting effect or Hemianthus cuba. Both are a challenge and to thrive like your Cryptocoryne need CO2 injection, intense lighting and a lot of work pruning it to keep it looking good. Some need pruning weekly to look their best. There are now even sponsored international aquascaping competitions.

    Due to the lighting, CO2 and fertiliser combinations needed to keep these going the tanks pictured are now deemed 'high tech'.





    Then there's these, scapes that you'll not find in a typical fishkeepers home because the set ups are all about the scape rather than the fish.


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