Tuesday, October 3, 2017

"The Raintree Canopy": Aquascaping Setup

It might be the time to put up the summary for the tank specifications:

Tank Size:
36cm x 22cm x 26cm (High Clarity / Low Iron Glass)
Gross Tank Volume:
20.59L
Substrate:
ADA Aquasoil New Amazonia (<3L)
Filter System:
Eheim Classic 150 (2211) 
+ 13mm GUSH inflow/out flow Lily Pipe
Filter Media:
Bio Media Filter
Temperature:
28-29°C (Day) / 27-28°C (Night)
Lighting:
Twinstars 360E, Temp: 7050K, 17W, 1100 Lumen, 
Full spectrum LEDs for optimum color reproduction
Light Duration:
6 hours (0800hrs- 1100hrs, 1800hrs-2100hrs)
Pressurized Co2:
OceanFree Co2 System + CO2 diffussers
Co2 Duration:
6 hours (0700hrs- 1000hrs, 1700hrs-2200hrs)
Carbon Supplement:
Seachem Excel: 0.5ml daily
Fertilizer:
Seachem Florish: 1.0ml weekly
Seachem Iron: 1.0ml every other day
Seachem Potassium: 2.0ml every 2 days
Other additives:
Seachem Prime
Fan/Chiller:
None
Water Change Regimen:
50% weekly
Water Parameters (Cycled):
Tested using API Test Kits
pH = 7.0
Ammonia = 0 ppm
Nitrite = 0 ppm
Nitrate = 5-10 ppm
Flora:
Rotala Rotundifolia
Anubias nana 'petite'
Fissidens Splachnobryoide
Fauna: 
Neocaridina Davidi 
Caridina multidentata
Otocinclus affinis


Step-by-Step setting up the tank was summarized as below: ^^

Leveling of the cabinet and tank were checked before water flooding. 



The tank was cleaned properly before placing in the position.

Plastic mesh was placed at the bottom so that the rocks would not damage the tank since the force would spread around. Pagoda rocks were chosen in this setup since I would want to make the scape having some warm feeling. This rocks can be found quite easily at any LFS in Singapore. As can be seen, an island was created at the corner of the tank.




Lava stones were placed at the bottom of the "island" to create the height for a better sense of depth and also to create a good environment for beneficial bacteria in the future. 


ADA Aquasoil (normal type) was put on the island after that. 


Lastly, Sudo Bottom Sand was placed in the tank. I chose Sudo Bottom Tank since it had warm colour and matched the idea of the layout (i.e. warm tone). It looked quite nice at the time of setup. 



Water was introduced into the tank followed traditional method. :P


Rotala Rotundifolia was planted on the island. That was a very beautiful stem plants that grow very fast which would help to minimize algae outbreak at the beginning period. It was planted quite densely at the background.



I attached Anubias nana 'petite' to small lava stones using superglue and placed it under the canopy of the tree. It would be good growing under the shady area there. 




Finally, the "tree" was placed in the tank. It fitted nicely in the tank. I feel it was a bit crowded with all equipment and stuff in the tank though. I would find the way to minimize all that clutter in the future once tank becomes more stable. 



And that was the final product by end of the setup day! Tada! :D

I will update more on the coming days. Thanks for reading. ^_^

No comments:

Post a Comment