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tachlio
post Feb 7 2021, 10:01 AM

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QUOTE(brapa? @ Feb 7 2021, 12:29 AM)
good info
now i know why fert bottles say 50% wc weekly
overkill with their dosing suggestions it seems
pls do share more fotos in future..
seeing others tanks is making me pumped up
& wanna buy more plants
haha
i had algae infestation once
& uprooted my plants into a bleach solution
1tsp - 1/2 pail of water
seems to help
but praying never this type of hassle again

is wc once in 2weeks ok ?
trying to reduce my chore  biggrin.gif
also dun wan to kacau my shrimps too much
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you wont get rid of algae, this the natural.
If you new, it even hard to get balance between Shrimp + Plant plant.
My suggestion choose one and focus to make it right then get experience explore another.

eg, focus the plant tank, which water parameter is suit kind of want shrimp.
Later when you add shrimp, its no issue at all.

If you check those Aquascape master, choose livestock that follow the environment you create.

Myself WC20-30% weekly, dose fert as litter(lean style) so plant grow slower

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post Feb 8 2021, 02:49 PM

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Sharing images of my office tank....
this was based on Cinescaper Lost world- but i couldnt get the full effect
May be due to plant selection, and lack of trimming. PS: he sort of decommission his lost world and build a new one.

The tanks has been very stable... it is next to a tinted window
CO2 1bpm, and water change has been erratic.... particularly due to MCO. typically 2 weeks 30%
ferlization was like once a week. The only thing as my office have distill water ( for lab) - i use the mixture of distill to tap by ratio or 3:1

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there were some BBA, but it done get rampant- prolly due to lack of CO2 as some period it drop to 0.5bpm.
no other type of silly algea issue.

of all the 3 tanks i have, this i gave the least attention, and it gave me least problem. Though i wish i spend more time to trim to improve its outlook.
a little rojak now.

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Total of 10 fishes, combination of rummy nose, neon tetra and amber tetra.
the shrimp was breeding- but i wasn't particular when setting up this tank- now seems like really a mix breed and the color got lighter

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my favorite point.... is actually the Xmas moss... growing around the drift wood. it propagate and gradually adsorbing it into one
it was un-intentional as my friend gave me a few small pathes of Xmass and flame moss.

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post Feb 12 2021, 10:29 PM

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Wah, very nice and inspiring tanks. Thanks for sharing sifus.

I'm looking to build 2nd tank. Any tips on cheap but decent aquarium?
Prefer not second hand, because... idk, glass quality may deteriorate after many years or bad use. Would need cabinet too. :think:
And how much is reasonable price for.. 2 feet tank?

If go to shop, they sell like RM800++, doesn't sound reasonable for me. I bought my first tank RM30 long time ago still enjoy it :sweat
My humble:
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kizwan
post Feb 12 2021, 10:53 PM

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QUOTE(Vk21 @ Feb 12 2021, 10:29 PM)
Wah, very nice and inspiring tanks. Thanks for sharing sifus.

I'm looking to build 2nd tank. Any tips on cheap but decent aquarium?
Prefer not second hand, because... idk, glass quality may deteriorate after many years or bad use. Would need cabinet too. :think:
And how much is reasonable price for.. 2 feet tank?

If go to shop, they sell like RM800++, doesn't sound reasonable for me. I bought my first tank RM30 long time ago still enjoy it :sweat
My humble:
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There are more than one type of aquarium. I think the RM800++ ones maybe the expensive ones. If you're looking for standard ones, I think you can get cheap. I forgot how much mine was. It was long time ago. Mine are standard 2 feet aquarium. I think it around below RM100.
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post Feb 17 2021, 10:10 PM

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QUOTE(Clueless07 @ Feb 8 2021, 02:49 PM)
Sharing images of my office tank....
this was based on Cinescaper Lost world- but i couldnt get the full effect
May be due to plant selection, and lack of trimming. PS: he sort of decommission his lost world and build a new one.

The tanks has been very stable... it is next to a tinted window
CO2 1bpm, and water change has been erratic.... particularly due to MCO. typically 2 weeks 30%
ferlization was like once a week. The only thing as my office have distill water ( for lab) - i use the mixture of distill to tap by ratio or 3:1

user posted image
there were some BBA, but it done get rampant- prolly due to lack of CO2 as some period it drop to 0.5bpm.
no other type of silly algea issue.

of all the 3 tanks i have, this i gave the least attention, and it gave me least problem. Though i wish i spend more time to trim to improve its outlook.
a little rojak now.

user posted image
Total of 10 fishes, combination of rummy nose, neon tetra and amber tetra.
the shrimp was breeding- but i wasn't particular when setting up this tank- now seems like really a mix breed and the color got lighter

user posted image
my favorite point.... is actually the Xmas moss...  growing around the drift wood. it propagate and gradually adsorbing it into one
it was un-intentional as my friend gave me a few small pathes of Xmass and flame moss.
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nice
its so hypnotic looking at plants
esp those long trailing type
if can take video even more syok biggrin.gif
may i know in the 2nd pic
on the top right
wht plant is that ?
is it planted at the top
& u let it grow trailing down ?
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post Feb 22 2021, 02:33 PM

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QUOTE(Vk21 @ Feb 12 2021, 10:29 PM)
Wah, very nice and inspiring tanks. Thanks for sharing sifus.

I'm looking to build 2nd tank. Any tips on cheap but decent aquarium?
Prefer not second hand, because... idk, glass quality may deteriorate after many years or bad use. Would need cabinet too. :think:
And how much is reasonable price for.. 2 feet tank?

If go to shop, they sell like RM800++, doesn't sound reasonable for me. I bought my first tank RM30 long time ago still enjoy it :sweat
My humble:
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the one you inquired with the shop is CC tank, not some cheapo tank for sure.
2ft tanks also come in a few sizes (cm)
60 x 30 x 36 (most standard)
60 x 40 x 40
60 x 45 x 45

which 2ft size are you referring to? if tank and cabinet 800 for 60 x 45 x 45, doesn't sound too expensive to me.
you must also know the thickness, the 5mm 60 x 30 x 36 tank is around 200 (or less), 6mm tank is more expensive.

those 40 and 45 ones are usually 8mm thickness, which explains why the expensive cost.

if you want something cheap, you can go with those normal, non-CC tank with 4mm thickness which also comes with 2 supports on top, for less than 100 bucks.
but if you wanna use it for planted tank, putting in substrate, rocks and woods, i would advice you to think twice.
if it leaks once you have everything loaded, then can only wish you good luck.
some 2nd hand CC tank is seriously not bad and worth considering.
but if you are to get a new cabinet, definitely around 300 bucks (or more).


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post Feb 22 2021, 03:21 PM

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My tank is standard tank. I mean it is not standard size for planted aquarium but standard. 60x30x30 cm or 2 x 1 x 1 feet.

Btw I want to ask about my fertilizing routine. Right now I'm dosing Aquaforest AF Macro three times a week.

This is manufacturer data:-
1 ml in 10 l of aquarium water will raise levels:

N Nitrogen 7,0 mg/l (ppm)
P Phosphorus 0,3 mg/l (ppm)
K Potassium 7,00 mg/l (ppm)
Mg Magnesium 0,9 mg/l (ppm)
Ca Calcium 0,2 mg/l (ppm)

So I have been dosing around 3 ml for three times a week

3 ml in 56 l of aquarium water will raise levels:

N Nitrogen = 3 * 7.0 * (10 / 56) = 3.75 mg/l (ppm)
P Phosphorus = 3 * 0.3 * (10 / 56) = 0.16 mg/l (ppm)
K Potassium = 3 * 7.00 * (10 / 56) = 3.75 mg/l (ppm)
Mg Magnesium = 3 * 0.9 * (10 / 56) = 0.48 mg/l (ppm)
Ca Calcium = 3 * 0.2 * (10 / 56) = 0.11 mg/l (ppm)

So, for phosphorus, 3 * 0.16 = 0.48 ppm a week. That is low right? Should I increase the dosage? I do see slow growth in one of my tank but not in bad way. It just too slow or too lean for my taste & nitrate is high, around 40 ppm (weekly partial water change). I just want to boost it a little bit & this also will help increase nitrate uptake. I know all in one macro is not the best. smile.gif

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post Feb 22 2021, 04:33 PM

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i've got lazy
just got the 2hr Aquarist and dose 2ml daily.

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post Feb 23 2021, 12:16 PM

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QUOTE(Clueless07 @ Feb 22 2021, 04:33 PM)
i've got lazy
just got the 2hr Aquarist and dose 2ml daily.
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I'm trying to find the dosage for the 2hr aquarist. Did it say anything like X ml in Y l of water add ??? ppm of nutrients?

I'm changing my fertilising regime again. Not happy with the outcome after a month dosing macro & micro on alternate days. Changed to macro everyday while micro 2 times a week.
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QUOTE(kizwan @ Feb 22 2021, 03:21 PM)
My tank is standard tank. I mean it is not standard size for planted aquarium but standard. 60x30x30 cm or 2 x 1 x 1 feet.

Btw I want to ask about my fertilizing routine. Right now I'm dosing Aquaforest AF Macro three times a week.

This is manufacturer data:-
1 ml in 10 l of aquarium water will raise levels:

N Nitrogen 7,0 mg/l (ppm)
P Phosphorus 0,3 mg/l (ppm)
K Potassium 7,00 mg/l (ppm)
Mg Magnesium 0,9 mg/l (ppm)
Ca Calcium 0,2 mg/l (ppm) 

So I have been dosing around 3 ml for three times a week

3 ml in 56 l of aquarium water will raise levels:

N Nitrogen = 3 * 7.0 * (10 / 56) = 3.75 mg/l (ppm)
P Phosphorus = 3 * 0.3 * (10 / 56) = 0.16 mg/l (ppm)
K Potassium = 3 * 7.00 * (10 / 56) = 3.75 mg/l (ppm)
Mg Magnesium = 3 * 0.9 * (10 / 56) = 0.48 mg/l (ppm)
Ca Calcium = 3 * 0.2 * (10 / 56) = 0.11 mg/l (ppm) 

So, for phosphorus, 3 * 0.16 = 0.48 ppm a week. That is low right? Should I increase the dosage? I do see slow growth in one of my tank but not in bad way. It just too slow or too lean for my taste & nitrate is high, around 40 ppm (weekly partial water change). I just want to boost it a little bit & this also will help increase nitrate uptake. I know all in one macro is not the best. smile.gif
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that is the reason i go for a single line fert, so its easier to fine tune. increase ur K + P level and your N quite high. You dont dose any micro? no sign of any algae?
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QUOTE(kizwan @ Dec 15 2020, 01:05 PM)
Yeah, you can reuse soil. When you are constantly scaping & re-scraping, you can end up with extra used soil. Just dump them in a container.

For fertilizer, Seachem sold NPK  separately while Aquaforest have them in one bottle. Iron is another nutrient that I read very useful if you get it in standalone bottle.

One of my tank use organic compost soil. Plant growth is 2-3 times faster compares to non-organic soil tank, both are low tech setup. The compost soil is the ones sold RM2 per bag. I made a mistake by not sifting it to remove dead roots & small wood chips in it. It crashed with BGA after few months of good run. I end up adding fine sand to get total depth of more than 3 inches to fix BGA. So, if you use organic soil, either compost or top soil, sifting them before using in aquarium. Some people like to "bake" the soil in microwave or oven before using it. Btw, top soil is 5 to 10 inches of outermost layer of soil. Yeah, you can use soil from your backyard. Basically one inch layer of organic soil & one inch of fine gravel or fine sand on top. Some people like to use less organic soil, less than one inch. Just make sure tank is heavily planted, like at least 70 to 80% of the space is covered with plant.

I just want to add one thing. With my experience with dirt tank, is what people called low tech tank with organic soil, I really appreciate the hardiness of the cryptocoryne. I have cryptocoryne "Red" Wendtii & no algae dare to touch it. Maybe little coat of BGA but BBA do not dare to touch it. Java Fern, another hardy plant, heavily infested with BBA.

If you have shrimps, Tank cover is a must I think. You can custom made using plexiglass.

For stem plants, that's how you propogate. Trim & plant. For rhizome plant, you'll need to include rhizome if you want to propogate it.
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hi kizwan
wanna consult u
i wanna set up a plant tank
got some cheapo aqua gravel soil
that is nt so nutrient rich
since i got worm casting
wanna mix in some
thinking of mix them both together
put in bottom layer
then gravel only on top
will that do ?
i see the worm casting quite pure & clean
so dont plan on rinsing away the nutrients
can ?
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post Feb 24 2021, 11:38 AM

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QUOTE(Jenglot @ Feb 23 2021, 09:48 PM)
that is the reason i go for a single line fert, so its easier to fine tune. increase ur K + P level and your N quite high. You dont dose any micro? no sign of any algae?
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For micro I use Seachem Flourish, two times a week. Yeah, I know, even with weekly partial water change. When I calculate, if I want phosphate to 1 ppm per week, I need to dose everyday. Three time a week that I dose previously only provide 0.48 ppm of phosphate per week. That is too low. That's why nitrate is high because phosphate is low. No algae. If any just little bit brown algae on the sand & behind the internal filter.

QUOTE(brapa? @ Feb 23 2021, 11:14 PM)
hi kizwan
wanna consult u
i wanna set up a plant tank
got some cheapo aqua gravel soil
that is nt so nutrient rich
since i got worm casting
wanna mix in some
thinking of mix them both together
put in bottom layer
then gravel only on top
will that do ?
i see the worm casting quite pure & clean
so dont plan on rinsing away the nutrients
can ?
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That gravel soil is just fine gravel right? ~2-3mm. Well I have never heard of worm casting but turn out it is good soil for planted aquarium. 1 inch of fine gravel on top as cap. Don't mix with the gravel. The fine gravel goes on top. If you want to mix the worm castings with other soil, that's ok.

That 1% of nitrogen mentioned in the article below, I think it refer to urea (nitrogen source is ammonia, urea & nitrate). That going to cause ammonia to spike. So you should check ammonia before adding any fish or invertebrates.

https://aquariumscience.org/index.php/15-1-...to%20be%20added.
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Any idea how to get good aquarium backscreen, like ADA lightscreen?
Or any light theme? If got shopee link is better
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QUOTE(tachlio @ Feb 26 2021, 10:30 PM)
Any idea how to get good aquarium backscreen, like ADA lightscreen?
Or any light theme? If got shopee link is better
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Other than ADA, I think you can try DIY it. If you can find white acrylic plate you can diffuse the light, so the light would look uniform.
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Hi all,
I have a CO2 tank to let go tho. Anyone know where can I post for sales?
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QUOTE(kizwan @ Feb 24 2021, 11:38 AM)
That gravel soil is just fine gravel right? ~2-3mm. Well I have never heard of worm casting but turn out it is good soil for planted aquarium. 1 inch of fine gravel on top as cap. Don't mix with the gravel. The fine gravel goes on top. If you want to mix the worm castings with other soil, that's ok.

That 1% of nitrogen mentioned in the article below, I think it refer to urea (nitrogen source is ammonia, urea & nitrate). That going to cause ammonia to spike. So you should check ammonia before adding any fish or invertebrates.

https://aquariumscience.org/index.php/15-1-...to%20be%20added.
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tx for sharing the link
i was shocked at 1st
reading about this worm casting thing
but after running it thro my hands
its really black & free of fibres

may i ask why its better not to mix with gravel ?
i have 2-3mm aqua gravel
the worm casting is so expensive
probably sparsely mix it with soil as u said
i read about boiling the soil
is it necessary ?
the amount of work
it put me off already
even b4 starting haha..
is red potting soil usable ?
according to the nursery operator
red soil is richer than the black soil
& also less of other unwanted materials inside

cap with the 2-3mm aqua soil good enough right ?
no need fine sand
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QUOTE(tachlio @ Feb 26 2021, 10:30 PM)
Any idea how to get good aquarium backscreen, like ADA lightscreen?
Or any light theme? If got shopee link is better
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Light screen aint cheap right?
i would DIY... using frosted glass sticker. that would give 30% effect.
if needed then add another LED light from Lazada.
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QUOTE(brapa? @ Feb 28 2021, 10:39 PM)
tx for sharing the link
i was shocked at 1st
reading about this worm casting thing
but after running it thro my hands
its really black & free of fibres

may i ask why its better not to mix with gravel ?
i have 2-3mm aqua gravel
the worm casting is so expensive
probably sparsely mix it with soil as u said
i read about boiling the soil
is it necessary ?
the amount of work
it put me off already
even b4 starting haha..
is red potting soil usable ?
according to the nursery operator
red soil is richer than the black soil
& also less of other unwanted materials inside

cap with the 2-3mm aqua soil good enough right ?
no need fine sand
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Bro... why so much work. the soil is not cheap but you will need like 3-5 liter?
just buy it off the self.

Aquascaping got too many variables...you dont want to spend too much effort on DIY soil.
later if things tak jadi- you can at least rule out the soil and move on to others.

things like filter, fert, CO2 lights etc can change easily. how are you gonna change the soil with out destroying all the scape?


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QUOTE(brapa? @ Feb 28 2021, 10:39 PM)
tx for sharing the link
i was shocked at 1st
reading about this worm casting thing
but after running it thro my hands
its really black & free of fibres

may i ask why its better not to mix with gravel ?
i have 2-3mm aqua gravel
the worm casting is so expensive
probably sparsely mix it with soil as u said
i read about boiling the soil
is it necessary ?
the amount of work
it put me off already
even b4 starting haha..
is red potting soil usable ?
according to the nursery operator
red soil is richer than the black soil
& also less of other unwanted materials inside

cap with the 2-3mm aqua soil good enough right ?
no need fine sand
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Well, in dirted planted tank, the soil we use will make the water cloudy. That is why you will need to add cap which is one inch of fine gravel. There is no need to mix with gravel because dirt/organic soil (compost/top soil/potting soil) are cheap. It is very easy, not complicated at all; one inch of organic soil & one inch of fine gravel.

There are several other ways to prepare the organic soil like bake it in oven or microwave oven. There also another method like mixing it with clay. But you can skip these.

I don't know the composition of red potting soil. So I cannot recommend it. There is also organic soil labeled with "nursery soil" which you can use.

I would advice you to try this in nano tank, to get the experience. Go with dutch style.


You can see my dirted low tech tank in early days, using organic compost soil. See how well the two stem plants grows, under 10 days & after 28 days; bacopa caroliniana & ludwigia sp. 'dark orange'. Just ignore other plants that I tried to grow underwater. The moss & hairgrass failed because I was lazy & didn't care the tank properly, allowing algae to take over.

This is my first trim. See how healthy those stem plants are.

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QUOTE(Clueless07 @ Mar 1 2021, 09:31 AM)
Light screen aint cheap right?
i would DIY... using frosted glass sticker. that would give 30% effect.
if needed then add another LED light from Lazada.
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Yes, not cheap and cant find in Msia also.
Thereby looking althernaive now.

I got a decent light as well Chihiros RGB A601 for my dual cube tank setup.

Been bought some normal black aquarium sticker, really dont like the effect, so looking for better quality one

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