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post Sun, 04 Jan 2004 11:41 pm
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Used up my X'mas and new year holiday to re-scape one of the 3 feet planted tank. Here is the result, still incomplete will add on some foreground plant soon.

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post Mon, 05 Jan 2004 1:19 pm
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2 questions from a complete sotong on planted tanks.

Typically how often do you have to re-scape your tank? I assume the main purpose is to trim overgrown plants but might as well change the landscape for a whole new look eh?

Is there any water plants that has big flowers that look like roses, sunflowers etc? It seem water plants have leaves, or at most tiny flowers (my penny plant has some tiny white flowers) only. sad.gif I imagine it would be fun to have a tank of "roses" and I'll keep some butterfly demekins in it to swim around the water garden. biggrin.gif
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post Mon, 05 Jan 2004 1:53 pm
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QUOTE(HappyBuddha @ Mon 05 Jan 2004 01:19 PM)
2 questions from a complete sotong on planted tanks.

Typically how often do you have to re-scape your tank?  I assume the main purpose is to trim overgrown plants but might as well change the landscape for a whole new look eh?

Is there any water plants that has big flowers that look like roses, sunflowers etc?  It seem water plants have leaves, or at most tiny flowers (my penny plant has some tiny white flowers) only. sad.gif  I imagine it would be fun to have a tank of "roses" and I'll keep some butterfly demekins in it to swim around the water garden.  biggrin.gif

Trimming is a weekly or monthly affair depending on the types of plant kept.
Re-scaping means removing of all the plants, changing of arrangement etc, when you are tired of the view. This normally will happen definitely bi-yearly or tri-yearly because the life of the base fertilizer is around 2 ~ 3 years.

Water plants do bloom once in a while if condition is good, unfortunately all the blooming takes place on or above water level, still needs some forms of pollenation. So far, don't think fishes can carry out this task.
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post Mon, 05 Jan 2004 6:50 pm
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Thanks for the insight.

How's the pH like for a planted tank?

Finally, how do one appreciate a planted tank? I mean... do you just sit in front of the tank and admire the serenity, or do you find it a challenge to keep the closed eco system running perfectly?
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post Mon, 05 Jan 2004 7:41 pm
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QUOTE(hun citizen @ Mon 05 Jan 2004 07:07 PM)
OT....

How to stop brown algae from growing on the leaves of plants?

It's kind of difficult to explain in few sentences.
In short, provide optimium condition (CO2, light, fertiliser, pH, kH etc) for your plants to consume all the nutriants and then the algae will have insufficient to thrive.
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post Mon, 05 Jan 2004 7:47 pm
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QUOTE(HappyBuddha @ Mon 05 Jan 2004 06:50 PM)
Thanks for the insight.

How's the pH like for a planted tank? 

Finally, how do one appreciate a planted tank?  I mean... do you just sit in front of the tank and admire the serenity, or do you find it a challenge to keep the closed eco system running perfectly?

pH maintain between 6.8 to 7.
With lights on and off, pH will fluctuate with the influent of CO2 and thus, must maintain kH to prevent pH swing too much between day and night.
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QUOTE(LASERGUY @ Mon 05 Jan 2004 07:41 PM)
It's kind of difficult to explain in few sentences.
In short, provide optimium condition (CO2, light, fertiliser, pH, kH etc) for your plants to consume all the nutriants and then the algae will have insufficient to thrive.

Actually, myself wanted to know the answer too but only as it applies to a bare goldfish tank, not a planted tank. I once had a Nana plant that was overwhelmed by brown algae. For that tank, the nitrate peaks at 30 ppm before I change water…. yet I could not keep the brown algae at bay. A normal FL lamp powered the tank so I’m surprise that was enough to get brown algae. All in all a bad experience for me, and I have since given up putting big leafs plants in that tank.
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post Mon, 05 Jan 2004 8:04 pm
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QUOTE(LASERGUY @ Mon 05 Jan 2004 07:47 PM)
pH maintain between 6.8 to 7.
With lights on and off, pH will fluctuate with the influent of CO2 and thus, must maintain kH to prevent pH swing too much between day and night.

Sometimes I wonder why are fishes in a planted tank so small in size and... quantities. Is it to keep the ammonia level low or due to the lousy water condition where most larger species of fishes cannot survive? unsure.gif

Sam Yip at United Square has this beautiful planted tank with two discus in it. You know how discus seem to stay in place the whole day long and doesn't move much? Couple that with a serene tank it just makes a picture perfect poster.
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just for the fun of it, i would like to try a 1 ft planted tank....
heeheehee biggrin.gif

any tips??
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QUOTE(HappyBuddha @ Mon 05 Jan 2004 08:04 PM)
Sometimes I wonder why are fishes in a planted tank so small in size and... quantities.  Is it to keep the ammonia level low or due to the lousy water condition where most larger species of fishes cannot survive?  unsure.gif

Sam Yip at United Square has this beautiful planted tank with two discus in it.  You know how discus seem to stay in place the whole day long and doesn't move much?  Couple that with a serene tank it just makes a picture perfect poster.

precisely.....

no offense to discus lovers out there....

wouldn't it be nicer to hang a few pcs of compact disc in your aquarium rather than discus??

at least they dun produce any ammonia and dun fall sick.... happydance.gif
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post Thu, 08 Jan 2004 6:53 am
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... or a few Type-R instead of real fish.

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