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Old 02-15-2009, 03:44 AM   #1
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Beginner tank

Hi, thank you for welcoming me to this nice forum.
Was a little busy during the chinese lunar new year,
sorry I didn't visit here for awhile.
Always admire and wonder how people managed to keep those
beautifully decorated planted aquarium.

Now, with some available time, wish to get my hands
setting up a simple planted tank at home.
Well, since my first visit here, I had my tank setup.
So far, lots of casualties and plenty of dead plants.
Just created an album and posted my tank photo.
I will visit often and will pick up more nice tips
from here. Most happy to have your suggestions and comments.

Currently, maintaining my tank water pH at 6.5,
added some liquid fertilizer for the plant.
Have the lighting on from 8am to 9pm by auto switch.
Change about 1/4 of water weekly (w/anti-Chlorine).
Added a very small amount of API aquarium salt, 2 tablespoon.

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Old 02-16-2009, 05:09 AM   #2
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Welcome to AA.

13 hours of light might cause you some algae troubles. I'd consider dropping it to 10 hours a day if the algae starts up.
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Old 02-16-2009, 09:19 AM   #3
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13 hours of light might cause you some algae troubles. I'd consider dropping it to 10 hours a day if the algae starts up.
Thank you, and yes found brownish algae fast coming up.
Will adjust lights on 3hrs less daily. That will be a great saving in
electric power. Thanks.
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Old 02-16-2009, 10:55 AM   #4
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Your tank is very nice, once you start getting more plants in it you will have to take more pictures.
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Old 02-16-2009, 11:00 AM   #5
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good looking tank, good job
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Welcome to AA! Nice looking tank.
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Old 02-16-2009, 09:47 PM   #7
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Welcome! I like the beginnings of your tank! I usually don't like the look of anything man made in a tank but I like that. I think when it grows some algae/diatoms it will look really neat in your tank.
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Old 02-17-2009, 08:27 AM   #8
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Thank you guys, feel nice to have your support.

Here is a close-up of my Clown fish, relaxing inside his landed property. specially bought for him.
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Old 02-20-2009, 06:35 AM   #9
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Today, added new plant (Anubias Garbon) and
a UV filter (2in1) but sponge removed just only
UV and pump running.

Now I wonder, should I leave the UV continously on?
Nothing mentioned in the manual.
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Old 02-21-2009, 01:02 AM   #10
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First welcome to AA.. and honestly I cant say ive heard of anyone using a UV lamp on a freshwater aquarium .. and to be honest im not entirely sure of its purpose.
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