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Old 10-24-2014, 12:30 PM   #1
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My name is Ciju (AceCAT).. I'm an Eye surgeon from India. I'd been an enthusiast in this hobby since childhood. We had 3 tanks while growing up in the Middle east. Couldn't find time or the resources to keep an aquarium after relocating to India in 2003. Now that I have enough of both and a wide eyed 4 year old with an interest in fish as much as me at that age, I hope to relive my childhood dream of having a well stocked community planted aquarium while enjoying my little ones interest in the hobby.


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Old 10-24-2014, 01:23 PM   #3
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Its a 50 gallon glass tank with a bowed front. As a base, I've got gravel in the foreground and volcanic clay for mid and background. I've left the gravel exposed and covered the clay balls with 10kg of planting substrate (which I suspect is not enough. I'll be adding 10 kg more at the next water change). Got a few drift/bog wood that could leach acids and two coral rocks that could potentially leach alkali. I'm hoping they'd balance off enough to act as a buffer and get me a stable pH. (It's 6.5 so far despite the tap water being 7.5). Its got a sump filter and I've setup a fan to cool the water (it's maintained at 26 degrees C).


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Hi, welcome to the forum nice set up!

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For plants I've got Brazilian grass for the foreground. Mid ground a purple leaved Alternathera reineckii, Rotala indica, Vallisnaeria nana. Some java moss on the pieces of wood and java fern on the coral rocks. Mid to back ground a few amazon swords and banana leaf sword. Background water wisteria and Ludwigia repens
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