UNS 60U Ricefish tank

Shrimpery - 04/07/2018 09:24:16 AM - 472 / 13 / 35 / 17

Description

This tank uses submerged and emergent plants to create a loose biotope habitat for ricefish. Plants used including personal favorite Sphaerocaryum malaccense, Rhynchospora colorata (stargrass), Eriophorum angustifolium (cotton grass), and Eleocharis montevidensis (giant hairgrass). I also used some shrubby accent plants including Oenanthe javanica (water celery), Murdannia sp. ‘red’, and Persicaria (Polygonum) sp. 'Sao Paulo'. In the submerged portion, I used Microsorum pteropus (java fern), Nymphaea nouchali (water lily), Phyllanthus fluitans (red root floater), and Micranthemum tweediei 'Monte Carlo'. Check out "tank overview" entries for more details.

Lights

  • On: 11:00 AM
  • Off: 7:00 PM

CO2

  • Not used

Aeration

  • Lily Pipe
  • 24/7

Timeline

  • 1

    11 Months Old

    The tank has again reached an overgrown state. This time, the water celery and giant hairgrass are dominant. The monte carlo has taken over the sand f ......

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    • Kaquatics
      06/11/2018 07:38:21 PM

      This tank has come a long ways

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  • 2

    10 months old

    At ten months old, the tank has fully recovered from the massive trim and has become overgrown again. The watercelery has largely replaced the sphaero ......

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    • Kaquatics
      06/11/2018 07:38:41 PM

      Great shot!

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  • 3

    9 months old- growing back

    The Monte Carlo in the submerged portion began growing a carpet. The giant hairgrass and water celery began to take off more than in the past . ......

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    • Kaquatics
      06/11/2018 07:39:01 PM

      That was a harsh trim, it should come back fluffy

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  • 4

    Trimming sphaerocaryum

    Helped ensure the formation of a compact bush. ......

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  • 5

    Water celery

    The water celery in this tank has become very pink. ......

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    • Southbayaqua
      05/03/2018 06:21:59 PM

      vibrant! where are the high res photos?

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  • 6

    8 months old- Massive trim

    After a hard trim, the tank looked like a shell of its former self. Luckily there was now plenty of light penetration for the plants to grow back. ......

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  • 7

    Time for a trim

    The shading was making it difficult to see the submerged parts of the tank. ......

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  • 8

    twinstar light

    The RGB LED of this light allowed the plants to vigorously grow. ......

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  • 9

    7 months old

    At 7 months, the tank became overgrown. The massive bush of plants was starting to die off in the interior portions due to lack of light. I decided it ......

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  • 10

    Shrimp Inhabitants

    Other than ricefish, the only other inhabitants of the tank are dwarf shrimp, Neocaridina davidi, along with Amano shrimp. I initially started throwin ......

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  • 11

    FIve Months Old

    To my deep satisfaction, all of my chosen plant species flourished in my setup, and with careful trimming, I soon had a dense, bushlike mat grass and ......

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  • 12

    Flowering Rhynchospora colorata (stargrass)

    Started flowering after two months. ......

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  • 13

    Ricefish Added

    I introduced the ricefish after about a month of cycling. I went ahead and purchased twelve fish, keeping them in a separate, temporary setup until th ......

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  • 14

    Plant Selection

    The plants chosen included a number of semiaquatic grasses, including personal favorite Sphaerocaryum malaccense, Rhynchospora colorata (giant hairgra ......

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    Three Months Old

    To help the plants grow, I injected pressurised carbon dioxide gas by means of a ceramic diffuser, a mini regulator, and a 20oz paintball canister. ......

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  • 16

    additives Added

    • Aqua Design Amano - Substrate
    • Aqua Soil-Amazonia

  • 17

    water Tested

    • PH : 6.7
    • GH : 6
    • KH : ~0
    • NH3 : 0
    • NO3 : 0
    • TDS : 109

  • 18

    light Added

    • Twinstar - 600sp

  • 19

    additives Added

    • Tropica - Fertilizer
    • Plant Growth Specialised

  • 20

    filter Added

    • Ehiem - Classic 600

  • 21

    One Week Old

    I used a massive external canister filter (Eheim 2217) connected to glass lily pipes. Oversized for the tank, it created sufficient water turnover and ......

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    • Southbayaqua
      04/11/2018 11:57:01 PM

      this seems like such a long time ago. great progression!

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  • 22

    Initial Planting

    Taking advantage of the extra depth in the UNS 60U, I created a buttressing structure of driftwood and moss (Vesicularia montagnei) to hold a steep em ......

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  • 23

    tank Added

    • Ultum Nature Systems - 60u