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learning from a setback

Discussion in 'Aquarium & Aquascaping General Discussion' started by Paraguay, Feb 11, 2019.

  1. Paraguay

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    My aqua-one 980 has seen a few changes its been low tech and eventually CO2 high tech ,although its gravel only substrate I believe all in all generally growing"easy plants" over the years its been successful I feel for plant growth, with the external filter and CO2 being brought in I changed the hood t8 lighting and aqua one overhead filter for the external and raised t5 luminaire.Home to several tetra species recently a couple of fish died so I moved all remaining fish to my quarantine and a other small tank. All are ok. So going off numbers it appears another fish must have died in the tank unbeknown to me and affected water quality so my lesson learned a head count every day from now on. Another thing now the tanks stripped down, I had used at variuos times root tablets but read conflicting reports of effectiveness as regards the plants,but I had then used clay balls from a shrimp supplier,I discovered the clay balls spread into the gravel therefore it was a gunky mess underneath,so with that and fish poo I had a good substrate all along
     
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    My son informs me the gravel went in in 2005 I thought it was more 2008
     
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    I think I could write pages of things I finally learnt along the way. When I first started it was rely on the LFS only and, the rare international magazines. I remember being amazed when I saw my first UGF. Computers I don't think I even heard that word at all.

    In other words I learnt by my mistakes.

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    I think thats part of the thing about the hobby Keith we are always learning no matter were we are at . Many a newcomer will leave ,particulary the fish keeping aspect, at first time of issues without proper research. The internet has advantages, but shame not more dedicated shops too.Already looking forward to redoing the this aquarium:)I was surprised the amount of greenery I now have in washing up bowls,buckets and put into the other tanks
     
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    If you are restart I strongly suggest you make a Mock Tank first, you will be surprised how easy it is working from the front not the top of a tank.

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    Will be doing that Keith, might do a sketch first as some of the exsisting wood with Java Fern and moss will go back
     
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    Be nice to see some pics of your progress.
     
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    My sketching is always very rough I would sketch it out on white paper the actual size of the tank. Unless you are good at drawing to scale rough is quick and very easy to do.

    Something I learnt over 40 years ago when do an Architectural design course, naturally it was never full size its was just a few thoughts you had.

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    Thank you will take a look Evelyn
     
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    Its worth looking at and see how you go.

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