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Thread: A new start!
01-13-2017, 10:15 PM #1
A new start!
Very happy to say after about 3 years out of the hobby I am restarting my Juwel Lido 120!
I am planning a dynamic planted community tank, I have had mixed success with planted tanks in the past but I plan to do it properly this time with liquid ferts and liquid CO2
I hope people here can give me inspiration and advice on plants and maintenance
Hope you enjoy watching my tank grow as I will be doing regular bi-daily updates.
Currently rocking a Juwel Lido 120 [all white]
Standard Juwel internal filter
External Aqua one 440 with spray bar
Limpopo black sand
Wood and rock
Juwel 24w x 2 T5 lighting, colour bulb and standard
THE PLAN... SO FAR
I have got some plants and ferts coming tomorrow so will show you the progress.
Also as it is a fully cycled tank and established for years will be going down to my LFS to get a few starters!
THE STOCK SO FAR
4 x Echinodorus bleheri (Amazon Sword)
3 x Cryptocoryne Wendtii Tropica
4 x Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green
1000ml Neutro T - Liquid Aquarium Fertiliser
1000ml Neutro CO2 - Liquid Carbon
I wanted Vallis but sadly they melt with liquid carbon
Let me know your thoughts so far and any ideas for other plants to help me out
01-13-2017, 10:18 PM #2
Hey slap wanna move this over to aquarium journals?
I was going to suggest you start a journal for your tank on your other post about rams.
I assume this is the 120liter tank you were talking about.
Tanks aqua scape looks nice I like the rock piles and substrate.
How has this tank been cycled? You just recently moved fish out of it?? Or been feeding it with pure ammonia?
I spy some kind of catfish in the picture.
Last edited by AmazonJoe; 01-13-2017 at 10:21 PM.
01-13-2017, 10:22 PM #3
Sorry only just noticed there is a journals forum page!
01-13-2017, 10:23 PM #4
01-13-2017, 10:23 PM #5
Well it is a recently emptied (of fish) tank. There is a featherfin in the back there and a BN but they were just being held there for a while for a friend, going to the LFS tomorrow
01-13-2017, 10:25 PM #6
Cool just curious have to kinda get a feel for how you do things with so many new people joining not sure where there at in the hobby so to speak. Cycling is one of the main things that we run into issues with. :)
Which let me officially welcome you to the community glad to have you
01-13-2017, 10:30 PM #7
Yeah, it hasn't been stocked particularly for a while so I am not going to rush and get much, really wanted to get it scaped nicely. Will probabyl go for a 4-5 Corys and a pair of rams and see how they go for a few weeks. Got my Cryps and swords coming tomorrow see how they bed in and ask for suggestions for the other plants :)
I would welcome your expertise when I update this weekend!
01-13-2017, 10:38 PM #8
Just curious but are you using a liquid test kit or kits?
Boundava wrote up a awesome thread on C02 pretty much covers everything
I recently got the Fluval 88g C02 kit hooked it up on a 40G tank and it's awesome in my opinion also went with the Fluvals drop checker.
Other than that the only issue might be lighting with T5's might have to upgrade if plants don't do well or go with lower light requiring plants :)
01-13-2017, 10:47 PM #9
I am using API liquid tests, literally just did an ammonia and nitrite test, nitrite is fine just perhaps 0.15ppm ammonia.
Yeah I do have some compressed Co2 but compared to the liquid stuff I have (1000ml bottle) it is nowhere near as economical sadly
Oh really, I only just got theses two T5's (with reflectors) I know it doesn't always work out like this but isn't 2.5w per litre enough for most things? I am not going to try and grow any "red" leaved plants
01-13-2017, 11:19 PM #10
All plants are different when it comes to growth and lighting but you will find out what works and what doesn't in your tank. From the pic it looks nicely lit.