My 2.5 ft planted tank
  • colim98colim98 June 2006
    Actually i am not sure whether is appropriate to discuss the planted tank in this fish section or not? P but then my tank also got few small fish, so consider fish tank too, only the main object of the tank is plants.

    hehe, here goes the pics
    feel free to share ur thoughts abt the setup, i know it is abit messy without any proper arrangement of the plants oops

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  • June 2006 Edit
    Wow....the setup is quite nice.......

    It has a natural look.......thumbs up 4 the setting.....

    Ur tank would look much nicer is u put in some (a small school) of neon tetras.

    Maybe others can comment on this .....TQ

    I will post u a photo of the neon tetras.
    [img07cc38a1d8]http//i57.photobucket.com/albums/g218/limweijuean/Exotic%20Pets/Neon_Tetras.jpg[/img07cc38a1d8]
  • June 2006 Edit
    I made a mistake......are those neon tetras already in ur tank?
  • June 2006 Edit
    [quote6a27443c39="alligator_28"]I made a mistake......are those neon tetras already in ur tank?[/quote6a27443c39]

    not really a mistake because those in my tank are cardinal tetra, i used to hv bad experience with neon tetra, same to all my friends, it will slowly die off one by one for unknown reason...eventhough it is cheap, around rm1 for a pair, but in long run still costly...so i rather spent little bit extra to get a cardinal tetra, price is around rm2.5 each, but it is very very lasting as compare to neon tetra, much nicer and color is more intense.. wink

    so far i hv 5 cardinal tetra in my tank, which have kept more than 1 year .
    i cant add more fishes to my tank because i have quite a number of cherry shrimps in there, also the bioload of the tank is a concern since i only hv one small hang on filter is running for the tank. )
  • June 2006 Edit
    forgot to mention one big different abt neon and cardinal tetra which is the red bar of neon is not fully horizontally cross the body.

    http//www.thetropicaltank.co.uk/Fishindx/tet-card.htm
  • June 2006 Edit
    wow... i dunno fish thing at all one, but u 2 (thumb thumb !!!)

    I think your fish tank is nice and natural look of your own small ecosystem in home, hahaha

    how nice ar if got shrimp and more fish... lol

    My question is How you grow plant in tank??? i dunno le.

    soon or later, i will get into fish becoz your guys influence me and my temptation wink wink
  • June 2006 Edit
    WOW!!!!!what a impressive planted tank (if compared to last time) u got there... must go to ur house one day to see ur 5 footer and planted tank... shock shock

    it look strange to have the plant on the central right hand side (dont know the name)... oops oops (i know nothing ab plant) oops oops it looks not match to the tank or too obvious. just my observation... ) but overall, it looks very nice. make me feel like wanna have it...heheheee... roll
  • June 2006 Edit
    colim, can u describe a bit ab ur planted tank like how to maintance?the cost? maintainance?? the thing needed to setup a planted tank?? D if possible, i wanna setup too... roll wink
  • June 2006 Edit
    [quoted8820d6bcd="Voss"]it look strange to have the plant on the central right hand side (dont know the name)... oops oops (i know nothing ab plant) oops oops it looks not match to the tank or too obvious. just my observation... ) but overall, it looks very nice. make me feel like wanna have it...heheheee... roll[/quoted8820d6bcd]

    yup..i noticed that too, i got this big plant from a good friend who stay nearby, it is an expensive plant, last time used to sell like rm50-60, but i got it as free...and then i found out got no space to plant it, so simply plant at the foreground first lor, now a bit regret...
    also i am waiting for this plant to grow some baby out , so that i can pass it back to my friend...
  • June 2006 Edit
    [quote56789bbfbe="Voss"]colim, can u describe a bit ab ur planted tank like how to maintance?the cost? maintainance?? the thing needed to setup a planted tank?? D if possible, i wanna setup too... roll wink[/quote56789bbfbe]

    i will share it here soon, need to type lot of inputs lol
  • June 2006 Edit
    guess i can start to share about how to setup a simple planted tank, pls dun expect anything like those professional planted tank.. oops

    my tank setup is base on one objective, the lowest the cost the better
    and yes, i am a cheapo lol

    the list of my setup

    2.5ft standard tank
    DIY tank hood (will talk more abt this later)
    HangOn filter
    4 inch AC fan
    25kg of river sand, comman name is holland sand
    one pack of base fertilizer (JBL brand the cheapest)
    one piece of medium size driftwood (recommended, will tell u why later)
    Liquid fertilizer
    DIY CO2 system
  • June 2006 Edit
    [imge175bd1520]http//img.photobucket.com/albums/v492/colim98/225221f2.jpg[/imge175bd1520]

    DIY tank hood, i bought few pcs of woods from hardware shop and build the tank hood on my own.

    the tank hood is consists of

    3 x 2ft philip cool daylight 865 series fluorescent tube
    1 4ft aluminium(not sure but it is light and wont rusted) reflector
    3 x 20watt electronic ballast
    1 4inch AC fan

    the wooden frame need some basic carpenter knowledge to build, some tools are needed too...hammer, saw, nails and etc
    i can always share my opinion if u really want to DIY one of ur own.

    ok, after builded the wooden frame, i cut the 4 ft reflector into 2, and join the 2 pcs of reflector side by side to form a large piece of reflector which nicely fit into the wooden frame...

    i will elaborate more if anyone interested to know the detail...a bit lazy to type and think abt the process i went through.. P
  • July 2006 Edit
    hi fish lovers, colim i think ur fish tank's abit too crowded....it looks like a jungle for your fishes hahaha...anyway it's a nice way to setup the tank! thumbs up! 8)
  • August 2006 Edit
    Colim I am intrested in your DIY CO2 System.. Do you mind to help to explain abit hehehe.. Coz I am reading somethings on planted tank and it seem a bit complicated on the CO2 Storage and distribution
  • August 2006 Edit
    [quoted8ef725fda="doink"]Colim I am intrested in your DIY CO2 System.. Do you mind to help to explain abit hehehe.. Coz I am reading somethings on planted tank and it seem a bit complicated on the CO2 Storage and distribution[/quoted8ef725fda]

    wat would u like to know? if it is regarding how to build the DIY CO2, u can always do a google search of "DIY CO2", plenty of nice articles out there for ur references. )
  • August 2006 Edit
    [quote0e5ad7e553="colim98"][quote0e5ad7e553="doink"]Colim I am intrested in your DIY CO2 System.. Do you mind to help to explain abit hehehe.. Coz I am reading somethings on planted tank and it seem a bit complicated on the CO2 Storage and distribution[/quote0e5ad7e553]

    wat would u like to know? if it is regarding how to build the DIY CO2, u can always do a google search of "DIY CO2", plenty of nice articles out there for ur references. )[/quote0e5ad7e553]
    Hmmm Okok Thanks... For the info.. But I have read some but seem too hard for me...
  • August 2006 Edit
    Colim...maybe u can give doink some pointers on how to build a DIY CO2 System. Reading from the net may somtimes be a bit confucing. Since u have 1st hand experience, why not share with all of us......

    ** I guess many of us are interested.... wink
  • August 2006 Edit
    This is a photo of a plant aquarium i grab from another forum......maybe u all can comment a bit.....Look kinda nice to me.....

    [img251e70faa6]http//i57.photobucket.com/albums/g218/limweijuean/Exotic%20Pets/aquarium_1.jpg[/img251e70faa6]
  • September 2006 Edit
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  • July 2007 Edit
    just wondering . will planted aquarium works on plastic tank ?
  • July 2007 Edit
    wat plastic tank u talking a bout?? The small guppy plastic tanks??
  • July 2007 Edit
    i got a 2ft plastic tank ...
  • July 2007 Edit
    My worries is that the algae might "eat" into the plastic and it wil be almost impossible to take out the green stain. So i think glass is a good option. If u do not have any other use for the plastic aquarium maybe u can try out the planted aquarium in the plactic aquarium. Maybe let us know how is the feed back from time to time. If it works out maybe others can try it out too. TQ~!!!