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PJN's 130 Litre Mekong River
« on: January 21, 2018, 10:51:42 pm »
The Backstory

So exactly a week ago I inherited a second-hand AquaNano 80/130. This week I've been cleaning it up and finally it has been cleaned (ish) and placed on the stand. The tank has had many uses and inhabitants, from discus to neon tetras. It's apparently a fairly old/rare type of tank so it's been hard to get some information on it such as lighting etc. which shall be elaborated upon more below...

The Machinery/Decor

The tank came with several decorations and machinery, including:

  • What I believe to be ADA Aquasoil
  • Some rocks and stones (which allegedly do not change the pH so that's good)
  • An Askoll Powerhead 301 (one of the older models)
  • An ADA HL-300 heater (again I think an old model)
  • An undergravel heater
  • And some lights, which are impossible to find the wattage of! 

The Plan

So as you can probably see from the title, I'm planning on making a Mekong river biotope for my sparkling gourami mainly as they are showing some fair territorial issues. This larger tank will enable them to have more room to roam and help them establish territories, and also help me get more fish :)

And so there's the info... let the story unfold...

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    Re: PJN's 130 Litre Mekong River
    « Reply #1 on: January 22, 2018, 07:20:31 am »
    Here's the tank as it stands, attached below.

    My current planting/stocking plan is as follows.

    Plants:
    • Java fern
    • Java moss
    • Dwarf and giant hairgrass
    • Tiger lotus
    • Crypt. Wendtii

    Fish:

    • Least Raabora
    • Sparkling Gourami
    • Dwarf/Khuli loach
    • Checkered barb

    I am aware there may be some agression issues so I am open to suggestions which may help. Also, with my current planting plan will I need CO2?

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    Re: PJN's 130 Litre Mekong River
    « Reply #2 on: January 22, 2018, 07:53:52 am »
    Ooo sounds good PJN. Looking forward to following this.

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    Re: PJN's 130 Litre Mekong River
    « Reply #3 on: January 22, 2018, 09:51:13 am »
    The most aggressive fish there would appear to be the sparklies, so no problem I would think.
    I don't think you'll need CO2, don't use the undersoil heater, just in case the glass cracks because of it. ;)
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    Re: PJN's 130 Litre Mekong River
    « Reply #4 on: January 22, 2018, 12:00:49 pm »
    Okay, that's good news. Why would the heater break the glass? Just out of curiosity, it seemed to be used by the previous owners with no problem. Still, I won't use it.

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    Re: PJN's 130 Litre Mekong River
    « Reply #5 on: January 22, 2018, 12:27:11 pm »
    I've seen it happen before, unless you have it well sorted with thermostats and cut-offs.
    I'm not sure, as long as the soil isn't more than 3" deep, it's needed anyway. ;)
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    Re: PJN's 130 Litre Mekong River
    « Reply #6 on: January 22, 2018, 12:48:35 pm »

    Plants:
    • Java fern
    • Java moss
    • Dwarf and giant hairgrass
    • Tiger lotus
    • Crypt. Wendtii
    Also, with my current planting plan will I need CO2?

    Nope. All do fine without co2. Tiger lotus will explode with growth one settled down :)

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    Re: PJN's 130 Litre Mekong River
    « Reply #7 on: January 22, 2018, 04:14:41 pm »
    Alright, thanks folks :) I will avoid CO2  but I reckon I'll need ferts - can anyone recommend some brands? Also I've heard tiger shrimp are native in South East Asia so if I'll want to get those then the ferts have to be shrimp safe. In addition, I really like the look of anchor and glass catfish, however would these be suitable? I've heard they need cooler water, so it may not be possible..

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    Re: PJN's 130 Litre Mekong River
    « Reply #8 on: January 22, 2018, 04:16:14 pm »
    Also forgot to add - on all the places I've seen for tiger lotus care it says to trim it down to stop getting lillies on the surface. Why is that? Should surface lillies be avoided?

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    Re: PJN's 130 Litre Mekong River
    « Reply #9 on: January 22, 2018, 04:28:42 pm »
    I don't use CO2 or ferts, and my plants are very similar to yours (don't have the lotus or hairgrass).
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    Re: PJN's 130 Litre Mekong River
    « Reply #10 on: January 22, 2018, 05:16:24 pm »
    Re surface leaves, I think (might be wrong) that if you let the lotus produce surface leaves, it only produces surface leaves, and is more prone to getting huge. I've been trimming the surface leaves off my tiger lotus, and it's stayed nice and compact. In fact, it's so compact I'm thinking of moving it forward in the tank, so I can put something bigger behind it.

    I had an aponegeton (spelling!?) do the same. I let it produce surface leaves, (i.e. Didn't trim them off), and then it stopped producing any lower leaves. So, all I could see in the tank were stems going up to the surface.

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    Re: PJN's 130 Litre Mekong River
    « Reply #11 on: January 22, 2018, 06:39:45 pm »
    As i have actually seen this tank in person and the rock structure pjn has made i think angelfish would look really cool in it, but i know that goes against his plan.
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    Re: PJN's 130 Litre Mekong River
    « Reply #12 on: January 22, 2018, 07:12:26 pm »
    I still think the tank may be a little small for angelfish - it's just a little under 3 feet.

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    Re: PJN's 130 Litre Mekong River
    « Reply #13 on: January 23, 2018, 09:03:36 am »
    Too small really.
    You may just get away with a breeding pair and nothing else at all.
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    Re: PJN's 130 Litre Mekong River
    « Reply #14 on: March 19, 2018, 05:54:46 pm »
    Looking forward to following this log PJN, best wishes  *grin*
    66.4307 UK gallon (302 litre) tank
    Betta MF640 Canister Filter: 1050 L/H 
    Substrate:  TMC Nutrasoil
    Eight Platys + many fry
    Bladder snails (Physidae)
    Plants: Echinodorus Barthii, Echinodorus grisebachii , Hygrophilia Siamensis , Cryptocoryne Wendtii