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Sacha's planted tank
« on: January 14, 2014, 10:34:36 pm »
I decided to start this thread, because I planted some Staurogyne Repens today, and I want to use this thread to track its progress, and the progress of my tank in general. 


I bought one pot of Tropica 1- 2- Grow! from Aquaessentials. It really is incredible how many plants you get from one pot. Must have planted about 30 plantlets from the one small pot! Plants are in great condition too. Will definitely always buy 1- 2- Grow! in future.

















Now I just have to hope they stay planted... my cory seem to have fun in tormenting me by uprooting every plant in the tank.


Progress pics to follow, along with more photos of the whole tank.
Juwel Rio 125:

19 Cardinal Tetras
5 Silvertip Tetras
5 Corydoras Trilineatus
2 Otocinclus Vittatus
2 Pentazona Barbs
2 Zebra Danios

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    Re: Sacha's planted tank
    « Reply #1 on: January 15, 2014, 08:40:07 am »
    Ah, so pentazonas are actually Belgian then, with "little grey cells"! ;) *grin*
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    Re: Sacha's planted tank
    « Reply #2 on: January 15, 2014, 09:04:27 am »
    ? Am I missing something...?
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    5 Silvertip Tetras
    5 Corydoras Trilineatus
    2 Otocinclus Vittatus
    2 Pentazona Barbs
    2 Zebra Danios

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    Re: Sacha's planted tank
    « Reply #3 on: January 15, 2014, 09:07:43 am »
    Investigating the new plants......(Hercule Poirot)......sorry for the early morning wit......
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    Re: Sacha's planted tank
    « Reply #4 on: January 15, 2014, 09:10:15 am »
    Oh lol! Sorry. I am yet to have my coffee.
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    5 Corydoras Trilineatus
    2 Otocinclus Vittatus
    2 Pentazona Barbs
    2 Zebra Danios

    Tank log:

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    Re: Sacha's planted tank
    « Reply #5 on: January 15, 2014, 09:20:42 am »
    Wonderful plant sacha, one of my favs. You'll need to be patient though. They have a large root system and take quite a while to settle in and grow, but once they get established, they grow like weeds, a bit like crypts.

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    Re: Sacha's planted tank
    « Reply #6 on: January 15, 2014, 09:35:31 am »
    Well this morning about 20% of the plants have been uprooted. Tbh not as bad as I expected, I was expecting to have to replant every single one!
    Juwel Rio 125:

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    5 Silvertip Tetras
    5 Corydoras Trilineatus
    2 Otocinclus Vittatus
    2 Pentazona Barbs
    2 Zebra Danios

    Tank log:

    https://www.tropicalfishforums.co.uk/index.php?topic=54857.0

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    Re: Sacha's planted tank
    « Reply #7 on: January 15, 2014, 09:41:57 am »
    I had some Tropica ones, real pain to get started, half of it died too! Great plant once it gets going. Once it has established properly, just snip it from getting too high and it'll grow sideways.
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    Re: Sacha's planted tank
    « Reply #8 on: January 15, 2014, 01:05:30 pm »
    Replanted the floaters and given the cory a telling off.

    Have I planted it correctly? I'm worried I may have planted too close together?

    Juwel Rio 125:

    19 Cardinal Tetras
    5 Silvertip Tetras
    5 Corydoras Trilineatus
    2 Otocinclus Vittatus
    2 Pentazona Barbs
    2 Zebra Danios

    Tank log:

    https://www.tropicalfishforums.co.uk/index.php?topic=54857.0

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    Re: Sacha's planted tank
    « Reply #9 on: January 17, 2014, 11:36:05 am »
    No you haven't planted too close, but the struggle will be keeping it in the substrate whilst it takes root. If they uproot all the time I've found that if you strip all but the top two leaves which will give you a longer stem to work with, them push the stem way down into the substrate with just the two leaves sitting on the substrate will give it a better chance of taking root.

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    Re: Sacha's planted tank
    « Reply #10 on: January 17, 2014, 12:08:05 pm »
    Thanks Mick, that's exactly what I've done. It is actually uprooting a lot less than I expected.
    Juwel Rio 125:

    19 Cardinal Tetras
    5 Silvertip Tetras
    5 Corydoras Trilineatus
    2 Otocinclus Vittatus
    2 Pentazona Barbs
    2 Zebra Danios

    Tank log:

    https://www.tropicalfishforums.co.uk/index.php?topic=54857.0

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    Re: Sacha's planted tank
    « Reply #11 on: January 17, 2014, 12:28:29 pm »
    Thanks Mick, that's exactly what I've done. It is actually uprooting a lot less than I expected.

    Very good mate. I hope you have great sucess with this wonderful plant. It will take time and allot of pruning effort but well worth it.

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    Re: Sacha's planted tank
    « Reply #12 on: January 26, 2014, 08:56:25 pm »
    Today I changed the rubber tubes of the external filter. The old ones were filthy. I also throughly cleaned the external (replaced poly pad, cleaned sponge and ceramics). I removed the in-line diffuser and I have replaced it with an in- tank ceramic "mist" diffuser. I did this because I want to reduce the amount of visible bubbles in the tank. However, there are still a lot of bubbles visible now with the in- tank diffuser - probably just as many as with the in- line. So I will probably switch back to the in- line after I have given it a long soak in bleach.

    On the plant side of things, the Staurogyne has just started to properly take. Here is a photo of it tonight. Compared to the last time I posted a photo, there's been decent growth.

    Juwel Rio 125:

    19 Cardinal Tetras
    5 Silvertip Tetras
    5 Corydoras Trilineatus
    2 Otocinclus Vittatus
    2 Pentazona Barbs
    2 Zebra Danios

    Tank log:

    https://www.tropicalfishforums.co.uk/index.php?topic=54857.0

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    Re: Sacha's planted tank
    « Reply #13 on: January 26, 2014, 10:21:11 pm »
    Seems to be taking well there Sacha.
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    Re: Sacha's planted tank
    « Reply #14 on: January 29, 2014, 10:30:31 am »
    looking good looking very good mate, some good steady growth.