About Yourself:i'm a 25 year old headhunter. got into the hobby by looging onto fishforums when i had a problem with my basic fish tank and never looked back. i dont own any fish/plant related books and have learnt everything from members of that planted tank forum. i actually have 3 planted tanks the 180, a juwel rekord 60 with a sandy layout and a 50G cube.
Fish Kept:28 cardinal tetras
2 sailfin gibbiceps (10cm and 6cm)
1 adult angel
1 platy (rehomed for a friend)
1 flying fox
3 sterbai corys
5/6 amano shrimp (not that i ever see them)
Advice:for a planted tank setup i cant emphasise enough the use of laterite and CO2. one of the main reasons for failing with swords etc (heavy root feeders)is a lack of nutrients at the roots. laterite is reasonably affordable and will last years. on the co2 front, adding a basic yeast type co2 kit will improve any planted tank in one simple step. i will always use some kind of co2 in any planted tank regardless of lighting levels.
and more importantly than anything weekly ewater changes (if adding dry ferts 50% to dilute the last weeks fertaliser leftovers)
Description:this is the last layout in this tank (Juwel rio180) i am waiting for the current glosso carpet to fill out before posting the current pic. but for the time being here it is with a riccia carpet.
About Yourself:Been in the hobby for almost 4 years. Aquascaping is my passion as well as the science. I now write for Practical Fishkeeping magazine and am their high-tech planted tank expert. I also moderate on three planted tank internet forums. Married with two girls and a dog. I currently service Harrier jump jet ejection seats for a living.
Advice:keep it simple to begin with, improve on it later.
Description:aquabase substrate top up with fine black river stone.
2 x 30W + 2 x 35w floresent arcadia tubes
900/ltr canister filter x 1, Eheim 2213 x 1
2 x Hagen c02 diffuser (with DIY yeast mix)
plant: water wisteria, Stargrass, pennywoth, Indian fern, Riccia on driftwood, amazon sword and Rotala. Glosso
fish stock: 6 tiger barb, 5 Harequin, 5 Lemon Tetra, 2 flying fox, 5 Odessa Barb