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Planted Aquarium - Subodh Gajanan Gore

15 August 2014 Comments::DISQUS_COMMENTS

Pet keeping is a great joy to most of us. However I have restricted it to planted aquariums.

Watching ever changing landscapes, shrimps and fish is a great fun. The ups and downs of my mood are taken care of by my aquariums. I spend long time watching my tank.


However this hobby doesn't seem to be growing in a wide way. A newcomer is likely to give up within a short time, as you need some guidance to achieve a balanced aquarium conditions. Shopkeepers may not have the time to find out what’s wrong exactly and ends up in a mess. The hobby will grow only if.

1) Exposure at school level.
2) Support by mature matured hobbyist.
3) Exchange of plants among the hobbyist.
4) Displays in smaller setups.
5) Huge displays at school and public place to be sponsored.

Aquariums to be promoted as they are good edutainment in
following manner.

1) Aquariums cover environmental science, chemistry, biology.
2) Sex education.
4) Relationship studies.
5) Co-relation of light and life.
6) The hobbyist may turn entrepreneur.

Let’s See How To Set Up A Small Plantation Tank

Size of the tank : 12 inch x 7 inch x 7 inch

Suitable plastic shade.
Pll lamp : 11 watts
Aeration pump and accessories like controller, air line
Small sponge filter
Properly washed river sand, 2 to 3 mm in size
1 kg vermi compost
15 to 18 grains of dry yeast
Half cup of sugar
Jelly cup and Plastic bottle
Reflector paper

My method may not be as per the books or literature available on the subject but it has proved and worked well for me.


The steps to set up a planted aquarium.

1) Place the aquarium on thermocol sheet. The spot should be such that no other strong light interferes. Avoid opposite window.
2) Spread around 1.5 to 2 kg sand on the bottom of the tank. 
3) Spread half cm layer of vermicompost.
4) Spread 1 inch layer of river sand.
5) Place news paper sheet on the sand. Place some stones on the paper as weight.
6) Now slowly pour water 3/4of empty space.
7) Attach sponge filter and start the aerator. It should give gentle movement to the water. Sometimes the water may be muddy, Depending in the sand. If it is fairly transparent, you can start planting. Otherwise you can siphon off till it is clear. Golden sand, marble chips may look good but river sand is best as far as the results are concerned. Some commercially available substrate give good results but costing is quite high.
 
 

Now our Nano Delight is ready for Plantation. 

Some clues for plant layout. My favorite links.


www.dennerle.de/en/

www.tropica.com
 
www.subodhanand.blogspot.com
 
Place riccia on stones place net on it, you can use nets of plastic or nylon or non corroding metal nets. Riccia will grow tall in short time, it can be trimmed once or twice then you will have to replant it. Stick plants like hygrophlia, ludvigia, bacopa can be used on the back side. Java moss, java ferns, lilyums look interesting. Once planting is complete, lets see how to prepare carbon dioxide for our aquarium.
 

1) Put half cup of sugar in the bottle, add 15 to 18 dry yeast granuals to the bottle. Now add half liter of water to the bottle.
2) Attach 2 ft air line to the bottle cap, fix jelly cup to the other end. Shake the bottle well. Ensure that the liquid doesn't go in the tank.
3) Depending on temperature and quality of yeast, co2 bubbles will start . Due to the air line the co2 will be carried to the tank, the jelly cup ensures that the gas is trapped inside for some time to ensure optimum utilization. Sometimes the attempt may fail if quality of yeast is not good.
 
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