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    My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

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    With all the informations and advises from AQ forumers, i decided to go with the following list of equipments.

    To save cost, i bought some accessories from TB, hunt for pre loved equipments & compare prices from few LFS before buying


    Tank - 60cm*45cm*45cm (Customized)
    Cabinet - 60cm*45cm*90cm (Customized)

    Filter - Eheim pro 3 2073 (Pre-loved) with Seachem matrix

    Co2 injection - 3L, Ans regulator (Pre-loved) with Ista reactor

    Light fixture - Chihiros RGB60 & Chihiros A series 601

    Fan - Ans 3000

    Substrate - ADA soil


    DSM started on 22nd July..... To be continue...

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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Week 1 - 22nd July


    I started off with HC and dwarf Hair grass.

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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Week 2 - 29th July


    I added Staurogyne repens.



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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Week 4


    My HC still browning, DHG mostly melt, except the 2 bunches at the back which were further away from the light. S. repens is easy plant, doing great.


    Decided to lower my light fixture to 3cm and increased my light duration to 12hrs


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    Week 5

    I pull out all the melted DHG... HC seem to be stable but still not much progress. S. repens doing great.

    Lowered my light fixture to the lowest, increase light duration to 14 hrs.


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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Week 6

    Lowering the light fixture really helps to improve the PAR to substrate. Start to see better progress on my HC, S.repens still doing great. I have a bunch of bucephalandra (dont know what species), so just experiment it with DSM


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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Forgot to take photo on week 7


    Starting of week 6, after lowering my light fixture height, HC was making progress, but some of my S.repens started to turn a bit yellow and melt on the edge of the leaves. (Can anyone advise please)


    i decided to add another Chihiros A series to spend up my HC, since RGB60 wont be enough to cover the whole tank.

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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Week 8

    Bit of browning here and there for my HC, but overall still ok. And trimmed off some of my S.repens. Surprisingly bucephalandra survived!

    Just setup my filter and co2 yesterday, looking for plants and FINALLY... Ready to flood the tank =)


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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Week 9 ready to flood!

    Hygrophila pinnatifida
    Ludwigia palustris
    Rotala rotundifolia
    Staurogyne repens
    Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini'
    Hemianthus Callitrichoides



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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    If you clumb up your hair glass like this, I think it will melt and die. With hair grass, you may need to separate to a 7-10 strands then plant. I use only 1 pot of Tropica 1-2 grow for my 3 FT tank.

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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Quote Originally Posted by torque6 View Post
    If you clumb up your hair glass like this, I think it will melt and die. With hair grass, you may need to separate to a 7-10 strands then plant. I use only 1 pot of Tropica 1-2 grow for my 3 FT tank.
    I see... Thanks Thanks... no wonder all died... i think i bought 2 pots.... haha! I will try DHG again on my next tank

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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    The instructions on the tropica 1-2 grow isn't the best. If I remembered clearly, they ask people to cut into 6 clumps then plant. For my case, I only bought 1 box so had to split the cuttings into 40 parts, then planted them buffet style. I am using Gex inert volcanic soil and had to add Seachem root tabs as inert soil not as good as ADA aqua soil.

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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Quote Originally Posted by torque6 View Post
    The instructions on the tropica 1-2 grow isn't the best. If I remembered clearly, they ask people to cut into 6 clumps then plant. For my case, I only bought 1 box so had to split the cuttings into 40 parts, then planted them buffet style. I am using Gex inert volcanic soil and had to add Seachem root tabs as inert soil not as good as ADA aqua soil.
    Yes, i followed their instructions on the box. Even i cut into 10 over pieces still quite a lot per clump. You did DSM or just usual flooding for your tank start up?

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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Flooded!!



    Seachem

    Flourish - 1ml
    Iron - 2 ml
    Potassium - 2 ml
    Trace - 2 ml


    I dosed half of the recommended dosage
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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Getting more chio by the day..

    what kinda fish will u keep?

    Quote Originally Posted by TTerry View Post
    Flooded!!



    Seachem

    Flourish - 1ml
    Iron - 2 ml
    Potassium - 2 ml
    Trace - 2 ml


    I dosed half of the recommended dosage

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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Looks like the HC is spreading out nicely, bro!

    Keep us updated on the progress!
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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Hi, thanks. I intend to keep 2 schools of smaller fauna like rummy nose/ boraras species. Once my tank complete cycling, i will sent in a batch per week. this is my plan..

    1st week (scout and commando haha)
    1 x nerite snail
    2 x amano

    2nd week
    2-3 x Otocinclus
    My whole battalion of fire red shrimps
    Meanwhile i will buy 1 school of rummy nose and quarantine for a week

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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Quote Originally Posted by jackychun View Post
    Looks like the HC is spreading out nicely, bro!

    Keep us updated on the progress!
    Sure! Hope they survive the conversion...

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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Cool, my experience with Amano shrimps is that i introduce too early in the end, somehow they uprooted some of my plants, but mostly DHG, because i think they take longer to establish roots. So juz FYI.

    Quote Originally Posted by TTerry View Post
    Hi, thanks. I intend to keep 2 schools of smaller fauna like rummy nose/ boraras species. Once my tank complete cycling, i will sent in a batch per week. this is my plan..

    1st week (scout and commando haha)
    1 x nerite snail
    2 x amano

    2nd week
    2-3 x Otocinclus
    My whole battalion of fire red shrimps
    Meanwhile i will buy 1 school of rummy nose and quarantine for a week

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    Re: My first 120L aquascape with dry start HC

    Quote Originally Posted by Saint888 View Post
    Cool, my experience with Amano shrimps is that i introduce too early in the end, somehow they uprooted some of my plants, but mostly DHG, because i think they take longer to establish roots. So juz FYI.
    Thanks! i better do some testing before adding the shrimps.

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