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Tree of life pico aquaponics build

Discussion in 'Freshwater Tanks' started by SynDen, Jul 11, 2018.

  1. FinsUp

    FinsUp According to my watch, the time is now. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Will do!
    Nobody hold their breath, tho, cuz it's gonna take some time to gather the driftwood and get it all put together. Nothing happens fast in Mexico. LOL
     
  2. Haddonisreef

    Haddonisreef Kraken M.A.S.C Club Member

    What really in the flesh! Hope things are great!! haha ~cheers
     
  3. FinsUp

    FinsUp According to my watch, the time is now. M.A.S.C Club Member

    Hola! Yep, things definitely don't suck down here. Just not enough time to do everything we wanna do. LOL
     
  4. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Made a little progress on the scape. Just gotta settle a bit. Next, I need to wire the light, add an airstone, and then plants
    Plant list
    Satin pothos
    Creeping fig
    Witch's moss
    Mini lotus (if I can find one)
    Water Sprite
    Baby tears
    Dwarf grass
    Java moss
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  5. mebeknob

    mebeknob Copepod

    Is there other substrate under that rubble?


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  6. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    No it's just a dark pea gravel I had a bag of from some landscaping project. Had thought to use another substrate, but just opted to make do with what I had

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  7. Balz3352

    Balz3352 Marlin M.A.S.C Club Member

    Looking great!

    What's your plan for filtration?
     
  8. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    The plants are the filters. Just putting and small air stone for aeration but otherwise it's all on the plants for this one

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  9. zombie

    zombie Tuna M.A.S.C Club Member

    Are you going to add fish to keep CO2 and nutrient levels where they need to be or are you gonna CO2 and fertilizer dose?

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  10. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Ya will be small neon tetras and maybe another small fish or two, plus some cherry and blue dwarf shimp. The fish will do all fertilizing. Very low-tech

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  11. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    What kind of tree is that in the corner? I've been wanting some cool house plants like that.
     
  12. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    It's a diaffenbachia, or something like that. It's actually a plant my grandmother gave me a sprig of. Everyone in my family has one lol, and have for several generations now

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  13. kchristensen8064

    kchristensen8064 Prawn M.A.S.C Club Member

    That's cool. It's a cool looking tree
     
  14. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Added some plants. Couldn't find all the ones I wanted so went with some alternatives. I made little brackets to hold the plants out of egg crate and some tubing clips. Plants I ended up with
    Golden pothos
    Water hychinthia
    Algerian ivy
    Anthurium
    Will add some fish later this week once my new air pump gets here, and need a new bulb for the light. Got it all wired up, but wouldnt turn on. Finally, after going over my wiring job several times, I looked at the bulb and saw it was fubar. So gotta go hunt one of those down today. 1533157618220.jpg 1533157633492.jpg

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  15. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Finally got a new bulb for the light and the tank is alive and populated now.
    Wife decided she like dwarf frogs better, so put 2 frogs, 6 neons, and some ghost shrimp 1533582006197.jpg 1533582034304.jpg 1533582074282.jpg

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  16. Dr.DiSilicate

    Dr.DiSilicate Kraken Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. B.O.D. Member-at-Large

    Looks awesome! Went pretty quick! Will you need to run co2 or no? As I write that I realize the plants are out of water but still curious...


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  17. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    Thanks, and no shouldnt need CO2, I didnt put any plants in the water that would need that. Both Java moss and the dwarf hair grass will grow fine without it
     
  18. mebeknob

    mebeknob Copepod

    Cool! Is the water going he clear up at all?


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  19. SynDen

    SynDen Shark Staff Member M.A.S.C Club Member M.A.S.C. B.O.D. M.A.S.C President M.A.S.C Webmaster

    The water is clear, but the coloring of the water is the tannins from the woods in the water. All 'driftwood' will color the water like that, to some degree, and is the reason most fresh water lakes, and ponds are darkly colored. Carbon will clear it up, but then I would have to run a filter on it. It wont harm the inhabitants at all, so I wont worry about it either.
     
  20. Lmmchops

    Lmmchops Copepod M.A.S.C Club Member

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