Hi and thanks for stopping by. This is my tank:
I picked it up for $500 including the tank, stand, light, and filter. Don't mind the blue, the previous owner had the background painted smurf blue in his reef tank.
Eventual it will live in the back wall of my office, but for now it's in my office.
I have a reverse flow UGF coming from a 600gph pump in a tidepool II wet/dry going past a turbo twist 12x.
ok, so I had to cut them again after this photo and actually use a tape measure.
Since its going to be built in I wanted a natural background, This is how I got started with the live plants. I thought that java moss between the slate would add a natural depth to the tank, so I bought a couple cases of slate tile and broke it up:
After a dry layout, and huffing silicone for 2 hours, I got the background in place, and covered the overflow box:
So I started cycling it about a month ago, threw in some gold fish, the bottom got a layer of eggcrate then window screen to support the sand substraite and I started with the plants a couple weeks ago.
My 1st issue is the darn fish keep pulling the moss out of the cracks so I only have about 50% of what I original had. I'm wondering about several things like:
Lighting: I have 4x96w lamps now, 2x10,000 and 2x artnic (I realy like to view the tank under them, but I'm doubtfull they are offering much to the plants) and was wondering (due to the $50 each bulb replacment cost) if using HID's would be a worthwile trade? IE 3x150wHPS above the tank and then use 2 artnics for color.
Filter: I have 2 trays with floss and 1 with bioballs, I have no carbon. would ading carbon do anything benificial for the plants? I'm not concerned about fish at this point. I'm still piecing together a RO storage/auto topping rig that will be in use before I get the discus.
c02: I know the easiest/cleanest way is a presurized system, but thats out of the budget for 6 months or longer. in a tank this lightly planted would a DIY bubbler be worth the hassle? The plants are developing new leaves (except the hair grass in thhe corner, Brown algae got it covered and the goldfish keep nibbling it so I think it's done for)
Brown algae: I'm suprised to still be seeing it after the first month as much as I do, I just added the UV last week, and I was doing water changes at 10 days, I bumped them to 7 and am thinking to making it 5 (20%). Is this a lighting issue, or is the tank too immature to make that call?
I Threw in a dozzen plant bulbs from petco in 2 days ago ( I pulled all the onions out) so it will have 100% more plants, but I don't want much more than that.
The final tank will be discus, a few kuli loaches, and some yet to be decided tetras (any recomendations on ones that can take the heat?).
Please shout any tips or thoughts you might have.
I had a 75g tank for 5 years but after my daughter broke it 4 years ago I am just now getting to wherre we could afford to set up another tank. and this will be my first planted tank.