My 75 gallon. Been set up for about a year now. I didn't like all the trimming of vines, especially since I built my stand way tall. I need a step ladder to do most tank work. Now, because I leave the lights on so my angels don't eat the other angels eggs, and have no vines, I'm getting some serious algae growth.
Lighting is "waterproof" (not very) led flood lights ordered from china 80 watts total, but I have them set up on three light switches. Two ten watts, two tem watts, and two twenty watt floods. I usually have 40 watts on during the day, and ten at night. Keep in mind that due to the fact that these are LEDs the "wpg" suggestions mean absolutely nothing. These have been a lot of trial and error. If all lights were on, I would NEED more ferts, plenty of vines, and co2
Substrate is... A bit weird. I mineralized some topsoil through the baking method, some through boiling. Some of it didn't get to proper temps for mineralization, so some of it is just regular topsoil. It's capped with play sand. I also couldn't get proper clay, dolomite, or muriate of potash without ordering WAY too much online. I used steel wool for the iron. I used tums capsules for the calcium, and nosalt as well as banana peels for potassium. Keep in mind the organic matter is still decomposing (banana peels) and I should have removed the protective coating of the steel wool by soaking in vinegar over night. It was with the help of plantbrain, and my wife the biochemist who helped me find a way to make mineralized topsoil in a day, rather than over the period of weeks. It also made the oven, and rest of the house smell like swamp for about 12 - 24 hours.
Filter is a magnaflow canister filter. I had some problems with algae for a little while, so I increased the flow with a power head. The top of the water got a bit scummy, so I also added a bubbler tube next to the magnaflow intake to improve surface agitation. Because of the LEDs it also made the tank shimmer. Which is awesome!
Plants... Some crypt parva which has gotten far bigger than I've ever seen parva, so I think it was mis-labeled. Two types of grass, one of which gets as tall as the tank, some of which stays at about 4 inches. A red tiger lotus which has split into 5 different plants, some jungle Val, some anubias petite, some java fern, and some crypt wendtii.
Fauna, 3 angels who won't stop breeding, three bushy nose plecos, but I hardly ever see the males, 20 Kuhli loaches, 3 clown loaches, 10 bloodfin tetras, and an unknown number of ghost shrimp.
Without further ado;
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