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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-23-2016, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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New 65G High Tech

Wanted to show my new tank (has been set up for almost a month) to get some feedback on how it looks so far. This is my first planted tank so I researched for months prior to setting it up. Please ignore the rock sitting inside of the driftwood...even though it soaked for almost a month, it still tries to raise up. I do not have any fish as of yet....not sure what to put in there as my main schooling fish. Any suggestions?

Tank
DSA 65G 36X20X21 with center overflow.

Lighting
2 Finnex Planted +24/7 (one running on Max and one running in 24/7 mode which shuts off at 9:00pm)
1 Finnex Planted + FugeRay
Is this too much lighting for what I have in the tank? If so, I can dim the second 24/7 light or put it into 24/7 mode like the other.

Filtration
Eshopps WD-75DS Wet Dry

CO2 System
U.P. Aqua Regulator
Sera 500 Reactor

Substrate
3.5 bags of ADA Aquasoil

Plants
Eleocharis Acicularis
Eleocharis Parvula
Echinodorus 'Indian Red'
Anubias Nangi
Ludwigia Glandulosa
Hygro Corymbosa 'Siamensis'
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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 10-23-2016, 12:54 AM
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Nice set up so far. I love the rainbows but they can be quite costly! If you decide to go that route Roseline17 on aquabid has some of the nicest rainbows you've ever seen, have some from him that grown into beautiful fish. My two cents is that you generally want to break up the background with at least one other variety with some height, something to cover that overflow. That corymbosa in the back will grow like a weed and you'll be cutting it nonstop, at least that's been my experience. The stalks get thick and the bottom leaves fall off and then they become very tree like, mine were breaking the surface of the water every week. From what I've read you can keep trimming back the tops to encourage more leafy growth but I never got around to it. Are you dosing micros and macros?

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Nice set up so far. I love the rainbows but they can be quite costly! If you decide to go that route Roseline17 on aquabid has some of the nicest rainbows you've ever seen, have some from him that grown into beautiful fish. My two cents is that you generally want to break up the background with at least one other variety with some height, something to cover that overflow. That corymbosa in the back will grow like a weed and you'll be cutting it nonstop, at least that's been my experience. The stalks get thick and the bottom leaves fall off and then they become very tree like, mine were breaking the surface of the water every week. From what I've read you can keep trimming back the tops to encourage more leafy growth but I never got around to it. Are you dosing micros and macros?
I briefly looked at the Rainbows but figured they would get too big for a large school? I will take a look at them again. I have a large reef tank also so I am used to expensive fish unfortunately lol. Regarding the background plants, it is hard to tell because I just cut and replanted them but the red Ludwigia Glandulosa in the center will hopefully eventually grow as tall as the corymbosa and fill the entire back in. The only dosing I am doing right now is Flourish once or twice a week. I am also doing large water changes once a week. Should I be dosing anything else?
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post #4 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-03-2016, 04:56 PM Thread Starter
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Wanted to post an update to this tank....overall, everything seems to be going pretty well. No major issues so far....both the lawn and the background plants have really taken off. I did recently replace the center plants with Limnophila aromatica...hopefully those will take off and fill in the center section about 1/3 of the way up. Anything that you would change? I am open for any suggestions for improvement :-)

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Beautiful! Are you still using the 2 Finnex 24/7 lights and have you modified your light setting or kept it the same. I considering the same lighting setup in my tank and am curious on your thoughts.
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Beautiful! Are you still using the 2 Finnex 24/7 lights and have you modified your light setting or kept it the same. I considering the same lighting setup in my tank and am curious on your thoughts.
Thanks :-) I am still running the two 24/7s in addition to the FugeRay Planted+. The two 24/7s are now running in 24/7 mode on a timer, coming on at 6 and shutting off at 8:30. The FugeRay planted+ comes on at 3:30 and shuts off at 5:45....it is used to extend the high light period of the 24/7s which I believe is too short. I could have kept one of the 24/7 lights on Max but I like the light changes of the 24/7 mode too much to not use it....which is why I am using the third light. I can decrease or increase the duration of that light without losing my sunrise to sunset lighting.
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