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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 03-18-2017, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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My New 55g Planted Tank

Hey guys,

So I'm going to try and start a journal for the new tank I'm just in the process of setting up. I had a planted tank YEARS ago and I've really wanted to get back into it so I started looking for some secondhand systems and I managed to find a steal of a deal from a guy that was getting out and wanted to sell his whole system. He gave me everything he's ever accumulated so I had a lot of junk to sift through but I did get some pretty good pieces out of it.

To start wit the equipment:

-55 gal Fluval tank (36 x 17 x 21) - I'm really glad that this is a bit of an oddball 55 shape. The 17" depth gives me a bit more options for the aquascape.
-Fluval stand that seems like it was a package deal. The tank and stand were originally drilled so that the filter piping went through the bottom of the tank straight into the filter. I really didn't like having the big tubes right in the middle of the tank so I removed them and capped the bulkheads
-Fluval 305 filter w/ glass lily pipes
-Hydor 200W inline heater
-Fluval Fresh and Planted 2.0 36" Led light - The original T5HO lights that came with the deal had two lights that wouldn't work. I tried bulbs that I knew worked and nothing seemed to get it going. By the time I would have messed around with a new ballast and bulbs it was well over half the cost of the fresh and planted
-Pressurized CO2 with inline diffuser
-Ecotech Vortech MP140 (I think) powerhead c/w controller
-Reef Keeper Lite aquarium controller

I've just finished all the plumbing and leak checks, ran all the cables and tried to keep everything as tidy as I can. I'm just running it now to make sure that everything works as planned and then hopefully next weekend I'll plant it.

The plan is Amazonia soil, spider wood and some red lava rock for the hard scape. All the wood is soaking right now so that hopefully it sinks and leaches out most of the tannins by next weekend.

I've got a long list of plants I'm looking into and by no means will I get all of these but I will get some from the following list. Any comments on the ones I've chosen or any additional options are always welcome.

-Weeping moss (Vesicularia Ferriei)
-Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini'
-Taxiphyllum 'Spiky'
-Microsorum pteropus 'WindelÝv'
-Cryptocoryne wendtii Green
-Pogostemon helferi
-Hygrophila corymbosa 'Siamensis'
-Aponogeton Crispus
-Anubias barteri var. nana petite
-Cryptocoryne wendtii sp
-Java Fern (Microsorium pteropus)
-Java Fern, (Microsorum Pteropus Narrow)
-Vallisneria Corksdcrew ( shorter type, 3 plants)
-Bolbitis Heudelotti
-Bucephalandra sp. Palm Tree
-Blyxa Japonica
-Echinodorus (Amazon Sword)
-Vallisneria asiatica
-Crypt balansae
-Cryptocoryne crispatula
-Echinodorus 'Reni
-Cryptocoryne undulatus 'Red'
-Cryptocoryne wendtii sp Brown
-Cryptocoryne beckettii 'Petchii'
-Cryptocoryne wendtii de Witt ( Red)

I'm completely up in the air about what stocking I want to do. I,ve been considering rainbows (Parkinsoni in particular), bosemani rainbows, rummynose, red tailed black shark, celestial pearl danios, corys, amano shrimp. Every day I think about it or go into the store I change my mind about what fish I keep. I wouldn't get all of those listed but they are the ones that catch my eye. A community tank is the goal at the end of the day.

That's about it for now. I've just spent the day tidying everything up and making sure it all works well. I'll let it run for the week, work on the plant list and hopefully get the tank up and running.

Here are a few pictures of the tank and setup.

Thanks for reading.

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holy cow nice setup.
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Very very nice. One question though. Why not go for a reactor instead of diffuser? Diffuser you will still have some bubbles unless you want some bubbles.


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Very very nice. One question though. Why not go for a reactor instead of diffuser? Diffuser you will still have some bubbles unless you want some bubbles.


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I know this is a question for the OP but I just wanted to give my opinion on this as well, I do like the bubbles because they make it have just (and this is IMO) an aesthetically pleasing effect.
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Oh you're going to have fun! I love that you have red tailed shark on the list! I wouldn't go with it but I love all of those types of fish. Check out rainbow sharks Name:  IMG_0493.JPG
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Only reason im not a shark guy is because, well, its a "shark".
never had one but im pretty sure they are aggressive. im more into 1" and under fish in HUGE schools or tanks. Doing this to my 65
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Only reason im not a shark guy is because, well, its a "shark".

never had one but im pretty sure they are aggressive. im more into 1" and under fish in HUGE schools or tanks. Doing this to my 65


Don't think they are actually sharks but may be aggressive. May be wrong but read they are not actually sharks just named because they kind of look like mini sharks.


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Don't think they are actually sharks but may be aggressive. May be wrong but read they are not actually sharks just named because they kind of look like mini sharks.


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LOL I know its not a shark I didn't mean to be so literal my apologies!
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LOL I know its not a shark I didn't mean to be so literal my apologies!


Gotcha. Hard to tell sometimes online lol


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They are catfish or carp of some sort not too unlike bala sharks. Rainbows are not aggressive unless you house two males together. They only get about 4". Had one in my 125 for a couple of years.


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Well after a bit of a nightmare with the heaters (see here Heater Too Small - Options??) I finally got everything figured out, aquascape done and finally planted. I'm still waiting on a few background plants to arrive which should be here this week but otherwise the tank is up and running.

I soaked the driftwood for a while but it seems that it dried out a bit waiting for the scape and fill so it floated a bit so I'll have to do a bit of adjusting once it settles down but for the most part stuff is where I want it to be.

Plants are:
Pogostemon Helferi
Crypt becketii petchii
Java fern trident
anubias petite
AR mini
Echinodorus 'Reni (on order)
Vallisneria asiatica (on order)
Vallisneria rubra (on order)

I tested my CO2 on the empty tank so hopefully I have a good starting point and I can dial it in as I go.

Well, that's about it. And we're off!!!
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oh wow looks very nice
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And I just got in my last plants I ordered. They were pretty nice. The Echinodorus 'Reni' was a lot smaller than I expected but super bushy and colorful so hopefully everything grows in well. I ended up moving the pogostemon to the middle and the crypts to the outside since they'll be larger when they grow in.

Now we wait.

I started dosing half the recommended EI dosing and we'll see how that goes.
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And I just got in my last plants I ordered. They were pretty nice. The Echinodorus 'Reni' was a lot smaller than I expected but super bushy and colorful so hopefully everything grows in well. I ended up moving the pogostemon to the middle and the crypts to the outside since they'll be larger when they grow in.



Now we wait.



I started dosing half the recommended EI dosing and we'll see how that goes.


Looking good. Why half ferts?


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Looking good. Why half ferts?


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I figure I just don't have the plant mass for the full dose. I'll probably do half for the first few weeks and then just up to the full dose.

I'm really happy with how it looks so now I just hope I can keep it going and get some nice growth.
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