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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-12-2012, 06:25 PM Thread Starter
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150g Tall - The tank that TPT built

First let me say thanks to all the great people that share their knowledge here on TPT.

I have always want to setup a planted tank but just never taken the time to do so (mostly out of laziness). But about 3 months ago a co-worker gave me his old 55 gallon tank and I thought know would be the perfect time to do so.
The more I read on TPT and other forums I decided that a 55 just wasn’t big enough for what I wanted to do. So I decided I would buy a new 90g and I started acquiring equipment to that end. I even started a tank journal about a month ago to document it. At the time I started that journal I hadn’t purchased the tank and as it turned out I found a 150g tall on craigslist that I ended up buying. So I have started a new journal about this tank.

The tank just after moving it in:




Using a 40g breeder for a sump:




Using Black diamond as the substrate:


I wanted to build a rock wall and have to different levels but I am not sure it worked to well:




Using a BeanAnimal style drain:




Under tank pluming – I thought using mostly Flex PVC would make pluming more forgiving to poor measurements but in hindsight all it did was make everything crooked. So a side note having never done pluming before I expected a lot of leaks but after having water in the tank for a week know I haven’t had one:




Filling the tank:




Cyrpts (wendtii “Topica” and parva) from Ibacha:







Green Leaf Aquarium order:






Current view:






I still have an order of Anubias b. nana petite from EdwardN for the rock wall and some plants coming in from aquariumplants.com. Hopefully these should be in today.
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If you really want the rock wall areas try incorporating the rocks into the scape where you can back fill for a raised area. Don't think retaining wall, think a rocky outcrop on the side of a natural hill or mountain behind which you can add more substrate.

Nice setup so far.
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-12-2012, 06:54 PM
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Looks awesome! Can you tell us/show us a little bit about your light setup?
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-12-2012, 07:02 PM Thread Starter
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Looks awesome! Can you tell us/show us a little bit about your light setup?
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Catalina 48” 3x54 watt T5 HO Hood 1" above the tank.
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Very nice! in for more
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I like that size tank a lot. Did you use dirt under the black diamond? Or are you using root tabs?
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-12-2012, 10:38 PM Thread Starter
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I am using root tabs. I should have put a layer of Osmocote Plus but I didn't want to wait another week to setup the tank. Thinking about it now I will probably regret not doing it n the long run.

Currently I am running CO2 at 3-4 bpm to keep my pH at 7.4 which with my 21ish dKH should give me around 30 ppm.

I will be setting up to dosing pumps for marco and trace liquid ferts in next week or so. Currently I am waiting on my RootMedic order to come in.
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Nice start to this tank. Maybe I missed it but what are the dimensions for this tank?
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-13-2012, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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It's 48x24x31
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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 04-14-2012, 12:06 AM
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That's a nice big tank. You could grow some beautiful specimen swords and crypts in there.
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