Originally Posted by tomfromstlouis
Still loving this tank Kathyy.
I am surprised you change out so much water each time. How often do you do this?
I haven't been doing these huge water changes for very long, only about a month. I am trying to do them every 3-5 days. After the 8' tank was such a mess when it missed a couple water changes last summer I suspect keeping water really clean may be quite important to fighting algae at least in a bright CO2 injected tank. I also realized that just because the tank looks half full that isn't a 50% water change when there is a sump under the tank! When the pumps are off there are up to 35 gallons down there.
I adore this tank, I'm always trying to mimic it in some way, but can never seem to get mine as natural, yet refined looking.
I still am working on it! I really like subscribing to channels on youtube by aquarists that put up how to videos like ADA, Green Machine, Pedro Rosa, Oliver Knott and others. I get a mini scaping session or long look at an interesting tank every day or so, nice. Seems to be getting information into my brain better than studying still pictures. I tend to skip over photos of tanks that are smaller than mine or aren't trying for the type of scape I prefer or aren't using plants I want to grow but there is something to learn from every scape successful or not and whether I want that particular type of scape or not.
Without a doubt, my favorite tank on this site!
Originally Posted by ThatGuyWithTheFish
Do you have CO2?
Sure do. A RIO 2500 pump sitting in the sump is running water through a 20" Cerges reactor that goes straight to the tank. I have a double stage regulator with a solenoid that turns on the CO2 ~1/2 hour before lights go on and turns off ~1/2 hour before lights go off. I am sure it is far from good enough but that is what is on the tank right now. I see pearling all over the tank anyway. This is the fanciest system I have had, lowest tech worked too - just stuck the CO2 line into the sump pump's intake for years! With 4' up to the tank and then down to the spraybar there were very few tiny bubbles in the tank.
Thank you so much.
Originally Posted by All Your Base
Same here! I don't currently have a planted tank running, but the system I'm about to start building will definitely be inspired by this one. The aquascaping is really nice.
Thanks, my main inspiration for this tank ended up finishing very well in IAPLC 2012 not that that matters. What mattered was this tank was working to accomplish the same sort of scape I wanted. Here is the starting point ADA / ADG Gallery journal (how to do everything)
and here are the results - scroll to #34 http://igorvarnic.blogspot.co.uk/201...aplc-2012.html
No my tank doesn't really look like this one and certainly wouldn't win any contests but the planted foreground with heavy rock and wood work covered with plants and stems behind sure was a great jumping off point.
Good news, I didn't kill the P. 'Kawagoneanum' by pruning it, tiny red sprouts are forming! I dropped the metal halides a few inches this week to see if that perks up that H. sibthorpioides. The Brazilian pennywort is loving the extra light, grown 6" at least in a couple days and the spinning mass of floating pennywort on the left hand side of the tank is doubled in size. I really should weigh it to see how much it is actually growing. The sad Fissidens I tied to the wood is getting green, I will have to rescue more from where it is hiding and find more spots to put it.