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oheresy's 75g low tech/low light aquarium (56k)

I got a 75g tank and stand a while back, and was intending to make it a reef tank, but have decided to make it my second planted tank. This will be my first low tech/low light tank.

I'm thinking about doing the dry start method. I'm going to order the substrate and heater this week. Once I get the substrate, I'll work on the hard scape. I'm thinking a nice large manzanita trunk and some branches. I can't remember what filter I got with the tank, so I'll update that tomorrow (working tonight).

Equipment

Tank: 75g standard
Substrate: AquaDurt Black Diamond
Lighting: 2x Solarmax HE T5 double lamp light system 48"
Filtration: Filstar XP3
Power head: Koralia Nano
Heat: Hyder ETH In-line aquarium heater 300 watt
Controller: Reef Keeper Lite Net
Cover: glass top (I'll probably change to open or netted)

Flora

Myriophyllum Aquaticum (Parrots Feather)
Red Java Fern
Sunset Hygro
Micro Crypt
Anacharus
Cryptocoryne, wendtii 'Florida Sunset'
Anubias, Petite Nana (Anubias bareri var. nana 'petite') or Anubias, Nana (Anubias barteri v. Nana)

Fauna

5x Otocinclus vestitus
20x Chili Rasbora
20x Neon Tetra
20x Ember Tetra
20x Harlequin Rasbora
20x Amano shrimp
20x Red Cherry Shrimp
10x various Nerite snails

I am definitely looking for suggestions, especially on dry starting flora. Thanks for reading. I'll update as I can.

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Re: oheresy's 75g low tech/low light aquarium

I just ordered an Hydor In-line heater (300 watt) and a Filter-Max pre filter for the cannister intake. Next to order is substrate, and I'll be doing that tomorrow.
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Re: oheresy's 75g low tech/low light aquarium

I've decided on a FilStar XP3 for filtration. AqAdvisor says it will filter my tank 269% with the stock I've chosen.

Here's a link to my AqAdvisor http://www.aqadvisor.com/AqAdvisor.p...rchMode=simple.
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Can't wait to see it! Manzinita is always a solid choice. If you are looking for a 75 gallon low tech to check out my friend has one on my youtube channel! Let me know if you want to see it
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Shrimp and snails take up very little biomass.

Add more fishies!
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Re: oheresy's 75g low tech/low light aquarium

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Can't wait to see it! Manzinita is always a solid choice. If you are looking for a 75 gallon low tech to check out my friend has one on my youtube channel! Let me know if you want to see it
Mitch, I'd definitely like to see your friends tank. Shoot me a link. :-)

Conrad, I definitely plan more fish. Just havenít decided on what yet.
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Updated my AqAdvisor http://bit.ly/Xx5vZ6

I shortened the link this time.
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Question: for a low tech tank, should I use the power head on the Filstar XP3 or the spray bar?
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Probably spraybar for a more even surface ripple to allow for optimal co2 exchange.

Here is the tank, he has done a great job on it. Its a long contest entry with lots of info so obviously you don't have to watch all of it. Just info

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Wow the video is embedded! First time I have seen that...
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Really nice tank in that video. Can't wait to get mine up and running.
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Re: oheresy's 75g low tech/low light aquarium

This gorgeous piece of manzanita is on its way to me.
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Well crap. I got my Filstar XP L (XP3) in and opened it up. Apparently the new XP L doesn't come with a spraybar like the original XP3. Does that mean I'll have to make my own? Any suggestions?
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Got my Hydor In-line 300W heater, sponge inlet pre-filter, and lights in today. The sponge pre-filter is to keep shrimp out of my canister filter. The other sponge filters will go on my 26G tank.

This photo shows my XP3, sponge filters, heater, and sump (that I won't be using on this tank). Hidden behind the XP3 is my RO/DI unit, which will be installed in the garage.



Here's a photo of my lights.

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Here's a photo of the manzanita trunk inside my tank. Pay no attention to the crap on top of the tank.
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