When I started my first planted tank a few months ago I had every intention of adding a journal however getting used to caring for plants and fish, starting the journal kept slipping my mind. Now that I'm about to perform some major changes, I wanted to make sure I started a journal as I'm sure I will need some advice and opinions along the way. Nearly everything I have learned about caring for aquarium plants has come from this forum. I've learned a lot, appreciate all the advice and hope I can provide some info to help others along the way.
Here is my 125 gallon (72x18x22) as of today.
2x Eheim 2217
2x Korilia 425 Power Head
2x Hydor Iinline 200w Heater
Lighting - Finnex Fugeray
Substrate - Eco Complete (Planted), Playsand (Non Planted)
Rock - River Rock
Manzanita Drift Wood
Backround - Krylon Dover White. Certainly gives off a bluish tint when the acitnics are on.
Java Fern Needle Leaf
Cyrpt Wendtii Red
Baby Tears Regular
Rummy Nose Tetra
Black Neon Tetra
Glo Light Tetra
2 Long Finned Albino Bushy Nose Pleco
Dosing PPS-Pro Daily per GLA recipe.
Dosing Flourish Excel Daily
Occassional Dose of Flourish Iron
Some observations from the first few months.......
This tank was always meant to be a home for Discus. After monitoring the tank for the last few months I've decided to make some changes to better support Discus care for the long term.
Despite reading how difficult it can be to keep two substrates separated, I gave it a shot and while I'm glad I did and have always liked the scape, you simply cannot avoid the substrates mixing, and just looks messy when it does. My bushy nose plecos are real good about cleaning around the rocks and scattering the Eco Complete onto the sand. Furthermore, my cory cats stay on the Eco Complete and the other fish stay mostly over the play sand. Without the cory's sifting through the playsand it always looks dirty, in my 75 with all playsand, cory's are all over and it usually looks very clean. In addition, the playsand is too fine, any major movement of the sand while cleaning clouds the tank.
I've gotten a GSA outbreak under control by reducing the photo period and increasing Po4. The first sign of GSA is what triggered a full fert regimen. Today, I believe I've got some fuzz algae about beat as well. Seems fighting algae is a lot of trial and error, when the GSA started to come under control, that was one of my prouder moments.
Sooo....... I've bought some nice pool filter sand from a local pool store and tomorrow will be pulling out the Eco Complete (going to the 75) as well as the playsand. I plan on tightening up the scape, hopefully an island type effect with more compact planting, easier to clean substrate, and leaving plenty of swimming space for Discus.
I'll add another post later today/tomorrow with the story behind my 75. It will go through a rescape right after the 125, I don't want the used Eco Complete sitting out without filtration.
Thanks for reading, opinions and advice are encouraged.