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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-27-2013, 11:20 PM Thread Starter
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75 Gallon Adventure

So hello everyone, this is my first planted tank and so far I have had fun creating this mini world.

So let's go step by step here.

Pic 1 First let me say that this was a well established tank before I ever thought of doing a planted tank. I had a fully grown oscar and a half grown texas cichlid in this tank for a year+.

Pic 2 This is Rhino, he is a fully grown (12+ inch) rhino pleco. He was the only one of the three that I hadn't yet donated when I started this little project.

Pic 3 This was my tank about a week ago. I got rid of the standard gravel and added in river and quarry rock that was maybe 3 inches deep. Added plants and didn't do much in the way of research. The water is cloudy due to dust from the quarry rock because this pic was taken just after completion of adding the rock in. I also had a two bulb T8 shop light with a 40 watt Glo-Flora and Glo-Power lights. Also left the old Marineland single bright LED light on the back edge of the tank to just add more light.

Pic 4 This is my tank as it sits now. I have done my homework and with a little help from the great people here on plantedtank.net I was able,after doing some amazingly time consuming work, to remove all the gravel and add miracle grow potting soil and then the rock back on top. I changed the shop light out from a two bulb and added a four bulb T8 with the two original bulbs and then added a Glo-Aqua and Glo-Sun to cover the spectrum fully. That gives me 2.13 watts per gallon.

So now I have a few inhabitants in the tank in the form of about 20 or so guppies that where originally bought as feeder fish for my oscar that he never ate. So my colony of live fish are feeders. Hopefully on Monday I will be adding a decent size colony on RCS along with some new plant and grass.

If anyone see's anything I need to change or has any suggestions please let me know.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 07-28-2013, 02:59 AM
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I like how your tank is looking, the large (it looks large) substrate is interesting.

You might want to consider adding some more plants, especially fast growers and/or floaters.

The rocks on the left, did you test them with vinegar for fizz reaction? they look like the same rock I had trouble with a long while back.

Keep posting pics!

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They are old limestone rock that I had in the tank a long time ago. Never had any problems with them and hope I don't now. I have more plants on the way and hopefully some floaters as well. The substrate is actually a mix of small river rock and 3/4 to 1 inch quarry type rock. Same stuff you might see in a gravel driveway. I like it because it looks like a real lake or river bed.

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Well it has been awhile and so far the tank has become a machine for growing plants. I have added some CRS and some floaters to the tank as well as an ivy that I thought wouldn't grow very well but to my amazement it is growing almost out of control. Thanks for all the help from everyone and I will post some pics up here soon. Also planning on doing a DIY sump system to add a little more water and allow me to get the heater and a few other things out of sight.

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