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post #1 of 43 (permalink) Old 08-21-2013, 02:22 PM Thread Starter
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I am completely new to aquariums. Had a few fish when I was a kid, but nothing major. We went the a large aquarium a few weeks ago, and our little boy just loved it so I decided to dive in. I have done A LOT of research and reading over the last two weeks, and I think I have an idea where I am going.

The Plan (at the current moment).

75g Planted tank.
45ppi HMF Filter only
no CO2 injection, will use excel
a dual T5HO 48inch light


Things still working on a final plan on.... everything.

I am thinking about going the a potting soil covered with 5mm or less gravel for a substrate.

Do know exactly how many plants I will end up with, but I would like a significant amount.


I am interested in any and all advice. The only thing I don't want to hear is that I can't do it because I am too new, or that it is to advanced for me. I can do it
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You're in the right place, you won't hear "you can't do it" here, that's crazy talk. I took the plunge last week myself in changing my tank into planted.

Things I'd consider:

Learn about tank cycling and complete it before you add fish to your tank or you will likely suffer casualties.

Do DIY root tabs. They're WAY cheaper and more effective.

Dosing Excel into such a large tank everyday (assuming that is your idea) may get expensive or annoying. It also isn't as effective as injected CO2. Not encouraging you to do CO2, I know you don't want to, just FYI.
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I was looking at a DIY Co2 system... I was just under the impression that for a tank my size, it might be cheaper to go with excel... I haven't done the math myself, but you might be right.


Will look into DIY root tabs


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There are some good reasons for supplementing co2. There are also a lot of reasons to not to.

I personally do not see why you cannot skip it (including Excel) and not have a lush planted tanks. There are tons of examples here and on the web of people doing a lot with little. My advise is to get your hands wet first and then make an educated decision later.

And if for some reasons things are not working out - research and ask.

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Did think of a specific question.... when cycling the tank...


Plants in or wait till done cycling?
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Plant and plant a lot as soon as you can. A bunch of cheap, fast growing plants will help to stabilize your tank much faster and with less drama.

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Check out the Low Tech forum & consider mineralizing your soil if you want to cut down on the cycle time. Dirt tanks are the way to go!
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I looked at the thread... I didn't see exactly what has to be done...
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This first picture is a picture of my HMF planned layout. The filter will be on the left, with a pipe going across the back and sticking up on the right with holes angled in.

The second shows the soft current I am trying to create.

Thoughts?
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So is there a good place to get a nice verity of plants, for a not too steep price?

How many plants are needed for a 75g?

Is there a easy way to lay it out, or just go with the flow?


Just about have the modifications done for the HMF will post pics later today probably.
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another question...


In a 20 inch deep 75g tank would this be considered high. medium, or low light?




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First pick is my HMF frame work. The second is my soil, uncapped atm.
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Capped.

Thought about using the black diamond, but my wife said she really wanted the colorful rocks, so I will use it another time
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Initial Fill.
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Base Water Data Out of the Tap:

Temp - 24c

Nitrate - 0

Nitrite - 0

GH - 150 (hard)

Chlorine - 0

KH - 120

PH - 7.8



(This was a strip and not liquid. Plan on getting a liquid test next week.)
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