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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 05:13 AM Thread Starter
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Talking Southern Arizona's 125 Gal Planted Tank

So I'd figure I'd share my first attempt at a planted tank. While I've had different fish tanks all my life, I decided to start this planted tank.

Before I had an 55 Gal sand tank with Angels, Placos, Tiger Barbs, and gourami's. My buddy had a 125 Gal tank that he never cleaned and his wife said to get rid of the tank. Yeah for me!! I got the tank, stand, and filter for CHEAP!! Well... He had some gravel in the tank that I didn't remove and it had pond snails. After thousands of them breeded and every trick to kill them, I have embraced them.

I removed all but about 1/4 inch of sand with the snails on bottom of tank. Threw in some Miracle Gro Organic Soil, and plant gravel on top of that. What you see here is day 2 after setting it up for plants.



The plants I got from Petsmart so I'm sure they are easy to care for. They seem to be doing well for me.



I got 5 clown loaches. At least they seem to be holding their own against my snails.
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 05:19 AM Thread Starter
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Week 2


This is 5 days later. Plants are already starting to grow like crazy!
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-28-2013, 01:26 PM
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Good start
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-31-2013, 09:25 PM
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What are the small green/red plants in your second pic. Thanks. I have a few that came in a tank I recently bought and havent found any pics of anything that looks like them.
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What are the small green/red plants in your second pic. Thanks. I have a few that came in a tank I recently bought and havent found any pics of anything that looks like them.
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-31-2013, 09:47 PM
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It's gonna look good soon. I eventually embraced the snails too and now I love having them.
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-01-2013, 05:47 AM Thread Starter
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Here I thought they were Red Ludwigia Plants. I'm not good with names. I just started trying to buy a bunch of different plants.

I did start to have another issue this week. Something started to kill off my angels. First two of my new little ones and then my big angel that I've had for 4 years. All tests come back good levels in the water. Temp stays around 78-80. I have no idea what caused it. Strangely all the other fish are ok.
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such a big tank.... more plants! more plants!!!
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-01-2013, 02:52 PM
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Tank is looking good. Sorry about your angels, I've had a few die off for what seems to be no reason also. I agree with the others, you need lots more plants. I also have a 125g I'm working on going planted, and please join the 6 foot plus club.

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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-01-2013, 06:16 PM Thread Starter
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We have a koi nursery that I believe has some plants here in Cochise County. I thought about looking there for some bigger plants to throw in the tank.

I couldn't find your "The 6 Foot Plus Club". Did it get removed?
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post #11 of 14 (permalink) Old 09-04-2013, 06:00 AM Thread Starter
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Week 3 Update

Well as far as I can tell is the tall plants on the right side are growing like weeds. The rest of the plants are really nice and green but haven't grown much larger. I do have the liquid Carbon (CO2) from PetsMart so I have been putting that in. I been afraid to put too much in because I didn't want to starve the fish of oxygen if thats possible.

Turns out I have a female gold gourami and a male blue gourami and the blue guy has been flirting with the female. I guess I made the tank natural enough the fish like it.

Week 3 Growth
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post #12 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-26-2014, 05:59 AM Thread Starter
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One Year Later

So time has flown by as always. My tank now includes an old Mesquite log and some small driftwood I found at a local lake when the water was very low. All my cheap Pets Mart plants have exploded and the swords are doing excellent. I still get patches of little black hair algae but not to bad.



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post #13 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-26-2014, 07:07 AM
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What type of lighting are you using?
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post #14 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-26-2014, 07:11 AM Thread Starter
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I have 4 36" T5 High Output Bulbs.

2 x 10K 39 Watt Coralife Daylight Bulbs
2 x 5K 39 Watt Med Flora Sun Plant Bulbs

They are on a timer going around 10 hours a day.
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