Here is a shot of the tank just 3 days old now. Water is clearing up more and more each day. So hopefully by this time next week it will be sparkling. I did some moving of the plants around to make room for my foreground plants I have ordered since the ones I got were in bad shape and not even plantable. So that is why it is so bare in front. That wasn't on purpose. Some plants in the back are starting to rebound and getting new growth. Now if only the others would get the memo we would be in good shape. I am really looking forward to seeing how it looks once it fills in. BTW, that is only 1 BML 10K Planted 46" running right now at 100%.
I have more foreground plants coming. The ones I got were completely melted and unusable and they even forgot to ship some all together. With the exception of the foreground the rest of the tank is packed solid. It is really hard to tell or see that from the pics because of the driftwood and rocks and the way the substrate slopes.
Here is a little history of how this tank as involved to what it is today.
Keeping tanks and reefs is something I have I have done for 20+ years. I have had many aquariums over the years but currently I have a 90G in wall reef, and 2 55G in wall reefs and now this 90G planted tank. The 90G in wall reef is about to get upgraded to a 6-700G in wall. That will leave me with 1 extra 55G and 1 90G. I would like to do a discuss tank next with the old 90G reef that is about to get upgraded and replaced or get a 125G to do a discuss tank in. If so that will leave me with a 55 & 90G to do something new in. Any suggestions?
55G Fish Only freshwater tank which was set up for 7+ years that I took down in Nov to go Planted. Tank was this crystal clear and clean the entire 7 years.
Upgraded to 90G High Tech Planted tank. Hopefully in time this 90G will look just as densely planted and good as the artificial plants in the 55G
Nice job Texan, I am in the planning phase of my 90g planted dream tank and other than some of the details we are obviously pretty close in terms of our dreams
This has been a great post for me in terms of mounting things etc. I had already landed on BML lights, Apex system, Fluval 406 (not sure if I will switch to lgr Eheim yet), Hydor heater, CO2 (going with a DIY reactor), and was thinking about a dosing pump as well. I was also thinking about pvc plumbing outside of the cabinet and like your clear pvc/and spray bar ideas. I am going without a canopy, and going to use Seachem Flourite as a substrate (I already have 3 bags and liked it when I used it previously) but other than that we are really close.
Thanks for sharing your story and tank progress. I love it! and you gave me some ideas for my wishlist. Too bad you don't live closer because I need someone to build me a cabinet for my dutch aquarium. Now why didn't I think of the inline heater???
Wasn't much to report from my last report but here is some pics from three weeks ago. I trimmed back all the new growth and pulled all the melted growth that was expected from the initial planting and replanted the new growth. I reorganized the scape some in a manner that I thought would look good when it started to fill in. I also got my mid ground s. repens, and my foreground dwarf baby tears and Downi as well as added a couple other background plants. I have been adding some as I go.
I have been doing 40-50%ish water changes every other day and dosing PPS-Pro 15ML each day before the lights come on and of course injecting CO2. Everything is sparkling and doing very well. My dwarf baby tears are coming along slow but I do see progress. Other than that the water parameters are perfect and everything is golden.
So here are some pics from 3 weeks ago of my "pea soup" from when I did all that I talked about. These were taken during a water change and right after rescaping and cleaning the tank. Lights are off right now and I just did a water change this evening so I will get some pics of how it looks as of now and post an update in a couple days so you can see the progress which is substantial compare to these pics.
Here is some pics from the top
Now some close ups of the different areas of the tank and the overall view.
Well here are some updated pics from today. The ones I posted yesterday were from 3 weeks ago and here is the progress 3 weeks later. Water is a little cloudy but it always is a little bit the day after I do a water change. Tomorrow is will be crystal clear and be time to change it again. Looking forward to when I can cut back to once a week.
3 Weeks Ago
You can see a lot of progress in just 3 weeks and I am pleased with how things are progressing.
Looking really good. Give it some time to fill in some more and it will look even better.
All matter is merely energy condensed to a slow vibration, we are all one consciousness experiencing itself subjectively, there is no such thing as death life is only a dream which is an imagination of ourselves. Bill Hicks
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Well here is a small update since I updated about 2 weeks ago. I think I have CO2, Lighting, and Ferts finally dialed in and tank in good balance. Since my last update you can see the plants on the left side have exploded in growth since two weeks ago. The right side is small because I just planted new plants last week and did some moving around. Also the Dwarf Baby Tears looking like they are finally taking roots and spreading. Spreading slowly but at least I am seeing some progress. Hopefully in a couple months I should have a good foreground carpet if things continue to progress. So may have some plants to sale or trade soon. I am looking for some Japonica if anyone knows where I can find some.
Anyways, here is the progress of the tank since two weeks ago and some over head shots when I was doing some work on the tank last week.