The tank is finally in its last stages of production and plants and some fish have been added this tank has been in the works for just under a year equipment is listed below
75 gallon All-Glass
250 Watt Eheim jager
Eheim Professional 2026
aquariumplants.com co2 regulator
20 lbs co2 tank
Milwaukee Ph probe
4x54 watt HO T5
Aqua medic 1000 co2 reactor (coming this week)
I'm using a Coralife power center because moonlights are going to be added hopefully within the next month as well as all the extra equipment for the co2. I'm also running a separate power bar for a second timer to achieve the progression of brightness effect. As for substrate I chose 8 bags of flourite. My dosing regime is listed below.
Monday: KSO4 1/8, KH2PO4 1/8, CSM+B 1/8, KNO3 1/2
Wednesday: KSO4 1/8, KH2PO4 1/8, CSM+B 1/8, KNO3 1/2
Friday: Water change KSO4 1/8, KH2PO4 1/8, CSM+B 1/8, KNO3 1/2
Once all the fish are in Iím going to monitor the KNO3 dosing as I believe less will be needed due to the high fish load. Also being a student water-changes can get problematic I try to do 3 a week but usually only end up doing 2 how ever if I get time I do them whenever possible. PH stays at about 6.0 constantly due to co2 addition at about 4-6 Bps. KH is usually high at about 6-8. GH at about 8-10. Plant list is below
Sagittaria subulata (not the dwarf kind the 14 inch kind)
Echinodorus bleheri 'compacta'
Vallisneria "Dark Red Jungle Val"
Echinodorus palaefolius var. latifolius
Helanthium tenellum(E. tenellus)
25 species........dam I have collectoris ha-ha oh well all that matters is that it looks good right? Now on to the fish list (this is the final fish list not the current)
10 Otocinclus Sp.
10 mix of Corydoras trilineatus and Corydoras julii.
16 Paracheirodon innesi
7 Nematobrycon palmeri
3 Microgeophagus ramirezi (1M 2F)
4 Apistogramma sp (havenít decided maybe cockatoo or Apistogramma eunotus hopefully something a bit more rare)
5 "red turq discus"
Fish list isnít too bad it could be a tad smaller but Iíve seen more discus crammed into a smaller tank with more tank mates than this!
As for the hard scape I collected about 14 pieces of driftwood from LAKE ONTARIO....
rinsed it for about a week scrubbed it for about 8 hours, rinsed it for another 2 weeks bleached it. Rinsed it for 2 weeks, bleached it again, scrubbed it, rinsed it multiple times and let it soak for about a month changing the water about once a week. Well lets just say now its about the cleanest thing in lake Ontario
It still didnít sink so it's being held down by a card board box, shoelaces, and tape
Over all I have found literature on the internet stating all these species can be found in South America... some plants are pushing the border into more northern South American but never the less still just inside... as for the fish all are found in South America apart from the discus but it came from a few species in south America so it still counts. I wish i could have wilds but I donít have the money for that.
Enough said here are some pics
hehe me trying to be fancy and not doing a very good job
E. tenellus (the real stuff)
Amazon compacta and Mayaca fluviatilis
The first day
I was having some problems with the camera so please excuse the lack of quality, other wise Iím really interested in comments and criticism is appreciated. The tank really just started perking up today so I will update at the end of this week