I posted a video of the tank on youtube and in the “aquascaping” forum. Since then, several members have asked for specifics. When first set up, the size of this tank made me a bit nervous since I have not set up any tank larger than 50G. The largest one was a 46G bowfront. I never expect it would turn out this well. So I am writing this up to share with all the details as well as more photos beside the video. The tank is very pleasing to view, especially during sunset hours. Anyway, here are the details. Tank was set up in late June 2013.
Filtration: Eshopps W/D sump (WD-300CS)
Light: BML light x2 (90o custom spectrum and 75o planted tank spectrum). Light schedule is 8am-8pm with first 100 min ramp-up (0-70% sunrise) and last 100min ramp-down (70-0% sunset). Currently, I am setting it to 90% intensity to give the carpet plants more light since it is very thick.
CO2: 10lbs tank regulated by an Aquatek regulator. The 10 lbs tank lasts around 2.5 mos.
Apex: control CO2 injection and BML lights and others (heater and UV sterilizer)
Substrate: MGOCPM/Organic Compost/Shultz Aquatic Plant Soil (~75/~15/~15). I soaked this mixture for two weeks, changing water 3 to 4 times during the soaking time. Then into the tank was: ~1 inch of MGOCPM, then ~2 inches of the soaked mixture, then 1 inch of sand to cap.
Fertilizer: typical solid NPK with plantex CSM-B at random, no fix schedule, and light. I also toss in the sump 2-3 sticks of Jobe’s indoor fertilizer every ~1-2 mos.
DW: from Tom
Fish: rummy nose tetra (40), SAE (4), Ottos (15)
- HC, Dwarf four leaf clover, C. parva (for ground cover)
- Anubias nana petitie: on DW (providing frame)
- C. wendtii, Blyxa Japonica, Rotala Macrandra, Rotala indica, Rotala colorata (??), Ludwigia red, AK
Below are pictures to show the tank’s progress.
Six month: replacing L. aromatic with Rotala macrandra on left side
Video: 3min on youtube:
What is the name of this rotala species (colorata???)
Hope you like it. Some of the names of plants I could have called incorrectly. I am not good at plants names.