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75 Gallon journal

I'm new to planted tanks (since October 2013 to be exact) and am absolutely obsessed . I sit behind a computer and camera for my job and messing around with my aquariums is super relaxing. Here is my 75 gallon. This tank was set up in February. I have a lot to learn but am having a blast so far. It's going to be fun to see the changes in this tank.

Tank details
- 2 Fluval Full Spectrum Plant LED fixtures
- Fluval 406 and Marineland C160 Canister Filter, Fluval 300 watt heater, Hydor 240 and 425 powerheads.
- Pressurized. Diffused through DIY reactor attached to canister filter.
- Flourite/gravel mix
- Seachem liquid ferts for now..

Plants
- Staurogyne Repens
- Pogostemon Helferi
- SP Japan
- Alternanthera Reineckii
- Wisteria
- Ludwigia Rubin
- Ludwigia Repens
- Ludwigia Narrow Leaf (I think)
- Ludwigia Needle Leaf
- Rotala Magenta
- Rotala Rotundifolia
- Limnophila Aromatica
- Pogostemon Erectus
- Pygmy Chain Sword (Echinodorus Tenellus)
- Ammania Gracilis

Fish
- 6 Boesemani Rainbows
- 10 Blue Tetras
- 2 Siamese Algae Eaters
- 3 Panda Cory Cats
- 4 Punctatus Cory Cats

Set up on February 24th 2013


April 18th before removing plants and adding new ones.



April 23, 2014


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I'm liking the dutch inspired look now...do you plan on using substrate ferts ? If not I think you'll start seeing plant nutrient deficiencies in a few months or less since you have an inert substrate like me. Also CO2 fluctuations are very common on DIY set ups and can yield a lot of algae issues so try to ensure you're CO2 supply stays very consistent. Most folks eventually invest in a "paint ball" set up for CO2 once they get much above 29 gal in order to get pressurized CO2 more consistently. If you have the means get a decent CO2 regulator & needle valve set up that's reliable also learn how to dose dry ferts to save cash. You can easily research these on this forum if you've not already been doing so.

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Looking great so far !
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@jfynyson - Thanks for the response. I am using mostly Flourite mixed with a little black gravel. I did make a bunch of root tabs so we will see how that goes. I do have a paintball co2 set up. Not ideal but works for now. I will be upgrading the co2 tank to a bigger one soon. I also am about to switch to dry ferts.
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Took a few more photos today.






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Nice setup, you've managed to replicate a dutch style tank pretty well. How do you like the fluval plant LEDs?

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Beautiful tank.
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Thanks - dindin

exv152 - Hopefully it will look better within the next month once I move some stuff around. As for the fluvals. So far so good. I wouldn't recommend just 1 id get 2. I'd probably go with something else if I started over based on the price but if you can get them on a good sale they are worth it. They seem to be doing good for red plants. I just added some Rotala Magenta a week ago. That should be a good test for these lights.

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What camera & settings / parameters are you using for these nice shots?
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jfynyson - I'm using a Canon 5D Mark III. I took these in manual mode. The settings vary but ISO between 1000-1600, f5-f10 and 1/50-1/100 sec. were used for those. Thanks for the compliment on the shots!
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Very nice! Your plants are looking so healthy! I have a 40B community tank I want to turn into a dutch style aquascape. Just got to gather some supplies
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merv - I have a 37 that I want to replace with a 40. I love the look and size of the 40.
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merv - I have a 37 that I want to replace with a 40. I love the look and size of the 40.
I like it too. I got mine on sale at Petco over a year ago. It was a $1 per gallon sale. So only paid $40
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Wow!!! Just awesome!!
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