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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 09-07-2014, 07:29 PM Thread Starter
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First planted tank, 55 gallon with sump

Here is my 55 gallon planted tank. This is my first planted tank setup. I have had all sorts of tanks in the past from tropical to cichlids to saltwater reef tanks. After moving out of our apartment I finally got my 55 gallon tank back from my sister-in-law who kept it for me while we where away. I wanted to do something simple and use it as a room divider between the living room and dinning area.

The lighting is Catalina 3 bulb T5 HO 48" 55 watts per bulb. 2 6500 Full Spectrum Bulbs and 1 plant grow. I have 2 of the bulbs on one timer and the plant grow on another timer. I start off with the 2 bulbs then add the 3rd bulb. Then drop off the 3rd bulb. Then I switch to one bulb.

The frame is built for the stand. April 4, 2014

Making the outside part to go around the stand to hide everything on the inside.

Hard scaped and filled with water. May 23rd, 2014

Plumed and filter built. May 29th, 2014

My homemade filter system.

Plants arrived. June 5th, 2014

One week after planting.

20 days after planting.

CO2 system finally arrived. At the time I was just pumping it start into the return pump. July 14th, 2014

July 24th, 2014

July 31st, 2014

How I perform maintenance. I have it setup so I can plug the garden hose directly into the pump system. I can pump the water out of the sump and then refill it. Also created some wooden lid holders to raise the lid so I can access the plants and fish. Also finally installed a reactor a month or so ago.

90 Day Mark, September 03, 2014

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post #2 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-17-2014, 07:55 AM
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Wow this looks amazing! Could we get a list of flora and fauna? The plants are filling in so nicely c:
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post #3 of 3 (permalink) Old 10-17-2014, 08:12 AM
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very nice setup , glad to see other planted tank owners that run sump filters
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