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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-25-2015, 12:41 PM Thread Starter
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75g low tech native (pic heavy)

Tank
Marineland 75 gallon

Stand
$50 craigslist find


Filtration
sunsun 404b

Lighting
finnex planted+ 48" going to suspend it in a canopy im currently building


Substrate
Dirt capped with sorted pea gravel(takeing out the largest pieces to bring avg grain size down

Hard Scape
self collected DW and slate

Plants
Java Fern (Microsorium pteropus)
FROGBIT (Limnobium spongia)
Dwarf Subulata (Sagittaria subulata)
Anubias barteri v. Coffeefolia
Marsilea quadrifolia
Red Flame sword (Echinodorus Red Flame)
Jungle Vallisneria (Vallisneria Americana var. americana)
Christmas moss (Vesicularia montagnei) or Flame moss

mock up i did of the scape feed back welcomed


Live stock
going to start with mts and fathead minows letting the mts population expand
then will be adding northern long ears (Lepomis megalotis peltastes)
pumkinseeds (Lepomis gibbosus)
and a couple yet to be determined sunfish as i will be catching the fish for my tank
if the/when the fatheads get eaten I will replace them with golden shiners (Notemigonus crysoleucas)
last but not lest I will add a stonecat (Noturus flavus)
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-25-2015, 01:25 PM
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Heya i like the idea of native stuff, i use native rocks and DW too in my builds. Looking forward to see how it turns out
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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 05-25-2015, 07:36 PM
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A good start! I just made a canopy. They are a little bit tricky actually.

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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 08-09-2015, 07:14 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah little tricky was an under statement just got done with mine and found out im no wood worker.




Corners didn't meet up well so I used epoxy putty to sculpt the details of the molding in and fill the gap.


Found this little critter in the tank going to start a what is it thread to find out.

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-06-2015, 10:59 AM Thread Starter
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Be about 3 months time for an up date.

Current stock
5 blackstriped topminnow (Fundulus notatus)
3 fathead minnows (Pimephales promelas)
1 Bluespotted sunfish (Enneacanthus gloriosus)
1 banded sunfish (Enneacanthus obesus)
3 Missouri Longears (Lepomis megalotis)
1 Western Dollar Sunfish (Lepomis marginatus)
and more rams horn, pond, and mts snails then I can count.


full tank


left side


right side


side view


rear view

Blackstripe topminnow



juvenile sunfish (loves the camra)

fathead minnow (current boss of the tank)


bluespotted sunfish( sorry for the glare but he was in full colors so had to get a pic)



banded sunfish






Marsilea quadrifolia slow but sure seems to link the shade of the sword plant better then the higher light in front of the cave.



jungle val flowering


tank under moonlights

been fighting thread/string algae for about a month and a half. Started dosing EI low tech in my 2nd week of that.

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Looks good! The layout is nearly identical to what I have planned for my next tank. As for the algae, rough luck. I have zero algae advice. I just keep it low tech and turn the lights down if something goes wrong

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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-06-2015, 01:03 PM
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Depending on your inflow setup because Frogbit doesn't like rough or high flow arias,
either Frogbit or Dwarf Water Lettuce allowed to get about 20% coverage would stop
some of the algae and add a new dimension also. But the Frogbit does get roots as long
as 13" down into the water.
When I was just a kid my brother and I both had tanks. He kept a pair of Jack Demsey's
in a 29g tank and I had a 30 long tank/w native. Because sunfish spawn several times
through the summer and we had access to vast shallow water tracks, I'd get a dozen
or so 1" baby sunfish and replace the older ones that got over 2" in there. No fighting
and no nest building that way. Afraid you'll find out none too soon about the nest
building of sunfish. Interesting when you get a "Goggle Eye"/"Warmouth" mixed in/w the bunch you brought home as I did. Till they get some size that is.
The scape turned out real nice.

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Have frog bit and duck weed in there and it covers more then 20%
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 12-08-2015, 04:53 PM Thread Starter
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long ears have at least doubled in size since i got them with the larger one has tripled in size.
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