Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: Kansas City, KS
Monkeys typing Shakespeare
I feel like the ultimate stalker on this forum. Always posting my thoughts and ideas and never letting people see my tanks! BWAHAHAHAHA. So anyway, I've caught the plant bug... big time. I started with a couple tens, putting plants in them just to help my cherry shrimp be more healthy and breed more readily. It worked wonders. Then one day I realised I had spent an hour being picky about the way the plants LOOKED and hadn't even checked on my shrimp.... that was the end of sanity. The tens got replaced by 20H's and the lights got replaced by compact flourescents, and the DIY Co2 got replaced by compressed, and now comes the ultimate obsession...
I was in the process of ordering most of the stuff for my 75gallon high tech uber tank when I came across a craigslist ad locally for a 125complete setup with stand for $300. I went out and snatched that up!
I already had the stand for the 75! So I went and bought the tank to go on top... then I continued my shopping for things to go along with...
So now I have on the way to my house all the stuff to set up TWO high tech tanks lol I have T5HO lights for both, two Compressed Co2 rigs (one is split three ways to accomodate my 20H's (which might or might not be getting sold)) Canister filters a'plenty, and two Co2 reactors. Mineralized soil substrate and several bags of 3M Black to cap it off, as well as hardscape for the 75. Still need to figure that part out for the 125.
Anyway... my query here is about those monkeys mentioned in the thread topic. Who wants to help me make Shakespeare? You guys can be monkeys with me and the 125 will be Shakespeare! I'm putting over $1500 worth of planted tank candy in your collaborative hands to do with what you will. I'll post pics as the equipment arrives and start "votes" as to which scape "type" the tank should be, and hardscape etc... then we'll get down to plants when the hardscape is settled.
Whatcha think? You can experiment via. internet lol
125aga tank w/stand (I'm going to repaint the trim on the tank and the stand black, as I hate the oak it is now)
T5HO 4 x 80W fixture (bulbs will be coming with the fixture, but if I can find 80W geisemann's I'll be getting those in 2 x daylight, 2 x aquaflora)
20lb Co2 tank w homemade (LARGE) PVC reactor
2xfluval 404 canister
hydor inline 300W heater (think I need more?)
need to find a UV sterilizer, but don't know the proper size to use. I have one already for the 75gallon.
anything I forgot here?
oh yeah... mineralized substrate compliments of torpedobarb. Thanks for doing all the drying and such, the price was definitely right!
capping that with 3M colorquartz (I have 3 50lb bags on their way to the house now.
Let me know your thoughts as to how this should play out, (or if I should just cage all the monkeys and type out the sonnets myself) I think it would be an interesting experiment to see what a tank turned out to be with all the TPT members voting on what should happen with it!
I'm planning on starting whatever hardscape is decided on, and a simple mass of nitrogen sucking plants and the voting public can fill the tank with other plants as we go, and I'll start removing the nitrogen nuking weeds as those are chosen.