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Audioaficionado's 45 Gallon Tall High Tech Reentry

This is my 20 year old tank that replaced my original 29 gal my daughter accidentally broke with a step ladder long ago LOL.

Not much to look at. Hard to believe I have a C note invested in it just for the DIY T5NO fixture, 4 dozen real cheap fish and several small plants. Should have gone mail order for the plants. Much better bang for the buck than my LFS.

It ain't an ADA, but It'll do for now on my shoe string budget.

Plants have already grown an inch in a week. Pretty good for only 1W/gal lighting. I'll get a second dual 21W light strip installed asap after next payday. T5HO baby!

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Tank: 45 gal 36x24x12
Pump: Marineland Magnum 350
Light: 2x F39T5 6500k Sun Blaster strip lights w/reflectors
Substrate: #3 natural gravel w/Tetra Hilena Initial D & 20 yr old mulm
CO2 DIY: 1 to 1/2 bps 24/7

Anubias barteri 'Nana'
Cryptocoryne Retrospiralis
Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica'
Cryptocoryne lutea
Microsorum pteropus (Java Fern)
Anubias barteri 'Coffeefolia'
Hygrophila pinnatifida
Limnophilia sp 'Sulawesi'
Lilaeopsis novae 'mini' (mini microsword)
Cabomba furcata
Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Mi Oya'
Cryptocoryne pontederiifolia
Cryptocoryne spirales
Cryptocoryne cordata
Hygrophila corymbosa 'Kompakt'

22x Tanichthys albonubes (white cloud)
8x Danio rerio (Zebra Danio)
11x Paracheirodon innesi (neon tetra)
1x Hemigrammus erythrozonus (glowlight tetra)
3x Hyphessobrycon eques (serpae tetra)
3x Hemigrammus ocellifer (headlight tail light tetra)
5x Otocinclus affinis (Oto catfish)
5x Puntius titteya (Cherry Barb)
2x Puntius conchonius (Rosy Barb)
2x Trichogaster leeri (Pearl Gourami)
3x Gymnocorymbus ternetzi (Black Skirt Tetra)
5x Neritina natalensis sp (Zebra Nerrite snail)
5x Neritina natalensis sp (Ruby or Red spotted Nerrite snail)
3x Crossocheilus siamensis (true Siamese Algae Eater)
Glyptoperichthys gibbiceps (marbled sailfin Plecostomus)

I'm 154% overstocked according to LOL.
looks like they just use a rule of thumb of 1 fish/gal.
I had 80 fish in my heavily planted 29 gal low tech tank in San Diego, CA with no issues. Seldom changed my water either.

Wish list:
Pogostemon helferi 'Downoi'
Aponogeton crispus 'Red'
Vallisneria americana var. asiatica
Echinodorus 'vesuvius' (Echinodorus Angustifolia)
Cryptocoryne balansae
Cryptocoryne beckettii
Eriocaulon sp. 'cinereum'


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