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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-29-2012, 09:56 AM Thread Starter
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my 15gal planted. diy co2, dirted

found this 15 gallon on the side of the road waiting to be picked up by the garbage man so a snagged it as a drove by.

i made it into a reef tank origanally but it eventaully crashed after being up for a year. i overdosed on iodine. so i took a plunge into planted again. this tank just got moved from a different house a month ago. its doing pretty well still it didnt really affect it. i just drained to water and left the plants in the substrate when moving it,

so heres the breakdown of it.

lighting-coralife daul t5 fixture 48 watts
substrate- miracle grow oraganic dirt topped with sand and gravel mix
co2-diy sugar and yeast based. pushes out 1 bps.
filter-aquen10 hob
heater- hydor nano 25 watt

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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-30-2012, 05:22 PM
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Nice setup!

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Good Progress. I see u have swords, ludwigia, etc.
Can u take a closer picture of yr plants?
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hey pro nice setup. did you mineralize your soil before you submerged it? what kind of sand cap did you use?


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looks cool but too small for two angels. how large are they now? they generally would like to be in tanks larger than 20 gals i think. and high tanks too.a pair should definitely be given more room than this, if they breed they will want to kill every other fish you have in there that comes close.
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How's that 10gallon filter working? Looks like u need a higher flow. And water exchange rate. Like your scape look forward to seeing it evolve. U said your a reef guy. Get a koralia powerhead or a a second filter. A 20 gal and a 10 hob would be perfect
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this tank would be nice with a few cories and maybe an apisto pair rather than angels. though i forget how much room apistos need...
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looks cool but too small for two angels. how large are they now? they generally would like to be in tanks larger than 20 gals i think. and high tanks too.a pair should definitely be given more room than this, if they breed they will want to kill every other fish you have in there that comes close.
Yea the angels are fry from my sisters breeding pair in her 35 gal. They. Have defintly outgrown the tank. They were like the size of a penny at first. Defintly neef a bigger tank but all my other tanks house extremly aggresive fish like piranhas,pikes,breeding convicts, etc. I may have to bring them to a store.
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How's that 10gallon filter working? Looks like u need a higher flow. And water exchange rate. Like your scape look forward to seeing it evolve. U said your a reef guy. Get a koralia powerhead or a a second filter. A 20 gal and a 10 hob would be perfect
Its rated for a 20gal. Its an aquen10. And i have a koralia powerhead in it in the pic.
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hey pro nice setup. did you mineralize your soil before you submerged it? what kind of sand cap did you use?


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no i didnt. just straight dirt. its capped with carib sea sand and alittle bit of aquarium gravel.
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no i didnt. just straight dirt. its capped with carib sea sand and alittle bit of aquarium gravel.
nice pro, it looks great. i tried something similar (straight dirt with pfs cap) with my 5g low tech. no heater, no waterchanges and the only filter i have is a clogged redsea nano hob lol.

do you wc often? your water looks nice and clear. mine is like a green tea color, like it has tanins. i don't have any DW in there so i've always attributed it to the unmineralized soil. do you find this an issue in your tank?


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nice pro, it looks great. i tried something similar (straight dirt with pfs cap) with my 5g low tech. no heater, no waterchanges and the only filter i have is a clogged redsea nano hob lol.

do you wc often? your water looks nice and clear. mine is like a green tea color, like it has tanins. i don't have any DW in there so i've always attributed it to the unmineralized soil. do you find this an issue in your tank?


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My water gets green aswell but it could be from my driftwood i have in there. So not 100 percent sure of the source. I do think some comes from the dirt. I do weekly 66% water changes on all my tanks.
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