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02-17-2015 01:46 AM
JEden8 Just changed the photoperiod for the tank. I have two of my LED+'s on for 9 hours and a third is in for 4 hours for a mid day burst. I changed it up as I was starting to get algae with the new plants and changed fertilizer schedule.
02-15-2015 01:42 AM
JEden8 My wife wasn't happy with how the tank looked so I went out and bought some more plants. Can't take any credit for the layout as my wife has the artistic eye but here is how it looks now.

01-15-2015 05:09 AM
JEden8
90 Gallon Boesemani Tank [56K]

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Originally Posted by HybridHerp View Post
what's the substrate? I think this will look nice as it grows in

It's Eco Complete in there. I had to put an extra bag in there so that's why there's a color difference on the right side. I didn't realize I needed more till I finished the left side. Hopefully I can get to the store tomorrow to finish it up. Also needed more rock so the rock on the right is new but the rock on the left has been in for about 2 years so it should darken up over time hopefully.

Thanks. I'm hoping it fills in like I'm picturing it.
01-15-2015 04:31 AM
HybridHerp what's the substrate? I think this will look nice as it grows in
01-15-2015 02:36 AM
JEden8
90 Gallon Boesemani Tank [56K]

Small update. Here's where it's at currently. Any input is appreciated!









01-14-2015 01:22 PM
JEden8
90 Gallon Boesemani Tank [56K]

Alright so I finally got the driftwood in there. I still have to do the right side. Have a couple more rocks to put in there. Don't think all of the driftwood will be going back in there though. Just didn't flow well. Once I get the other rocks in then ill begging planting. Hopefully get some time today/tonight to get it all done. Here's how it looks though at the moment.



Definitely love this layout better than any other tank I've done. I also painted the back of the tank since it was drained and I could actually move the tank out.
01-03-2015 03:30 AM
JEden8 So I'm going to be redoing the tank next weekend sometime. The plan is to stick with the current layout of how the driftwood is but adding a few more rocks and creating more of an elevation difference of substrate where the front portion is lower. In doing that I would put DHG in the front sections, have some crypts, trim the Anubia way back on the left side and have the Jungle Val completely fill in the back portion of the tank.

Option 2:


I would do the same concept of different elevation but flip the left side driftwood upside down and fill the back left with more substrate to fill in the emptiness of the wood to make it look more like a stump. My concerns with doing this is the amount of detritus and all other debris that might build up underneath this section as the substrate would have to be fairly thick in the back left corner to make this appear to be coming out of the substrate.

Any opinions on either option? Or would you do something else?
01-03-2015 02:15 AM
JEden8
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Originally Posted by Kathyy View Post
Unless you have a dirt or kitty litter type substrate that has gone muddy or broken up you never have to replace substrate. They are all rocks of some sort after all. Put in some root tabs after you go through it with the siphon and done.
That's what I have been doing for the last few years. The substrate is starting to look more grey than black so that's why I was thinking about mixing in some fresh substrate with it. That way it doesn't cause a big cycle.

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Since all that rooting around the substrate will make a huge mess it is probably better to take fish out of the tank so you can drain the cleaned out tank down to the substrate which amounts to a rinse of the surface and refill carefully. That makes for a fairly clean water column right away. Hoping the filter will clear murky water has resulted in pretty bad algae outbreaks in the past for me.
That's my plan at least. Drain the tank almost completely and remove some of the substrate and cap it with fresh. Or just thoroughly clean some of it and cap it off with that.

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Originally Posted by NJAquaBarren View Post
After a while substrate is full of detritus that isn't easily removed...hundreds of snail shells, dead roots... Ada replaces their Aquasoil in their tanks annually.

Last redo I skimmed the top half of the substrate out and replaced it with new layer. Looked nice when done.
And detritus it is full of! I'm starting to get the greenish/reddish color forming in the front of the glass so I'm thinking of cutting out a little bit of the substrate as well. Good to hear that it turned out well for ya! How long did it last for? As in did it all end up mixing in after a little while and ended up looking the same after a couple of months?
12-31-2014 12:26 AM
NJAquaBarren After a while substrate is full of detritus that isn't easily removed...hundreds of snail shells, dead roots... Ada replaces their Aquasoil in their tanks annually.

Last redo I skimmed the top half of the substrate out and replaced it with new layer. Looked nice when done.
12-30-2014 11:54 PM
Kathyy Unless you have a dirt or kitty litter type substrate that has gone muddy or broken up you never have to replace substrate. They are all rocks of some sort after all. Put in some root tabs after you go through it with the siphon and done. I did go through the substrate a couple times with fish in tank and it was quite a job, did 1/3 at a time after uprooting all plants and hardscape. I did it because I couldn't poke my finger through it down to the bottom glass. There was some sort of fungal/algal growth in there that was extremely satisfying to suck out of the substrate. I had been battling cyano, perhaps it had gone underground???

Since all that rooting around the substrate will make a huge mess it is probably better to take fish out of the tank so you can drain the cleaned out tank down to the substrate which amounts to a rinse of the surface and refill carefully. That makes for a fairly clean water column right away. Hoping the filter will clear murky water has resulted in pretty bad algae outbreaks in the past for me. I hate catching fish with a passion but it is better than trying to knock debris off plants so it goes into the filter and then having to rinse media over and over again. So far a minor amount of ammonia can be detected for a couple days after doing all this but my fish have been fine for a week so far in a big rubbermaid type tub with heater and my HOB quarantine filter on it loaded with a spare prefilter sponge. Remember you are going to be stuffing most of your plants back into the tank and the filter should be just fine as well.

I didn't buy much hairgrass this time around [getting my tank back into shape after months of neglect as well] and just planted it around the bottom of the rocks. Mine will spread quick enough as I am using CO2 but it looked really nice right off the bat. Maybe treat DHG, dwf sag or Marsilea or even C. parva that way. Instead of looking for a solid carpet be happy that eventually it develops is what I am planning here.
12-30-2014 07:36 PM
JEden8 Well after months of the tank being neglected except the water changes and the occasional trimmings, it's easy to say that my tank is overgrown and in need of a clean up. Since my last update I've disconnected my C02 with all of the issues I've been having with the tank just randomly dumping and my daughter always by the tank and opening the doors to grab food for her fish tank I just didn't want to risk it with her. Growth obviously has been subpar with what I'm used to. The crypts have completely overtaken the right side of the tank and my annubias have taken over the driftwood on the right side completely covering all of the light that comes in on that side making the plants die off below it. I plan on trimming most of that out and depending on their condition offer them up for sale here in the next couple of weeks along with the crypts and any other plants I decide to pull out.

With this next rescape I'm thinking of going with all low maintenance plants. Was thinking either DHG in the front or dwarf sag. I like the idea of DHG but don't know how much luck I will have without C02. I'm still running my 3 LED+'s so there is definitely plenty of light but I'm wondering if it will spread well without C02. I've read mixed reviews and the times that I have tried it without C02 it didn't seem to grow well but it could've been because the other plants have taken over the top portion of the tank so much. I can't figure out what other plants to go with for the back portion of the tank. Thinking maybe some bushy plants? Don't know 100% but am hoping to get some suggestions from you all.

Also, my substrate is pretty old. Is it typical to change out the substrate? I know it will cause the tank to go into a cycle again and all and don't have the space to house any of the fish from the tank so if it is I'm kinda stuck. What I was thinking was possibly removing half of the substrate and replacing it with fresh. Drain the tank down saving 50-60% of the water and cleaning the substrate well with the remaining water then refill. Just curious if I should do this or for any advice on it.
04-10-2014 02:44 PM
JEden8
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Originally Posted by lauraleellbp View Post
Apparently they're now meeting at the Civic Center in Riverview: http://www.tbas1.com/TBASpages/meetings.html

If you decide to come, shoot me a PM?
Oh dang that's a hike! Probably not going to make this one to be honest. You will have to fill me in on how it was! Unfortunately that's the time we get the little one ready for bed. I'm sure I'll hit one up eventually. Just a matter of finding the right day to go.

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Originally Posted by Crazy4discus View Post
Very nice setup! Love the colors on your bosemani!!
Thanks Crazy! Next step is to try and breed them.
04-08-2014 08:48 AM
Crazy4discus Very nice setup! Love the colors on your bosemani!!
04-08-2014 04:16 AM
lauraleellbp Apparently they're now meeting at the Civic Center in Riverview: http://www.tbas1.com/TBASpages/meetings.html

If you decide to come, shoot me a PM?
04-08-2014 01:43 AM
JEden8
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Originally Posted by lauraleellbp View Post
Hey, you're local! Any chance you go to TBAS meetings? I'm planning on hitting my first one on the 14th...


Tank's coming along! How about a C. wendtii 'bronze' and a red lotus? I'd recommend Ludwigia repens, but that plant hates me so I'm boycotting it (LOL)

I am local! I have not gone to them. You're talking about the ones at the Florida Aquarium correct? I've thought about going to one to see what it's like but just haven't had time to and always forget about them. What time is it at on the 14th?

Thank! I'm still learning everything. Been going at it for a few year as but I still haven't gotten the wealth of knowledge to create the depth of the tank with plants of all. I will look into those for sure. I was at Marine Warehouse tonight since they were out of cherry shrimp and needed some but they didn't have any red plants that looked good. Figure I'll take a look again when I bring them more shrimp this weekend. I'm definitely going to look at your recommendations though. Thanks again!
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