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Yesterday 11:28 PM
JEden8
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Originally Posted by Mikeygmzmg View Post
Now it's really looking nice with that new stand and some improved clarity in the tank!

Love the Rena XP3/4 too. My favorite filter. I have one running on my 90 right now with a sun sun. I used to hate the blue intake though so I'd always sand it a bit to rough it up and spray paint them black with Krylon Fusion to make them black

Thanks Mikey! I'm a fan of the Rena filters as well. Looking to add a second one...Just hard to come up with the extra cash for one. So many things I want to do but it all comes down to time/cash unfortunately. I know we all are that way.

I've been wanting to get rid of the blue myself. Any chipping issues with the spray paint?

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Originally Posted by BigJay180 View Post
You have some really gorgeous males in there! The one with the reddish/orange tail is absolutely fantastic, one of the best I've seen.

I went with a mixed rainbow tank, I absolutely love the fish. They are as attractive as most saltwater species IMO.
Thank you Jay! I miss the original Boesemani's I had that were all like that one male. Couple of years ago I did a water change no different than any other time and all of the others went belly up. That was how I learned about how Tampa adds extra chloramine at different times of the year to the tap water. I agree with you on the attractiveness as saltwater species!
Yesterday 08:22 PM
BigJay180 You have some really gorgeous males in there! The one with the reddish/orange tail is absolutely fantastic, one of the best I've seen.

I went with a mixed rainbow tank, I absolutely love the fish. They are as attractive as most saltwater species IMO.
Yesterday 07:33 PM
Mikeygmzmg Now it's really looking nice with that new stand and some improved clarity in the tank!

Love the Rena XP3/4 too. My favorite filter. I have one running on my 90 right now with a sun sun. I used to hate the blue intake though so I'd always sand it a bit to rough it up and spray paint them black with Krylon Fusion to make them black
Yesterday 06:21 PM
JEden8 Tank update:

Built a new stand:














Stand is about 6" taller than the previous stand. Makes it easier for me to enjoy the tank so undone have to bend over just to look in it. Haven't had time to make the doors yet but they will be done soon.

Still playing around with the lights. Was thinking about selling my LEDs but I'm going to give it a couple of more months to tweek the lighting and see if I can get everything back. Plants haven't responded well to the lower light and photoperiod.

02-17-2015 12:46 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 12:42 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 04:09 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 03:31 AM
HybridHerp what's the substrate? I think this will look nice as it grows in
01-15-2015 01:36 AM
JEden8
90 Gallon Boesemani Tank [56K]

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









01-14-2015 12:22 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 02:30 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 01:15 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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Originally Posted by Kathyy View Post
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?
12-30-2014 11:26 PM
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 10:54 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 06:36 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.
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