|Topic Review (Newest First)|
|01-25-2013 08:37 AM|
Just make sure you cycle your tank first & Quarantine the new fish in a separate holding QT tank first for 3 to 4 weeks. It is more humane to the fish & less stressful on you. Keep track of LFS TDS GH,KH, ph & add prime prior to leaving thje store to hold down ammonia in the bags than you can reset the QT tank to the levels of the LFS & drip acclimate them in to the QT tank.
|01-25-2013 08:24 AM|
you need 66% 6500 Kelvin and 33% red (purple or pink) light.
if you don't have Co2 system, do not go above 1.5 wpg, coz BBA algae will take advantage of this condition.
|01-23-2013 05:39 AM|
|01-21-2013 02:24 AM|
|stephenjr||I changed my plant order. I figured 30 swords would be a bit much. I have ordered 15 swords, 2 java ferns, red tiger lotus, multiple pots of four leaf clover.|
|01-19-2013 11:47 PM|
|01-19-2013 02:47 AM|
|stephenjr||about the same but process is much slower as far as adding corals and fish. most corals present a large bioload per coral and if stocked to fast will result in algae outbreaks and loss. extreme lighting also. as much as 5 or 6 watts of metal halide per gallon depending on corals requirements. I ordered 30 amazon swords, 1 red tiger lotus and a mat of christmas moss from aquariumplants.com and ferts from green leaf aquariums. hopefully this will constitute heavy planting for my tank. Will post pics when I get the plants in.|
|01-18-2013 08:02 PM|
|01-18-2013 12:17 PM|
|stephenjr||the tank has been up and running for about 3 weeks. I just added the canister filter to the system. I will absolutely check all of my levels before adding any fish. I have kept saltwater reef tanks for years. I am new to planted freshwater. I have found there some what of a learning curve even in the first 3 weeks.|
|01-17-2013 09:32 PM|
|01-17-2013 09:09 PM|
|stephenjr||Got the canister hooked up today. Going to buy as many planted as I possibly get this weekend and maybe a school of hatchet fish and some angels|
|01-16-2013 04:05 AM|
I'm in about the same shape, 135/150 gallon 6 foot tank and thinking of the diamondplate fixture (s) also. Have the wet/dry/sump available but not sure if I should use it... not sure of substrate but I am sure I want planted. and small schoolers.
the only thing I'm really sure of is planted, and hopefully heavily.
|01-14-2013 10:25 PM|
|stephenjr||After reading the lighting sticky about par values I chose to go with thE HD diamond plate 2 x t8 fixture with 6500k bulbs.light is 29.5 inches over substrate.will also make the change to canister filters this weekend and will.also heavily plant tank this weekend as well.|
|01-13-2013 05:39 AM|
new 140 gallon low techtank
Hey everyone! I been bouncing ideas to start a high tech vs low tech aquarium. I have decided to go low tech. my tank measures 48x24x28H. my substrate is a 50/50 mix of flourite and filter sand. going to dose seachem equlibrium, potassium nitrate, and potassium mono phosphate according to Tom Barrs method. will have low light plants only. fish will be a school of angels and then other small schooling fish and some rams and some Oto's. My filter is a sump with a filter sock and bioballs. My one main concern is lighting. What type and how much wattage should be used?