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Wingsdlc 12-31-2010 01:29 PM

Wingsdlc 75G - Update 9/18/12 - FTS
 
Due to house projects my old 55G had to be taken down and moved. We host a Bible study at our place every week and have been having some problems with a little guy that comes over and tries to mess with the stuff in the open stand of the 55G. I found a good deal on a 75G with closed in stand so I figured I would save myself some trouble of closing in the 55G stand and just replace it. I have been wanting a wider time for some time now so it worked out well. The 75G came with pool sand so I thought I would keep that in it and have a beach area in the tank. The planting space is pretty small but that should mean less to maintain. My rocks shouldn't get covered up too easy in this set up either.

Pre-planting -
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y11...m/IMG_5657.jpg

Here are the pictures from yesterday evening. Lets say about three hours after set up.
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y11...m/IMG_5669.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y11...m/IMG_5709.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y11...m/IMG_5681.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y11...m/IMG_5680.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y11...m/IMG_5704.jpg
http://i4.photobucket.com/albums/y11...m/IMG_5701.jpg

No fish have been added yet. I am not sure what I want to do yet for fish. Cherry shrimp will get added today. Will try and get a plant list up sometime today.

I might update this more than every 14-15 months....

Wingsdlc 01-01-2011 05:06 PM

Plant List:

Anubias nana
Bolbitis heudelotii
Blyxa japonica
Cryptocoryne wendtii
Hottonia palustris
Rotala rotundifolia
Ludwigia brevipes
Didiplis diandra
Alternanthera reineckii
Myriophyllum aquaticum

Fish:
Breeding pair of Ancistrus sp. will get added today.
I am thinking of doing a school of cory cats and maybe some tetras or something else from Couth or Central America. Possibly sometime bigger like a Geophagus but I need to do some research and talk to one of the guys in our local fish club.

Centromochlus 01-01-2011 05:15 PM

Very nice! I love all of the blyxa. The rocks are really nice too, and i like the sand.

Good job. :proud:

Wingsdlc 01-01-2011 11:45 PM

Thanks AzFishKid! I also like the blyxa. By far one of my favorite plants. This is my first go at it with the sand. I am hoping to show off the rocks a bit more than I did before and give some open space for the fish this time around. It got pretty bad for my BN plecos trying to get food in my jungle I had going on in the 55G.

Here is a bit more info on the set up:

Tank - Standard 75G
Substrate - Flourite in the planted area and pool sand in the beach area.
CO2 - Pressured diffused with a glass diffuser coming from a 20lb tank.
Fertilizer - Will be dosing EI method as long as I don't get too lazy/busy.
Lighting - Compact florescent - 96W 6,700K/10,000K for 10 hrs. and a 130W 10,000l burst for about 3 hrs.

Centromochlus 01-02-2011 12:16 AM

Does the extra burst of light significantly help the plants to achieve maximum color? If so, i may have to try that on my tank... right now it's 4x54 watts over a 90g tank for 8 hours a day.

Wingsdlc 01-02-2011 12:43 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by AzFishKid (Post 1243401)
Does the extra burst of light significantly help the plants to achieve maximum color? If so, i may have to try that on my tank... right now it's 4x54 watts over a 90g tank for 8 hours a day.

I would think that on a 90G you would be safe running all four bulbs on the tank the whole time. You only have 2.4 wpg. I would probably be safe running both sets of light on mine also but I think it is a little safer running less light. Once things settle in I will probably run the burst for a bit longer. I don't think that running less light will help your colors much. Chances are you would have better colors with a bit more light as long as you keep up with your fertilizers and CO2. The down side is your plants grow faster and it might be hard to keep up with the trimmings depending on the types of plants you are keeping.

Centromochlus 01-02-2011 12:47 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wingsdlc (Post 1243427)
I would think that on a 90G you would be safe running all four bulbs on the tank the whole time. You only have 2.4 wpg. I would probably be safe running both sets of light on mine also but I think it is a little safer running less light. Once things settle in I will probably run the burst for a bit longer. I don't think that running less light will help your colors much. Chances are you would have better colors with a bit more light as long as you keep up with your fertilizers and CO2. The down side is your plants grow faster and it might be hard to keep up with the trimmings depending on the types of plants you are keeping.

I wouldn't mind having my plants grow faster... more stems to sell=more cash to fuel my aquarium addiction. Can't complain! :tongue: And yeah, i'm planning on bumping up the lighting with two more 54 watt bulbs once i can afford to purchase another retrofit from catalina aquarium.

Anyway, do you have any plans of what fish you're going to put in your awesome tank yet? I think some congos would look pretty sweet.

Ben Belton 01-02-2011 12:59 AM

Where do you get fish down your way? All the places I used to go to in Charlotte closed. I went to Fintastic the other day. Better selection than they had years ago.

Wingsdlc 01-02-2011 07:20 PM

I have gotten some fish from the Local stores in Lincolnton but I will probably end up getting them this time from The Fish Warehouse in Hickory (the owner is the guy that runs the Western NC fish club) or from club members. Not sure yet. I don't think I want to go with congos. I want some smaller fish and lots of them I think.

Ben Belton 01-02-2011 09:11 PM

I'll probably be in Hickory at the end of next month. I'll have to check that out.

Wingsdlc 01-02-2011 09:36 PM

Scott does collecting trips a couple times a year to South America. Mostly to Uruguay I think. He has tons of SM cichlids. Lots of Apistos. I will be setting up a planted tank for his store this coming Saturday. Where is Mayberry? I tried to google it but didn't find anything.

Ben Belton 01-02-2011 11:55 PM

haha... sorry. Mount Airy, NC = Mayberry. I live here with Andy, Opie, Barney, and Aunt Bea

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mayberry

I'm not into cichlids, but sounds like he might have an overall better variety than most places if he's that into fish. I'm not big into fish at all, but I'd like something other than what is usually available at Wal-mart.

Thanks,
Ben

Wingsdlc 01-03-2011 09:01 PM

He has a lot of neat stuff. Some things are not for sale because he has limited access to them but lots and lots of neat stuff. Come check it out this Saturday when I set up a planted tank for him.

Ben Belton 01-03-2011 09:04 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Wingsdlc (Post 1245197)
Come check it out this Saturday when I set up a planted tank for him.

Wish I could. Working this Saturday.

reynolds_brad 01-03-2011 10:24 PM

Nice layout. That sand really sets off the colors in the tank.

Great job.


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