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Jeromeit 11-14-2011 03:26 PM

72 Gal Treescape Dry Start
After 3 months of planning things out I've decided to jump in and set up my new tank. I'd love to get some feedback to make sure I'm on the right track.

Firstly I reused a blend of 9 month old Amazonia 2 and 4 month old New Amazonia (purchased earlier) with a cap of brand new Amazonia. I hope that this will have enough nutrients for my current plants which are S. Repens, S. Porto Velho, dwarf sag, and some UG. If not, should I add OSMOCOTE tabs into the substrate?

I've also set a humidifier in the tank to maintain a humidity of over 90% at all times and added an airpump for air circulation. Both are timed to turn on for 30mins every 3 hours. My lights are on about 14hrs a day and I mist about twice a day to keep the slope moist.

Let me know if I'm doing something wrong or if I can change anything. So far all seems well. Also, if you have any other plant suggestions, that would be great! Iím planning on planting some HC on the island to the right.

And here are the specs of the setup so far:
72 Gallon Bowfront
2x Eheim 2217
1x Hydor 300watt heater
Tek Light 48" 4x 54watt
10lb co2 w/ Cerges reactor & Milwaukee PH controller

Driftwood (from Tom Barr)
Rocks (from PC1)

Wasserpest 11-14-2011 03:37 PM

That's a cool pic, I love the tree. Looking forward to see this one filled.

With your substrate, I'd say you can skip the additional substrate ferts for a while. Doesn't look like you are planning to have heavy root feeders anyway.

Regarding other plants, that's a tough one. Nothing that grows too tall to hide or take away from the wood. Perhaps some Mini Pellia attached to the branches to give it a bit more of a "tree" impression?

Jeromeit 11-14-2011 03:56 PM

Thanks Wasserpest!
Additional plants are kind of hard... I don't even have enough room behind the wood to plant upwards. Maybe smaller crypts? The mini pellia sounds like a good idea.. I was thinking fissidens but the color would be too dark.. hmm..

Jeromeit 11-14-2011 09:49 PM

Anyone know of any nice small crypt species that wont grow taller than 5inches?

nilocg 11-14-2011 09:53 PM

I would suggest going with another grass instead of dwarf sag, with co2 it will get out of control really quickly. Beautiful start by the way.

Jeromeit 11-14-2011 10:00 PM

Thanks! What kind of grass do you think? I was actually rethinking the dwarf sag, but since I'm working on it above water I can change it without too much hassle. I can at least keep it alive for now until I find a replacement. Anyone want to trade? lol

Wasserpest 11-14-2011 11:07 PM


Originally Posted by Jeromeit (Post 1594828)
Anyone know of any nice small crypt species that wont grow taller than 5inches?

C. parva stays very small, but also grows very, very slowly. C. willisii stays smaller than 3in in the well-lit areas in my tank, could be a good choice as well.

Dwarf Sags are nice, but tend to run around in the tank a lot. Can be difficult to keep them out of similar carpet plants.

Check out Blyxa japonica, it grows a bit taller, but looks really nice and is easy to keep under control.

Jeromeit 11-15-2011 04:27 AM

I have some Blyxa in my 10 gallon sitting waiting until this guy gets filled. Maybe that will be the background. I'm looking for a red plant to add too, might go with a tiger lotus right at the trunk of the tree. Checked in today and it looked like the dwarf sag isn't handling the emerged setup well. I guess I'll have to replace them afterall.

Wasserpest 11-15-2011 04:09 PM

Tiger Lotus has a tendency to get very big. Might not fit well with the overall setup of your 'scape. How about a Ludwigia glandulosa or arcuata, Rotala macrantha or similar fairly slow growing stem plant?

Jeromeit 11-15-2011 04:52 PM

Thats a great idea! Ludwigia glandulosa looks amazing.. going to post a WTB. Saw that it can be grown during a dry start too!

Jeromeit 11-20-2011 03:55 AM

= \ my humidifier (concept health brand) stopped working. Came home and the humidity was 70% all looks great though.. will be getting updated shots when I think things are moving along. Added some poolfilter sand and HC so far.. I want things to move faster!!

Jeromeit 11-20-2011 04:17 AM

Decided to add some new pics =] Dont mind the blue box, thats where my humidifier used to be.. getting a new one tomorrow.

doncityz 11-20-2011 04:34 AM

This guy can scape! Awsum

Jeromeit 11-20-2011 04:42 AM

lol thanks!

green_valley 11-20-2011 10:55 AM

I must say, that is a very very very nice scape. AWESOME. I love it.

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