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kern 03-15-2012 01:58 AM

90 Gallon with wet/dry high light
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Here are a few pictures of my newly set up 90 gallon. It has been up and running for about weeks now. The Overflow and wet/dry came with the tank, and Iím borrowing the canister filter from a friend for now. Iím still waiting on CO2 to come in and will be making a reactor. In the last picture of the wetdry filter I set the UV output (about 90gph) to run over the bioballs, and iíve got the main overflow box output going straight into the water just above surface. This is my best attempt at reducing outgassing for the CO2. The water is very clear with few micro bubbles, but is the rigid piping going to outgas the CO2? Also will a rex reactor work on an aquaclear 70 pump? There is a bucket filled with aquarium sand waiting to be mixed in with the substrate. I havenít decided if Im going to use the undergravel filter or not, but it came with the tank. The light is a catalina 6x54 watt T5 with LEDís programmable. The light came with the tank with 2 bulbs working, but two ballasts have been replaced and all 6 bulbs are working now. Bulbs used in the fixture range from 6500k to 10000k. The lighting period is 11a.m-11p.m 2 bulbs, all 6 bulbs from 3p.m-4p.m. Iíll increase the 6 bulb lighting period and buy more plants when CO2 is set up and stable.

Daximus 03-15-2012 02:05 AM

That is a nice high light setup you have started! I personally wouldn't use the under gravel if you plan on keeping more than a few plants in there. Can't wait to see it when you get the Co2 rocking. Better keep the lights off till then though, lol!


Noahma 03-15-2012 02:53 AM

ohh, can we get some closer pictures of your bows? that bosmani in the left side looks beautiful!

bighollywood 03-15-2012 03:37 AM


kern 03-20-2012 05:51 AM

New Pictures
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Here are some pictures of the fish in the tank.

Calebh21 03-20-2012 06:02 AM

That bosmani is the coolest.

kern 03-23-2012 08:09 PM

After much deliberation I finally took the undergravel filter out, and did some layering with the substrate. First I put 1/2 inch dirt, then a 1 inch layer of playground sand, then 2 inch layer of sand and gravel mix. Also the CO2 came in, and I installed a reactor which hooks up to an aquaclear 70. It works perfect! There were some issues with outgassing from the return spout to the sump, but stuffing some pillow casing into the output completely stopped all bubbles! The pH in the mornings before the lights come on is at 7.6, and the pH is set at 6.4 throughout the day. I have a constant kH of 2. So before lights come on my CO2 is about 1.5ppm, and when lights are on the CO2 is at 24ppm. Is there anything I should change with the way the pH is? I know plants like to have a little higher pH than this but I still want the CO2 to be in the optimum range. Pictures coming soon!

kern 03-29-2012 05:19 AM

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New pictures! From 3/25.

GMYukonon24s 03-29-2012 10:49 AM

Nice looking fish and tank.

kern 04-08-2012 06:42 AM

More Pics!
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Here are some more pics. The ludwigia cuba is growing really well. The leaves have become thinner and more abundant, there are also many lateral buds. The glosso is beginning to form a carpet which should fill in within the month. If anyone has any plant species suggestions I would really appreciate it. The Carbon Doser is working really well. It is definitely a nice product and should be strongly considered by anyone who is thinking about getting one.
Recently some algae has started to grow on the glass, I hope this is just temporary and will disappear within a few weeks. Also if anyone knows what kind it is that would be cool.

JEden8 04-09-2012 12:54 AM

Lookin good! Good to see another 90 gallon Rainbow tank!

kern 04-28-2012 10:09 PM

More Pics!
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Let me know what you think about the layout of plants.

2in10 04-28-2012 10:21 PM

Looks good, once the plants grow in I think this will be a lovely tank. Beautiful rainbowfish collection.

kern 04-28-2012 11:48 PM

Another pic
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Some names to identify the plants.

aXio 04-29-2012 12:36 AM

With a layout like that you will def. have a really ful lush tank. It's going to look good once it fills in. I miss these overgrown rainbow tanks.

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