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theantman 12-13-2012 01:39 AM

First Planted Tank
Hi, this is my first attempt at a planted tank. its a 57 or 58 gallon column tank. i did a DIY back 3d rock wall and am running a xp3 filter. i have an LED light from a reef set up. only using the white lights as i have heard the blue ones do not benefit plants. I have a co2 tank ready to go, just need a way to get it into sytem. still debating on diffuser vs. direct input method of return line from filter. open to suggestions. one thing i cant figure out is why the surface of the water has a film on top of it? if I break the water surface with the jet spray bar, it goes away. but isn't this against the whole concept of keep the co2 in the water? so if the jets are under water, the film develops. here's a fts of the setup. let me know your thoughts.


mitchfish9 12-13-2012 04:01 AM

Looking good. Those are difficult dimensions for a planted tank. As long as the spray bar is just gently rippling the surface it will help with the film, but not release too much co2

danakin 12-13-2012 04:10 AM

That back wall presents so many opportunities for unique setups! Looks like a great start!

jpalimpsest 12-19-2012 06:34 PM

Looks good so far! Can you wedge any Anubias or java fern in the backdrop to add interest to the upper level of the tank?

theantman 12-19-2012 10:01 PM

yep i actually just did that tonight, and it seems to make a difference!

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