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r36613 11-14-2007 07:15 AM

800lt - two side tanks
Just want to share my new setup after 2 weeks

Front view


Size 170x70x70cm
CO2 tanks running 1-2bps
Lightning 2 MH 70watt (7hours)
Liquid fert using Macro EI and Wondergro Micro (every 3 days)
Tablet fert using Wondergro Tablet (thanks to medicineman)
Water change every weeks
Sump filter

- Hygro Angustifolia
- Hygro Compact
- Anubias bartheri
- Anubias nana
- Microsorum narrow + windelov
- bolbitis
- Valisneria spiralis
- Valisneria nana
- Egeria densa
- Rotala rotundifolia
- Altheranthera reinicki
- Cryptocoryne wendtii brown
- Cryptocoryne balansae
- Cryptocoryne tropica green
- Tiger lotus
- Echinodorus red flame
- Echinodorus Red Rubin Narrow
- Echinodorus Red Rubin
- Echinodorus Tenelus
- Sagitaria subulata
- Flame moss
- Christmas moss
- Java moss

Please comment .... :)

CmLaracy 11-14-2007 11:36 AM

might I be mistaken, but your running less than one what per gallon there tex? Other than than, it's amazingly scaped and very large, I likey a lot! lol nice work

medicineman 11-14-2007 12:39 PM

You're welcome reggie!
Thanks for helping out to the ferts distribution and being one of the early dedicated testers.

I'm glad you decided to share the joy at the forum.

He is running MH lights. It may look so small, but this kind of lighting packs a punch. At just less than 1wpg it is still enough to grow plants... on what you may consider as moderately-lit tank.

On the other hand I'm running 260g with 3 x 150W MH and can be considered powerfully-lit tank, harder to control well.

Reggie's tank could use more light in my opinion, such as adding another pendant or switch to 150W ones if he feels like it because we can see how some plants turns greenish instread of retining its reddish hue, more likely due to lack of powerful light (one plant we can see here is rotala rotundifolia) and not due to lacking nutrition/minerals.

I love the setup. You just need to keep the shape by strategic trimming.

tazcrash69 11-14-2007 01:36 PM


Originally Posted by CmLaracy (Post 485042)
might I be mistaken, but your running less than one what per gallon there tex?

Don't get so tied up on the WPG rule, 1) as accurate as fish inch per gallon rule. 2) breaks down on smaller, and larger tanks, 3) not based on MH's.


Originally Posted by medicineman (Post 485061)
I love the setup. You just need to keep the shape by strategic trimming.

I have to agree with MM here. Also I think you did a good job with a tank that has 2 viewable sides. I hope to watch this one grow in.

Wasserpest 11-14-2007 04:56 PM

Very nice setup. Don't worry about W/gal numbers, like Walter said, the intensity of MH makes them very suitable for larger tanks.

I like the planting, the two side setup isn't easy to pull off, and so far it looks good.

While the wood on the bottom is extremely awesome, I don't like the mix of too many different types of wood. It is nice to have some vertical elements, but I would have skipped the curly parts.

Once it grows in a bit more, it may become less obvious, and maybe the pipes and powerhead will be hidden a bit more as well. Then it will be perfect IMO.

ikuzo 11-15-2007 01:24 AM

on the contrary, i love the curly parts but that's just me :) the left main driftwood is an amazing find. a treasure IMO.

add more anubias please.. where are the current pics? i know you got some new anubias from someone lol...

r36613 11-15-2007 02:34 AM

My echinodorus red rubin, echinodorus red rubin narrow, echinodorus red flame, and other plant continue grow new leaves which give sign it had enough light but maybe not good enough for other plant like rotala rotundifolia. Perhaps I should add a little more light to this tanks.

I will give update for my tanks .... thanks all for the comment.

tazcrash69 11-15-2007 03:15 PM

FWIW, my E. red ozelot, and Kleiner Bar throw out new red leaves (and currently have 4 flowers stalks between the 2 plants :) ) 4, however my R. rotundifolia is currently growing in green after it was taken from a tank where it grew in nice and colorful. For me, I opt for less color, to have less to maintain on a 125 gallons, i don't want to imagine 800 liters of high light growing stems!

r36613 11-16-2007 02:14 AM

After 1 month, add more anubias and echi. tenelus. Trim rotala rotundifolia and egeria densa ...

Christmas moss and flame moss

Echi. Red Rubin

Echi Red Rubin Narrow

Echi Red Flame

ikuzo 11-16-2007 04:00 AM

the red livebearer seems to stalk you everywhere :)

r36613 11-16-2007 04:23 AM

yup, stalker .... waiting for foods ... they never stop eating ...

Crystalview 11-16-2007 04:49 AM

Tank lots great!
I like the two sided effect but prefer the wood side. The curly wood looks great with the moss. I might have to go that way instead trying to find a large tangled root fish can swim through.

Architect1 11-17-2007 11:22 PM

beautiful tank, and your tetra looks a little like hes eating more then his fair share lol.

r36613 12-29-2007 05:10 AM

Update my 'turn to ugly' tank ... now it is no stem tank (i give up stems because lightning only 2 x 70W MH).

the plant now:
-microsorum pteropus
-microsorum pteropus narrow
-microsorum pteropus philipine
-microsorum pteropus windelov
-anubias barteri
-anubias nana
-anubias gracilis
-anubias coffefolia
-aponogeton ulvaceus
-aponogeton crispus
-aponogeton capuroni
-crinum calamistratum
-echinodorus rubin
-echinodorus rubin narrow
-echinodorus oriental
-echinodorus red special
-echinodorus red flame
-echinodorus tenelus
-echinodorus tropica (black amazon)
-sagitaria subulata
-crypto. wendtii brown
-crypto. tropica
-crypto mioya
-crypto wilisi
-crypto retrospiralis
-crypto albida
-crypto pontederifolia
-crypto parva
-valisneria rubra
-valisneria gigantea
-valisneria spiralis
-christmas moss
-flame moss

please advice for my tank

and my super duper vortex


LondonDragon 03-18-2008 04:18 PM

Tank looks great :) specially now thats low maintnance ;)

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