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Old 04-28-2013, 05:53 AM   #1
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First Planted 90g Rainbowfish Tank


07/19/14




Filter:
Cascade 1500, Coralife 18 watt UV
Heater:
Hydor 300w Inline
Light:
Coralife Lunar T5 HO
Bulbs:
4 Giesemann Aqua Flora, 4 blue lunar LED's
Timers:
Aqualight digital power strip, Analog timer
Substrate:
MGOCPM, Floramax cap, sand
Hardscape:
Yamaya stone, Malaysian DW, slate
Fauna:
Glossolepis incisus, Melanotaenia boesemani, Melanotaenia kamaka, Puntius denisonii, Corydoras paleatus, Sturisoma panamense, Synodontis nigriventris, Otocinclus, Puntius semifasciolatus, Epalzeorhynchos bicolor
Plants:
Bacopa australis, Ludwigia atlantis, Echinodorus angustifolia 'Vesuvius', Anubias nana, Blyxa japonica, Blyxa aubertii, Fissidens, Cryptocoryne wendtii 'green', Christmas Moss

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Old 04-28-2013, 06:34 AM   #2
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good start. things will look really nice once everything starts growing in
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Old 04-28-2013, 06:36 AM   #3
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Tank info moved to post one

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Old 04-28-2013, 11:41 AM   #4
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Your rainbows have great color! The bug briefly had a hold on me because of bold looking fish like yours. Of course I kept finding washed out duds.
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Old 04-28-2013, 01:21 PM   #5
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Driftwood looks great with those rocks
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Old 04-28-2013, 02:37 PM   #6
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Nice job! I like how it transitions from the plants to the wood and rock to open sand.
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Old 04-28-2013, 05:45 PM   #7
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Thanks!
I spent a lot of time researching different planted tanks. I tried for a unique look that would also accommodate the rainbows. Once those stems grow I'll be planting the trimmings to further fill in that planted half. I also wanted to choose plants that would be as colorful as the rainbows.
Most of the rainbows I see at local shops are washed out because of stress and bad tank parameters. They really turn white when they are stressed. If you bring them home and put them in a proper tank they glow. They change different shades of color all day. It's amazing
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Old 04-28-2013, 09:15 PM   #8
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Any suggestions as to what to add to the scape/plants/fish/equipment? Here are some fish pics while I wait for the plants to grow




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Old 04-28-2013, 11:16 PM   #9
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Hey, I'm about to do a similar build this week on my 75 gal. Those red rainbows are great do you happen to know which species they are?

PS- I really like how you have your driftwood in there
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Old 04-29-2013, 12:42 AM   #10
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Thanks! The Red Rainbows are Glossolepis incisus.
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Old 05-09-2013, 05:19 AM   #11
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Week 1 Update:
Everything is going good! All of the plants are rooting in and shooting up. I did manage to fry half of the bacopa because I left it out of the water for too long. I went full retard on that one so now it's all dinky in the corner. It is beginning to recover though. New mediocre cell pics!


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Old 05-09-2013, 05:32 AM   #12
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Very good start. I really like the rainbows and my favorite tank on this forum had rainbows. I don't know if you have ever seen it because it's an older thread but check it out if you like.

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=111354
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Old 05-09-2013, 07:48 AM   #13
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Cool! I love rainbows. I could stare at a tank with rainbows all day.

If you might like to get driftwood stumps to fill more of the vertical space you might shop around in the SNS here. There are sellers like plantbrain and one or two others with real nice manzanita at good prices.
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Maybe its just me, but that's a lot of sand on the right side.....part of me almost wants to break it up by having a few stones with pellia or fissden growing on it. And then a little moss on the wood or something :P

What plants do you have there now, and what fish exactly? I always like having everything well documented.
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Old 05-09-2013, 11:58 PM   #15
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Very good start. I really like the rainbows and my favorite tank on this forum had rainbows. I don't know if you have ever seen it because it's an older thread but check it out if you like.
Thanks! That tank is massive and the scape is amazing.

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Cool! I love rainbows. I could stare at a tank with rainbows all day.
If you might like to get driftwood stumps to fill more of the vertical space you might shop around in the SNS here.
I usually sit in front of the tank for an hour a day. Thanks for the info. I really enjoy the color and look of the Malaysian wood. It also serves as a solid barrier between the substrate and sand. That allows me to gravel vac the sand and keep it clean.

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Maybe its just me, but that's a lot of sand on the right side.....part of me almost wants to break it up by having a few stones with pellia or fissden growing on it. And then a little moss on the wood or something
I am keeping the right side open for the rainbows. Eventually the stems from the left will bend and flow to the right from the current. The rainbows are only about 1/3 to 1/2 their full size right now. Each one will be around six inches minus the blue rainbows. I am thinking of adding plants to the wood soon. Here are the specs from the third post:
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Filter:
Cascade 1500
UV:
Coralife 18w Turbo Twist
Heater:
Hydor In Line
Light:
Coralife Lunar T5 HO
Bulbs:
1 White, 1 Blue, 2 Red
Fauna:
4 Red Rainbows (2M/2F), 4 Boesman Rainbows (2M/2F), 4 Blue Rainbows (2M/2F), 4 Denison Barbs, 1 Gold Gourami, 2 Pepper Cory (1M/1F), 2 Royal Farlowellas, 2 Upside Down Cats, 6 Ottos
Plants:
Micro Sword, Ludwigia Peruensis, Cabomba Purple, Ludwigia inclinata, Red Melon Sword, Bacopa australis, Hygro Corymbosa, Heteranthera zosterfolia, Hydrotriche hottoniiflora
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