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Old 10-13-2013, 08:55 PM   #1
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Nate's 40 Gallon Tall Planted Community Journal


Thanks for checking out my tank.
Sorry for not giving the step by step beginning of my project but, I didn't even think about starting a journal until I joined this wonderful forum! I did, however, take process pictures beginning with the day I got my plant and hard ground shipment from aquarium plants.com. The tank has been cycling since early September and the plants have been planted since early October.
Below is the rundown of my setup.

Water Parameters:

Ph: 6.5-7.5 depending on time of day with CO2 injection
dKh: 10-12
dGh: off the scale (im amazed it even forms a liquid)
Temp: 75 degrees F


Tank and Stand:

-40 gallon Tall (30" by 12" by 24") rimless Seaclear acrylic tank,
-Pet smart stand, I plan on building my next stand when I do an upgrade but, this one does the trick for now.

Filter:

-Marineland C220 canister filter
-Glass Lily Pipe Intake and Outake

Substrate:

-60 lb. Eco-Complete


Lighting:

-30" Finnex Ray 2 dual 7000k LED fixture mounted directly to the rim. (10 hr. cycle)
-30" adjustable BuildMyLED High Light 90 degree Dutch Planted Aquarium fixture (10 hr. cycle)
-24" 440nm Actinic Blue Led strip (set to go on right before the other two shut off and go off right after the others come on)

CO2:
-Premium AQUATEK CO2 Regulator with Integrated COOL TOUCH Solenoid
-5 pound tank
-U.P. Aqua Inline Co2 Atomizer

Heater(s)
-Hydor in-line Heater, 300-Watt

Plants:

Background (from left to right)
-Hygro Corymbosa
-Nymphaea zenkeri (Red Tiger Lotus)
-Cryptocoryne crispatula var. Balansae
-Echinodorus Red Flame (Red Flame Sword)
-Rotala macrandra

Midground (from left to right)
-Vallisneria americana var. biwaensis (Corkscrew Val)


Foreground (from left to right)
-Echinodorus Barthii v. (Red Melon Sword)
-Hemianthus Callitrichoides (Dwarf Baby Tears)

Hard Ground:
-Spider wood with Java Moss and Anubias Nana attached x2

Inhabitants:
-6 Australian Rainbows
-5 Albino Corydoras
-5 Speckled Corydoras
-5 Ottos
-9 Ghost Shrimp
-12ish Nerile Snails



Thank You:

Thanks in advance for checking out my aquarium. I welcome any advice or questions so please feel free to ask. I love having conversations and learning about new things regarding this fantastic hobby (way of life)!

Below are my growth process pics again, I'm sorry I only have the images from the planting and hardscaping until the present, but many more to come!


Freshly Planted Tank
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Old 10-15-2013, 10:30 PM   #2
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Update 10/15/13

New growth on the Hygro and Rotala as they become acclimated and rooted.

Removed the Giant Hairgrass- I believe it to be too "Giant" for my space.

Discovered my Coryies laid eggs last night.

Finally got my Ista Mix in-line reactor this morning and I believe it is working well. At least its less of an eye sore compared to the ladder diffuser from fluvial.

More to come soon!
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Old 10-15-2013, 11:17 PM   #3
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Nice.

Congrats on the future Cory's... Were you able to save some of the eggs before they became breakfast?

I noticed that you have the co2 ladder from the small Hagen kit. Is this after your reactors? Or do you have 2 feeds going into the tank?
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Old 10-15-2013, 11:36 PM   #4
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Nice.

Congrats on the future Cory's... Were you able to save some of the eggs before they became breakfast?

I noticed that you have the co2 ladder from the small Hagen kit. Is this after your reactors? Or do you have 2 feeds going into the tank?
I was not able to save them in time but in the future I will sure be on the look out for the signs.

The co2 ladder was just temporary until my inline reactor showed up in the mail.

Thanks for checking out my little project!
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Old 10-15-2013, 11:43 PM   #5
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sorry to make two updates in one day but I decided to take the plunge. I bought a BuildmyLED 30in fixture for this tank. I went with a dutch style 90 degree angle with normal legs and a dimmer. this will really give me the power i need and the flexibility.
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Old 10-20-2013, 05:02 PM   #6
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Removed the rock holding down the larger piece of driftwood.

Trimmed off a few leaves than were melting from the transition

Started an EI dosing schedule

My BML Fixture comes on Wednesday!!!!

Moved a few plants around. The whole scape looked totally different without the rock holding the wood down.

Enjoy
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Old 10-22-2013, 09:05 PM   #7
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Old 10-23-2013, 10:54 PM   #8
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New light new scape!

-recreated the my aquascape in favor of a more realistic setup. This new design also utilizes some of my plants a bit better.

-my BuildMyLed showed up today and it looks amazing! With it and my Ray 2 I should be able to grow whatever I want! It will probably just be algae.....
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Old 10-26-2013, 10:45 PM   #9
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Just a quick update

My reactor broke yesterday.....it was a mess.....
I rearranged the intake and outake on my filter to make the flow work better.
Obviously I had to remove my broken reactor and put in the patch fix bubble counter.

I ordered a replacement. I think my filter is not strong enough for that size reactor and i don't like having to shut my co2 off every time I need to do any fixing on the filter. So I ordered a rhinox 5000 diffuser. I also was worried I was loosing efficiency when I ran my co2 through so many different devices. This way is much simpler for me and its not too hard to hide a 2in diffuser in a planted aquarium.

I also ordered a lily pipe intake and outake to help make those pieces of equipment look better. Im on this kick where I want to conceal everything or as close as possible without loosing efficiency.

I moved the heater horizontally near the substrate behind the driftwood to hide it as well.

Im also curious about what else I should stock this aquarium with? Any suggestions? Currently I have 8 Cories (5 bronze and 3 peppered)

I was thinking 5 dwarf rainbows, 10 Harlequins, and maybe a pair of german blue rams. Any help would be awesome!

Also, I ordered a retrofit blue led strip that I can attach somewhere so I can have a night effect running on a timer. I really missed that from my fluval and I finally figured out how to do it.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:54 PM   #10
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Just a quick update!
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Old 11-11-2013, 08:06 PM   #11
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Default Update on growth

Started dry dosing ferts on an EI regiment. Already seeing visible improvement.
I have some diatoms growing and I think I will be adding a couple of ottos soon.
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Old 11-14-2013, 09:33 PM   #12
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My new up aqua atomizer showed up today. Im happy to remove the eyesore that is my hagen ladder. Not that it has not done a great job filling in. I have since added new occupants. Six Australian Rainbows, 5 Ottos (for diatom control, I have a problem), and 9 ghost shrimp. My EI dosing is really working wonders Enjoy!
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Old 11-15-2013, 03:43 AM   #13
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Just curious how did your istamix reactor break? I just switched to one from the up aqua inline atomizer because I was sick of the tiny bubbles
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The problem I had with it was due to its weird input and out put tubes for the filter hose. Im really confused why they would make connections with no barbs or locking mechanism to prevent leaks or the escape of co2. I got tired of the inefficiency and fiddled with it, resulting in one of the connections breaking. It also took up too much space for me. I really enjoy the up aqua atomizer better.
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The problem I had with it was due to its weird input and out put tubes for the filter hose. Im really confused why they would make connections with no barbs or locking mechanism to prevent leaks or the escape of co2. I got tired of the inefficiency and fiddled with it, resulting in one of the connections breaking. It also took up too much space for me. I really enjoy the up aqua atomizer better.
Yes mine seems to be staying pretty snug right now but I have thought about adding some hose clamps or zip ties as a backup. The trick with hose clamps is to not overtighten. It does concern me in the back of my mind sometimes that it would come off and flood my house when I wasnt home. I really jammed them on there. I use less CO2 with it vs the atomizer so I guess for now Ill keep running it.
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