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Old 01-04-2014, 07:08 PM   #1
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220-Gallon Re-Scaped


This is a new journal for the re-scaped 220-gallon. I had been using MGOPM capped with coarse sand in the previous set-up, and replanting every once in a while was a disaster. Not so much to cloud the water, but terrible enough to see dark soil sediments on top of tan sand...

Anyway, I am using Black Diamond Blasting Abrasive 20/40 grit this time. No soil underlayer, but I will be using Osmocote Plus root tabs around Cryptocoryne, Vallisnerias, and Staurogynes, and other root feeders.

So here is what we have: a 220-gallon full of plants, which over time lost its initial idea or order because I let a lot of species grow wherever there was space.



I am going to keep about 45 gallons of water from the old set-up, so I first put it aside before mudding the water. I also left about some 0.5" layer of water mixed with mud at the bottom of the tank, but removed anything solid, such as wood chips present in MGOPM.



The harvest.



And here is Black Diamond Blasting Abrasive 20/40 grit. I purchased six 50-lb bags of this at $7.99 at Tractor Supply.



The good news is I didn't have to wash Black Diamond at all (what a relief!). I just dumped it onto the aquarium and started filling with water. It's quite clean, and here is what the tank looks after filling.



And here is what the tank looks like couple hours later with plants.



Flora:
Alternanthera reineckii
Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini'
Bacopa australis
Blyxa japonica
Cryptocoryne beckettii
Cryptocoryne ciliata
Cryptocoryne crispulata balansae
Cryptocoryne hudoroi
Cryptocoryne wendtii
Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Green'
Heteranthera zosterifolia
Hydrocotyle tripartita
Hygrophila corymbosa 'Kompakt'
Hygrophila pinnatifada
Limnophila aquatica
Limnophila aromatica
Limnophila sp. 'Wavy'
Lobelia cardinalis
Ludwigia repens
Ludwigia sphaerocarpa
Lysimachina numularia aurea
Microsorum pteropus 'Narrow Leaf'
Nymphea zenkeri
Rotala macrandra
Rotala rotundifolia
Staurogyne repens
Vallisneria spiralis 'Tiger'

I will likely be moving plants around, replacing some with other species, until I get to the point, where plants are best contrasted by both leaf shapes and color.
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Old 01-04-2014, 07:57 PM   #2
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Looks impressive already! Quite the list of plants, i like it! I am guessing your dw is still wanting to float hence the rock?
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Old 01-04-2014, 08:00 PM   #3
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Thanks. Yes, the stump is new and still buoyant. I'm guessing it will take couple of weeks.


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Its hard to see how big the tank really is thru pics. But dam, thats a huge amount of plant mass. The new scape looks great. Need more shots though ,closers ones.
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I agree with you, samee. These are all mobile phone photos. When there's some growth, I'll take a few close-ups with an actual camera.


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Old 01-05-2014, 12:00 AM   #6
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Looks great, I will be setting up a 265 in a few months, trying to compare, what are dimensions on the 220?

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6'x2'x2,5' (LxWxH)

The biggest problem with both 220 and 265 is lighting. Unlike other tanks, they are deeper. Providing enough light so it sufficiently illuminates the bottom of the tank is challenging. If I had a choice now, I'd go for a 180-gallon.


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Your tank is lovely!!
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Thanks, Aqualady.


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Why did you save that water from your previous setup?
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I thought some beneficial bacteria from the old tank would help further the nitrogen cycle.


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Day 15 - Water change day.

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What are the lights and any co2 or fish? We want specs :P

Jealous of your space, having a 220 like that.
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The lighting consists of an Odyssea fixture with four 80 watt T5HO bulbs (total 320 watts). So it's around 1.5/wpg.

CO2 is provided from a 10 lb canister, which is refilled every 6 weeks, and controlled through
a Milwaukee MA957 regulator a Milwaukee MA957 regulator
. Diffusion through
Ista Mix Max CO2 Reactor (Large) Ista Mix Max CO2 Reactor (Large)
and
a submersible pump a submersible pump
- both submersed in the aquarium.
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Old 03-09-2014, 02:39 PM   #15
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Day 75 - Time for farewell...

Just as the tank is getting established with all the plants nicely filling in that I have to tear it down and sell everything. We are moving. Not just moving, but relocating overseas. Man, it sucks to build such a huge tank and set-up everything, but not be able to see its best...

Anyway, here is a photo update:

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