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Old 01-31-2014, 06:03 AM   #1
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125G dirt tank: the forest of anubias nana petite


Hi,

I posted a video of the tank on youtube and in the “aquascaping” forum. Since then, several members have asked for specifics. When first set up, the size of this tank made me a bit nervous since I have not set up any tank larger than 50G. The largest one was a 46G bowfront. I never expect it would turn out this well. So I am writing this up to share with all the details as well as more photos beside the video. The tank is very pleasing to view, especially during sunset hours. Anyway, here are the details. Tank was set up in late June 2013.

Tank: 60x24x20

Filtration: Eshopps W/D sump (WD-300CS)

Light: BML light x2 (90o custom spectrum and 75o planted tank spectrum). Light schedule is 8am-8pm with first 100 min ramp-up (0-70% sunrise) and last 100min ramp-down (70-0% sunset). Currently, I am setting it to 90% intensity to give the carpet plants more light since it is very thick.

CO2: 10lbs tank regulated by an Aquatek regulator. The 10 lbs tank lasts around 2.5 mos.

Apex: control CO2 injection and BML lights and others (heater and UV sterilizer)

Substrate: MGOCPM/Organic Compost/Shultz Aquatic Plant Soil (~75/~15/~15). I soaked this mixture for two weeks, changing water 3 to 4 times during the soaking time. Then into the tank was: ~1 inch of MGOCPM, then ~2 inches of the soaked mixture, then 1 inch of sand to cap.

Fertilizer: typical solid NPK with plantex CSM-B at random, no fix schedule, and light. I also toss in the sump 2-3 sticks of Jobe’s indoor fertilizer every ~1-2 mos.

DW: from Tom

Fish: rummy nose tetra (40), SAE (4), Ottos (15)

Plants:
- HC, Dwarf four leaf clover, C. parva (for ground cover)
- Anubias nana petitie: on DW (providing frame)
- C. wendtii, Blyxa Japonica, Rotala Macrandra, Rotala indica, Rotala colorata (??), Ludwigia red, AK

Below are pictures to show the tank’s progress.

One week:




One month:






Six month: replacing L. aromatic with Rotala macrandra on left side


Current:

Video: 3min on youtube:

http://youtu.be/7CM927yt1Sc

Photos:









What is the name of this rotala species (colorata???)







Hope you like it. Some of the names of plants I could have called incorrectly. I am not good at plants names.

Thanh
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:15 AM   #2
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Wow....just couldn't find any other words.


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Old 01-31-2014, 06:17 AM   #3
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Did you add sand after you planted, or before?


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Old 01-31-2014, 06:24 AM   #4
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Did you add sand after you planted, or before?


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Sand was added before planting. It serves as a cap to keep the dirt stay down below.
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:35 AM   #5
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Amazing just completely amazing tank!
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Old 01-31-2014, 06:40 AM   #6
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The unknown stem plant, idk, I think it may be a ludwigia but I'm unsure.

Loving, loving, LOVING, that petite man...I'm hoping to get a bit of a similar effect in some of my tank but what you have is just really, really awesome.
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Old 01-31-2014, 07:50 AM   #7
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A pleasure to see your journal, very well done!
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Awesome tank, will bookmark for inspiration!


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Old 01-31-2014, 11:52 AM   #9
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Looks awesome, must take you awhile to clean and trim that size tank, it takes me ages just for my 20g!
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Gorgeous tank. I'm amazed at how clean your anubias is with such a long light cycle. I've never been able to find a good balance to keep anubias algae free.
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Old 01-31-2014, 12:33 PM   #11
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That's beautiful...wow. Great work.

cah925, tried a dual photoperiod? i.e. split an 8hr photoperiod into two 4hr's separated by a few hours...I've read that as a successful way to deal with algae.
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How much bps you keep your co2 running??

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Old 01-31-2014, 04:19 PM   #13
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Too many to count. I would guess >10 bps.
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Really nice contrast throughout the scape, awesome.
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That's a really nice tank! I love your choice of species and the balance between colors and leaf shapes. Nicely, nicely done. Is it possible to let the stems on the right side, especially the rear corner, grow up to the top or does the spray bar bend them over?
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