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Old 12-01-2014, 02:13 AM   #1411
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This is my 120 gallon Rainbow Tank.

I consider it a fish tank with plants, not really a planted tank.

Thinking of going CO2 and going to next step, but my set up is really easy to care for now.
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Old 12-01-2014, 02:14 AM   #1412
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180 gallon
Eheim Pro2, Fluval FX6, Hydor inline
Lights are one 48" T8 plant light, and two 36" T5HO fixtures with three bulbs each (two 6500K and one 650nm red)
Fish: Various Rainbows and Harlequin Rasboras.
Ferts: One EI dry fert NPK dose weekly after a 60% water change, micros the day after. Sometimes I'll do a 50% EI NPK dose mid week.
CO2: Excel maintenance dose daily every night.
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Old 12-01-2014, 05:53 PM   #1413
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Originally Posted by Twisty View Post
I went extremely low tech with it. The lighting is 1x39w on for five hours a day with no CO2 and ferts once every ten days or so.

Lots of root tabs and tap water top offs once a week with water changes about once every 45-60 days.

I dose Excel once or twice a week and feed the fish about three times a week. I do get a little BBA from time to time but I clip the leaf and go on.

I've thought about breaking this down and starting over again but it's so easy keeping this going. The tank is almost two years old now and I wish I would've put a little more thought into the layout on the front end but this was my first planted tank and it's been a valuable learning tool.

Thanks for looking and thanks for starting a post like this.
I can't believe you have such good growth with that level of lighting and short photo period. That is awesome, congrats. Don't worry too much about the layout... no, it's not some crazy dutch scape but it looks very cool. I've got a 90G with MGOPS and 4 T5HO (I don't run all four all day because I'd have algae issues) that is considerably less lush than this. RE: tank to tank comparison, I think I need new bulbs because I started with stock T5's and also the distance from the surface to the plants is much different than a 40B. But again, this is an awesome tank. I'd put a pair of apistos in there to breed and call it a day
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Old 12-07-2014, 11:52 AM   #1414
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I so enjoy revisiting this thread to see all the creative ideas! Such lovely tanks! And great discussions on what worked and what didn't work.
"Adopt the pace of nature; her secret is patience." ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson
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Old 12-17-2014, 04:11 PM   #1415
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doesn't seem to compare to most on here, but I figured i'd share my low tech tank.

27g cube, estimated PAR of 30 at the level of the substrate. dose excel flourish daily, Fe and trace after weekly changes of roughly 20%

a young tank, running for 2 months. various Crypts with some Ludwigia stems. still working out the details on livestock; just a few tetras and RCS now, looking to focus on invertebrates, but still learning about what all is compatible. also combating hydra ...
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