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Old 03-20-2015, 05:56 PM   #1
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first time 100 gallon heavy planted tank


Started this tank about 2 month ago. Still learning as I go. I got inspired when I saw the display tank at my lfs. It use to house African cichlids for over 3 year but there is alway problem with them fighting and killing off each other over the year To the point that I just give up. Right now I'm going for the jungle theme. No co2 atm but I'm looking to getting 1 soon.

Tank is 60X20x20, water change once a week 30-35%.

Filter: fluval fx5, Rena xp4, Marineland penguin 400. 400 watt heater.

Lighting: 48' finnex planted+, ray 2, Marineland double right led. 6-7 hour a day

Substation: 180lb of floramax.

Plants are: amazon sword, anubias, java fern, dwarf sagg, jungles val, water wisteria, and some other miscellaneous.

Livestock: 7 angelfish, 7 torpedo barb, 7 small clown loaches, 4 cardinal, 2 sae, 2 flying foxes, 3 boesemani rainbow, 3 turquoise rainbow, 3 dwarf neon rainbow.

Dosing: excel daily until I get pressurized co2. flourish once a week. Iron and potassium every other day. 40 root tabs as soon as they arrive from amazon.


Any comment and feedback is welcome.


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Old 03-20-2015, 07:38 PM   #2
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Looks great!
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Old 03-20-2015, 09:16 PM   #3
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Looks very nice
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Old 03-31-2015, 03:41 PM   #4
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Here an update of the tank. Added some nerite snails to clean up some algae on my old Amazon sword. Took out the 7 clown loaches because I catch one of them destroyed my dwarf sagg and baby's tear. Still waiting for GLA to be back in stock so I can order. So far my algea is under control but I'm afraid the co2 system will trigger a new algea outbreak. My angel and rainbows are doing great. I'm feeding them frozen brine shrimp every other day but I should cut back Due to protein build up on the water surface. Here is a shot after a water change.

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Wow...very nice looking.
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Old 03-31-2015, 04:00 PM   #6
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That is a really nice looking tank you've got going there!
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Old 04-01-2015, 05:32 PM   #7
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Thanks all. I took off the blue background. I want a more natural look. Would black be better or just leave it as it is?

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Old 04-01-2015, 05:53 PM   #8
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Go with a black background it makes the color pop more.
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Old 04-01-2015, 08:57 PM   #9
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i don't use a background in my tank either. I had black and after a couple months took it down. Love the tank though, great job.
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Here an update of the tank. Added some nerite snails to clean up some algae on my old Amazon sword. Took out the 7 clown loaches because I catch one of them destroyed my dwarf sagg and baby's tear. Still waiting for GLA to be back in stock so I can order. So far my algea is under control but I'm afraid the co2 system will trigger a new algea outbreak. My angel and rainbows are doing great. I'm feeding them frozen brine shrimp every other day but I should cut back Due to protein build up on the water surface. Here is a shot after a water change.

c02 would keep the algae down..I can't explain why, but I am sure someone else here can..lol. Your tank is gorgeous!
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I'd go with no background if I had a short tank like this. My plants don't grow to the surface on mine, so there is a lot of empty background that would show endless wires and pipes. I'm a fan of black over blue though.
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Old 04-03-2015, 03:13 AM   #12
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I'd go with no background if I had a short tank like this. My plants don't grow to the surface on mine, so there is a lot of empty background that would show endless wires and pipes. I'm a fan of black over blue though.
Yeah I were thinking of keeping it clear but The water seem kind of hazy and washed out to me. Painted it and love it

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Old 04-03-2015, 06:00 AM   #13
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I would suggest you will need more macros when adding Co2. Flourish has insufficient nitrate/phosphate.
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Old 04-03-2015, 09:42 AM   #14
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Co2 will help keep algae down if done correctly , and with the proper ferts..and lighting.
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Yeah, I got clear back just so I could put a background on it. It really helps. Also, plants love fish poop. I try to keep my tank at 10 to 20 PPM Nitrate so the plants are happy so I only change 25% each time. Eventually, I'll replace one the filters with a plant and algae scrubber refugium but for now my trapdoor snails and SAE are doing and OK job controlling algae. I also have 2 ghost shrimp running around but they do not seem to help much but having 3 smaller (2") SAE in 50 gallons make big difference on algae control.

I have coffee table tank and was having constant problems with it have over 30 PPM leading to constant water changes. I got some guy at a LFS to reluctantly (he thought it would not work) sell me some of his duckweed. Now that tank is always in a good nitrate range for plants (10 PPM) and other parameters have stabilized as well and the mystery film has gone away.
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