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Old 12-15-2013, 06:08 PM   #1
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75 gallon - new aquarium


This year I asked for an aquarium for my birthday/christmas gift. Little did my husband realize what that actually meant... Right before Thanksgiving we picked up 75 gallon tank and I have been having fun figuring out what I want to do with it. I currently have a 20 gallon and a 5 gallon planted low tech tanks. This will be my first high tech tank.

I did a bunch of research on different types of layout styles, looking at what equipment I will need, and planning my new aquarium.

I looked into...
  • Iwagumi
  • Nature Aquarium
  • Dutch Aquarium
  • Biotopes

I decided to work on a Nature Aquarium. I will be covering my journey through this process in this journal.
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Old 12-15-2013, 06:21 PM   #2
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This week I have been playing with a few different layout options. I am leaning towards the third option.
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Old 12-15-2013, 06:52 PM   #3
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I'm a fan of the second layout ... perhaps this is because it reminds me a bit of mine (you can see in my journal). My only suggestion would be to move the entire scape a little ot the left so that the peak is at 1.3ft from the left. (1/3rd distance ... golden rule)

I've found a layout like the second really allows you to highlight stems plants. If you look at my journal (link in signature) you can see the two changes I went through on my scape. Your 'third' scape reminds me of my first a little bit.

Looking forward to this and will be following along!
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Old 12-19-2013, 11:12 AM   #4
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I asked my husband to pick up a 5 pound CO2 container when he went shopping the other day. He went into the local welding supply shop in central Minnesota and told them he needed a tank for his wife's aquarium.

Comments from gentlemen around the counter.
- "You really want to spend that much money for fish?"
- "Doesn't your wife know fish need oxygen not CO2?"

My husband explained it was for the plants.

- "Why would you have plants in an aquarium? It's for fish."

Then one of the other guys said he had heard of this and had sold a big tank for someone else. Poor guy.

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Old 12-19-2013, 07:11 PM   #5
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second scape looks really good.
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Old 12-19-2013, 07:32 PM   #6
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I asked my husband to pick up a 5 pound CO2 container when he went shopping the other day. He went into the local welding supply shop in central Minnesota and told them he needed a tank for his wife's aquarium.

Comments from gentlemen around the counter.
- "You really want to spend that much money for fish?"
- "Doesn't your wife know fish need oxygen not CO2?"

My husband explained it was for the plants.

- "Why would you have plants in an aquarium? It's for fish."

Then one of the other guys said he had heard of this and had sold a big tank for someone else. Poor guy.

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LOL sounds like the welders need to weld and let the adults talk.
But I am interested I love seeing tanks built.
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Old 12-20-2013, 02:55 AM   #7
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This week we have been working on getting all the equipment set up and working.

Here is a picture of the setup.
- Eheim Pro3 Ultra G160
- Hydro300 inline heater
- Dr. Foster and Smith Automatic CO2 (not using all the pieces)

Yesterday my lights showed up as well.
- Buildmyled Dutch Planted 6300K

Tomorrow my plants are scheduled to arrive!!

Starting tomorrow afternoon - I am off until the 26th. Hmmmmm - I wonder what I will be doing.

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Old 12-20-2013, 03:11 AM   #8
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Looking like the beginnings of a very nice setup.

Congrats and good luck.
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Old 12-21-2013, 12:29 AM   #9
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My plants arrived today!

We had a scare for a couple hours. UPS tracking site said that even though we had paid for overnight shipping we weren't going to receive our package until end of day Monday. There would be no way the plants would be alive by Monday. It is 15 degrees out and heading colder. After many calls we finally reached someone who was helpful and said the package would be delivered today after being told two time previously that there would be nothing you could do and too bad if everything dies. The truck was late into the local distribution hub and they hadn't had time to scan everything. They just sent it out. So - it had been on the way the whole time. It showed up at 3:45 and the plants look great. I ordered from www.azgardens.com.

My plant list.

- HC - Hemianthus Callitrichoides
- Willow Moss - Fontinalis Antipyretic
- Bolbitus African Fern - Bolbitus Heudelotii
- Rotala Macrandra
- Cryptocoryne Retrospiralis
- Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green
- Cryptocoryne Willisi
- Compacta Amazon Sword - Echinodorus Bleheri
- Java Fern - Microsorium Pteropus
- Anubius Nana - Anubias Barteri var. nana

Tomorrow - I am going to start the hardscape.
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:03 AM   #10
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My plants arrived today!

We had a scare for a couple hours. UPS tracking site said that even though we had paid for overnight shipping we weren't going to receive our package until end of day Monday. There would be no way the plants would be alive by Monday. It is 15 degrees out and heading colder. After many calls we finally reached someone who was helpful and said the package would be delivered today after being told two time previously that there would be nothing you could do and too bad if everything dies. The truck was late into the local distribution hub and they hadn't had time to scan everything. They just sent it out. So - it had been on the way the whole time. It showed up at 3:45 and the plants look great. I ordered from www.azgardens.com.

My plant list.

- HC - Hemianthus Callitrichoides
- Willow Moss - Fontinalis Antipyretic
- Bolbitus African Fern - Bolbitus Heudelotii
- Rotala Macrandra
- Cryptocoryne Retrospiralis
- Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green
- Cryptocoryne Willisi
- Compacta Amazon Sword - Echinodorus Bleheri
- Java Fern - Microsorium Pteropus
- Anubius Nana - Anubias Barteri var. nana

Tomorrow - I am going to start the hardscape.
Any pics of the plants yet? Nice tank size.
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Old 12-21-2013, 03:30 AM   #11
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My plants arrived today!

We had a scare for a couple hours. UPS tracking site said that even though we had paid for overnight shipping we weren't going to receive our package until end of day Monday. There would be no way the plants would be alive by Monday. It is 15 degrees out and heading colder. After many calls we finally reached someone who was helpful and said the package would be delivered today after being told two time previously that there would be nothing you could do and too bad if everything dies. The truck was late into the local distribution hub and they hadn't had time to scan everything. They just sent it out. So - it had been on the way the whole time. It showed up at 3:45 and the plants look great. I ordered from www.azgardens.com.

My plant list.

- HC - Hemianthus Callitrichoides
- Willow Moss - Fontinalis Antipyretic
- Bolbitus African Fern - Bolbitus Heudelotii
- Rotala Macrandra
- Cryptocoryne Retrospiralis
- Cryptocoryne Wendtii Green
- Cryptocoryne Willisi
- Compacta Amazon Sword - Echinodorus Bleheri
- Java Fern - Microsorium Pteropus
- Anubius Nana - Anubias Barteri var. nana

Tomorrow - I am going to start the hardscape.

This is why I hate UPS, they are about worthless any time of the year. I had saltwater fish overnighted from Sri Lanka one time and UPS killed them because they pushed back the delivery date.

You bought from a good place though. I order my plants from there too and Peter and his wife are good people. If UPS had screwed up they would have taken care of you.

Did you get the HC in the pots? I am interested to see how it looks and how comes in a pot since I am getting some as well.
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Old 12-21-2013, 04:27 AM   #12
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I hear that HC is easier to start as a dry start....if it doesn't work out for you though I'd try monte carlo in its place.

I've also seen some scapes with HC growing on the hardscape and not as a carpet...might be worth looking into.

Also, maybe its just me, but I feel like with co2 you might as well grab a few more stem plants while you are at it. Preferably something controllable (aka, not R. colorata or any of its variants).
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Old 12-21-2013, 01:11 PM   #13
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I just moved the plants into a tub to wait until I am ready to plant this weekend. So here is a picture of them. I will post more as I go.

Here is the HC in a pot. It looks pretty good.


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Old 12-21-2013, 02:48 PM   #14
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Tank is looking Good! Can't wait to see the final product
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What scape did you decide to go with?

Let me know how your filter does on the 75 ... I have the Eheim 2217 and I feel it's a little too small to keep up with the tank. Considering upgrading in the future.
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