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Old 01-04-2011, 11:24 PM   #1
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New Year- New 90gal Low Tech Journal - 10/19 update


We moved a few weeks ago, and so I'm redoing my 90gal. I have all the materials I need as of today, so here's the stats:

EQUIPMENT:

Filtration- Rena XP4, Rena XP3
Lighting- 4x54 Solar T5HO (only run 2x 54 watts at a time)
Heater- 300 watt Hydor ETH inline

SUBSTRATE:

1" of Miracle Gro Organic potting soil capped with 2" of mix of Flourite black and T grade Colorquartz (recycled from the old setup)

LIVESTOCK:

I got rid of more than 1/2 my fish before the move, so I'm left with:

54x Cardinal tetras
13x Otocinclus (mix of O. affinis and viattus)
3x BN plecos (one female albino and one male and one female Calico)
1x Corydoras schwartzi (the one that managed to disappear when I was catching the rest to take to my LFS)
8x P. weitzmani
8x Amano shrimp (I had many more Amanos- they must have gone on walkabout and become treats for the Four Furry Furies over the past year or so )

I'm thinking of getting a school of Panda Cories and a large school of Black Neon tetras to restock the tank. But I'll make those decisions a little down the road.

HARDSCAPE:

I bought a really nice Manzanita driftwood package from Tom Barr that's currently soaking in the tank. It's not totally waterlogged just yet, but I'm hoping I'll be able to keep it down. It's throwing off massive tannins, I need to replace the Purigen bags in my filters LOL

I picked up 140 lbs of "black luster" rock from a local rockyard today for $30. IDK exactly what type of rock it is, but it's definitely metamorphic and I think it's mostly quartz and granite. It's about the size of slate and my plan is to stack it into a wall similar to what I have in my 29gal.


I plan to start assembling it all tomorrow.
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:13 AM   #2
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Plans look good Laura! Do 54 cardinals look crowded in a 90g? I'm planning on getting a school of them, but i was thinking 30 max... am i underestimating how many i can have? They're going to be the main schooling fish in the tank, with maybe a small school (10-15) of rummy nose.

Are you going to be running CO2?
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No, the tank doesn't look crowded at all. When this tank was fully stocked, it housed 60x Cardinals, 15x Pristella tetras, 12x P. weitzmani, plus all the shrimp and catfish AND 6x German blue rams- and the tank still didn't look crowded at all IMO.

I'm probably going to add 20-30 Black neon tetras, I think. Or perhaps 30-50 if I go with Embers... Or perhaps a little fewer if I get some more dwarf cichlids.

I don't worry so much about bioload when sticking with small tetras. And these species actually do better the more you keep together, so overcrowding isn't an issue from a territory perspective, either. In the wild, they'd school in the 1000s, especially at night.

These numbers could very well be an issue with different species, however.

And no, I don't have plans to add CO2 to any of my tanks in the forseeable future. I've never wanted to fool with it LOL
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Old 01-05-2011, 12:47 AM   #4
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^^^ i have seen ur tanks and believe me, you don't need pressurized co2, the plants just start growing in ur tanks :P

cant wait for the pics
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"Four Furry Furies" Let's hear you say that five times fast. Looking forward to the new tank, Laura!
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So here's the hardscape.

I'm still debating on softscape, but am leaning towards a Lilaeopsis mauritiana carpet like I have in the 29gal.

I like the hardscape better in person than in the pics.





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I like it, Laura!
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Thanks, Sara!

The tank has cleared up quite a bit today, but that driftwood is still throwing off massive tannins. I need to replace the Purigen in my filters, hopefully I'll get that done today.

The plecos, otos, and shrimp all seem to approve of all the driftwood LOL
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LOL. If the plecos approve, you know all is right with the world. Gotta love tannins. It took over six months for mine to go away in a filterless tank.
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Ordered 15 potts of Lilaeopsis mauritiana for the carpet.

Closing in on some narrow leaf Java fern to put in the driftwood.

Debating on whether I want any stem plants at all in this scape. I sorta do for help with nutrient control... but I also don't want to have to keep up with trimming. I may just get a few bunches of somekthing like Hygro kompakt or Lobelia small form....
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Ordered 15 potts of Lilaeopsis mauritiana for the carpet.

Closing in on some narrow leaf Java fern to put in the driftwood.

Debating on whether I want any stem plants at all in this scape. I sorta do for help with nutrient control... but I also don't want to have to keep up with trimming. I may just get a few bunches of somekthing like Hygro kompakt or Lobelia small form....
Give lobelia a try. I really like it and it's not a very fast grower. Here's a pic of mine before the great melt just to attempt to sway you.
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i liked the old scape you had but this one takes the cake. very nice
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Thanks kwheeler!

Jeff, I had Lobelia in this tank before (though not the small form) and it did pretty well. I'm going to wait until I have the Java fern and Lilaeopsis in place to decide what I think will look best, though.
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those are some awesome drift woods in there.
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I'm not a fan of mazanita but you did good with that layout!!
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