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Old 08-31-2014, 09:58 PM   #1
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Angelic Synergy (Dirted 125g) ICH STRIKES! 2/25/14


Current Picture: 1/25/15


Current Specs: 1/25/15
Aquarium: Marineland Perfecto 125G ( 72x18x22)
Lighting: x4 Finnex Planted+ 36"
Substrate: Miracle Grow Organic Choice Potting Mix, Dolomite, Murite of Potash, Red Clay, Black Diamond
Filtration/Flow: x2 Ehiem 2217 + x2 Koralia Evolution 600
Fertilizer: EI Dosing KN03, P04, S04, + CSM+B
Co2: Pressurized Co2 + DIY Reactor
Heater: Hydro Inline 300w

Current Plant List: 1/25/15
Annubias Nana Petite
Bacopa
Creeping Jenny
Crypt Wenitti Bronze
Crypt Wenitti Green
Dwarf Sag
Frogbit
Hygrophilia Polysperma
Hydrocotyle Japonica
Limnophila Sessiliflora
Lobelia Cardinalis
Ludwigia Repens
Ludwigia Repens x L. Arcuata
Narrow Leaf Java Fern
Rotala Colorata
Rotala Rotundifolia
Rotala Macrandra
Tiger Lotus Green


Current List of Inhabitants 1/25/15
x2 Neon Tetra
x10 Denison Barb
x2 Angelfish
x8 Ottocinclus
x8 Corydoras Pygmy Habrosus
x1 Siamese Algae Eater
x1 Longfin Plecostomus Temminckii
x20 Pink/Blue Ramhorn Snails

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The Beginning: 8/31/14
Somehow this idea stuck in my head that I need to get a HUGE aquarium. I researched for a week and BAM this appeared in my garage:



Of course there's more to the story. I found the stand on craigslist and I saw that the aquariums were on sale at my local fish store. I rented a truck this morning from homedepot and picked up both the stand and the aquarium. The aquarium was so heavy, I had to knock on the neighbors door to get help unloading into my garage.



The stand needs some rehab. I'm planning to sand, prime, paint, and change hardware.



My dog Marley was very impressed. He cant believe how big the tank is. lol

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Old 09-01-2014, 04:41 AM   #2
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Sweet!!!!
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Old 09-01-2014, 04:51 AM   #3
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Sweet!!!!
Yeah man, I'm excited!

My plan is low tech plant varieties with little or no co2.

I currently have a Current Satellite + 36" and a Finnex Fugeray a Planted + 36".

Now I have to figure out how I am going to get an adequate amount of light in this tank.
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Old 09-07-2014, 11:47 PM   #4
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The stand is almost ready...

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Old 09-07-2014, 11:55 PM   #5
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Wait... the dog got out!

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I wish my stand was done. You're smart, you are finishing it as you go. We built a 2x4 stand and decided we would put skins/finish on later. Now we can't decide how.
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Old 10-05-2014, 11:00 PM   #6
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For those of you who are interested, see the following links regarding how I set up and leveled the tank/stand and how I setup the hardscape:

Setting up:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...385&highlight=

Hard scape:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...353&highlight=
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Old 10-05-2014, 11:11 PM   #7
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Default The Substrate

I took a series of pictures as I set up the substrate so you can see about how much of each thing I added to my substrate. You will notice that I only took a picture of part of the tank because that's all you really need to see in order to get an idea of how much I used:

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Dolomite


Murite of Potash


Red Clay


Osmocote Plus


Miracle Grow Organic Choice Potting Mix


Black Diamond Cap
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Old 10-05-2014, 11:15 PM   #8
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Looking good! Man I miss my old dirt tank!
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Today I partially planted the tank with all the plants from my Mr. aqua 12 long that I tore down yesterday. I still have heavily heavily planted 20 long tank that I'm going to take down and put all those plants in this tank as well but that won't happen for another few weeks.

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Yesterday, I was able to hook up my Hydro inline 300W heater and it seems to be holding the tank at a steady 78F.

Today I tried to hook up my pressurize CO2 System and ran into a few problems. So for now I'm going to be dosing 7.5 mL of Metricide 14 daily as a replacement until I get it fixed.

Week 1:
-Photoperiod 5 hours
-Reduced EI Dosing
-Metricide 7.5ml Daily
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Yesterday, I was able to hook up my Hydro inline 300W heater and it seems to be holding the tank at a steady 78F.
I just put one on mine, and I had trouble getting it to hold steady, it would vary about 2 degrees above and below. It wasn't having trouble generating enough heat, it seemed to have a pretty wide hysteresis range.

Is yours steady there?
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I just put one on mine, and I had trouble getting it to hold steady, it would vary about 2 degrees above and below. It wasn't having trouble generating enough heat, it seemed to have a pretty wide hysteresis range.

Is yours steady there?
I have mine set at 76F on the heater and it's holding steady at about 78F in the tank.
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Today, made a Rex Riggs co2 reactor/diffuser to replace my old loud Ista co2 reactor. The plan is to focus on plant growth by injecting co2 and limiting light.
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Update:

There have been many changes to the setup. First off, I added and moved some plants around. Next, I added a glass top and adjusted the lighting. Sunday I did my first water change on this monster and it took a long time. I gotta figure out how to expedite that process. Finally, I'm still dosing a reduced EI and injecting pressurized co2 through a Rex Riggs reactor.




Tomorrow, I plan to adjust flow. I've got a Eheim 2217 on another tank that I will add to this monster in the next few weeks. Also, I plan to adjust the power heads to increase water flow efficiency.

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Couple things:

Flow: After playing with the flow, I quickly came to the conclusion that I need to get another Eheim 2217 on this tank.

Fungus: There was a ton of white fungus growing on the driftwood. I added a handful of Ramhorn snail both pink and blue. The next day the fungus was gone. Nice work guys!

Cycle: This tank tank has been filled for about 8 days and I'm still reading out ammonia. Cycle still in process.
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