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Old 07-29-2013, 06:03 AM   #1
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Eglinlotus 120 gallon tank


Hey everyone heres is my 120 gallon 4x2x2 duel over flow sump system with a 400gph canister filter w/uv sterilizer, 2 48" T5HO 10,000, 1 18" T8 6,700, and 36" single bright LED. and a good ole fasion DIY CO2 Injector (will upgrade when I get back from my deployment). Sorry for the cloudy water I just did a water change. My stock is:

Fish:
poly ornate
poly senegal
poly delhezi
golden dojo loach
black ghost knife
raphael cat
pictus cat
3 siamese algae eaters
3 black skirt tetras
3 diamond tetras
5 oto cats
blue groumie
1 common pelco

Plants:
Cabomba
Myrofiligree
Amazon Sword
2 unknown swords
3 Jungal vals
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Old 07-29-2013, 06:18 AM   #2
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I can't wait to watch this evolve. Also, hurray for more poly keepers on TPT :P
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Old 07-29-2013, 01:20 PM   #3
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If you guys have any ideas for this tank please let me know I'm open for anything as I am new to the plant world.
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Old 07-29-2013, 02:12 PM   #4
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Eglinlotus,

Where are you deployed at? If you're in harm's way I pray you and your buddies return safely.

Looking at your tech specs the only major recommendation I can make is get more lighting and upgrade the CO2 when you can. Go with at least a 10lb canister if at all possible, you'll be using a lot of gas in a tank that big. Having an extra can or two ready to swap out wouldn't hurt either. As for the lighting, having solid and even coverage over your tank is going to help you out in the long run. I've talked to too many people who've balked at the high(ish) front-end cost of setting up lighting and CO2 only to have them come back later with problems and decide to do what was suggested at first...and say "I wish I'd done that from the start".

Your filter looks good and the substrate will be just fine if you're adding ferts to the water column.

As for planting and aquascaping suggestions here's my only thought. Design a tank that you enjoy looking at. Don't set it up for a competition or to please other peoples' suggestions. It's your tank and you're the one who has to look at it every day. Do what pleases you and is also a good home for your fish. Regarding plants; fill it chock-full of whatever you can get your hands on, preferably stems. The old standbys like Ludwigia, Bacopa, Rotala, and Hygrophila will be your best friends in the beginning. Most of the "boring" and "typical" species like L. repens, B. caroliniana, R. indica, and H. difformis may not be fashionable, but they grow fast and are forgiving to people learning how to keep plants. Take your time and figure out what works best for you. Once you've done that and have a stable tank for 6 months or so, you're in the clear to start experimenting with the more demanding/trendy and EXPENSIVE species.

Take a look in the RAOK section. I'm sure you'll find plenty of people willing to help you out with a load of plants when you get back to the world.

If you have any questions don't hesitate to ask.

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Old 07-29-2013, 02:19 PM   #5
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poly's are fun,,, but i would be careful with the tetras and ottos as senegals will eat anything they can fit in their mouths
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poly's are fun,,, but i would be careful with the neons and ottos as senegals will eat anything they can fit in their mouths
Yah, this. The other tetras are fine though but the ottos are questionable.

Bushy nose pleco a would work better than ottos or the pleco you have.
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Old 07-29-2013, 05:47 PM   #7
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The tetras are fine the otos are pretty hard to find 1 if them in the 120. But they will probably be food in the end. I am getting rid of the common pelco and getting a long tail bushy nose this week. As far as plants go in my tank I just want lush green everywhere so it will be my own design just your guys input. Thanks Phil I'll be safe and I'll look for a 10lbs co2 set up. What method do you suggest for diffusion
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Old 07-29-2013, 09:53 PM   #8
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Inline co2 diffuser from the canister straight to the tank. The stuff that green leaf aquatics makes is good.

A 10lb tank is fine, but I'd go 20lb since its the same to refill as a 10 but takes twice as long between refilling, and the difference in price isn't terrible.
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Old 07-30-2013, 01:54 AM   #9
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Mmm about that I have my canister hooked up a little differently then most people. You see Im trying to keep wires and tubes/pipe work hidden as best as I can so I have the canister filter set up within the sump system. So the water flow into my filter floss/sponge that flows to my carbon/ammonia packs that flow into my bio balls which in turn gets split half the water goes into my pump back into my tank while the other have now goes through my canister which goes through the sponge again and tons of carbon with bio blocks and a UV sterilizer. Sooooo I would prefer not to go that route but would like to do an air stone, hagen latter ect.
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Old 07-30-2013, 06:11 AM   #10
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Get a green leaf aquatic atomizer then, it makes a super fine mist, same as the inline except...not inline lol
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Old 07-30-2013, 10:57 PM   #11
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lol ok I'll look for it also update to my stock.

Order and received:
X1 5 inch Poly Ornate
X2 3inch Golden Dojo Loaches

Pictures will be up tomorrow as they are now getting used to my tank.
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the ornate will get big enough to eat the tetras and the loaches....I had an endli, they get to be the same size, similar kind of fish....will eat anything and everything and gets thick. Might also uproot smaller stems as it gets older.

I learned that the hard way. Upper Jaws are better for planted tanks than lower jaws, although I think lower jaws could work if given a HUGE planted tank (something like a 180 or bigger...because they need the space to move).

I'd re-think this fish, only because it limits your plant options away from stems and more to just crypts and the like....which is still very nice but idk if that's what you want. Also with the whole, fish eating thing.
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I dont care about tetras or stem plants I just want to make it look nice and have polys in it. My tank is an odd ball with polys as the main fish
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Alright, just as long as you know.
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My wild caught poly ornate 5 inches
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