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Old 06-07-2014, 10:38 PM   #1
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210 Gallon Planted


Hello all,
I recently purchased a 210 gallon tank as an upgrade from my 55 gallon tank. The end goal was to move everything over to the 210 and dismantle the 55, and everything seems to be on track.

Specs on the old 55:
  • Fluval 306
  • Aqualife T5HO fixture
  • 5LB C02 tank running into a Rex Grigg reactor, running on the output of a cheap canister filter with no media
  • Fluorite gravel
New 210:
  • Fluval FX6
  • Aqualife 8 lamp T5HO fixture
  • Same CO2 setup
  • 240 lbs of Eco-complete
  • Temporarily running the Fluval 306

Short timeline:

05/17 Filled tank, got filter running and started transplanting some of the taller plants. Added another intake to the filter so I have intakes on each end and a dual return in the middle. I can adjust the flow with valves if needed.
05/24 Moved the rest of the plants and started moving fish.
05/25 Moved the CO2 rig over, caught more fish
05/26 Started up the CO2, caught the last of the fish.

Still to do:
Finish the plumbing -
I need to plumb the intakes into a drain that runs out through the garage and out to the garden
I need to add a TEE to the return for filling the tank. 1/2" PEX into my PVC under tank plumbing
Tweak the CO2. My 5lb tank is undersized, but it fits under the tank. I slowing working up to a good concentration.

Current stock list, off the top of my head:
  • 11 Von Rio Tetras
  • 11 Gold Tetras
  • 1 Penguin Tetra
  • ~8 various Cories
  • 10 Panda Cories
  • 5 Roseline Sharks
  • Flying Fox
  • Siamese Algae Eater
  • Male betta (Dr. Jones)

Some pictures - each picture should be a link to a larger size. This set of pictures has marine lamps in the fixture still. That's why it's so blue.







Definitely stole this idea from here.



Filling.





The last picture was taken on 6/1. Since then I've got my CO2 dialed in and pearling has begun. Growth is taking off like a rocket.
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Old 06-08-2014, 01:07 AM   #2
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nicely planted.
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Old 06-08-2014, 01:32 AM   #3
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Looks great and I can't wait to see it once it's gown in more! Are you planning on adding any more fish?
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Old 06-09-2014, 12:06 AM   #4
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man I cant believe more people didn't post on this one so I decided it deserved a bump.
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nicely planted.
Thanks. I'm ordering some more plants and I picked up an Anubias Afzelii and Congensis at PetSmart the other day.

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Looks great and I can't wait to see it once it's gown in more! Are you planning on adding any more fish?
I added two ottos and 10 more Von Rio tetras. I think I'm going to hold off for now and let the plants fill in a bit more.
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Old 06-10-2014, 01:21 AM   #6
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I like that slide out FX6 filter drawer.... Hint hint
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Old 06-10-2014, 04:05 PM   #7
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looks great! Those anubias are huge!
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Old 06-10-2014, 04:49 PM   #8
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Tank looks awesome.
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Old 06-11-2014, 12:40 AM   #9
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I like that slide out FX6 filter drawer.... Hint hint
I don't know where I could have gotten that idea. Your thread was the first one that popped up when I was searching for info about the FX6, and I'm glad it did. I had to pull the filter out the other day and it's deceptively heavy when full.

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looks great! Those anubias are huge!


Before I put it in the tank. I ended up breaking a few pieces off just because it's so damn big. That giant green blur on the left side in the first set of pictures is a beach ball sized java fern.

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Tank looks awesome.
Thanks. I'm battling algae now and haze now. I expect it because the tank is less than a month old but it's still frustrating. The glass needs to be cleaned every day.

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I got tired of not being able to see under the tank. Home Depot had a cheap looking T8 under cabinet light for $29 or these LED puck lights for $39. I'm extremely happy with them. The have a remote driver with a dimmer and on/off switch.

Some fish and plant pictures:



New Otto



Sahyadria denisonii/Denison's barb/Roseline Shark and Madagascar lace. That leaf has almost doubled in size since I put it in the tank. It's about three inches wide now.











New Panda Cory, one of 10.



I'm looking for some photography tips. Can anyone tell me why my greens are so washed out? I also need to tweak some settings for the other pictures, but I can't quite tell what I need to change.
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Old 06-15-2014, 07:10 PM   #10
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Just a small update. The plumbing is finished, although a little ugly. 30 gallon water change took five minutes. Algae is starting to calm down a little bit.



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