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Old 07-12-2004, 07:07 PM   #1
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New 155gal Bowfront. (Newbie)


I just converted this tank over to live plants 3 weeks ago! This tank has been through a lot and many different biotopes. I discovered tyhis website, and things started churning again. Well what does everyone think? More plants are on the way to fill in the gaps, but I think it has a great starting point. The CO2 is still running at a very high rate to keep PH at 6.80, but the plants seem to love it and no fish losses at the moment. The original PH was 7.65. Any thoughts, as this is my first post here? I cannot seem to post more than one pict, any suggestions?
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Old 07-12-2004, 07:12 PM   #2
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Gorgeous tank! Looks like you have a lot of light over it. What are the grassy plants in the back right and back left?

Is that tank 6 feet long? What are the dimensions? I have a 72 that I will be setting up in about a month, yours is giving me some good ideas, thanks!

Be sure to keep us updated, can't wait to see the foreground fill in. What plant do you have there?
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Old 07-12-2004, 07:28 PM   #3
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Thats looking great. I would try put your camera on a tripod tho, it looks a tiny bit shakey. Or you could do what I do, get the ironing board out and put the camera on it to take pics works a treat, although the gf thinks I`m completely nuts. Its about the only time she gets to see me using the ironing board
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Old 07-12-2004, 07:49 PM   #4
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Gorgeous tank! Looks like you have a lot of light over it. What are the grassy plants in the back right and back left?

Is that tank 6 feet long? What are the dimensions? I have a 72 that I will be setting up in about a month, yours is giving me some good ideas, thanks!

Be sure to keep us updated, can't wait to see the foreground fill in. What plant do you have there?

Thanks!!!!!!!!
The Tank stats are as follows:
155 Gallon Bowfront AGA, 72inches long, 24inches deep at center, 24inch high
Predrilled with two corner overflows. A big dual tower wetdry, with bioballs emptying into a 30 gallon sump. The Iwacki 70rlt pump, pumps water to a manifold that the Aquamedic 1000 CO2 reactor and a 25watt UV Sterilizer comes off of and returns to the sump. The rest of the water goes back into the main tank. In the Sump there is also a bag of Carbon. The Substrate is the Seachem Flourite. Lighting is a 4x96watt Custom Sea Life Power Compact Fixture with 68k bulbs in it. There is a JBJ CO2 regulator and a American Marine PH Controller, a 5lb tank(soon to be a 10lb) and the reactor. The heater is also in the sump.

The tall plants on the left are Dwarf Water Onions(THey are starting to take off, new shoots daily!
The tall plants on the left are 20 common water Onions or Crinum Americana. They had to be cut back to be put in, and are also starting to growe a lot of new shoots from their bulbs.
The foreground plants are Micro Sword Grass. Just starting to send out the runners.

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Old 07-12-2004, 08:28 PM   #5
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Some more picts
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Old 07-12-2004, 08:30 PM   #6
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and the last of them
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Old 07-12-2004, 08:31 PM   #7
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That is BEAUTIFUL. How much did that setup cost? I just about broke the bank getting my 29 gallon setup!
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Old 07-12-2004, 10:22 PM   #8
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Man I love them big bowfronts

Nice list of equiptment and a great start... for a tank thats only 3 weeks planted ya got some big plants !
Cant wait to see it develop... welcome to the site
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Old 07-13-2004, 02:34 AM   #9
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for a tank thats only 3 weeks planted ya got some big plants !
Cant wait to see it develop...
Ditto that. Tank looks amazing, especially only being three weeks old.
Be sure to keep the pics coming as it develops, great start so far.
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Old 07-13-2004, 03:50 AM   #10
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A lot of people here say to LOOSE The carbon.. takes out the micro nutrients in the tank. I would let your tank grow in before you get more plants.. unless you know what you are doing.. learn how the plants behave.etc

I know what my plants will do know in my tank... sort of(well compared to when i first got them.)

Also you said you have overflow(s) and a sump.. those usually are not recommended becuasae they tend to facilitate in off-gassing the CO2.. in other words you will use up CO2 faster.. but I am guessing you have a presurised system so if you want to foot more over for co2 than that is your porogative...
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Old 07-14-2004, 05:05 AM   #11
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I think the tank looks awesome!
I'm jealous of the size. I've always wanted a huge bowfront.

The only thing(s) I'd change about it would be the fake-rock background (remove it and paint it black) and the order of the foreground. I know that you're waiting for it to grow in some, but when it does it's going to look too planned (nature = random)

That's all based on opinion, though. I still think it's a great looking setup (especially for 3 weeks!) Great work!
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Old 07-14-2004, 10:19 PM   #12
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Thanks everyone for you comments;
ColinAnderson-The tnak I had for a while, to redo it to the plant tank cost a small fortune, but well worth it!
Buck-Thanks for the support. The bow front is pretty cool, but it takes away from usable space for planting. You are a person I can se form lots of posts of how supportive and informative you are, and us newbies thank you.
Rosko_22- Thanks for the comments, and I will sure keep the pictures coming, as I already changed things around a little.
fedge-Thanks for the info of the carbon, I was wondering that. After the bag is finished I will try your idea. I will also let the some plants grow, but I cannot promise, because of the vision I want for this tank to be. Concerning the overflows, I did not have a choice in the matter. I bought the tank for the very large fish I had, and it is the way it is. I understand the principle of turbulence and CO2/O2 Oxygen exchange, but are there any other ideas out there for the sump and biological filtration. I also have the pressurized tank for CO2, however, I am keeping the bubble count hight as I am having trouble regulating the Reactor/water/CO2 equation. I am sure of wasting a lot, but at the rate I am using it keeps the ph @ 6.9. If I start to use less CO2 the PH rises..... so no it is not perogative to waste CO2....
jbarone-thanks for the comments. Yeah I have been thinking of changing the background, just been to lazy to do it yet.. And I am a planned person by nature, but I will take your suggestions and take it into account in the future..

Thanks again, and new and better pictures coming....stay tuned.

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Old 07-14-2004, 10:23 PM   #13
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I forgot to post the latest tank parameters, tell me what you think..

ph:6.8
temp:84.7(It is a little hot right now, due to summer and the lights)
Ammo:0
Nitrite:0
Nitrate:1-2.5ppm
GH:11 degrees
KH:4 degrees
CO2:10ppm
Fe:.1 ppm(dosed more to increase to .25-.5, right?)

Any suggestions?

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the tank inhabitants I will list shortly....
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Old 07-14-2004, 10:34 PM   #14
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Iron is really hard to measure accurately. Have you checked your phosphates? Your nitrate to phosphate ratio should ideally be around 10:1. I would suggest slowly bumping up the nitrates to about 10ppm and having your phosphates at about 1ppm.

Most people here tend to dose traces (including iron) by looking at the state of their plants and algae.

Your CO2 could be up a little too, maybe someone can comment on suitable CO2 levels for your level of lighting.

Very nice tank BTW.
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Old 07-28-2004, 12:44 AM   #15
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Sorry everyone for the delay in getting some new pictures. Here they are as the tank is. I have left everything alone for a while and you can see some incredible growth. I had a little of algae bloom(too much additives), but it is under control after a water change, stopping all additives, and adding some more algae control critters. I am thinking of replacing the Large Reuben Swords(2) in the back middle with something else, something Very Large, Red, and filling; any suggestions? Let me know what you think. I also put the micro sword all on one side, and added glosso to the right side foreground to see which one I like better, but my rainbows are eating the glosso! BY the way, my CO2 is up, however I do need a larger reactor in the future. The phosphate I have not tested yet.
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