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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 03-09-2016, 03:57 PM Thread Starter
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First High Tech 75

My first plant tank with CO2 and intense lighting.









Bump: Added a few more plants and fish Day 7




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That looks nice... good luck. What kind of lights? Did you make that reactor?

5 tanks & growing! Gotta get some moonlights so my fish can sleep cus I cant stop lookin!
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More details please! Did you make that reactor? Or buy it? How much did you drop on it? I'm interested in going pressurized but not ready to spend the money lol, Looks awesome!
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Thanks! The reactor is a Carbon Doser EXT5000, there is some info and pricing on aquariumplants.com for it. The lights are a 150 watt 6500k metal halide and a 100 watt LED strip by Green Element.
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Coasty I got extremely lucky on the CO2 setup, bought it from a friend who got into saltwater, I got the 5lb cylinder, Reactor, Carbon Doser regulator, and a PH controller for $150. The regulator alone goes for almost 300 new.
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lighting? im about to set up a planted 75. also do you think co2 is necessary for amazon swords, java fern, rotala indica? is aqua soil necessary for those types of plants?
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These photos where taken last night with only the LED strip running so kinda dim, will get some better ones this evening. I wasn't real thrilled with the micro sword but it was available when I set up so went with it. Started replacing it last night with some Staurogyne repens and added some Telanthera Cardinalis. This is day 24 on this tank.



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Bump: Also added more airplants, decorative wood, and dried moss to the top of tank on Day 24.


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Better Pic Day 25

Need to get some Pics with a real camera my phone camera suks!

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3 days growth

Day 3 of the fresh planting of Staurogyne repens that is replacing the micro sword on left side of tank. I got these in the grow gel packs from Pets Mart, and in only 3 days they are looking really good!

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Tank Specs

Tank: 75 gallon with no center brace

Lighting: 150 watt Metal Halide with 6500k bulb and a 100 watt LED strip all the way to front of tank for carpeting plants.

CO2: Carbon Doser Electronic Regulator, Carbon Doser EXT5000 reaction chamber, Milwaukee MC 122 PH controller, 5lb Cylinder.

Filtration and Circulation: Marineland C220 canister filter, Tetra 10 gallon internal filter, 3 Korilia nano circulation pumps.

Currently doing PPS Pro dosing with a half dose of Excel daily

Current Fish: 2 Gold Angels, 6 O cats, 3 SAE, 8 Cardinal Tetras, 2 Cory Cats.

Currently running LED 7 hours daily and Metal Halide 6 hours daily.

I use the small internal filter to run my purigen and make it easy to swap out and recharge the saturated one.

Any tips and suggestions are greatly appreciated!!!!
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My First Moss!

Got my first mosses in the mail yesterday from forum member Adrand and got them attached. I got Christmas and Java moss, but the portion of Christmas moss was quite a large portion, and looked so good after starting to glue it in I decided not to even use the Java Moss. I must say that the Christmas Moss is very easy to attach using superglue, but was expecting to find pieces floating everywhere this morning. To my surprise every bit stayed right where I put it last night! (knocks on wood).





My water is a bit hazy from added clarifier to clear it up. My first rookie mistake was to not rinse the floramax I used under the eco complete...arghhhhhh.. Hopefully keeping planted tanks will help me with my patience!
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Day 33 Full View

Pic from this morning with LED strip only, Halide is off. Except for my Hazy water happy with progress for the first month.

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Pic from this morning with LED strip only, Halide is off. Except for my Hazy water happy with progress for the first month.

Looks fantastic!
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Day 39

Water has just a bit of haze left after some Accurel F and xtra filter material in the canister. Will have some Limnophila hippuridoides to add tomorrow from another forum member!

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High Tech Lighting! HaHa

Back left corner of my tank is shielded from any light, by the driftwood that extends up out of the tank. Wanting to plant some stem plants to grow behind the wood and hide heater and small internal filter. As a quick temporary solution I installed a super deluxe K-1000000 jigawatt mesmerizing light on a special German made light hanger.

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