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gogreen's 70tall. Project

tank: 36x15x32" tall ~70gal. (hence the wet arm pits )
lighting: Aquaticlife 4x 39w T5HO
filtration: Eheim 2217 and Fluval 405. 2x Koralia Powerhead. 2x Hydor Inline Heaters.
CO2: pressurized with Boyu inline diffusor/reactor.
substrate: 60lbs Eco-complete.
fertilization: NO FERTS

plants: Anubia Nana, Anubia Hastifolia, Java Fern, and Tropica 049.
inhabitants: Discus, Roselines, Dwarf Puffer, Killifish, Flowershrimp, CPO, Assassin Snails.

01/19/2011: Latest Update - took all the petrified wood out and went with "low maintenance plants". waiting for 049 to fill in..
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I think done right, this tank would be great with discuss. You definitely either need some good wood, or a really tall plant like vals.

If you are considering lilly pipes, check out the thread where aquaticmagic gave them away, he is offering them for sale cheap to members here too, and the deal is outstanding. I am very happy with aquaticmagics service in the past.

I think your discus with some schooling fish would be awesome. I think your rock work is just too small for a tank these proportions. You might find that this depth is going to be a challenge for lighting the substrate level plants, too.
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Something this tall a Nice MH fixture would light up nicely.

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ooohh table full of goodies! haha this is quite a tall tank. light fixture sounds really nice, is is going to sit on legs or are you planning on hanging it?

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i'm planing on hanging it...is that bad?

i was going for MH but i have to consider the tank being this tall to begin with. people in the house are vertically challenged(it's blinding) and we live in a old type/style apartment, and many more reasons i can rant about... so i went for T5HOs. iv'e asked around and most folks think that T5HO are adequate lighting for my size tank(cross fingers).

iv'e actually just recently ordered a bunch of stuff from aquaticmagic and i was very happy with their service. i was tempted to get a couple of set of their lily pipes but i was
considering my tank height, i think a longer custom made intake tube would be better and cheaper no?

i was considering stacking up wood to create more height but whats the purpose of getting eco-complete if i was just to attach plants on driftwood? i know vals ad some plants grow tall but i also don't want them to look leggy.

i was thinking of still creating a carpet of something and take it from there...what do you guys think?

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i think hanging the light sounds fine. i wouldn't hang it more than 7" or so above the tank, i think it's a perfect amount of light if you're running pressurized co2. an awesome plant i have in my 40 is hygrophila augostofolia, i think it would look great in this height

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jennah, are the hygrophilas the ones lined up at the back corner? i wonder if they will bush up thick and tall? what kind of hairgrass are those your trying to carpet?

i love your fish selections

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i finally got plants :(

  • so my lighting came in today but the fish store only had one 10,000k T5HO bulb by Hamilton so i just took it. so now i'm just running 3x 10,000k until they get some 67,000k in.
  • they only had two pots of pathetic looking glosso left and i took em out of excitement....which i regret cause i spent more time plucking out dead leaves and roots!
  • man oh man was it hard to propagate glosso. and with my tall tank i just stuff whatever i can half way through! i will start running co2 and start dosing prob by tomorrow night or sunday since the co2 swap shop closed on me today.
  • anyways, i really like this fixture, the programming is super easy. my hanging kit hasn't arrived yet so i will just use the legs for now. though the moonlight is too "strip club-ish" for me
  • so my question for the day is: are dying glosso from LFS recoverable? or should i just yank it all out and get healthier ones? also, i was thinking of pushing the rocks some more to the back of the tank to have more space in front...would i still be able to plant plants from background plants or is it too narrow already?

    thanks for looking
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Must be pretty hard aquascaping with such a tall tank.


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Must be pretty hard aquascaping with such a tall tank.
YOU HAVE NO IDEA!

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l was actually reading an article where it mentioned the dimensions of a nice tank. l don't remember the exact reasons but l do remember it was 48x18x22. l believe it's a 90g but not sure 100%. lt stated that the 18 inches was due to the depth capabilities of planting, 22 was so that you could grow the plants tall enough and due less pruning in between. 48 l would imagine because the amount of plants you could plant length wise, and something about the lights being cheaper. Anyways l thought it was neat article and sorry for hi-jacking the thread. so far so good!

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the hygrophila is the really tall grass like one.

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some crypts would do great in this tank. anubias and bolbitis. i have t5s on my 28 bow and find that it keeps plants growing strong but i have to much light. so i think once you get done lower into the tank your going to loose a tad of the intensity but these will do great!

i can see a deep tangle of rain forest roots going all the way down and some penny wort and some crypts to act as ferns on the floor. and attach some bolbitis on the trees.

add 3 wild type looking discus and a small school of cardinals

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trio of apistos and a school of cardinals and a school of hatches

bam instant amazon rainforest


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Tropica 049 MELTING!!!!

049 leaves started falling off a couple of days ago. ive had this plant in my tank for about 11days now hoping for a nice carpet and the lower leaves just start falling off! i did however cut down on lighting from 10hours to 5hours two days ago to avoid algae. i dont really dose in this tank so can that be the cause? its hard to keep them in the soil since leaves started falling off. and now my koralia is covered with its leaves!

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algae!

i can now say that i have a real algae problem! hahaha

also 049 arent still coming around.

most of the algae are on the glass and anubia leaves.

this started when i added more lighting hours and started fertilizing.
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