I decided to swap the substrate out and re-scape this tank now that my
75 gallon low tech soil tank
is now cycled and settling and also now that I have another place to put fish while I tear this tank down. I put all the fish except my Rainbow Shark in the 75g and brought the shark to my LFS Sea Life. The shark was getting very aggressive and killing shrimp and beating up other fish. I purchased him without researching the species and compatibility.
The plan for this tank is a peaceful tank with shrimp and small fish. Still deciding on species. As for as the theme, I am not following a particular plan but rather I'm going to figure it out as I go.
2 T8s one 15w 6500k and one oversized light with slightly more watts and with what appears to be a plant Kelvin temp with more red. (The light was given to me by my LFS)
Aqua clear HOB with biomedia (established)
I followed the same recipe suggested by @thedood
that I used on my recently set up 75g, except I mixed it up instead of layering it and I used more cat litter that was soaked in organic garden lime for a longer period than the litter used in the 75g. Also the soil was more mineralized this time due to it being outside in the sun and rain.
80/20 sifted semi-mineralized top soil and Special Kitty cat litter soaked in lime solution.
Red clay (Mexican pottery clay)
About a few handfuls dried, crushed and mixed it
10 Root tabs. I would use Osmocote plus but my county has sales banned until October.
Black Diamond blasting sand for the cap layer.
Large red lava rock and a small piece of driftwood (South African I believe)
1 Cryptocoryne Red Wentii
1 Cryptocoryne Bronze Wentii
These plants were in the tank before the re-scape. I am still thinking on what else would work in this setup, suggestions welcome.
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