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Just started a new tank and finally got plants and got it running. I had a first bought some plants but they melted. Hopefully these come through this time as I have co2 up and the main filteration going. Cycling tank now. Just seeded the tank with some media I left out in my koi pond. Hoping for a fast cycling of the tank!


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Nice tank, nice hardscape, nice setup. Will look great when filled in. What lights are you using? What kind of plants do you plan to put in there? Are you fertilizing?
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So these are the plants put in there:


Staurogyne repens
Ludwigia arcuata
Limnophila hippuridoides
Ludwigia "Super red Mini"

I am fertilizing with dry macro and micro from Planted Aquarium Fertilizer - Home. Im still learning so I am trying to figure this all out. I am going to really try to stay on top of this tank and see where it goes. I plan to find some UG to plant in the middle foreground.

The Lighting is a Build My LED Dutch MC series- Variable control its connected to a Neptune Apex controller.
Its one that I had purchased months ago for a tank that I didnt really get to start. Its 60" so its 12" too long for my 120P. I am trying to sell it so I can get new LEDS.

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So these are the plants put in there:


Staurogyne repens
Ludwigia arcuata
Limnophila hippuridoides
Ludwigia "Super red Mini"

I am fertilizing with dry macro and micro from Planted Aquarium Fertilizer - Home. Im still learning so I am trying to figure this all out. I am going to really try to stay on top of this tank and see where it goes. I plan to find some UG to plant in the middle foreground.
Do you have a plan about the lighting schedule ?
how many bubble per second for you CO 2 ?
and do you have any fish in it ?
Just try to help. ;-)
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PS. When you have time, you can use some ruler and straight those soil edge to be even from the front will give you a more neatly look.
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Hi Crazy Bunny

Yeah 4 hours on 7 hours off then 4 hours on. This allows me to enjoy my tank when I am actually home.
C02 scheduled to turn on 1 hr before lights on and 1 hr before lights off.B
Bubble per second I am leaving at 3 BPS for now might up it depending on my indicators. Will have to monitor it and adjust. I may have to mess around with my C02 reactor a bit.

No fish yet. Not gonna get any until full cycled.

LOL - yes I know I will tidy the substrate out a bit. I just got it up running with final filtration system late last night. I will do the clean up of the nick-nacks tonight after work! :-P The substrate got messed up while I filled the tank up. Used a colander but still got some movement.

Update 07/22/2016
- Added some Utricularia graminifolia

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Really high potential!
Can`t wait for the next couple months!

What are the lights?

Keep it simple!
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who made the stand? Neptunes?

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Really high potential!
Can`t wait for the next couple months!

What are the lights?
The lighting in the initial pic was a BuildMyLED light.

I just swapped to 2 Kessil A360WE's

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who made the stand? Neptunes?

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I do not know. I bought it used.



- Update - UG Carpet plants melted away. Changed to DHG Belem.
- Updated Lights from BuildMyLED to Kessil A360WE
- Rocks do not look new anymore.
- Bought plants from some members and got snails.
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- Update - UG Carpet plants melted away. Changed to DHG Belem.
- Updated Lights from BuildMyLED to Kessil A360WE
- Rocks do not look new anymore.
- Bought plants from some members and got snails.
I have had plants melt, like 100%. It was very frustrating. I am convinced that emmersed grown plants are much more likely to melt and high CO2 levels can help this. However, I have had plants that were grown regularly melt to. Shipped plants seem to fall inbetween, more fragile than local but better than emmersed.

Rocks are a bit of a pain to clean but a tooth brush goes a long way. It can be hard to really go out them without moving them but more than one round is easier, just lightly a few times and they will look great, assuming algae isn't really bad and stuck on. A toothbrush will still work, it's just more likely you will move them if you brush them hard.

For snails, IMO, it's almost impossible to not get them in the long run. However, running really high CO2 will give you a snail grave yard and get rid of all or most. Even if a few survive, they probably won't repopulate well once you go back to normal, but high levels of CO2 that fish can handle. In my experience, I usually will get rid of them all, or get one or two that grow huge but don't see small ones. If you are not stocked yet, it is an effective way to curb the population, and you can then manually remove the ones that can handle super high CO2. Manually remove what survives.

Good luck, top notch setup here.

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I have had plants melt, like 100%. It was very frustrating. I am convinced that emmersed grown plants are much more likely to melt and high CO2 levels can help this. However, I have had plants that were grown regularly melt to. Shipped plants seem to fall inbetween, more fragile than local but better than emmersed.

Rocks are a bit of a pain to clean but a tooth brush goes a long way. It can be hard to really go out them without moving them but more than one round is easier, just lightly a few times and they will look great, assuming algae isn't really bad and stuck on. A toothbrush will still work, it's just more likely you will move them if you brush them hard.

For snails, IMO, it's almost impossible to not get them in the long run. However, running really high CO2 will give you a snail grave yard and get rid of all or most. Even if a few survive, they probably won't repopulate well once you go back to normal, but high levels of CO2 that fish can handle. In my experience, I usually will get rid of them all, or get one or two that grow huge but don't see small ones. If you are not stocked yet, it is an effective way to curb the population, and you can then manually remove the ones that can handle super high CO2. Manually remove what survives.

Good luck, top notch setup here.
Thanks for the advice! I have amano shrimp in the tank and I noticed when I had co2 very high id find a dead shrimp. I lowered it a bit and have no more dead amano. I will try it again but gradually bump it up so perhaps the shrimp can ramp up to the lethal levels. lol

I think its the hard algae as previously i could clean it but now it doesnt seem to come off. I will try again next water change,

Thanks again!
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Thanks for the advice! I have amano shrimp in the tank and I noticed when I had co2 very high id find a dead shrimp. I lowered it a bit and have no more dead amano. I will try it again but gradually bump it up so perhaps the shrimp can ramp up to the lethal levels. lol

I think its the hard algae as previously i could clean it but now it doesnt seem to come off. I will try again next water change,

Thanks again!
Oh, for some reason I thought you were still cycling. The level of CO2 I am talking about would kill your shrimp so this method would only work without livestock. The snails are going to survive at levels shrimp or fish can. My apologizes for not stating that more clearly, to kill snails you would blast CO2 without any livestock you introduced to curb or cut the population to nothing.

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Ok Maybe next cleaning we gas the snails then. Ill try to take my livestock out.
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Coming along good. How do you like the new lights?

Good to see some locals around as well! Every time i open this thread I really really want to duplicate your stand.


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