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Chark's First Planted Aquarium

I am switching from a reef aquarium to planted aquarium

Aquarium:
AGE 36" x 24" x 24" (WxLxH) Reef ready

Filter:
DIY Sump 24x24x16
WetDry with Puro-Kleen-Guard filter media, bioballs and lava rock
Return: Tunze Silence 1073, 792 gph

Light:
DIY LED with 3 watt CRE Leds
15 Cool White
10 Warm White
15 Royal Blue
6 Blue
6 Violet

Other equipment:
Neptune Apex controller
2 Neptune Wav pumps

Substrate:
Eco-complete and Flourite
Front and path pebble rocks

Plans:

Plan on starting low light
No CO2 or excel

Plants are undecided but reading list of low light plants

Heavy planting from start and Fish less cycling using ammonia and fish food.

Fish are also undecided.

Water will be a mix of RO and Water softened water.
Probably adding some thing like Seachem Replenish to add minerals and increase GH and KH.

Not sure on what percentage to run the LED lights but was thinking of starting at 30 to 40% with a ramp and 3 hours lights, 3 hour siesta, and 4 hours lights.

Probably will add water and plants early September. (Going on vacation first.)

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.

Thanks for reading.
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lava rock

Light:
DIY LED with 3 watt CRE Leds
15 Cool White
10 Warm White
15 Royal Blue
6 Blue
6 Violet

Substrate:
Eco-complete and Flourite

Heavy planting from start and Fish less cycling using ammonia and fish food.

Water will be a mix of RO and Water softened water.
Probably adding some thing like Seachem Replenish to add minerals and increase GH and KH.

Any help or suggestions would be appreciated.
Great success for me with lava rock.

Since it is DIY lighting consider ditching some RB for cool white.

SafeTSorb is way cheaper than Flourite. Just a thought.

Ammonia is great for fishless cycle I think fish food helps with algae farming.

Consider ferts even though a low tech tank.


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There's no reason you need to use both bottled ammonia and fish food to cycle. Either will do well, but you can dose ammonia more accurately. If you go the fish food route, make sure to grind it up into little bits, liquefying it before putting it in the tank, as you can have problems with fungus otherwise. I've not personally had algae issues when cycling tanks with fish food.

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Great success for me with lava rock.

Since it is DIY lighting consider ditching some RB for cool white.

SafeTSorb is way cheaper than Flourite. Just a thought.

Ammonia is great for fishless cycle I think fish food helps with algae farming.

Consider ferts even though a low tech tank.
Wish I had heard about SafeTSorb before purchasing substrate. During research found several sights that recommended these substrates. Would have preferred the higher ion exchange capacity.

What frets and how much would you recommend?
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What frets and how much would you recommend?
Here is a site with much valuable information.
https://sites.google.com/site/aquati...r/home/pps-pro
Even if you do not use the PPS-Pro method there is much to read here.
Some prefer EI dosing too.

I buy ferts from here. Aquarium Fertilizer | NilocG Aquatics
Also a member on this site.

I only recommend not buying an all in one solution.
Buying individual compounds allows you too omit items such as KNO3 if you have a larger bioload.


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Honestly im not a safety sorb fan myself. Tried it once, found it a pain stripping everything out of the water, too dusty and too light for my taste. Mind you I see some beautiful tanks with it. I'm a dirt and black diamond fan myself.

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Ok I have changed 10 Royal blue lights for 10 Cool white. From another thread: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/10...ml#post9522425

Hoppy suggested using a Lux meter to test light intensity. I have ordered a Lux meter and will test light at different distances and with different light intensity settings. That should help to set low light for "Low Tech" setup.

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Used luminometer to get an idea of par of my Diy led light:
All measurements are at 29" (Distance of light to substrate). BL back left, BC back center, BR back right, FL front left, FC front center, FR front right.
100%. BL 106 BC 188 BR 109
FL 130 FC 211 FR 131


50%. BL 67 BC 120 BR 72
FL 75 FC 144 FR 68

10%. BL 31 BC 53 BR 31
FL 35 FC 57 FR 31


I will start at 10%. The lowest possible.

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Plant list:

Anubis Nana
Bacopa Caroliniana
Cryptocaryne wendii- bronze, green, kompakt, tropica
2 echinodorus cordifolius
2 Microsorium pteropus (Java fern)
Hydrocotyle leucocephala (penny wort)
Hygrophila difformis (wisteria)
Java moss and 2 flame moss
Others not known stem plants and tall grass looking

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Picture after setup on September 10.

One week later and I see some growth and nothing seems to be melting.
GH 5, pH 7.67, NH4 0.25
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