9/10/17 CO2 running for a few weeks now:
2/25/17 Finally a door!
Yay! I'm back! Well, almost.
Aside from my little 6 gallon Edge, I've been out of planted tanks for 15 years or so. But it's time to come back.
Backstory: About 2 years ago, I was given an odd sized 70-ish gallon tank. I was running a 9 gallon nano reef at the time, so went reef for this. Built a beautiful tank. This "free" tank cost me lots but it turned out pretty sweet. I built the stand. But I promptly broke the cross brace. For over a year I've had two pieces of mahogany as a cross brace. If it's stupid and it works... The tank bowed a lot without something there.
So I had a custom acrylic tank built. Cost me over a grand for this 60 gallon tank, but I think it was worth it. 3/4" acrylic all around, external overflow drilled for Herbie, and fits the stand I built for the broken glass tank.
Life and work got in the way, so it's been like 7 months with that new tank setting there.
Before I ordered the acrylic tank, I got a bad case of bubble algae, and nothing I did would get rid of it. I was about to reboot the tank, cooking the rocks, etc. But that would take a ton of time and effort that once started couldn't be stopped until I was done unless I got rid of everything and truly started over. Not excited about that.
Then the wife and I were talking about it and we decided to go back to planted tanks. She really missed the angel dominated tanks I used to have. So here we go!
- Custom Advanced Acrylics 60g tank(37.5"x24"x15.75")
- Aqueon Proflex Model 2 sump
- Mars Aqua 300W LED Fixture (Includes: 14 x Cool White 12,000K, 10 x Neutral White 7500K, 10 x Warm White 3500K, 4 x Red 660nm, 4 x Green 520nm, 8 x Blue 460nm)
I can disable the blues on the LED and probably will. I was always a big fan of adding one actinic bulb to planted multibulb fixtures, but we'll see how LEDs do instead. I also have an Orbit Marine LED fixture I can use. That may actually be enough for plants though it didn't have enough punch for my reef. I have a PAR meter and can dial them in as needed. That pump is way too much for a planted tank, but it can be dialed down quite a bit.
The Apex for now will just be a really expensive temp controller and light timer. But I anticipate doing CO2 on this tank, so it will use the pH probe to control the solenoid.
Ok, pics time! These pics all show the glass tank and setup for the reef.
Here's the glorious wood braces:
And the new tank waiting to be used: