"My 29g low tech low maintenance shrimp tank is doing so well, let's make my life more complicated and make my RR 58g a high tech planted tank!" ... Why do I do this to myself!?
Had this tank setup for lake tang cichlids but never got it off the ground besides some julis. Decided to move on but unsure of what I wanted to do with it. Along came a great deal from @rajah_22
for my favorite plants, crypts (and buce)! And they are hardwater lovers so decision made! I would go with a hardwater probably high tech planted tank. Only had a few days to switch the tank over and I made that even harder by choosing to use the substrate that was currently IN my 72g and put the PFS from this into the 72g. Did a 100% teardown and rebuild on both tanks, took 8 hours and I almost died! lol But the fish all did well. I placed osmocote and peat under un-rinsed mature
oil-dri then layered rinsed but still used oil-dri on top to keep it a bit cleaner. 2" in front to 4" in back.
Side-note on the oil-dri. It's been submerged for over 5 years and it has retained it's firmness wonderfully!
Aged Iron Filtered Well Water
pH - 8.2
GH - ~10
KH - ~10
TDS - ~200
Iron - 0
Nitrates - 0
Phosphates - 0, maybe a trace
Manganese - 0
ORP - 255mV (not that anyone needs to know that
58g Oceanic RR tank with matching stand
20g high sump (no baffles)
Rio 12HF pump (530GPH tested)
10lb CO2 tank (needs hydro testing and fill)
Dual stage Victor regulator
Fluval Bubble counter
Fabco NV-55 needle valve (might be broken)
DIY inline reactor with 150w Jaber heater built in
Drop checker w/ 4dkh solution
Ferts, booster, root tabs, excel etc etc
What I have ordered
2 - 36" Vivagrow 24/7 (arriving in the next week)
2 - SMS AC1000-M5 needle valves (arriving Saturday, these are backups)
1 Gallon Metricide (arriving in the next week)
What I still need
CO2 tank hydrotested and filled - Might hold off on CO2 for awhile for the sake of $$ and headaches
CO2 reactor - see above
Doser - waiting for price to come back down
Plants arrived a day early so I was a bit unprepared and had NO plan for a scape (still don't and probably never will). I am using iron filtered well water which bypasses my whole house water softener. This means it's cold, between 54F and 64F so I have to put it in a barrel and warm it up before hand. Which of course was not ready today either. Anyway I got most of the crypts planted hap-hazardly leaving some space for hardscape (not pre-soaked wood ready either) and other plants.
Warning! Everything you will see in this thread will be messy and imperfect. I am not a professional!
Planting was very messy with that mature substrate underneath so I was supsried how clear it ended up being after filling! I left space for hardscape and other plants.
Hudoroi in the back and nurii and/or affinis "metallic red" in front (bag was label both?)
Few balansae in the back. I should have taken pictures of the roots on these things! Plant has 2 small leaves but a fist full of roots, crazy!
Some more nurii/affinis
Working on a couple buce sticks. No idea what I am going to do with them but had to attach them to something. No idea on the species either.
I turned the flow down a lot and will only keep the underpowered lights on for a few hours a day for at least a few days while the crypts adjust. I will add some excel but no other ferts atm. Still a lot of work to do but...LET THE MELT BEGIN! lol Roots are amazing on most of these plants so it will be fine. The nurii/affinis is the most vulnerable root wise.
Looking for ANY suggestions! Plant and fish species for hardwater, scape, co2 injection with sump, light schedule, dosing method etc.