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post #1 of 44 (permalink) Old 10-24-2016, 01:19 PM Thread Starter
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Brian's 50 gallon 189 liter Low Tech Tank

Good morning!
I've only been doing an aquarium for three months and only palnted tank for a few weeks.
Water parameters
pH greater than 7.6. Next time we'll do the high range
NH3NH4 ammonia 0 to .25 PPM
NO2 nitrites 0 ppm
NO3 Nitrates between 40 ppm & 80 ppm Yikes!
temperature 74F 23.33C
Didn't test KH this time we'll do it next weekend.
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Rocks are locally found Granite
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post #2 of 44 (permalink) Old 10-25-2016, 10:37 PM
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Looking good Brian. Maybe a water change to lower the nitrates. Are you going to add more plants?
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Thank you @whonc Yes by the end of the week 12 water Spangles Salvinia Minima. Thursday I guess we'll do another WC of 15%. We didn't get to it today. Also on order and arriving this week Seachem Prime & Seachem Flourish. Also in there and growing slowly are Jungle Vallisneria Rooted Plants 1.5-2 Feet Tall - Easy Background Aquarium Plants

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That's good, more plants less nitrates. What kind of substrate you got and how deep it is?
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Update November 16th 2016

While on a WiFi tower job site in Las Vegas NM I found a bunch more of the black and white granite rocks I like for our aquarium build.I was surprised to find granite on the hill as it mainly occurs at higher elevations. I took advantage of my luck and picked out the thinnest and flattest rocks I could find. Yesterday we cleaned the tank removing all the rocks and the last of the plastic plants and vacuumed the substrate. I replaced the existing rock features using the newest rocks. Plants are doing well considering they are only a few months old.

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Just gravel substrate for now, maybe quite a while, I don't know. I'm winging it.

Bump: Water parameters about the same, nitrates a bit high, did another 10 gallon water change this week. Will test it again this weekend. I do need more plants, but finances have diminished, so probably now for a while. The Jungle Vallisneria is doing well as is the Ludwigia Repens.

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Water tests
(high range) pH 8
ammonia 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 10ppm
I'll do another 20% water this week.

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Ludwigia Peruensis and Cryptocoryne Wendtii added 1-10-2017

We received our plants Ludwigia Peruensis and Cryptocoryne Wendtii this afternoon.
To begin I washed river sand gravel which has been near the house in a pile for a few months. Actually I washed and repeated washing over a dozen times, until the water came out clear after extreme agitation. I then boiled the sand and gravel for ten minutes.
Next I vacuumed the existing gravel substrate.
Brought the clean sand and gravel up to tank temperature; 75F (23.8C)
Gently added the sand and gravel to the right side of the tank where I want to plant most of the plants. Probably around 5# (2.26kgs) in that corner.
We had three bunches of each and all looked to be in pretty good condition upon arrival. I pruned leaves back to mostly newest leaves were left.
It was a little murky after the sand so I sat down for 20 minutes to play solitaire on the computer.
We discussed that we do not have an extra tank to keep excess plants alive in case something happens to these. We planted them all and feel great about this decision.
We removed another ten gallons of tank water and setup the oxygenation station to see if this keeps the pH from spiking. This is one of the ideas I have read about doing research on planted tanks. Thank you all.
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While cleaning yesterday I found a clamp lamp and installed an incandescent grow light in it for our new plants. Ludwigia Peruensis and Cryptocoryne Wendtii added 1-10-2017 I think the fish like this lamp :headphone: I don't know for certain though.
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Catfish and plants?

I'm curious, is there a catfish which is less likely to dig in my planted tank? I currently have 2 Otos, and have been itching to get a Bristlenose, but keep reading how they'll dig and dig.

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I've heard the plecos can be a lot of work on a planted tank. I have 6 corys (sterbai) with eco-complete. They have not done too much "damage", but any newly planted stem/small ground cover is at risk as they root around for food. I think this is more of an issue with eco-complete and the plants being new with not much hold yet.

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Fish compatibility charts don't all agree about Dwarf Gourami and Corydoras Sterbai coexisting. What do you all think?

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Tank update.

Everything seems to be going well in our community tank.
Does anyone know how to get image names to show? I create image names as descriptions, it's sad to not see them.
I'm also working on a new air-lift pump for our 2600 gallon tank. So far I haven't got the thing to work. I have another air-lift pump in the bottom of the big tank called a SLO or solids uplift outflow. That one works. This one will be attached to the skimmer. I think it is a water lever issue. I'll be working that out today. Yesterday I tried adding a venturi to the air lift pump. That didn't get the water to flow either. I wonder if the plumbing needs to rise higher than the filter instead of going in just below the water lever in the radial flow filter? The water levels in the barrel filters are the same height as the fish tank. The sump is 3 feet lower, the media grow beds are all above and pumped into from the sump. I hope that made sense. Let me know what you think or if you need more information.
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Boy howdy a Brand New Matala L60 air pump for my birthday!!

Boy howdy a Brand New Matala L60 air pump for my birthday!!

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We found a wonderful aquatics shop in Santa Fe NM today. Oasis Aquatic Services - your Pond Fountain and Waterfall Proffesional Builder in Santa Fe, New Mexico - Oasis Aquatic Services - The Best Ponds Fountains and Waterfalls in Santa Fe and all of New Mexico
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Michael was super knowledgeable and helpful. We'll go back again, for certain.
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I changed the pipe size to coincide with the large outflow pipe on this powerful air pump. The vinyl pipe was ~3/8ths" now it is 3/4s" and PEX. The 3/4" PEX feeds a tee with two 1/2" PEX pipes which lead over to the Filter area and branch out. I had to turn everything on to handle the large quantity of air coming from this pump. Nice huh?
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Also the unglued PVC from the new SLO blew apart from the extra pressure.Flooded the floor of the greenhouse in a manner of minutes ops:
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Speaking of leaks I better go check on it. See ya!

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Specs: 2600 gallon (347.56cf) FT. 44cf GBs. 200 gal (26.7cf) ST. 15 gal (2cf) RFF. 50 gal (6.7cf) biofilter.
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post #15 of 44 (permalink) Old 01-20-2017, 02:31 PM
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Wait wait wait, you have a 2600 gallon tank somewhere? And you're holding back on pictures? That's a crime!
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