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My first 90g planted tank (update: 26/02/2017)

Hello guys. This is the first planted tank I ever have. The tank is originally a Geophagus Tapajos tank I set up 3 years ago (and they would just uproot everything i planted). I figured to try my hand on plants after my group of geos passed away last month. I want to keep everything simple in this tank, so I keep most equipments I have been using, and would try not to use any pressurized CO2 system.

So, here's my tank. Except for the Anubis and the Java fern, which has been in the tank since the start, all other plants were only introduced 2 days ago. Most of the plants seem like emersed grown to me, so I guess it will take a few weeks till they settle down.



Tank Specs:
Tank: 48"X18"X24" 90g tank
Filter: Eheim 2217 *2
Light: Huey Hung Pterosaur 18*5W LED (7000K) (24" from substrate, 8 hours per day)
Substrate: 0.5mm sand
Fert: I have put ADA multi bottom root tabs under the plants, and dozed a capful of Seachem Comprehensive (so 2/3 of the recommended doze. I have heard that it's best to start with a smaller doze to prevent algae bloom)

Flora:
Anubis
Java Fern Windelov
Limnophila aquatica
Alternanthera reineckii dwarf
Amazon Sword
Echinodorus tenellus
Pogostemon helferi
Java Moss
Added on 3/2/2017
Cyperus helferi
Ludwigia repens
Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia
Cryptocoryne wendtii ''Red'
Aponogeton fenestralis
Added on 15/2/2017
Aponogeton ulvaceus
Hydrocotyle leucocephala
Hydrotriche hottoniiflora
Fauna:
Lemon Tetra *14
Emperor Tetra *2
BN pleco *20+ (I will send away most of them)
Juli Cory *2


Future plans:
Add a bunch of Rotala rotundifolia at the left hand side of the tank
Add a school of cory and denison barb
Add 2-3 whiptail catfish. I like Rineloricaria lanceolata the best, but I have only seen Sturisoma panamense in my LFS

Questions:
Now, the biggest problem I have is that I am not exactly sure what kind of light I am having. There is no PAR chart for the light I have. The only info I have on this light is this data sheet for the 60cm version with half the no. of LED comparing to the one I am using, and this LUX test for the 60cm model. I would want to keep this tank at low-med lighting so that I would not need pressurized co2.

Another problem I have is that I am not sure what this plant is:

It is labeled as a Cyperus, but I am not sure which species it is, and whether it is a full aquatic species.

As I said, I am still quite new to planted tank, so any comments are welcome.

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Have you thought about hiding the intake on the left behind the driftwood?


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Have you thought about hiding the intake on the left behind the driftwood?


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I have thought of that, but it's not easy due to to the shape of my tank. I have added an piece of glass at the side of the tank to strengthen the top when I built the tank, as I started with a sump system on top. That piece of glass is now on the way of the intakes and out takes.


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Just a small update here. All plants except the Alternanthera reineckii and Pogostemon helferi are slowly shooting off new leaves now, and there is no sign of algae yet.

The Limnophila aquatica starts growing some leaves of different shape though. My guess is that this is the emerge form, but I don't understand why the emerge form appears when it's a dozen inches away from surface.



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Looks great! That sand is awesome

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Looks great! That sand is awesome
I agree. That was the first thing that caught my eye. I like the whole setup, lemon tetras look good too, nice job.
For substrate, you called it 0.5mm sand but can you give more info on it? Was it just a bag of sand from a home improvement store, pool filter sand, or from a fish store? What is its intended use? It's pretty unique looking. Thanks

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I agree. That was the first thing that caught my eye. I like the whole setup, lemon tetras look good too, nice job.
For substrate, you called it 0.5mm sand but can you give more info on it? Was it just a bag of sand from a home improvement store, pool filter sand, or from a fish store? What is its intended use? It's pretty unique looking. Thanks
The sand was sold to me without a brand, but I think it is the same kind of sand as this one. This sand is usually used for Geos, cories, and other bottom dwellers.


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Nice tank! ^_^

Where did you get that hood on the tank? =)
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Your mystery plant appears to be Mondo Grass. Not aquatic, if so. I was duped by this at one time, but I am no expert by any means. Maybe someone else can identify for you.
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Nice tank! ^_^

Where did you get that hood on the tank? =)
There is no hood on the tank. It's just a piece self-adhesive wallpaper I put there to shade some of the light.


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Another update.

I have ditched the mondo grass (thanks cininohio), and introduced Cyperus helferi in its place. Also got some Ludwigia repens, Rotala rotundifolia, Cryptocoryne aponogetifolia, Aponogeton fenestralis, Cryptocoryne wendtii ''Red', and attached the java moss on driftwood with glue. Also rearranged the plant a bit and gave the anubis a good shave.


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nice plant selection, also that anubias is HUGE
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There is no hood on the tank. It's just a piece self-adhesive wallpaper I put there to shade some of the light.
That's actually a good idea.. Thanks.. ^_^
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nice plant selection, also that anubias is HUGE
Thanks! The anubias is in my tank for 3 years now. This is what it looks like when I first got it. It's the one on the tree trunk like driftwood at the middle of the tank. I think my dim light in my original setup has prompted the anubias to grow upwards.







On other notes, now that I have taken care of the plant, it's time to consider my fish stock. I won't be adding any fish till late Feb, so that the plants have time to establish.

So, here's what I plan to do:
1. Remove most of the bristlenose pleco so that I have the space for new fish. Gonna leave maybe 3-4 of them
1. Add more Julii cory if I can find some, and another species of cory. Total number of cories would be at around 12
2. Add 1-2 Sturisoma panamense


Now, the thing I am not sure about is the showcase fish. It would be either a school of angelfish, roseline sharks, or both. I am not sure though if I can keep both in the tank, say 2-4 angelfish and 8 roseline shark, considering that both species grow big.

What do you guys think?
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So it begins. Just discovered some thread algae on these Rotala rotundifolia. I will stop applying the liquid fert for now, and remove the affected plant to see if it would stop them from spreading.




Wondering if I should reduce light as well. What do you think?


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