I recently joined this forum to get ideas, inspiration, and advice from the planted tank community while I plan out my next tank. This is really a great place to share ideas and information, and Iím happy to say that Iím pretty sure I have everything in place for my upgrade. Iíve been running a 90G high tech tank for a few months now to try to learn through experience what canít be learned from reading, and Iím fairly confident that I know just enough to get myself into big trouble on my next tank =)
Iím in the process of moving, at which time Iíll be changing from my current 90G to my new 125G. My new house isnít quite ready for the new tank, so in the meantime before I get into the new build, hereís a FTS of my current tank so this doesnít just turn into a wall of text.
On to the plans for my new tank!
Dimensions: 125 Gallon, 72Ē x 18Ē x 22Ē
Filtration: Fluval FX6
Lighting: SB Reef Freshwater Basic x 3
Background: Matte white static cling film
Substrate: Lava Rock base with Black Diamond cap
Hardscape: 130 lbs Dragonstone
Ferts: Starting with Osmocote+ Caps until tank stabilizes, then EI from NiloCG
Heating: 500W ISTA inline heater
10lb CGA320 CO2 tank
Regulator: DIY from @Joshism
here on TPT. Equipped with Clippard solenoid and Swagelok metering valve
Bubble Counter: CalAqua Double Counter ER
Check Valves- Rhinox brass check valves (x2)
Reactor: DIY 3 stage Cerges Design
CO2 & Heater on separate loop from Canister
Eheim Compact+ 2000 pump
Jardli 17mm Lily Pipes
Fauna: (all of these fish are currently in my 90G)
Some notes: The Mollies and Guppies were from an attempt at breeding to sell to my LFS. I underestimated how many babies they would have and canít sell any more, so for now, their incessant humping will result in live food for the others in the tank. Maybe thatís cruel, but itís the best I can do. Iím also looking for suggestions to finish off the stock list for the 125G:
10x Madagascar Rainbowfish
8x Tiger barb (I know they are supposed ďfin nippersĒ, but they spend their whole day chasing each other and have left everyone else alone)
10x Zebra Danio
1x Marble Angelfish (rescued from a 10G tank my friend had him in. He fights terribly with every Angel or school of Angels Iíve tried to house him with)
12x Oto Cats
4x Yellow Molly (1 male, 3 female)
4x Guppy (1 male, 3 female)
8x Zebra Nerite Snail
Looking for adult Amano Shrimp, but canít seem to find them. Every time I add juveniles, the Angel eats them. Iím currently at three adults that proudly strut around the tank, but Iíve added probably 25 or so juveniles that ended up as snacks.
I really love the look of Crimson Sky by James Findley, and would like to use that as my inspiration.
The things I like are the strong contrast between the A. Reineckii and DHG, the linear layout, and the covered rocks. There will be some large differences in my tank though: 1.) I donít want any emersed growth, everything will be submerged. 2.) There will be a distinct path running through the rocks where the DHG will be. Iíve seen a ton of tanks with a sand path, but none with a grass path. 3.) I will have background plants. Here is the layout as Iíve planned it now (only reversed because of the Fluval input and output sides, and Crypts in the grey area)
Dwarf Hairgrass (Eleocharis Parvula)
Bucephelandra (suggestions on sp?)
Weeping Moss for on top of the rocks
I will do my best to keep this updates with pictures of progress. The next job to be done is to finish putting together the CO2 loop, check for leaks, and put on the decorative film background. After that, I'll set up the filter and get the substrate going =)
I hope this can be enjoyable for everyone, and I'm certainly looking forward to any comments or criticism you may be able to give.
Till next time!