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post #1 of 91 (permalink) Old 07-08-2017, 10:37 PM Thread Starter
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120 Gallon Planted Aquarium

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This is my journal for my 120 Gallon Aquarium.

About a year ago I went out to petco and bought a 55 gallon and began a planted tank. Soon I realized this tank was way too small for what I wanted to do. Over the past few months I checked Craigslist on a regular basis for a 75 or 90 Gallon Aquarium. I came across a brand new TopFin 120 Gallon Aquarium ensemble set for $150. I jumped on the deal and bought it. This journal will track the progression of said tank.



I started by painting the back of the tank black with acrylic paint. The tank and stand were then placed in my family room where my previous 55 was placed. The difference in size was larger than I had expected. I decided to dirt the tank because I was not ready to spend 200-300 dollars on ada soil. There is 1 large bag of MGPS which has my previously used eco complete on top which is then capped by Black Diamond Blasting Sand. The tank was then aquascaped with some Malaysian Driftwood.

Equipment:

Filtration:
Sunsun 304B canister filter
Rena XP4

Lighting:
Beamswork DA Fspec 30"(2)




Stocking:
6 Angelfish
2 Odessa Barbs
10 Black Neon Tetras
6 Neon Tetras
4 Cherry Barbs
1 Albino Bn Pleco
4 Otocinclus
Ghostshrimp

Plants:
Pygmy Chain Sword
Hygrophila Sacifolia
Hygrophila Corymbosa
Hygrophila Corymbosa Angustifolia
Ludwigia Repens
Rotala Indica
Amazon Sword
Crypt Wendtii Brown
Crypt Lutea
Red Tiger Lotus
Blyxa Japonica


I does PPS Pro and have plans to add pressurized co2.


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I added 10 neon tetras and 10 black neon tetras. The angel ate 5 on the neon tetras. I bought two Beamswork DA Fspec 30" for the tank.




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You could add a school of 6-8 corys!
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I vote for a school of corydoras too, but I would go for 10 minimum, cory's act very differently when in larger groups and its more fun to watch, just my 2cents, btw, are the angelfish in there? I don't see them, maybe hiding in the corner?

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I vote for a school of corydoras too, but I would go for 10 minimum, cory's act very differently when in larger groups and its more fun to watch, just my 2cents, btw, are the angelfish in there? I don't see them, maybe hiding in the corner?
I second this. A dozen would be nice.
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I'm 100% down with getting corys. Thank you for the suggestion. The angelfish were hiding because I just put the lights on.





The platies will be rehomed. I got them as the first fish in my old 55. There is diy co2 but that nothing major. It's just a little addition. Pressurized co2 will be added.

I was looking for advice about my Odessa Barbs and cherry barbs because they are always hiding so I'm not sure what to do. I think maybe I need to get more of them so they feel comfortable. I will also add more angels but I'm afraid of them pairing off and being aggressive.


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Man, your angels are really nice looking, so many times I see bent finnage and deformed shapes on angelfish these days, hard to see nice specimens, I really like the two marbles you have, I have kept Odessa barbs before and for me they were super active and always out and about, but when I added them I had had 6 I think and the tank was heavily planted already

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ADA 120p - 65 gallon community (planted)
Eclipse system II tall - 30 gallon - mixed community (non planted)
AGA 20 gallon - lake Tanganyika shell dwellers (semi planted)
6.6 gallon nano planted red cherry shrimp (planted)
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Wow tank looks awesome!! Dirt makes for such nice plants. It's too bad Angels eat Neons and Cardinals. It would look really nice. I had a very similar set up years ago. Dirted, paintball CO2, Angels, Rainbows, black neon tetras, and a couple pleco's. I just got so sick of the mess that would result from moving plants.
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Man, your angels are really nice looking, so many times I see bent finnage and deformed shapes on angelfish these days, hard to see nice specimens, I really like the two marbles you have, I have kept Odessa barbs before and for me they were super active and always out and about, but when I added them I had had 6 I think and the tank was heavily planted already


The big one I bought a year ago when he was 1/4 of the size and he grown a lot. He has a lot of personality and is probably my favorite fish. The smaller one is new but it's grown a little. I really like black angels.

I'm also about to place in order on Wetplants.com. They seem extremely friendly and they care about their costumer from what I can tell. I'm going to by adding Hygrophila corymbosa, Hygrophila angustifolia, pogostamon gayi, jungle Val, and narrow leaf ludwigia to fill in the middle background of the tank. I'm also going to get red tiger lotus and crypt wendtii red for the mid ground. I want to experiment with some blyxa but I don't think it will grow that well. I may attach moss or narrow leaf Java fern to the wood. If anyone has plant suggestions I'd love to hear it.


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The big one I bought a year ago when he was 1/4 of the size and he grown a lot. He has a lot of personality and is probably my favorite fish. The smaller one is new but it's grown a little. I really like black angels.

I'm also about to place in order on Wetplants.com. They seem extremely friendly and they care about their costumer from what I can tell. I'm going to by adding Hygrophila corymbosa, Hygrophila angustifolia, pogostamon gayi, jungle Val, and narrow leaf ludwigia to fill in the middle background of the tank. I'm also going to get red tiger lotus and crypt wendtii red for the mid ground. I want to experiment with some blyxa but I don't think it will grow that well. I may attach moss or narrow leaf Java fern to the wood. If anyone has plant suggestions I'd love to hear it.


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You can't go wrong with crypts. Crypt Parva for foreground and crypt becketti has really nice color. You can never go wrong with anubias.
They would do really well in a dirt substrate.
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Your tank still needs a large school of something, even if you get more large fish. Maybe diamond tetras.. something too big to be eaten.
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Your tank still needs a large school of something, even if you get more large fish. Maybe diamond tetras.. something too big to be eaten.


I think I might do black neons or serpae Tetras


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Added more plants today.

Java Fern Narrow Leaf
Hygrophila Corymbosa
Hygrophila Corymbosa Compact
Hygrophila Angustifolia
Hygrophila Sacifolia
Red Tiger Lotus
Red Robin Sword
Crypt Lutea


The java fern looks kind of dead with a bunch of black spots all over. I'm not sure what to do.


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Java fern takes on that appearance as it propagates, this is normal if under the leafs only. Soon there will be roots and shortly after new leaves sprouting from older growth. If its all over it could possibly be a potassium deficiency.
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