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60 Gallon Juwel 240 Planted

Hi. Started this tank 3/1/2017. I was planning on starting a native fish tank with hardscape and wood and stumbled onto all of these beautiful planted tanks! I thought I wanted an Iwagumi set up with carpet plants and then realized the lighting and CO2 requirements involved and stepped back to a more basic plan but left the original rock placements. At this point I am finally gaining momentum with my plants and understanding what is actually required to have success growing plants in a low tech environment.


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Juwel 240 (60 gallon)
Eco complete substrate
Found Limestone from a creek
Original dual T8 fixture
Amazon filter media no carbon

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Cycling 3/3/17

Bump: 3/5/17 Added 25 dwarf sag

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Nice looking tank. I have one concern you might want to consider. Your PH levels, if acidic, will slowly dissolve limestone. This will cause your water hardness to rise. You may want to do a vinegar test on the rocks to determine how reactive they are to acidic conditions. Potentially replacing them if they aren't inert.


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***So the last pic was from 9/18/17. A lot of learning, trial and error and challenges but I do think I am heading in the right direction. I think my biggest challenge was not putting good lighting in place initially. I started with the original bulbs which I have no idea how old they are. Upgrade to new Juwel T8's one arrived broken (they are shipped from Europe) so had one T8 trying to grow in a pretty deep tank (comparable to 75 gallon) After having multiple lights break in transit (fortunately ebay was great about reimbursement) I got the 2nd T8 in one piece and was ready to roll. And then it burnt out a week later.... So I went with a single T8 until just recently. The good news is my plant choice was forgiving. Val, Crypt, Wendtti, Tiger Lotus and Dwarf Sag. Dwarf Sag is really the only one I struggled with and is almost extinct now. The Val was the savior and is now nicely taking over the tank. I have been replanting runners to the front for coverage. I am now just going for an all out jungle scape and maybe I will reevaluate at that point. My lack of plant growth in the beginning spawned some BBA but my two SAE's and pleco have helped a ton and it is almost gone. As of September I have updated to a Vivagrow 24/7 LED and I am still running my single T8 for additional light. 9/18/17 started dosing thrive so I am hoping the combo of decent lighting and full ferts (I also have been using oscomote tabs and flourish since the beginning) will finally push me over the threshold for some more exciting progress. Eventually I would like to establish a small school and a ram or two.
Here is my current stock as of 9/19/17:
2 SAE
1 Bristlenose Pleco
1 Harlequin Rasbora
2 Amano Shrimp
1 Nerite Snail
Val
Wendtii
Tiger Lotus
Crypt Balansae
Dwarf Sag

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Nice looking tank. I have one concern you might want to consider. Your PH levels, if acidic, will slowly dissolve limestone. This will cause your water hardness to rise. You may want to do a vinegar test on the rocks to determine how reactive they are to acidic conditions. Potentially replacing them if they aren't inert.
Thanks for your input. I will admit I have not done the water testing I probably should do on this tank and it has likely cost me some fish and headaches. I will look into that. I don't know what my hardness is currently from the tap. Thank you for your reply, any other ideas thoughts please let me know.
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Recent updated photo. I have a added 2 Rams. I hope to add an additional Ram or 2 if everyone gets along...

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