90 Gallon High Tech Build
have been out of the planted tank hobby for a few years and was messing around with saltwater reef tanks. Iv decided to put the reef hobby to the side for a bit and take on a new challenge.
I have setup a 90 gallon rimless cube as the tank. It was one of my reef tanks and thought it would be perfect for a planted aquarium because of all the equipment and the tank dimensions itself.
My goal is to create a lush forest like environment. I am still unsure about fish. Thinking of either doing many smaller fish like tetras and German blue rams, apistogramma or doing Discus. I have always wanted to keep Discus so this is my first choice but I am still thinking through it would love some feedback on what others thing though.
The tank does have a sump so nothing will be in the main display. I was concerned about co2 loss and to help with that I will be using a reactor to insure the Co2 is dissolved before entering the tank.
I started the tank out by just doing a simple hardscape. The rocks and driftwood all came from my 220g aquarium. My main goal was to keep it simple. I decided to start the tank dry to get a good carpet of dwarf baby tears started. I started the baby tears from seed. I have never done this before and was honestly winging it because I couldnt find anything online about doing it.
What I did was filled the tank with water and added my frets to the water. the water was cloudy from the substrate and I knew it would be so after adding the fertz I drained the tank so that the water was just under the substrate. I then sprinkled the seed out of the packet on the substrate and covered the tank in plastic wrap. Lights on 24/7 for 3 days and we now have germination. I can tell the seeds did much better in areas where they wernt laying in water. The ones in water are just sprouting much slower. They have pushed out roots from the seeds but no leafs yet.
Next steps are to wait and see how the tears grow in. As soon as they look like they are rooted well I will fill the tank up and get the larger plants in.