75 Gallon, low tech, future Rainbowfish tank, hopefully.
I have been reading on this forum for a couple months to get ideas of what I wanted to do with this first big tank. I loved having fish tanks when I was a kid, but did nothing but kill fish. I never knew anything about cycling, or anything really. Fast forward to 2017
I had went around to my LFS about once a month for about 2 years, never buying anything, but thinking about it, and wanting to go with something big like a 75 gallon tank with a nice stand. I never pulled the trigger, as it was going to be a huge investment if all I did was murder fish.
I lost my job in April of '17 and while I was wandering around a store that sells donation items and building supplies, I saw a 29 gallon tank, plus a stand, and all the supplies for $40. I jumped at this, as it would give me something to do while I looked for work, and decided I would give this a try again, and the price was too good to say no.
I loved the idea of growing plants, as it sated my gardening needs. I decided to not do a garden that year, before I lost the job. I started with the tank up, and added a bunch of plants, and did a fishless cycle. I have had the 29 gallon running for about 10 months, and everything went pretty well. I decided now was the time to jump to the big tank I have wanted.
I found a used 75 gallon tank, and had to reseal it, which was way more work than I had originally planned. It was also covered in calcium as it was a reef tank in its former life. If I had to do this again, I would not have done this used one, and saved myself the hours of work and just purchased a new 75 gallon. With the tank all good to go, I just had to wait on the stand which came in last week.
o 75 gallon
o Fluval Plant 3.0 is coming in tomorrow
o Hydor 450 at startup
o Once I am able to decommission the 29 gallon, I will be adding the Cascade 1000 to the 75 gallon for two filters, with the Cascade running the Fluval surface skimmer attachment.
o 2 Aqueon 250 Watt heaters, one on each end, which will be the two sides of the intakes of the filters once both are set up
o I mixed a little of everything I have seen on this forum. I liked the idea of ADA aquasoil, but I donít have much in the way of access, plus the cost for a tank this size. Maybe someday, or my next tank I will just bite the bullet. As it stands, I used :
o I mixed all of the below:
Seacham Black Flourite Sand
o In the Flo-Cells. I was trying to recreate the idea of power sand, without all the expense and the shipping. Probably didnít need any more than just the lava rock, but I had extra of quite a few things, and it didnít cost that much more to try all the other stuff too.
Some ceramic Bio Media
Osmocote+ spread out sparingly across the bottom layer.
Laterite 1 box
o Mopani Driftwood
o Random other driftwood
o Fake Spiderwood tree
ē Style: Grab bag
I love the way Iwagume tanks look, but I didnít want to go that hardcore. Most of those are designed to be sparse, and not a ton of fish, and this is still a fish tank for me first.
o Jungle style was also a little to hardcore for me on how they look and how much hardscape you need.
o Really it wonít be either at all, it will just borrow some things I like, and be a planted tank, with fish.
o I am also not artistic in any way. I donít invent, I copy. If I see something, I can copy it. Maybe change it a little. But I donít have the artistic side to my brain. Same in woodworking.
I watched the videos from Dennis Wong that I ended up finding through this forum, and I mimicked that technique, by using Flo-Cells.
I built up the area I wanted to stack stones. I only had a bunch of small stones but wanted to make something that at least resembled all the awesome Iwagume aquascapes Iíve seen.
Micro Sword Ė Going to attempt to carpet with this. I have like the look of aquariums Iíve seen with it. Hopefully it will do fine without CO2.
o Anubias Nana- will attach to driftwood and rocks
o Java Fern. I have about 20 growing in my 29-gallon tank.
o Probably some Jungle Val from my 29
o Possibly some of the Dwarf Hair Grass that has been in the 29 for most of the year. Didnít really thrive, probably from not being a CO2 tank, but itís all still around.
o Really contemplating some kind of moss, to attach to some of the rocks, but donít really know what kind. Havenít researched that enough.
Rainbows. I really like the Bosemani rainbows, and seeing Greggz tank made me really want them. My only concern is that I really love having the bunch of Amano shrimp I have, and I have heard mixed results on the shrimp being eaten. I want 6 to 10 of these.
o Current Ė In the 29, will all be transferred
6 Harlequin Raspboras, might take this to 10 or so.
3 neon Tetras Ė used to be 6, had an issue with an ammonia spike when I installed the new canister filter, and killed the others. I will likely replenish this to 5 to 10
1 Pleco, the store had it listed as L144 Blue Eyed Lemon, not sure.
2 Albino Corys. Want to get this to 4 to 6
2 Peppered Corys, again probably move this to about 4 to 6
10 Amano Shrimp
6 nerite snails
I have all the hardscape set up, and all the substrate in. I should be ready to install the light tomorrow, and likely start planting this week. I have all the plants sitting around in my 29, and my temp quarantine tank now, ready to make the move.
I will update this as I move forward. Any suggestions or comments, I am welcome to them.
Current 29 gallon with guest appearance by Charlie.
Tank and stand first night
Attempts at driftwood layout
Test Layout of rocks
Structure and bottom layer and lavarock in
Ready for planting