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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-15-2004, 08:42 AM Thread Starter
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My very first 75G planted tank! Opinions please...

Hi guys this is my first planted tank attempt... I've prepared long and hard for this and I'm fairly pleased with the results... Comments, constructive criticisms will be appreciated....Thanks! BTW, this will be a discus tank so no foreground (space is reserved for the discus to feed from the bottom).

The tank has been "instant cycled" meaning, old filter media from my established tank was used to further propagate beneficial bacteria...

Tank specs:

Lighting - 4 X 40W Arcadia Freshwater Lamps, 2 X 36W Osram Biolux Lamps >95 CRI
Substrate - Bottom (Sera floredepot), river sand, Tetra initial sticks, river sand
DIY CO2 injection (still waiting for the Carbonator Unit I purchased)
Plants - Java moss, Indian fern, Green & red cabombo, rotundifolia, vallisneria, rosefolia, dwarf amazon sword, red amazon sword, plus a few unknown plants...
Hardscape - driftwood, wood rocks
Fish - 10 zebra danios, golden gouramis, blue ahli, Bolivian rams
Resun Canister Filter 700L/H - Filter sponge, ceramic rings, bioballs

I'll be changing the plants and fish once the tank has stabilized probably some riccia and glossos for the sides only but still leaving the foreground bare for the discus...

Front view

Another front view



Another angle

Sorry for the blurry quality of the pictures, not very good at photography (obviously) hehe...
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-15-2004, 09:14 AM
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i'm liking the wood. overall looks good.
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Where did you get the driftwood from?
What was your method for cleaning those large pieces?
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Very Nice---Lots of Luck!!!
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post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 12-15-2004, 01:31 PM
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If this is your first planted tank, you definitely have an eye for aquascaping. This is a beautiful layout, very impressive!

I would let this aquascape grow out a little before I went changing things. I see some beautiful things emerging from this tank.

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Please use a tripod or other firm surface when you are taking pictures of your tank, I'm getting motion sickness trying to marvel at the beauty of your tank.


Aquascape? I'm a crypt farmer.

It's a fine line between fishing and standing on the shore looking like an idiot.

That IS an aquascape, it's titled "The Vacant Lot".
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Tank looks great! Looks like you've got quite a few good, low-maintenence plants going. Something which the Discus will appreciate when you aren't plunging your hand into the tank every day to prune the weeds!

Try Sean's advice, though! If you don't have a tripod, set the camera on a stack of books, set the timer and let it take the picture without you trying to hold your hands steady!

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Smile Thanks!

Thanks for the nice comments guys! Yes, this is indeed my first attempt at a planted tank. Did a lot of research on this and other boards before I attempted to even buy a single plant.

Now, photography though, , that's where I didn't do a lot of research but I've noted Sean's advice and will try to research on photography methods for aquaria... Next time I hope to take nicer pictures... Thanks for the advice, guys...

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