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Damn that is some clear clear water.

This thread and your tank was a major contributor to adding UV to my build aha
Awesome, I hope you're seeing good results, I can't believe it took me nearly a decade to start using them, I'm a huge fan now!
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Beautiful tanks. I'm extremely jealous of your reef. I had a 20gal reef and it was just too much maintenance compared to my 75g low tech planted. From trying to match salinity and temp, then pouring with buckets. Though, I'm convinced, if I invested in the correct equipment, it would have gone much smoother. I tried to do budget reef, just more work in the end. I only now have the planted low tech and planning to build a nano riparium.

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I honestly think the saltwater is easier. I hardly even touch the tank other than changing filter socks, topping off the ATO reservoir, and cleaning the glass. I do a big water change every other month.

I do have a good setup in place for making saltwater and doing water changes which definitely helps. 150gpd BRS RODI system, 25gal rolling mixing / WC station, have my salt amount dialed in precisely for that system (normally only takes slight Sg adjustments), and use a Sicce 400gph pump, and Eheim 1/2" plastic filter pipe and screen, and a ball valve for refilling. Not having to lift buckets makes it a breeze. I think if you go back a few pages I have pics of it all.

My planted tanks are more problematic and more work. The reef is a breeze



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My planted tanks are more problematic and more work. The reef is a breeze
I saw the setup. looks great! Maybe the planted is having problems because of the ambient lights from the windows like you stated. Either way, all your tanks are beautiful. As for my reef, I should have invested correctly in my reef. I tried to go cheap. I did have my own BRS 75 gpd RODI, but I think my city adds the maximum allowed chloramines so I had a hard time with that. It felt like I was fighting it more than I was enjoying it. I never had that moment where I would turn everything else off in the room and stare at the tank like I did with my planted tanks. I still get lost in my planted tanks. My reef never really gave me that.

fwiw this was my 20gal long https://i.imgur.com/nDbabqV.jpg

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I saw the setup. looks great! Maybe the planted is having problems because of the ambient lights from the windows like you stated. Either way, all your tanks are beautiful. As for my reef, I should have invested correctly in my reef. I tried to go cheap. I did have my own BRS 75 gpd RODI, but I think my city adds the maximum allowed chloramines so I had a hard time with that. It felt like I was fighting it more than I was enjoying it. I never had that moment where I would turn everything else off in the room and stare at the tank like I did with my planted tanks. I still get lost in my planted tanks. My reef never really gave me that.


I feel ya, I've had a few funky saltwater tanks over the years that just never wanted to cooperate. But if you don't skimp on equipment up front and just commit to doing it the right way, it makes life much easier and more enjoyable. Oh, and add a ton of biological media, that's the biggest trick. My sump is packed full of biobricks.

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The tank is really just dialed in and chugging along and I've got some massive plant growth. Due for a large pruning soon. I also added a pot of hygrophila pinnitifida to get a little new texture and color in the plant scape. Once it attaches and fills in a little I can prune it to the shape I want.



And a little side project 45cm short that I threw together. I've always been fascinated by emersed plant growth and have experimented with it before but this one is a full blown emersed assault! I even have some water loving terrestrial plants at the back. Really excited to see how this one progresses!



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The tank is really just dialed in and chugging along and I've got some massive plant growth. Due for a large pruning soon. I also added a pot of hygrophila pinnitifida to get a little new texture and color in the plant scape. Once it attaches and fills in a little I can prune it to the shape I want.



And a little side project 45cm short that I threw together. I've always been fascinated by emersed plant growth and have experimented with it before but this one is a full blown emersed assault! I even have some water loving terrestrial plants at the back. Really excited to see how this one progresses!



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Nice! Awesome layout, what rocks are those in the 45?


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The tank is really just dialed in and chugging along and I've got some massive plant growth. Due for a large pruning soon. I also added a pot of hygrophila pinnitifida to get a little new texture and color in the plant scape. Once it attaches and fills in a little I can prune it to the shape I want.



And a little side project 45cm short that I threw together. I've always been fascinated by emersed plant growth and have experimented with it before but this one is a full blown emersed assault! I even have some water loving terrestrial plants at the back. Really excited to see how this one progresses!



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Angelo, remember me? D2mini on Marsh.

These look great! I just sold my reef stuff after more than a decade.
Going to give planted a try now.

Bump: Oh hey, about your UV... I have the 25w Aqua UV from my reef. The planted im going to set up is a 143g.
Overkill or ok?
What exactly did you use to size down to the small hoses on your filters?

And do you ever wish you went with a sump on this one?
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They are called a very generic "mountain stone", no fancy Japanese name for em It's some kind of sandstone.

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Angelo, remember me? D2mini on Marsh.

These look great! I just sold my reef stuff after more than a decade.
Going to give planted a try now.

Bump: Oh hey, about your UV... I have the 25w Aqua UV from my reef. The planted im going to set up is a 143g.
Overkill or ok?
What exactly did you use to size down to the small hoses on your filters?

And do you ever wish you went with a sump on this one?
Hey Dennis! Long time no talk man! Your name was brought up just a few weeks ago in a discussion with FJW Dennis! I hadn't seen your reef in years, sorry to hear your getting out of it but planted tanks are really fun!

UV is probably overkill but doubt it'll be a bad thing, I've got 8w on ~50gal so not far off... To size down you can buy a 2" sch40 union with threaded 3/4" connection then just get a 3/4" to whatever size hose barb you need. It's about $6 at Home Depot.

Sump - yes and no. It'd be nice to have a place to hide away equipment like I do on the reef, but there are two main problems. 1) the water turbulence releases CO2 out of the water which means you're going to have to pump extra in 2) there is no such thing as a clean looking overflow / returns.

The glass lilypipes and clear tubing are by far the cleanest look on a clean rimless tank with a frosted back.

Hit me up on DM and we can exchange numbers again. I'd be happy to chat about it!

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Sweet! Where did you get the diffuser?
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Sweet! Where did you get the diffuser?
The Aquario diffusers I have been using recently were purchased locally.

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The Aquario diffusers have been available on Amazon. Thou they are currently out of stock.

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The tank is really just dialed in and chugging along and I've got some massive plant growth. Due for a large pruning soon. I also added a pot of hygrophila pinnitifida to get a little new texture and color in the plant scape. Once it attaches and fills in a little I can prune it to the shape I want.



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Beautiful Scape.
Thanks!! Another Houston reefer in the house, nice!!

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Thanks!! Another Houston reefer in the house, nice!!

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I saw that too... was like "who dat?"

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Wow, those tanks are beautiful! Keep it up!

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I saw that too... was like "who dat?"
Haha, I'm sure we all have met at one point or another
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Wow, those tanks are beautiful! Keep it up!
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