A few years back I bought this tank, and along the way, I have learned a lot about planted tanks. It also endured a move to a new house, and a lot of other trials on my end. I'm planning on utilizing my lessons learned, and should've, could'ves to make this reboot what I had originally envisioned for this tank. When I previously set up the tank, I had fish in the mix, so there was zero time for aquascaping and planning. Now I have no fish to worry about, and can take my time.
This is the tank as it stands right now. Only plants aside from a few stray stems, after a massive cleanout (2 full 5 gallon buckets - one was just moss) of the floating mass of stems/moss from the neglect it suffered (I only kept changing out CO2 tanks - remarkably NO algae), are a lot of anubias nana petite and some moss. The anubias need some serious trimming and prunning of old growth/leaves, but otherwise, I have a LOT of them to work with for the new aquascape.
Here she is:
A lot of mini plantlets all over the driftwood, along with larger ones. Everything on the driftwood is anubias. I am amazed that with all the neglect, I ended up with no algae. I always tried so hard to combat algae with this tank, and lo and behold, aside from GSA, there's nada.
Marineland 120g Reef-Ready - 48"x24"x24"
45g ADHI Berlin Sump
QuietOne pro 5000 return pump
Pro-1 SS Regulator
20lb CO2 tank
Eheim 300 Watt heater
5 Sunblaster T5HO with NanoTech Reflectors
260 pounds of Eco Complete
Koralia 800gph Powerhead
I am having a cord of wood delivered tomorrow, and plan on asking the guys (BF's friends), to help us move the tank upstairs and level it. In preparation I am going to drain everything today, and wash the gravel out bucket by bucket. There is a LOT of detritus in this tank. I plan on refilling the sump once it is out of the tank stand and throwing a few old powerheads or a HOB in it to keep everything some-what cycled. I hope by keeping the sump cycled, when the tank gets filled again, it will help to keep it from re-cycling entirely.
My would've/should've to-do list:
Hard Plumb the Return line:
I used flex vinyl tubing for the first go, and it has been a major PITA to keep it where I want. I ended up resorting to duct tape to keep it in place at the top of the tank. The pressure from the pump along with the not so flexible nature of "flex" (HA) vinyl tubing keeps it from staying where it I would prefer. I plan on using a short amount to connect to the hard pvc to make it easy to disconnect and service. I also want to overuse unions to ease the maintenance of everything. The tank will be sitting in the living room where we spend 90% of our time, so I want to also paint the pvc black so it's not as noticeable.
CO2 reactor return:
ATM my reactor is fed by a really small little pump that sits in the first chamber of my sump, and the outlet is right by the pump. It's not pretty nor neat. I want to properly anchor down the out-flow hose, and neaten up the whole set-up. Possibly mount it somewhere on the back of the stand.
This tank is in desperate need of better flow. It became really evident after I let it go with the loss of the last fish, and the plant mulm/detritus all concentrated in a strip down the middle of the tank. The spot directly under the overflow is the worst. I might need to get another powerhead in the tank, but I want it to be fairly unobtrusive. I have a lot of old AC powerheads, but as reliable as they are (some are 15-16 years old), they are clunky. Any good suggestions for small powerheads? My return is very strong, but it misses a good chunk of the tank, even though it's pointing downwards.
Found some comical old pictures to add to this. Grown up a lot since then, learned a lot since then, but its always interesting to see where we've come from.
How it all first started (this humors me now):
Non aquatic plant - check. Pool comet growing out - check. Glo Fish - check.
Upgraded to T5s - two, which in hindsight, was a lot for this tank. And I had a UGV, and I used root tabs. The result? A masterpiece:
Got mad, ripped everything out. Bought a CO2 regulator.
Got to this point:
Then said screw it, and bought this tank:
(20 years old - first big purchase, and I buy a fish tank. Terrible.)
Weird to see my early 20s described by fish tanks. Including my lack of common sense - which I still lack.