Hey Forum Friends,
I decided to make a journal of my 150 gallon planted tank, that is currently set up. I will be doing some changes in 2019, so why take you guys along for the ride! I've been lurking this forum since 2010, I just never really posted much. Feel free to critique anything, I have a hard shell and I appreciate any advice/thoughts!
150 Gallon (48" x 30"H x 24" W) w/ Store bought black stand
Filtration: Eheim 2078
CO2: Carbon Doser Regulator w/ 10lb Co2 Tank + External 5000 + Milwaukee PH Probe
Lighting: 2 Ecotech Radion xr15w
Heating: Eheim Jager 300w Heater
Substrate: Black Diamond Blasting Sand
Powerheads: RW-4 & RW-8
1 50% WC 50ml of Metricide 14 2 TBSP
of GH Booster 1 TSP
KNO3 1/4 TSP
2 10ml Metricide 14 1/2 TSP
3 10ml Metricide 14 1 TSP
KNO3 1/4 TSP
4 10ml Metricide 14 1/2 TSP
5 10ml Metricide 14 1 TSP
KNO3 1/4 TSP
6 10ml Metricide 14
7 10ml Metricide 14
5 Altum Angelfish
1 Silver Blue Angelfish
3 Roseline Barb
3 Pear Gouramis (1M/2FM)
8 Rummy Nose Tetras
2 Dwarf Neon Rainbows (M/FM Pair)
2 Turquoise Rainbows (2 M)
2 Siamese Algae Eater
1 Yoyo Loach
2 Corydoras (lost a bunch during a fungal outbreak)
4 Assassin Snails
Plants: I have a decent variety, but I won't post a list yet until I get everything identified in a later post.
I used to have a huge driftwod stump, but I kept getting BBA on it. As soon as I removed the driftwood, I stopped having BBA in my tank. the only algae I have is some GSA. I scrape it with a razor blade once a month. In the last 2 months my plant growth skyrocketed, I am getting some curling leaves on a sword and some stems. I believe it is a Calcium deficiency.
For the upcoming year, I would like to get a better stand and either upgrade to a 180 gallon (6') or get a 120 gallon 4x2x2. the 30" is just a little too much with higher maintenance plants. The sweet spot for me would be 27", but I need a custom tank for that height(also depends on the stand height). I would also like to add another eheim Canister filter, 2080 or one of the larger ones they have. Right now I'm pretty good on testing my nitrates and doing water changes, but I definitely want more filtration. I also want to tweak my dosing and figure out how to keep my nitrates down and get rid of the calcium deficiency. Right now if I do water changes, it helps with the deficiency, but If I go a little bit longer, the leaves really curve down. Soon as I get it sorted out, I will move towards automated dosing. I think that tends to keep everything going smooth and less headache on my part. Right the lights are automated (2:30pm-10:30pm) and the co2 Reactor and Regulator comes on at Noon and shuts off at 9pm via smart plugs.
Lastly, I will also be doing a floating bookshelf tank in the spring. I already have a 12 gallon long, but I might go for the UNS 9 gallon for weight reduction! Stay tuned
Also what is the best way to post photos on here?