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90 Gallon Planted Tank

I've been working on a 90-gallon tank that I snagged for $20 a couple weeks ago (with stand, light, sump, and pump haha). I've had a 29-gallon tank with a gravel substrate that I threw a couple of plants in, but decided to use soil on this one. It's still a little cloudy but clearing up. Here's a list of what I've used so far.

Equipment:
90 Gallon Glass Tank (48x18x24)
Pine Stand (Refinished)
950 gal/hr pump
Super old basic sump
2x 300W Heater (in sump)
Tek-light fluorescent fixture that holds 8 T5s (only using 4 currently)

Substrate/Hardscape:

Organic Potting Soil
Quickrete Medium Sand cap
Wild Collected Rock (soaked in H202 for a few days)
Osage Orange Branches (wild collected, also soaked)

Flora:
Jungle Vals
Amazon Swords
Anacharis
Ludwiga Repens
S. Repens
Anubias Nana (Not in tank yet)
Java fern (Not in tank yet)
Dwarf Sagittaria

Fauna (To be transferred from 29 gallon after cycling):
Guppies
Neon Tetras
Dwarf Gourami
Ghost Shrimp
Amano Shrimp
Dwarf CPO Crays
Nerite Snails

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I'm planning on adding a school of Rummynose Tetras and a Bamboo Shrimp once I'm sure the tank is totally mature. I'm also going to build my own LED lights once the parts arrive to replace the big T5 light.

I've been dosing Flourish Comprehensive, Trace and Excel.

The osage orange is such an awesome wood. It's extremely hard and has a cool gnarly look. All in all, it's turning out to be a very inexpensive set-up so far. If you guys have any suggestions, I'd love to hear them.
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I actually wrote up that first post about 10 days ago, just couldn't get it to post. The Ludwiga Repens are doing really well and I've already cut most in half and replanted them. S. Repens are doing great too, I'll probably propagate those pretty soon as well. I added some narrow-leaf chain sword. I've had quite a bit of die-off from the vals and anacharis, though that was expected since I'm double dosing excel. A good source of Ammonia for cycling I guess haha. It's been coming back in though.

I used a lot of filter media from my 29 Gallon and the tank seems to be fully cycled already. I've added a couple amanos, and juvenile guppies.

More pics to follow.
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Looking great so far!

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9 gallon Shrimp tank- Caridina cantonensis ("Golden Bee's"). *Tank still at cycling stage.

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Here are a few updated pics. I need to vacuum up quite a bit still from all the anacharis and vals die-off.

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Quick update. My fish are in!

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I added some RCS and a Super Red BN Pleco. I've got Narrow leaf Chain Sword and Dwarf Sag in there now, so we'll just see who does better. Overall things are looking pretty good. Been fighting off a little bit of BBA, but it's under control so far. Gotta love that Excel haha.

Here's the list as it stands now

Flora:
Jungle Vals
Amazon Swords
Anacharis (Most died off)
Ludwiga Repens
S. Repens
Anubias Nana
Java fern
Dwarf Sagittaria
Narrow-leaf chain sword

Fauna:
Guppies
Neon Tetras
Rummynose Tetra
Dwarf Gourami
Ghost Shrimp
Amano Shrimp
Dwarf CPO Crays
Super Red BN Pleco
Red Cherry Shrimp
Nerite Snails
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Very nice work. Looking forward to seeing how this develops!
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This will be an interesting take. I also have a 90 gallon!

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Looks great! Keep an eye out for water parameters with the added fish. May want to do a water change on the 3rd day just as a proactive measure while the biofilter works to match bioload.
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60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer discus pair and wild Altum Angels
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9 gallon Shrimp tank- Caridina cantonensis ("Golden Bee's"). *Tank still at cycling stage.

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How is the quickcrete medium sand? Does it stay put when cleaning it?

I have one tank with PFS and another with play sand, and the PFS (mostly) stays put when siphoning from bottom. Play sand gets sucked up and has to be replaced.

My last tank I used organic potting soil under sand but didn't filter out the wood chips. Whenever disturbing the substrate, replanting, pieces of wood would litter the bottom. I eventually had to break down the whole tank.


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Looks great! Keep an eye out for water parameters with the added fish. May want to do a water change on the 3rd day just as a proactive measure while the biofilter works to match bioload.
I definitely will, thanks. I've been watching the parameters very closely, haven't seen any Ammonia or Nitrates since I put the fish in. I've been doing small (5-10%) water changes every couple of days with RO since I set up the tank to bring the hardness down slowly anyways but can do a bigger one if the need arises. (I got a small RO unit like right after I filled the tank with 100% tap water haha)

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How is the quickcrete medium sand? Does it stay put when cleaning it?

I have one tank with PFS and another with play sand, and the PFS (mostly) stays put when siphoning from bottom. Play sand gets sucked up and has to be replaced.

My last tank I used organic potting soil under sand but didn't filter out the wood chips. Whenever disturbing the substrate, replanting, pieces of wood would litter the bottom. I eventually had to break down the whole tank.
The quickrete medium sand has been great for me so far. It is the first sand I've used actually, so I can't tell you how it compares with PFS or play sand. It does mostly stay put when vacuuming, even when you get really close. If I get too close and it starts to siphon up the tube a bit, I just back off and it falls back down. The grain size is pretty close to a lot of PFS (#20-#40) so I think it's similar. It's been pretty easy so far.

I did filter out the wood chips (sort of), but I do get some bits that will come up with anything I move. It's not too bad though, it vacuums up pretty easily.
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This will be an interesting take. I also have a 90 gallon!
I sometimes wish it was a 75g. 24" is a lot of depth! It's almost to my armpit when I have to reach to the bottom in the back haha. I thought about bringing the water level down and having some emersed growth but I didn't want to mess with the overflow level. Maybe I will end up doing it someday.
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