This is the first time I am posting photos of my tank. I really wanted my tank to look better before sharing, but perfection will never be achieved as there is always room for improvement. Time to join the journal train and share some of my experiences and receive some help as well.
Special thanks to my friends @OVT
, @Botia dude
, and @Ken Keating1
for all the plant contributions at the Sacramento Plant Exchange. You will notice that many of your own plants are now in my tank.
I describe this tank as a Community/Grow-out tank. It was never intended to be a fully scaped tank. It's focus is providing a happy home for my fish and a means to determine what plants grow or do not grow well with my water conditions (no luck with Mermaid Weed). I will be using these plants in my next two builds (54 gallon corner and 60 gallon cube). Those tanks will (hopefully) be more thought out and well scaped. Once I get those done, then this one will get a scape.
- 24x24x72 inch exterior volume 180 gallon.
- Estimated water volume is 165 gallons taking into account glass thickness, substrate volume, space at top of tank, and volume of water in filters.
-~1 inch Eco-Compete (relatively inert despite the name)
-~1.5 inch BDBS (completely inert, but looks great IMO and is easy to plant in)
- (1) SB Reeflights Freshwater Basic 16" (165 watts)
- (1) Fluval Aquasky Bluetooth 2.0 24"
- (2) Fluval Plant 3.0 24"
- (3) Cheap and somewhat generic 24" lights that came with the tank (National Geographic branded)
- Fluval FX4 (pump output 750 gph - estimated at 450 gph filtered output [taking into account resistance and head height])
- Fluval 404 (pump output 340 gph - estimated at 250 gph filtered output)
- Additional filters (1) Fluval 404 (backup), (2) Fluval 406's (intended filters for my next two builds)
- (2) 5# tanks (second tank is for swap out)
- VWR 0-125 psi 2- stage lab regulator with Diyco2regulators.com after body kit (this will be upgraded soon [another thread
- RMA-151 flow meter
- in-line diffuser connected to output of Fluval 404.
- 30 psi with indicated 25 cc/min on flow meter.
- NilocG PPS-Pro Dry Ferts. Mixed at recommended ratios into macro and micro dosing bottles. 30 ml of each mix on alternating days.
- As this is a very large tank. I have it as automated as possible.
- 2 gallon per hour (48 gallon/day) continuous drip with tap water running through a carbon filter (change filter monthly).
- Syphon overflow that returns to a wash basin in my laundry room on the other side of the wall.
- 50% water changes ~monthly.
- Prior to doing the automatic drip water changer I was always struggling to keep on top of my nitrates levels and it really was becoming too much work. At that time I was no tech with just Anubias.
Known Fauna: (no particular order)
- (2) Dojo Loach (my favorite due to their activity and how affectionate they are. Not ideal for planted tanks though)
- (2) Dwarf Gourami (the most colorful, but shy)
- (4) Bosmani Rainbowfish (second favorite)
- (1) Unknown Rainbowfish (not very colorful. Possibly a female)
- (2) Pictus Catfish
- (3) Denison's Barb (Rose Line Shark)
- (1) Tri-Beacon Pleco (extremely shy. I have to hand feed him in his stump hidey hole as he never leaves it)
- (6) Long-tail Leopard Danio
- (10-12) Otocinclus
- (6) Cory Catfish
- (4) Angelfish (Zebra and Gold mix are a mated pair and Marbled and Koi are the other mated pair [Both pairs have raised eggs to wigglers]. Will have to try to provide a tank to let them raise their young. Their maternal and paternal instincts are amazing.
- Quite a few unidentified fish. (Most of which came with the tank) [Any assistance identifying fish is appreciated].
- This is where my knowledge is severely lacking (Notice I am using common names)
- A R Mini
- Brazilian Pennywort
- Trident Java Fern
- Mermaid Weed
- Dwarf Baby Tears
- Spiral Vals
- Rotala Green
- Marimo Moss Balls
- Various Crypts
- [Help needed in identifying other species]
There are far more unidentified plants than the ones I know. I have a label maker and I think I may need to start sticking names on my tank.