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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-29-2019, 02:26 AM Thread Starter
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Well it's been a long process. Probably have spent the best part of a month staying up all night researching what I want to do and looking for deals.

I found a marineland 75g tank, stand, led light, emperor 400 bio wheel, aqueon 200 watt heater , and eheim pro 4+ canister filter for $200.

Thanks to all the help from you all on this forum I filled it up with 100 lbs of black diamond blasting sand.

Decided to plasti dip my background black.

After an order for some dragon stone and manzanita driftwood (Manzanita wood hasn't arrived yet not sure if I will use it now ?) I set it up tonight .

I have lots of pictures what's the best way to add them to my thread ?
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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 05-29-2019, 04:36 AM Thread Starter
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After filling it up with water
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After filling it up with water
Look good, cant wait to see where this going
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Started my cycle with 4ppm ammonia. I went ahead and did some water testing after it had the hang on the back running for 24hr. (Haven't set up the canister filter yet).

My ph in the tank was 8.2, GH was 2 drop using the API test kit or 35.8 ppm. My KH was 5 or 89.5 ppm. Seems a little strange to have a high ph with such low GH and moderate KH.

I thought the big piece of spider wood I have in the tank would lower my ph a little but doesn't seem to be doing anything which is fine.

My manzanita wood arrived today so I might try to add some pieces of that in, and maybe take out the spider wood?

I have a friend who is going to donate some filter media to help jump start my tank, so we will see how that goes. Wonder what my ph will settle into once my tank is cycled.


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I live in the PNW and my well water comes out of the tap at 6.7ph, after degas its at 8-8.2 with KH-4 and GH-1. I add equilibrium to bring GH up to 4-5 which all the tank inhabitants seem to prefer. Most all my fish/shrimp/plants are doing well now.

75g are great size tanks, wanted to get one but the weight made me leery and went with a 40B. Good luck.
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Yeah I think mine is full of gasses as well. As you can see from all the bubbles from my first post. Well that's good to know about your water chemistry. I might get some equilibrium myself.

I'm not sure what I'm going to stock yet. My first ideas are
2 blue marble angel fish
10 or more neon tetras
Some Cory catfish or a pleco
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If you get a pleco just stick to the smaller ones even in a 75. The regular ones if taken care of will outgrow the tank easily. When I was a kid we use to get people bringing them into my parents shop all the time but even with 100g tanks we couldnt take most of them.
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My cycle started today, have some nitrites showing up.

I also added a few plants. Bronze and red cryptocoryne , java fern, and anubias.


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Your tank is looking great so far, I'm fixing to start up a 75 gallon myself.
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Wanted to update on how my tank is going. I added some new rainbows and new plants. Had a bunch of algae that I had to remove leaves. Any suggestions on new plants that grow tall?
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Looking good! For tall plants, Val is popular but can grow in places you might not want it. Most any stem plant will reach surface level too.

Nothing good happens fast in an ecosystem.
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Thanks blue ridge reef! I am in Asheville NC as well. Any good stores near us??
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A 75 gallon planted rainbowfish tank is a great way to go! Looking forward to seeing where you take this!

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I'm rocking the fluval plant 3.0 . Could I add co2 and make this a high tech planted tank? Or would I need another fluval 3.0 light?
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I'm rocking the fluval plant 3.0 . Could I add co2 and make this a high tech planted tank? Or would I need another fluval 3.0 light?
You can absolutely add CO2 without adding more light. The more light you add the faster things will grow, but the more carefully you need to dial in all parameters. Light is like the gas pedal.

CO2 is needed by all plants. The water with no injection sits at very low levels. We inject CO2 to bring the concept traditions higher and get more lush growth from the plants, specifically more sensitive plants that require higher concentrations.



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