I joined the hobby 2 years ago, and I've been hooked ever since.
My inspiration to start was when I went snorkeling in Guam for a military job. The Air Force has its perks haha! Being in the water and seeing the coral, starfish, sea urchins, clams, and all the colorful fish is completely different than seeing it on TV, and an experience I will never forget. I decided to try a difficult type of freshwater aquarium to test myself and gain experience. That is the reason I chose a high tech planted discus aquarium.
My tank is 55 gallons
2◊ Penn Plax Cascade 1000
I clean them both at least once a month. I'd like to get into the routine of doing a quick clean every water change like Greggz.
Mix of eco complete, florite, and black diamond blasting sand. If I were to start again, I would use a thin layer of peat moss, a layer of aquasoil or top soil, and a thick layer of BDBS with lots of osmocote+.
9 hours a day
PAR: 200+ at substrate
2◊18" SB reef freshwater
(both channels 50%)
(giesemann super Flora)
1◊ Nicrew submersible LED (tywrapped to center brace to eliminate center shading)
Reef octopus reactor outputs through a spray bar
Aquatek solenoid regulator
Milwaukee pH controller
Dwyer variable area flow meter
Macros:74%, 13%, 13%
KNO3 and KH2PO4 for macros.
Micros(every other day)
1/2 custom micro mix, 1/2 CSM+B. Also added, potassium sorbate, ascorbic acid, Fe DTPA 11%, Humic acid, MgCl, and a very small amount of easy life profito.
Additional 0.075 iron of "Fe DTPA 11%" dosed on macro day.
Half of a daily dose of "Easy-life Profito" and "seachem flourish advance" dosed after water change.
I know deeply analyzing ferts is frowned upon nowadays, but it's a part of the hobby that I have grown to enjoy. I agree CO2 concentration and distribution are the most important factors in a high light tank, but I can achieve good or bad results by altering the concentrations of nutrients. People spend a lot of time on their tanks, and I think it's important to be respectful, even if you don't agree with their approach.
I use lots of osmocote+. I haven't noticed significant benefits from any other root tab.
26ppm Ca from CaSO4
14ppm from MgSO4
77% RO water, 23% tap
Pigeon Blood Discus, Blue Diamond Discus, Royal Blue Discus.
Harlequin Rasboras, celestial pearl danios, cardinal tetras, Chinese algae eaters, German blue ram, nebula steal guppies, albino Cory cats, bandit Cory cats.
Hitch hiker tiny ramshore snails, which happen to be my favorite type of snail. Nerites had shell erosion problems. Malaysian trumpet snails are an eye sore, in my opinion. These tiny ramshores are so small, you really cannot see them, unless you look REALLY hard. I'll add some pictures of them later.
Hydor 300w inline heater
Chihiros doctor gen 3
2◊ wifi multi-strip timer outlets
On/off switch panel
Air pump that runs while lights are off and comes on several times during the day for 15 minute intervals
BRS dosing pump w/timer for micros
If I have learned anything from this hobby, it's that there is false information EVERYWHERE. The best people to get advice from are the ones who have the results you are trying to achieve. There are many hobbyist who enjoy helping others. Raj, Burr, and Greggz have helped me out tremendously. They are vastly knowledgeable, and never seemed bothered by my questions. Each of them go above and beyond to help.