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post #1 of 2 (permalink) Old 06-30-2019, 06:27 PM Thread Starter
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tls2death's Dutch-inspired 65 gal

I should have started this journal 8 months ago when I started the tank but life finds a way of interfering with even the best laid plans, of which this was not.. I fell in love with Dutch style aquascapes some time ago and decided that when I had the opportunity to setup a proper high tech tank it would be fully planted with no hardscape materials and strong cues taken from Dutch competition tanks (a point I'm still striving toward). A friend graciously offered to give me a whole setup of a mint condition 65 gallon he was upgrading from including stand and pair of Finnex lights so I was pretty much committed to it at that point. I added a second FugeRay, put on my Eheim 2217 that I had collecting dust, and I was in action! A hobbyist on Facebook (thanks Binh!) hooked me up with a great plant pack and even a suggestion for laying out the plants so I went to town planting. Most of these species are new to me so that coupled with being bound to using Houston's hard tap water has presented some challenges for diagnosing problems along the way but I feel I'm on the right path with it now.

Tank: 65 gallon (36x18x25)
-front: 36" Finnex FugeRay
-middle: 36" Finnex Planted+ 24/7 SE (on 24 hour cycle)
-rear: 36" Finnex FugeRay
Filtration: Eheim 2217 and AquaClear 20
CO2: Pressurized
-Regulator:Victor VTS-250D, Fabco NV-55-18, Clippard solenoid
-Diffuser: GLA inline
Substrate: BDBS

Water: Tap
-pH: ~7.6 from tap
-Hardness: 8 dGH, 7 dKH
-TDS (uS): ~340

Current ferts, dosed daily
-2.97ppm NO3 from urea
-0.16ppm PO4
-1.95ppm K
-0.2ppm Mg
-0.07ppm Fe EDTA
-3.5mL Seachem Trace for "the rest"

Rotala enie, macandra type iv (mini butterflies?), indica, and h'ra
Ludwigia glandulosa*
Limnophila aromatica* (or hippuroides), green*, and belem
Bacopa carolinia*
Lobelia cardinalis
Alternanthera reneickii mini variegated
Ammania capitelleta
Clineopodium brownei
Pogostemon erectus and kimberly*
Syngonanthus* (not sure which)
Nymphaea zenkeri
Eriocaulon Vietnam
Eichornia diversifolia*
*plants are relatively new to me and adapting
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post #2 of 2 (permalink) Old 07-04-2019, 03:53 PM Thread Starter
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I'm a little frustrated by the persistent algae issues I've had with this tank regardless of how clean I keep it and last night I went to town. I probably shouldn't have been in the tank due to my disposition at the time but I hacked down the rotalas, removed one or two of the ammanias to open space for the pogo kimberly, and pulled all but 3 stems of pogo erectus which had gotten out of control. I'll be doing a couple more water changes and heavy cleanings over the next day to continue attacking the algae before it can take hold.
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