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Added the second canister filter this morning. The heater is on the first one (ISTA Inline 300 watt heater on an Eheim Pro filter) and the GLA CO2 reactor is on the one I set up today (Eheim Classic 600). Water is clearing up but still another day at least until it is completely clear. I'll list all the plants once I can get a super clear photo.

Second filter and CO2 reactor added to my 120 gallon by Kaveh Maguire, on Flickr

I am curious how the GLA Reactor will work out. It is definitely pretty noisy but over the day it has been slowly filling up with water so hopefully once it is completely full the noise will diminish. Added a drop checker to monitor and see if it is working effectively. I will wait to add the fish when I am sure the CO2 is stable.



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Some good news. The GLA Reactor has completely filled with water over night and is now silent. Hopefully it is going to do a good job getting the CO2 into the tank. If it works well I will get one for my 100 gallon too. My regulator is an old model GLA that I bought about 5 years ago and has been a bit problematic for me in the past but seems to be working well at the moment. Fingers crossed that continues since I don't want to spend another insane amount of money on a new regulator. I'll probably post a photo of the tank labeling all the plants this evening once it gets dark enough to post photos. So eager to get the fish in this tank but must be patient!

Under the hood of the 120 gallon by Kaveh Maguire, on Flickr
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OK pictures of the plants with labels.

Here is an overall view of the tank with the background and a few foreground plants labeled. Basically this tank has Aponogetons, Crinums, and Vallisneria as background and centerpiece plants, Anubias on the driftwood, and some Cryptocorynes in a few foreground spots.

120 gallon aquarium by Kaveh Maguire, on Flickr

The driftwood on the left side of the tank.

120 gallon aquarium left driftwood by Kaveh Maguire, on Flickr

The driftwood on the right side of the tank.

120 Gallon Aquarium right driftwood by Kaveh Maguire, on Flickr

Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Green Gecko' on the left front corner.

Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Green Gecko' by Kaveh Maguire, on Flickr

Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica' in the right front corner. I also have Cryptocoryne blassii in the center of the tank but it melted pretty bad so isn't much to look like at the moment. Hopefully it will make it.

Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Tropica' by Kaveh Maguire, on Flickr

Considering removing the center stone and placing a smaller piece of driftwood with some leftover Anubias barteri 'Coffeefolia' on it. We'll see. I ended up not using any of the Bolbitis I got. I just decided I didn't want to use it in this tank with so much Anubias already on the wood. Incidentally all the Bolbitis in my 40 breeder quarantine tank which I have had for about 4 years died when I dosed the tank with Furan 2. Weird.


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I really like your tanks and what you're doing with them. Pretty excited to see all those different Anubias grow up next to each other and see the differences side by side. I've always liked Anubias, but when I started using CO2 I really appreciated them more. The growth rate was way faster and older leaves stay mostly BBA free. In a few months that should be a great gallery of Anubias bushes!
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I really like your tanks and what you're doing with them. Pretty excited to see all those different Anubias grow up next to each other and see the differences side by side. I've always liked Anubias, but when I started using CO2 I really appreciated them more. The growth rate was way faster and older leaves stay mostly BBA free. In a few months that should be a great gallery of Anubias bushes!
I hope so. In the past I really only had luck with Anubias nana and Anubias 'Coffeefolia'. None of the others did well for me. So I'm hoping now that I know what I am doing more I'll have better luck with these species. My 45 gallon Crypt tank is pretty much algae free at 4 months so I am hoping I have the same results with this 120.
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Based on the drop checker it looks like the new GLA reactor is working fine. I'll probably be moving some of the fish over to this tank soon. May wait a few more days or maybe not. Exciting stuff.


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One final change to the layout. I removed the awkward piece of dragon stone resting on other rocks in the center and put a small piece of driftwood covered with Anubias barteri 'Coffeefolia' in its place. Also added a few small dragon stone chips at the bases of some of the other stones. Water is very clear now so will probably add fish toon.

Very happy with the GLA CO2 Reactor so I will most likely order one for my 100 gallon. I've been wanting to add a canister filter to that tank anyway because even though the sump works fine as a filter I feel like another filter with an intake pipe down toward the bottom of the tank would be helpful for removing small particles from the water. And even though the plants in that tank have been growing OK and are perfectly happy with a low tech setup the CO2 will definitely help them grow faster.

Final layout for 120 gallon aquarium by Kaveh Maguire, on Flickr
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Was tempted to add the fish today but for I had such a busy week last week I was super tired today and not feeling motivated. Plus I did a water change on the 46 and cleaned the filter intake strainers and outflows so that took up all of my tank energy. Maybe tomorrow. Though a part of me thinks I really should let the plants grow in a a bit like I did with the 45 (actually I waited two and a half months on that tank. Not sure I have that much patience). Super busy with work so maybe I should at least wait until the weekend. Hmmm...what will I end up doing?


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Went ahead and added the fish! I'll post more details and video soon but for now a bit of a teaser. The female and dominant male Pelvicachromis kribensis 'Moliwe' are still in breeding color and instantly the female started displaying for the males. This short clip shows her with her bright pink belly displaying and the dominant male is more brightly colored than the rest of them and lacking the dark bar across his body.

I am interested to see how the kribs and Steatocranus and up setting up their territories in the bigger tank. Right now it seems to be a free for all while they case the joint and they all seem to be getting along OK but that will change if they lay eggs. I moved the female Steatocranus with 7 of her babies to this tank (the male is in a 20 gallon hospital tank being treated for HitH) and there are 6 kribs. This pair of kribs has had several unsuccessful broods the last just a few days before I moved them didn't make it past wriggler stage but maybe in the larger tank she will have better luck.

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Beautiful fish!
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First look at all the fish in the 120. So nice to finally be giving them the room they deserve. I'll post some video soon.

New 120 gallon African tetra aquarium by Kaveh Maguire, on Flickr


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And finally a video of the fish in the new tank. Super excited to see how the A. brichardi will develop over time. They are still pretty young and there finnage and coloring is not fully developed. They should get longer fin extensions in their dorsal and anal fins and center tail streamer. I only have males so I am hoping that they will still develop their intense red and orange coloring without females present. From video I have seen it looks like the most dominant male will have the reddest coloring with each male below him less intense until it fades to orange. But mine currently only have the faintest of orange in their fins. I do love the pale iridescent green band above the dark lateral band on their bodies though.



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Was trying to get a good photo of the Alestopetersius brichardi with my Nikon but they swim back and forth too fast so this is the best I could come up with. I wanted to show how nice the iridescent green stripe is above their dark lateral band. You sort of get the idea here.

Young male Alestopetersius brichardi (red Congo tetra) by Kaveh Maguire, on Flickr
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Some big beautiful new leaves on my Aponogeton boivinianus and A. madagascariensis. They grow so fast. Especially now that they have CO2 supplementation. I've been trying to figure out how to position the power head on the other side of the tank so that these guys don't get beat down. I tried it out in a few different placements and angles earlier today. This is a little better than it was earlier.

Huge new leaves on Aponogeton boivinianus and A. madagascariensis by Kaveh Maguire, on Flickr


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Fantastic looking tank, I really like the fish and plant / scape combo, only thing that would make it better is if it was a 180 gal
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