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125 gallon [Den of Ferns] 3/18 UPDATE

Hey fellow aquarium addicts. I've been wanting to set up a 125 gallon peaceful high tech community tank since I got into this hobby over 15 years ago. I finally bought a house and have the room and funds to fully dive into this project so here we go...

This 125 gallon hardscape took me roughly 4 months and at least five different layouts until I came up with this. Definitely spent over $300 on spider wood but it was well worth it. Going for a mini city like set up with tons of crevices and bridges and lots of different small fishes and inverts. Will be using a variety of ferns, Anubias, mosses, as well as a few tiger lotus, hydrocotyle tripartita, some wisteria and some kind of red stems in the back.

Filtration will be a fluval fx4 and a fluval 407. Lighting is 2 fluval 3.0ís. I will also be using co2 pumped through the fluval 407 and a NilocG Reactor. I'll be light dosing thrive all in one fertilizer. Will post photos when planted!

So Iíd love to hear your thoughts on this hardscape. Iíve tweaked it a lot and Iím happy with it but always willing to improve it.



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I think that looks good. If those are two different type of stones, I would cover the lighter ones near the substrate with moss. They would look against the sand. Two different stone types usually don't work well together.


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I think that looks good. If those are two different type of stones, I would cover the lighter ones near the substrate with moss. They would look against the sand. Two different stone types usually don't work well together.
They are all just river rocks I got from a landscaping store. I do plan to cover some in moss and ferns and Anubias though.

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Update! Added plants last night. Would love some feedback!

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Very nice.

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That will be very interesting once it grows in a bit. looks good now but will enjoy seeing how it comes along after all those plants take off.

Have a feeling the critters are going to like that tank.


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Update! Added plants last night. Would love some feedback!


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Hereís an update if anyone is interested... I would really love to get this journal going. Any feedback is appreciated.

https://imgur.com/gallery/OvSvmkX

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That's a cool pic with the tank reflecting off the glass coffee table. I like the little bridge you put between islands 2 and 3. Ties together nicely

What's the livestock plan?

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Its looking pretty nice. How are the plants growing? Any issues so far? Hard to tell, but have you added fish yet? What are you thinking for stocking?


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That's a cool pic with the tank reflecting off the glass coffee table. I like the little bridge you put between islands 2 and 3. Ties together nicely

What's the livestock plan?
Thanks! I think the bridge really pulls it all together. It's a great piece of dragon wood. The livestock plan is 80-100 small peaceful fish. So far the tank has 7 fancy and spoiled guppies and 10 goldband yellow shrimp. I have 6 cherry bars, 4 threadfin rainbows, 6 galaxy rasboras, and 2 black tiger darios in my quarantine tank. I also plan to add 8 lemon tetras, 12 pygmy cories, a few peacock grudgeons, and then the rest will be whatever comes to mind. The dario's are not eating my frozen black worm/brine shirmp even when I placed it at the bottom of their "cave" they have taken refuge in. Worried about them!

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Its looking pretty nice. How are the plants growing? Any issues so far? Hard to tell, but have you added fish yet? What are you thinking for stocking?
the plants are algae free and good color but the rotala stems in the back are super slow growing. Like, one inch per week if that. It must be my fluval 3.0 lights because I have 1 ph drop with my co2 and I am using 20 pumps of Thrive ferts per week. The lights are at 65% power right now but its proving to not be strong enough for the stems. I am going to increase the power and time from 7 hours to 8 hours. Also, any suggestions on a 72 inch cheap light I can put at the front of the tank simply to illuminate the hardscape better? The fluval has a bad spread and I have them at the back of the tank for the stems. The livestock plans are posted above this reply.

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Update! The tank is thriving, java plantlets everywhere!! Thoughts?

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Update! The tank is thriving, java plantlets everywhere!! Thoughts?

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Looks amazing.


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Gonna be honest, I was not expecting it to look that good with the super busy spider wood in there, but now that the plants have filled in it's looking great! If I was going to make a suggestion I'd say trim the stems between the islands on the left side so you can see the space between the islands.

To get better spread on the Fluval 3.0 I just got some small spring clamps and clamped them on the side of the tank to raise the light, then turned up the power. You would think Fluval would improve on their design and at least offer some way to hang or raise their lights. I've since switched to the Chihiros WRGB so I wouldn't have to deal with it any more.

An inch per week seems like pretty fast growth to me! Most likely you're light limited but adding a lot more could potentially open up the plants and driftwood at the top of the scape to some algae issues. Pick your poison-- I recently added more light on one of my tanks and the colors are better but there is definitely more algae to deal with.
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I agree, since it has grown in, it's a spectacular tank, well done. I was a little hesitant on the "busy-ness" of all that Spiderwood on the initial layout.

Some spot trimming and you should be golden. You've done a good job, even hiding the intake/outtake of the Fluval has been thought about. Personally, large tanks seem to benefit from sump systems, but it's already a bit too late (just saw this thread this morning) that. If you ever happen to do another large tank, go sump, you will definately be pleased.

Good work! Looking forward to future updates.

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