I'm finally moved and the aquarium is set up.
I started the second week of March. The link below should get you to the photos. David's 75G Journal # 1 contains the setup pics and David's Photo Journal # 2 contains the ones with fish and plants.
75G Oceanic Aquarium: Old friend, 15 years old
JBJ 48" Formosa 260w Compact Flourescent Light: ebay auction
50w substrate heater: fishvet.com
120lbs ECO - Complete Planted Aquarium Substrate: LFS
Ultimate CO2 System: floridadriftwood.com
2 100w titanium Heaters (I know they should be larger, warm room.)
Plants: aquariumgraden.com and floridadriftwood.com
Fish: various LFS I'm testing the capacity of the planted aquarium. 36 Harlequin Rasbora, 12 Pygmy Corydoras, 6 comman Algae Eaters, 8 German Blue Rams, 8 Beckford Pencil Fish, 2 Glo-Light Tetra, 1 Head and Tail Light Tetra. 10 OTo's and 6 Glo-lights coming. It is busy and I wish I'd gotten fewer Rasboras and I'd give anything to get the Algae eaters out.
Only lost one fish, Rasbora, so far.
Having the same trouble as Buck. This tank hasn't ever cleared up. The substrate looks great and holds plants well but the fuzziness is annoying.
Some green algae on the glass and a nasty brown hairy stuff growing in clumps. Doesn't attach to the plants but kind of hangs up on them. Can be pulled out by hand but is ugly.
Hope to clear the algae out when I start fertilizing seriously. Been using commercial preps. Bulks are ordered and should be here any day. (Thanks Marcel, your fertilizer post was terrific.)
Current parameters: CO2 about 20, GH 6, KH 3.5, PH 6.8, NO2 <.3, NO3 0. Haven't tested Iron, Potassium or Phosphates yet.
No pearling since I added fish. I suspect the fish are using all the O2 generated.
Been satisfied with the early going so far.
Thank you all again for your direct support and the terrific posts from the past that answered most of my questions.