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post #1 of 23 (permalink) Old 10-23-2011, 03:12 PM Thread Starter
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Smile Stella's 75G

This is my first planted tank that was started on 2011 01-29. I pretty much learned everything i know about planted aquariums from all the wonderful members of this site! Thank you!!

I've been thinking about pulling out the sand and replacing it with Fluorite and planting some sort of better ground covering plant?

Any thoughts or comments will be greatly appreciated!

Here's my 75 gallon set up...... (updated plants/inhabitants 10-27 2012)

Lighting
8 hour photo periods
Coralife Lunar Aqualight T5 48' 216 watts
Coralife colormax 6700k X 2
Hagen Power Glo 18,000K
GE Ecolux Lamp 3000K

Equipment
Fluval 305 & 405
Fluval E 300 x 2

CO2
Pressurized... 5lbs
Smith Regulator
Milwaukee Solenoid
Fabco needle valve

Substrate
90lbs Fluorite
20lbs play sand

Parameters

Fertilization
Seachem product line

Plants
cabomba caroliniana (green cobomba)
ludwigia palustrais (narrow leaf)
myrio tuberculation
limnophila aromatic (rice patty herb)
eleocharis montevidensis (gaint hairgrass)
cryptocoryne parva
licaeopsis brasiliensis (micro swoard)
microsorium pteropus (narrow leaf java fern)
microsorium pteropus (java fern)
microsorium pteropus v windelov (lace leaf java fern)
taxiphyllum montangei (xmass moss)

Inhabitants
50 Rummy Nose Tetra
8 Otto
100+ Hillbilly Shrimp


The Beginning



Today (10-23 2011)








Thanks for looking!!


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Beautiful tank!
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Stunning tank. I like the moss centerpiece and the openness of the front part of the tank while the back of it looks like a beautiful jungle wall.
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Now this is my kind of golf course!!!

Love it - I think in your particular setup the white substrate looks very good. I don't normally like it, but you seem to have "littered it up" perfectly so it doesn't look sterile like so many of them do.
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I love it. esp the center moss...


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Thanks for all the kind words!! I'd really like some more input on removing the foreground sand! It really sounds like a messy project that i'm not sure i want to do? I really hate how the sand gets dirty and littered with shrimp and fish poo.... and i given up completely on hand picking the Fluorite out of the sand!

Here's a few pic's of the healthy "mutt" shrimp colony





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What a pretty tank! I too love how it's so heavily planted in the back while more open in the front. I also like the look of all the different sized pebbles on/in the sand. Is that the Fluorite? It makes it look natural, like a stream bottom, IMO.
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Hey,

Not sure what you're asking here, but if you mean how do you completely remove the sand, then maybe a 5/8" or larger diameter vinyl hose and suck it right up and siphon it into a bucket...let the bucket overflow (the sand will sink) in the bathtub or other low drain?

I'm going to set my new 40 gallon breeder up this weekend. I've decided I want to try Black Diamond blasting sand in it. I've got about 60 kg of standard black Flourite in another tank that I'm tearing down and I can't decide what to do with it. Sell it with the tank, or mix it with the blasting sand. I'm going to take a sample of both and mix them to see what it looks like. Or maybe buy a bag of fine Flourite sand and mix it. I'm not sure if losing the CEC capability will limit what plants I can keep... I don't want that.

Good luck whatever way you choose!
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Gonna blow the dust off this Journal... sorry it's been forever!!

I'll try my hardest to keep this thread updated for now on

A couple of major things happened since my last post,

I removed most the sand, added/removed lots of plants and love it!

I also gassed everyone except the shrimp with CO2 while on vacation..... this sucked bad I replaced the stock with fifty Rummy nose Tetras, 8 Otto, and 6 assassin snails! (with 100+ assassin's now)

Here it is now...



























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Nice tank. looks like pogostemon erectus in that last picture.
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Very nice layout & journey.

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Beautiful tank!

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Looks really good and all the plants look very healthy. I really like the micro sword carpet. This goes to show you can grow healthy plants without using the expensive substrates.

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so nice, love how well it filled in.
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looking good and lush almost dutch like

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