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post #1 of 16 (permalink) Old 01-11-2012, 09:54 PM Thread Starter
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75G on its way.

Have been in reef hobby for many years and time for starting a planted tank. First time planted tanking lots to learn.

75G tank and stand from pet store.
305 Fluval canister filter.
100lbs of eco-complete substrate
10lbs C02 tank with regulator
Rocks and driftwood for hardscape

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clean tank. i don't know if matters or not but the 305 is only rated up to 70 gallons. i'm gonna run both a 305 and 304 on my 75 i'm setting up.
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Great sized tank for a planted tank. Stand looks nice too. What's the brand?


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I agree with Jeremy, either get another canister or at least a powerhead to increase flow.

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I also think 305 isn't enough for the tank. I got a good deal on 305 filter and will add second filter on the way if I decide to add more fish later. I don't plan to have lots of fish though. A school of cardinal tetras and maybe couple of discus later when the system got stable.

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clean tank. i don't know if matters or not but the 305 is only rated up to 70 gallons. i'm gonna run both a 305 and 304 on my 75 i'm setting up.
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Great sized tank for a planted tank. Stand looks nice too. What's the brand?
Thanks! It's Top FinŽ 55-75 Gallon Aquarium Stand from Petsmart.

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Working on hardscape. It's hard though... Just randomly put woods and rocks in, still takes sometime before I'm happy with it. It looks kind of too busy now...

Suggestion please....

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what kind of rocks are those?
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what kind of rocks are those?
I don't know what kind, they are sold at Pet Club store (local store chain and not very popular store but offers good price).

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my aquascape probably doesn't follow any theme. It is just that I like the look of both rock mountain and jungle/river and couldn't decide which one to give up. I plan to build 2 hills, one around the rocks and one around the woods with rocks/woods as retaining to keep the slope.
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Do I need to rinse the eco-complete before putting into the tank?
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the wood looks really cool and so do the rocks, but i think the rocks need to be arranged a little differently
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That piece of wood on the left is sweet! Remember once your plants start to fill in they will obscure the view of the hardscape a bit. Maybe play around with the wood on top of the rocks, surrounded by them...etc. Try several different layouts until you find one you really like.

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