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Chad's Possible Train Wreck aka First timer w/ 125g

This is not only my first journal but my first planted tank, so please bear with me and PLEASE offer any criticism and commentst that you may have.

Thanks fopr looking!

Equipment
6 ft 125 gallon
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Hydor inline 300w
CO2 powerhead injested
2 x 6 ft Sun Blaze T5 (may add another later playing it by ear)

Substrate
Mineralized MGOPS capped with flourite original

The plan as of right now:

I am getting a bunch of Limnophila Aramatica for the background, which ill allow to grow about 3/4 of the way up on the left but will trim it down progressively as it moves to the right toward the rock formation. With some Bocopa Japan thrown in for more green along that wall as well.

If you look at the rock formation you will see that there is a small void space behind the 3 tall stones. That will house my focal point plant which will be a large grouping of Echinodorus Urguayensis or Echinodorus Major. I havent decided which. Basically a broad leaf or a narrower one.

The mid and forground along with the far right side will be covered with carpeting plants, DHC, HC and UG (between all the rocks). With a dozen or so cryptos and petite nanas. mixed in.

The driftwood with be covered with Fiss and pellia (IF i can find any that is).

I want ALOT of open space up front for a large school of fish, which ATM, i am leaning toward 30-50 cherry barbs and 12 tiger barbs for contrast. And 6 darters of various kinds and a clean up crew of course.

Thats my plan thus far. But it chances a bit here and there. You know how it goes.

I start my DSM tomorrow.

Sorry about the crappy iphone pics

light diffuser mound


Front shot


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Really loving the hardscape, that tree on the left is great! I am looking forward to seeing this progress.


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I love the stump on the left, great piece.
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thanks, i got that piece from The Driftwood Store. And found the rest.


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I love the stump on the left, great piece.
I agree! Is that piece as nice as it looks in the picture?


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It sound good so far with no problems, the only warning would be wary of C02 reactors with a high flow filter like the FX5 as you will greatly reduce your flow. I would run any and all reactors, heater, etc. from a seperate pump with no more than 275 gph to keep things working well and this includes UV if you are so inclined.

But it looks good to start so I can't wait to see it with plants and I have never seen a tank with that many Cherry Barbs but I do keep 9, just remember to double up on the females. Here's a couple of mine.

See how the gang up on the female they like.




Excuse the algae but the females are not as red but they are just as beautiful IMO, good luck and lots of pics please.


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I agree! Is that piece as nice as it looks in the picture?
I think so. I just love the stump look.





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It sound good so far with no problems, the only warning would be wary of C02 reactors with a high flow filter like the FX5 as you will greatly reduce your flow. I would run any and all reactors, heater, etc. from a seperate pump with no more than 275 gph to keep things working well and this includes UV if you are so inclined.

But it looks good to start so I can't wait to see it with plants and I have never seen a tank with that many Cherry Barbs but I do keep 9, just remember to double up on the females. Here's a couple of mine.

See how the gang up on the female they like.



Excuse the algae but the females are not as red but they are just as beautiful IMO, good luck and lots of pics please.
I am not going to use a reactor. I am copying Speedie powerhead idea to inject the CO2 into the tank.

The only thing that i will have inline from the FX5 will be the heater. Im splitting the 1" return line into 2 x 5/8 lines, putting the Hydor on one side and a vlave on the other.




Your cherrys are beautiful. How do you think 30+ will school and get along in my tank?


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After speaking with Hoppy, i decided to pick up some Sun Blaze T5 HO fixtures. I had to get 2 two footers and 2 four footers. I got them mounted and man are they BRIGHT! Il post pics of the tank all lit up soon.







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They do school a little but not like Rummynosed Tetras, but they may act differently in such a large group, no matter what they are going to look good, IMO. That's a good idea for the heater so you don't loose any flow and it should work on other items too. Good luck with the lights.


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here is how i anchored the big stump DW.





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I am not going to use a reactor. I am copying Speedie powerhead idea to inject the CO2 into the tank.
What's the Speedie PH idea? Haven't come across that one.


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What's the Speedie PH idea? Haven't come across that one.

Somewhere in this thread is a discussion about it. around page 100 or so.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...iver-wild.html

basically the CO2 tubing goes into the tank, and is inserted into the intake of the powerhead, the bubbles get "chopped" up by the impeller, and thus distributed to the tank. I hope!!


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Thanks. I did a search of the thread and it looks like it starts around page 63.


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