75g semi-planted mbuna setup - The Planted Tank Forum
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 1 (permalink) Old 02-05-2012, 06:22 PM Thread Starter
Planted Member
PTrader: (5/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: South Range
Posts: 151
75g semi-planted mbuna setup

75g aquarium and glass top: FREE
Wood stand: FREE
Rena XP3 filter: $120.00 (great sale at Big Als awhile back)
Multiple Duetto100 and 50 filters: $15-$20 each (Drs. Foster & Smith)
50 lbs Black Blasting Sand: $6.99 (Menards)
4'x2' eggcrate: $11.4 (Menards)
Two boxes of slate tile: $15.90 (Menards)
Plants: $20 (Aquabid, Planted Aquariums Central, PT swap n shop)
Jager 300w heater: $22.50 (Drs. Foster & Smith)
Grapevine: ~$15 (Petco)
Digital Thermometer: $7 (Drs. Foster Smith)

First, I rinsed out the tank. Since it came from a trusted source and she'd done a great job cleaning it up, this didn't take too long.

Then, I cut the eggcrate to fit perfectly in the bottom of my tank and put it in. After rinsing the sand (black blasting sand is a PAIN to wash and since the particles are sharp, injuries are possible), I put that in the bottom, completely covering the eggcrate.

I then filled the tank with water, hooked up the filter, and was done for the first day. I put a bit of fish food since I hadn't been able to find pure ammonia to feed the filter.

The second day, I managed to find pure ammonia. Dumped in WAY too much.

The third day, I did a large water change to reduce the ammonia.

Next, I cut a small piece of eggcrate and put the roots of my vals through it:

After that, I put it in the tank, weighed down with some grapevine (this has been sitting in another tank for years, so it's waterlogged. It took A LONG TIME to get the grapevine waterlogged):

Next, I covered up the eggcrate with sand:

And here's where I stand:

Next, I plan on building the slate caves and putting them in. Additional plants should be here this week or next week, and the mbuna are arriving on February 15th!

I am still deciding on plants: as of right now, there will be vals, java fern, anubias, and amazon sword. I have a few more plants I ordered for a low light 20g long that might become high light so I might throw those in there, too.
nikelodeon79 is offline  


Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome