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Ryan's First 75 gallon planted!

Alright this is my first go at a planted aquarium! I previously ran a reef tank but it crashed and I lost a bunch of money along with it. I am trying to save as much money as possible so i am reusing most of the equipment from my last tank. I scavenged all the wood from a creek across the street from me and one of the plants as well. I would like to install a CO2 system of sorts, but i dont want to break the bank wile doing so.

Equipment:
75 gal standard aquarium
4x48" HO t5
2xGieseman 6000k
1xATI Blue plus
1xWave Point Color Wave
15 Gal filtered sump Flowing at 500 Gal/Hr


Substrate:
1 bag of Eco-Complete
1 50 lb bag of general sand

Fish:
25 Neon Tetras
6 Otto Cats

Plants:
Assorted, maybe y'all can help with that

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The rocks on top of the wood is to keep them submerged because they are still buoyant.
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Just from what I learned over the past week, since I just set up my 75gallon tank.
Unless you are already injecting c02 running four t-5 bulbs will get you nothing but algae, im down to two bulbs for 8 hours a day.
Running an actinic bulb will also encourage algae.
If your tank has not cycled yet you may be loosing many fish...25 neons and 6 ottos in a tank that hasn't been cycled is fish murder... From what I gather, ottos are very sensitive to high nitrates.
What is general sand?
I personally would add more ecocomplete, but thats just me.
I was very successful in the sw reef hobby which took alot of patience and time...I'm taking the same approach here. I wish you luck, as I wil need a bit of that also.
I'll leave it to the experienced ones to chime in.
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You are off to a great start! Hopefully the wood doesn't get nasty, did you boil it first? And 1 bag of eco complete in a tank that big wont go super far I used one bag of eco complete in my ten gallon. Also, as previously said your lighting is pretty high and you might want co2 if you run high lighting. You can also dose flourish excel it will act as a carbon source for plants.


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Thank you gus very much for the replies. Perhaps I have overestimated the hardiness of my fish. But with still a relitivly small bi-load, I feel as if the cycle willvnot be very harsh. However I would like to minimize the cycle as much as possible until my filter is established a bit more. Any tips?

Also, what wilvbe the long term benefits of adding a bag of say, fluorite? How well do supplements work?
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ryan ur tank looks great.. the eco sand mix works really well i can't wait to see your tank develop good luck!


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I read a at least a few times on posts here that having many plants soaking up the nitrates and almost daily small water changes will help keep the fish more comfortable during the cycle. It sounds about right to me.
I hope they do ok.
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The plant in pics #2 & #4 are not true aquatic plants, they're white ribbon plants which are actually general house hold plants. They will rot, and when they do start rotting they'll funk your tank up, and can cause the rest of your plants to die off.


As for Otto's being nitrate sensitive, they're actually nitrite sensitive just like any other fish. In planted tanks you should have around 10ppm of nitrates in the water, because plants actually use nitrogen in the form of nitrates.

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Thanks unrated ill be sure to keep a sharp eye out on the white ribbons.

Fisherman thanks! Im looking forward to it as well!

Alex, thanks for the reply, im hoping that my tank makes it through the cycle unharmed.
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Im thinking about adding some small plants to the wood, but I want to keep it clean looking. How would dwarf baby tear drops look on logs?? And what plants would y'all recommend for the foreground?
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I would go with some Anubias Nana, and Java Ferns on the driftwood!!!

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Update on the tank:
I was in Austin today so i ran by some LFS to pick up more plants! My favorites so far are the dwarf baby tears, they are going to look pretty nice when/if they attach. The banana plant is a very curious looking thing as well!
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I really like the repeating shapes of your driftwood I still havent found any nice ones for my tank.
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thank you! I am fortunate enough to live right by a creek that floods regularly so we get a lot of nice pieces our way. Those are the product of 20 minutes of searching.
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