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65g chronicle update May 13, 2007 Page 8

Alright, so after unpacking about a zillion boxes (thank God I don't have any major furniture...yet) I finally managed to get the new tank set up. I got rid of the 46 bowfront...and got an upgrade. I spent the last two months growing all my plants out till the 46 was so full of plants you couldn't see any fish.

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2.95 wpg 11 hours (2 X 96 watt pc)
3.87 wpg for 6 hours (60 extra watts of NO)
ANYONE with a 65g tank please let me know what your current lighting situation is...I'm thinking of keeping it at 2.95, but I'm not sure if some of the plants will grow as much.


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pressurized co2
100% fluorite

water parameters (this is great!!)
Arlington, VA (Crystal City) tap water: 10 ppm NO3, 2 ppm PO4!!!!!! (nothing added on water change day)

EI: (Craig, Tom if you have any suggestions, feel free)
Sunday: water change...nothing added
Mon: 10 mL plantex, 2 mL fluorish Iron
Tue: 1/4 tea KNO3
Wed: same as Monday
Thurs: 1/4 tea KNO3, a bit over 1/16 tea of K2PO4 (smidgen scoop)
Fri: same as Mon
Sat: nuthin'

Plants: from back left to right
H. leucocephala, R. rotundifolia, Amazon sword, Ozelot sword, some Anacharis, P. gayi, watersprite

Mid left to right: H. difformis, A. barteri, A. nana petite, P. stellata (broad), E. stellata, L. aromatica

Foreground: H. micranthemoides, some sort of lilly-type plant I forgot the name of, E. trianda, Glosso, Tiger lotus, H. zosterifolia.

If the shrimp leave the stargrass alone then I'll probably make that a bigger stand. I'm hoping to eventually phase out the midground into tiger lotus all around, with glosso or E. trianda in the middle.

Oh, and for you VA, MD, DC folks, I managed to take a trip to Aquarium Center in Randallstown and that place is great....they even have Rosaline sharks (20 bucks each though).

Let me know what you all think!!



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looks nice, i think the 3 rocks will look better once the foreground grows in, right now they look a litle unnatural.
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looks nice, i think the 3 rocks will look better once the foreground grows in, right now they look a litle unnatural.
Yeah, I'm waiting for it to grow out a bit...I actually used the slate as a terrace...which the picture angle couldn't get. I'm trying to get as much "depth" as possible to keep the forground open for a school of cardinals or rasaboras.

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Things are filling in nicely. Can anyone ID the lilly-type plant that is on the foreground left next to the H. micranthemoides? It has "cup" shaped lilly like leaves....I forgot the name of it.

The glosso is also starting to rapidly spread, so it may be trim time for that on Sunday before it gets out of control.

Behind the glosso in front of the rocks is supposed to be E. trianda...it melted pretty bad when I first planted it, but its starting to sprout new leaves. Oh, and the majority of the tiny plantlets I see in the fluorite is from stems of "seeds"...those of you that have it know what I'm talking about.

The tiger lotus is starting to fill out too. I'm hoping it spreads more to the left so I can minimize the glosso to a small patch.

Any suggestions, comments helpful. Thanks.



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How on earth did you get such great coloration out of your plants!!! I'm envious of the way they look.

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Great tank!
What about algae problems?
Do you use UV 24/7?
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What a great job!

The colors are magnificent and the plants look super healthy!

You should be proud!

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Wow gorgeous tank! I love all those red plants. If it was my tank though (besides it being full of algae) I'd have some small red plant in the front left 'cause I'm a "balance" freak :P And the growth is amazing! Everything looks so lush! I'm jealous...

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Must be the low NO3 that did the trick with color, only 1/2 tsp/week NO3 in a 65 gallon.


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How on earth did you get such great coloration out of your plants!!! I'm envious of the way they look.
2 ways to get the reds...lower your Nitrates (hence Shalu's comment), and I dose a shot of iron or two a week (2-3 ml X 2)

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What about algae problems?
Do you use UV 24/7?
Thanks. Yup, UV is on 24/7 and I've never really had any major issues...no green water to date (knock on wood)


Thanks Mike! You're tank is looking great as usual too!


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Must be the low NO3 that did the trick with color, only 1/2 tsp/week NO3 in a 65 gallon.
Shalu, yeah, I'm actually keeping my NO3:PO4 around 10:2 (or some variance of that)...that's been working great for me ever since my move and getting the bigger tank. Things are much easier with this tank than with the 46g bow I had. Maybe its the tap water.

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Well, things are starting to really rolll....I had to get rid of the NO lights...so I'm hoping the 2 PC fixtures put out enough light for the lower leaves...glosso and E. trianda seem to be doing fine. I got rid of a huge mass of E. stellata and am phasing it out with L. aromatica and P. stellata broad leaf (right side). The Tiger lotus has also set out some baby plants so I'm moving those a bit more toward the center too...I'm trying just to keep a small patch of glosso for ease of maintenance.

What do you guys think? I don't know if I can keep both swords in there. The "regular" sword is getting bigger by the week and the Ozelot is really pretty. For those of you that don't have the flip up legs yet...I strongly recommend them. Here's some pics of what they look like too. And, everyone was right...no glass top since the screws go in on the inside of the tank.






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Nicely Done! Everything looks great! Those red plants are amazingly stunning.

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Your tank looks great, that is one beautiful red tiger lotus. I had one once but the leaves were huge. Yours looks smaller. Is that 2 36inch 96watt aqualites?
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Lookin good dawg!!
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Your tank looks great, that is one beautiful red tiger lotus. I had one once but the leaves were huge. Yours looks smaller. Is that 2 36inch 96watt aqualites?
Thanks for the complements everyone!

My lotus leaves are smaller and I actually like them more that way...they did start out big, but I let the small ones grow out and trimmed all the big ones away.

Yup...2 x 36 inch 96 watt aqualights...just under 3 wpg....same ones I had on my 46 bow.

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