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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 12-28-2005, 04:58 PM Thread Starter
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Another 46g Bowfront

I'm fairly new to planted tanks but I've had a long-time goal of setting up a large 150-200 gal tank for my living room. I'm experimenting with this tank at the moment to figure out what kinds of plants & arangements I like for the upcoming bigger project.

It turns out it was a VERY good idea to gain experience on something smaller. I've been around & around with about every type of algae I've seen described. I think I'm gradually getting the hang of it, but it's taken a lot of trial & error and a lot of web surfing.

I know this tank is full of too many things. I'm planning on much larger groupings and many fewer plant species in the future. I think there are over 30 plant species in the thing right now. But still, even at that, the overall effect is much nicer than anything non-planted.

Eheim ecco canister filter
pressurized CO2 injected into filter intake currently at 150 bpm
DIY light hood with 8x23 spiral compact fluorescents (5500K) & cooling fan
flourite substrate
KH 4.5, pH average 6.50
EI dosing method with Flourish for TE's

It's interesting to me to go back and see how things have grown in and how different arrangements have looked. I definately like bowfronts since you get a natural large foreground area to work with. They are much harder to photograph well however.

I'm currently in the middle of a green dust algae bloom, but my previous BBA seems to be clearing after much effort, trimming, and a 2 week shot of Excel.

Take a look, any comments are welcomed.

This is Dec 24, 2005:

This is Nov 29, 2005:

This is a view of too many fish. But like I said, I'm experimenting.
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That's definitely a nice tank, and I agree with the experimenting idea, I'm still stuck with a little 10G tank and can't seem to get anything right! What kind of fish do you have in there?
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That's a great looking start! Experimenting is good and you can definitely find out what you can/cannot grow well, and also what you'd like to keep/chunk in the long run. I love those Congo tetras!!

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Yeah, congos are quickly becoming my favorite fish. Mine are a bit subdued due to an angel I just couldn't resist but they school nicely and occasionaly really cruise around. They go nuts at feeding time and constantly hit their heads on the cover. Despite that, they have never once bothered my neons or threadfin rainbows.

Total fish count is probably appropriate for a 90 gallon tank, crammed into the 46. The kids love it.

I've definately decided to limit the number of species in my eventual 'big' tank to probably about 5 or 6. Probably about 20 cardinals, 15 rummynose or harlequins, 10 congos, several otos & SAE's and a nice school of small corys. Maybe a little school of marble hatchetfish too. I definately think my current high fish load is contributing to my algae woes. This selection would look better together, be more balanced for the tank, and allow the congos to be the dominant fish. I'll keep a nice smaller planted tank too for angel or ram breeding.

Current count: 6 zebra danios, 5 neon tetras, 3 SAE's, 2 ottos (I think -- they're hard to spot), 1 ram, 3 glass cats, 3 threadfin (werneri) rainbows, 2 bosemani rainbow, 6 congos, 1 cory, and 1 rather large, but mostly peaceful angel.
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