Starting my planted tank...I have a 75 gallon with an automated pressurized co2 system. Substrate is a combo of peat moss, flourite, eco-complete and onyx. Lighting is 4x65 PC 6700/10k dual daylight.
I was swapping a 55 gallon with the 75 and I wanted to keep the water since it has already been cycled. So I put my fish in a 10 gallon tank temporarily and syphoned the water from the 55 into the 75. The substrate kicked up and it became very cloudy very quickly My wife was real thrilled with the mess I made...hehe, 75 gallon is on the floor:
I ran the fluval 404 against the 75 gallon for about 7 hours and voilla:
Then, I had to lower the 55 gallon tank next to the 75, syphon the water back into the 55, put the 75 on the stand, and syphon the water back up. Unfortunately, using the fluval to syphon was a really bad idea as some of the sand got sucked into it and broke the impeller. So I took my eheim 2217 that I had in storage and put it to use. I must say, even though the eheim added some convenience (piped directly to the aquamedic 1000 reactor and I was able to get rid of the power head) it took it 3 days to get the water clear whereas the fluval took 7 hours...anyway, here's my tank after pumping the water back in, cloudy again, but planted:
After a few days it cleared up:
I'll post more as the tank progresses.