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NEW 135 Planted Tank UPDATE 5-21 (56k warning)

Hello everyone, I thought I'd post a few pictures of my new tank. Thanks for all the great information on this site! Decide ten days ago I really missed this hobby after a ten year hiatus. So as you can see I've been quite busy!

Substrate....... Peat, Arcillite, play sand.
Light............. HQI about 2 or 4 watts per
CO2.............. pressurized co2
Ferts............ Greg Watson
Plants........... AquariumPlants.com all you can eat and then some special!

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looks like a great start.

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Thanks for making me feel welcome! Love your 75 gallon. I might be ordering some discus in the near future, Just have to figure out the plants I have, and how they will do at higher temps.

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great start!, I think a good foreground plant would really make that wonderful rock work stand out, it has extreme visual potential
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What kind of forground plant do you have in mind? I'm still trying to learn all the plants that came in the big box! Some type of low growing ground cover is what I was thinking.
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i would go with dwarf sag. its cheap, and grows fast and easy.

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Nice start - I'd put some moss on top of that large rock as it looks unnatural right now with the flatness. Should look good once it grows in.
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Thanks! Dwarf sag, I'll look it up.


Toshi,

I really enjoyed your 55. Nice use of movement and open space. It seems that in planted tanks less is more! My first tank Will be for learning the plants and how to optimize growth. The next tank will be art. I will look into some moss for that rock.

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Oh! I like the rock like that! It is a beautiful stone, I'd hate to cover it up. It will look great when the plants fill in around it.

I think you are off to a great start. This is one of the aquarium journals I am going to be keeping a close eye on!

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Thanks! Dwarf sag, I'll look it up.


Toshi,

I really enjoyed your 55. Nice use of movement and open space. It seems that in planted tanks less is more! My first tank Will be for learning the plants and how to optimize growth. The next tank will be art. I will look into some moss for that rock.

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Keith,
Thanks for the comments. I too am in the learning process of identifying the plants and seeing how they grow. My original setup (the first week or so of planting) had several species of plants like yours. Definately a fun (and sometimes frustrating) experience
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Got the CO2 worked out

Thought I'd update the progress on my tank. I finally got to co2 setup. Had a little thread algae show up, but now seem to have it nipped in the bud. Still dealing with the brown diatom algae, but hoping the higher co2 and the full dosing of Watson ferts will bring this all under control. Still waiting for my master test kit! But I'm about 5 BPS and about 1 below a sample let set out overnight. Things are starting to take off, especially when I have all 4watts per gallon on for about hour a day. the surface of the tank becomes a froth of bubbles from all the pearling.

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Very nice. I really like the monolithic rock too! A great (but hard to find) clover like ground cover is Marselia. Its low maintenance and grows in shade or sun and will eventually take over others like HC or glosso, although it is slow to get started, its like a freight train once up to speed. Its a lot shorter than dwarf sag and looks better in my opinion.





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Marselia is on my wish list. I see you have almost covered you foreground with it. Let me know when you have some to sell.

Nice tank! How long have you had it setup?

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Thanks. This tank is on its ~ 4th reincarnation in about 1.5 years, I think. Can't remember. I'll pm you re: M. in a couple of three weeks. It grows pretty fast now, but I keep giving some away and I want it to really fill a few spots that I yanked some C. balansae out of and in the process uprooted a bunch of Marselia. Not too long hopefully. Its a tough plant too and low maintenance it seems. Good for Discus I've heard, though I'm not planning to do them any time soon. I'm presently into Rainbows.





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thanks, that would be cool.

I've been contemplating a nice school of Congo tetras once I get the tank going well. Don't want to rush things right now. So I'll have to enjoy the mollies and albino bristlenose plecostomus for now.

I'll go back and see if I can make out yuour rainbows.

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