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75g

Sorry about the reflections but my reef is directly opposite this tank.

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very beautiful jungle

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You really can't see that much of a reflection, but tank sure does look nice. Keep up the good work!
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very nice...lets see the reef too.

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Nice tank.
What about the specifications? Fauna and Flora?


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Fluorite , Pressurized CO2 with Hagen ladder, Fluval 304, 110watts PC 6500K + 60watts Corallife Trichromatic
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that's sweet looking. i would also like to know the fauna.


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beautiful controlled chaos!
I like the color too. How about a shot of your reef tank too!
Nice tank!
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post #8 of 20 (permalink) Old 07-05-2006, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the encouraging words. The tank has been up since Nov 2004. This was really my first planted tank so it's evolved a lot with trial and error and reading about what other folks are doing.

75g with compressed CO2
Fluval 204 and 304 for filtration.
Eco Complete substrate.
6*54w Tek Systems HO T5 lighing

11 blackskirt tetras
6 pristellas
5 peppered corys
4 panda corys
7 otos
clown plec
cherry shrimp by the dozen

There's also 4 rummynose and a cardinal tetra that are hopefully going to a new home.

I've also moved a few plants around since I took that photo. I've been swapping out the broad leaf java fern for more ludwigia narrow leaf and moving out anubias for narrow leaf j. fern. You know how it is. Never satisfied

It's been about two months since I switched from 300w PC lighting to T5s, which give a very even spread of light. The plant growth has been more bushy and compact. I was a bit worried that the 6000k bulbs might look too yellow but I really like them. Got to admit though that the nnicest color blulbs I've tried were the GE 9325k.

Current plant stock is

bacopa caroliana
ludwigia glandulosa
ludwigia narrow leaf
tiger lotus
tonina fluviatilis
java fern
anubias coffefolia & anubias petite
eustralis stellata
purple cabomba
lobelia
crinum calamastratum
dwarf hairgrass
rotala macaranda

Dosing is EI. CO2 is misted in the tank using a ceramic stone under a powerhead that pumps the microbubbles around the tank. Lots of traces. I get the best results with CSM+B. I've tried TMG and Flourish but they never seem to work good for me. MY tapwater is also very calcium limited and I used to dose CaCl2 but recently switched to CaSO4. This has been a real turning point. I am beginning to believe that chloride can hinder plant growth.

I'll put up a pic of my reef later plus my other tanks.


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gorgeous tank!
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I have a question....How do you get light to the bottom of the plants that are so close together? I would think no matter how strong the lighting is, that with how close those plants are grouped together, it would still not get enough light to the bottom part of the plant and the roots would root? Ive been pondering this....

BTW your tank is beautiful!!

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Very beautiful! I'm curious to as to whether or not you need to worry about having your plantings so close together.
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The only plant I had trouble with getting enough light was the rotala macaranda. My cabomba kept shading it out so I've moved it nearer the front for now. I do carefuly trim the plants so they get enough light so it's not as chaotic in there as it first seems. It's always been a very heavily planted tank but my plant selection comes and goes.
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well i guess anything could grow since you got about 4.32 watts per gallon!! Wow! Could you take a picture of your lighting and how you got all of that over a 75 gallon??

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The T5 lights fit perfect over a 75g. Nice and even spread. Each bulb has its own reflector.


55g divided puffer tank. Dwarf puffers on the left. Arrowhead puffer on the right.


30g hex. Setup last week.


75g reef


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UHH im so jealous! How in the world do you have time take care of all that?? In the picture of the 75g I am still wondering how light can get to the bottom of the plants?? Like the plant in the back corner closest to the camera seems so dark...I dont see how that part of the plant gets light? I would think it would be rotting off?

100g tank:10 small angelfish, 1 harlequin rasbora, 2 albino cory, 2 clown loach, 1 rubberlip pleco, 1 bristlenose pleco and 1 apisto borellis.
Rena Filstar xp3, 2x32 and 1x96 watts with no co2.
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