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From cichlids to planted tank :D - 75gal low-tech

**Note** Started as a low tech plant but could not resist and it is now HIGH TECH or close to. Would change the title but don't know how.

Recently converted my malawi tank to a planted tank. For now I am aiming for a low tech tank (at least that's what I told my wife ). I have done some research up to this point and thought I'd get a journal going just to make sure my thinking is correct. Recommendations and guidance is always appreciated.

Tank Size: 75 gal

Lighting:
Oceanic t5ho 48" light (54w) = 108 Directly on top of glass top.

Filtration:
2:Eheim 2217

Substrate:
40lbs Eco-Complete, 50lbs random white sand

Flura:
Eleocharis parvula, Cryptocryne undulata, Lilaeopsis 'Mauritius', Pogostemon erectus, Rotala Rotundifolia,Water Sprite, Wisteria, Hygro Pinatafida, and a lot of random duck weed :\

Fuana:
11: Rummy Nose, 2: German Blue Rams, 3: SAE (I've read that you're not suppose to put in fish right away when establishing a planted tank but I couldn't resist)

Fertilizer: Plantex CSM+B, KSO4, KNO4 1/4 teaspoon 3x/week

CO2:
15lb co2 with aquatek solenoid, DIY cerges reactor

Questions:


Cryptocryne undulata


Eleocharis parvula


Pogostemon erectus


Lilaeopsis 'Mauritius'


My cerges reactor


15lb tank with aquatek solenoid (working pressure)

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For the Coralife bulb, I would use 6700k (which you already have) and 5500k

(For the red color) HAVE FUN!

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1) Based on what I have, I'm assuming I fall under the low light category and should run my lights for 8-10 hrs a day (?)

2) I am dosing with flourish comprehensive once a week, with water changes once a week also. Is that enough for a 75 gal?
1) Definitely Medium light (Unless tank is deep.) 10 Hours should be fine

but if you face algae issues I suggest cutting it down to 8

2) Pretty much. Depends on how many plants you have and how big of a

water change you are doing (~20% should be good.)

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Update: Feb Month

Updating my tank for the month of Feb. (taken on the 4th). The pogostemon erectus died during the month

I added:

Rotala Rotundifolia
Water Sprite
Wisteria








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Update March

Plants have been growing very well with weekly water changes and ferts. Messing with my co2 resulted in both GBRs dieing (wife was not too happy since she picked them for the tank). I have been looking for a few rams to add to my tank since their death. Hoping to find a pair and let them populate it. hardest part will be to figure out how to feed them since my rummy nose barely let food hit the ground. According to my wife, my tank is becoming a jungle

Dealing with snails now trying to keep the population down by feeding my fish less. Don't want loaches so we'll see how less food effects them.



Yesterday picked up some:

Pogostemon Erectus
Hygro Pinatafida.

Excited about these two plants. Although I don't know how the hygro will go since they were just stems and not roots. Here's hoping they grow


Thanks all for the help. Things are going well as you can see.













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