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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-19-2007, 02:38 AM Thread Starter
 
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500 Gallons FW Planted Tank

Here's a little teaser of my converted reef to fw planted tank. I know that I'm sorta going backward (from reef to fw), but hey... to each his own.

Here's what I have in the new setup so far:

Hardscape:
160lbs of petrified wood (rock) (RCP)
150lbs of crushed bricks (RCP)
16 bags of eco-complete (AW)
8 bags of ken flourite (AW)
17lbs of ghost wood (AW)

Equipment:
BioWave Series 19, bead filter (for ponds up to 2500 gal) :-D
40W HO UV sterilizer
1/4HP Pump for BioWave
Aquanetic Micro Filter w/ Sequence Pump

Plants:
2xHC
4xTiger Lotus Lilly
Misc other stuff

Livestock:
None so far.. Will be moving my discus to this tank in a few weeks.

Note: Last pic is 2hrs after I started the pumps on the filter system!
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BioWave Series 19, bead filter (for ponds up to 2500 gal) :-D
That is pretty close to what I would call a pond!

Nice tank. Keep us updated with how things go.
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Looks big, can't wait to see it planted.
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whats the dimensions on this bad boy, what are your plans for lighting

90 gal.
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Dimension: 96"L x 36"W x 32"H

I think I'll be using 8x54W T5s on Tek reflectors and 2xVHO with an icecap 440 ballast. I hope this is enough light for some nice red plants.

The tank is still cycling. I initially used regular tap water to fill up the tank, but the alk, hardness, and ph is way too high for discus. I'm slowly dumping out some water and adding RO/DI water (about 100 gallons/day). Hopefully, the water parameter will match my other tank in about 3 weeks.


Stocking list: (after the tank is cycled)
300 Cardinal Tetras
300 Rummy Nose Tetras
15 Siamese Algae Eaters
15 Cory cats
3-5 Plecos

Plants:
Tiger Lotus Lilliies
Banana Plants
HC
Varies "grassy" type plants
Onion bulbs
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whats the dimensions on this bad boy, what are your plans for lighting
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Gotta love the big tanks.

I would make a suggestion for your stocking regime though. That's a lot of tetras, and not many algae eaters or bottom feeders. I'd suggest going with more like 50 Cories and a like number of algae eaters and less tetras. Especially if you're also going to have discus too.

And personally, I've always thought it looks better to have one large school of the same species. But in a tank that size, you certainly wouldn't be going wrong with two schooling species. Just my opinion that doesn't count for squat.
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50 discus will be great here..
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Looks good. Nice plumbing work.
For some reason, it doesn't look that big, but maybe I need something for perspective. I know -- get fish

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50 discus will be great here..
I dunno man. That may be pushing it.

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Thanks for the suggestions!

I agree with ringram. 50 adult size discus is quite a lot. 500gals might sound like a lot, but it really isn't. A pair of discus could probably depend a territory about 1/4 of the tank. I will be starting with 11 of my current discus, and see from there.

As for schooling fish, I would love to see two different types of schools, but my fear is that the cardinal and rummy nose might just school with it other, then it'll just look like a mess.

I will probably increase the numbers of cory cats and algae eater to 50 as suggested. Sounds more reasonable.
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If I had a 500gal tank, I'd spend some time here;
http://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forums/

There are plenty of beautiful barbs and tetras
the grow around 6" large and school wonderfully,
so there is no reason to waste money
on boring warm water Discus.

Best advice, take your time deciding before you buy.
I suggest you search for the word "monster" on this
forum, as you'll find a few other large tank threads
full of excellent fish and plant choice advice.


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I'll take a look, but IMO, discus are beautiful fish! Here are some pics of my current tank. It's too packed right now, but soon they'll have a new home.

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If I had a 500gal tank, I'd spend some time here;
http://www.monsterfishkeepers.com/forums/

There are plenty of beautiful barbs and tetras
the grow around 6" large and school wonderfully,
so there is no reason to waste money
on boring warm water Discus.

Best advice, take your time deciding before you buy.
I suggest you search for the word "monster" on this
forum, as you'll find a few other large tank threads
full of excellent fish and plant choice advice.
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Can't wait to see your finished project.
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Awesome job. I love your hardscape. I can't ever find cheap wood looking like that (and for me, cheap is key lol).
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Discus, rummynoseÖ you canít go wrong with that. Follow your gut.
Canít wait to see it finished, some more plants and fish added. Looks great so far.
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