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My 120 gallon overhaul and journal. Going PLANTED!!!

I have tried plants few times in the past with ZERO success. I am very knowledgeable on the fish keeping side of things but it never occurred to me to research plants until now. And I have caught the bug.

Anyways, the tank is a 120 gallon 4’ X 2’ X 2’ (LxWxH) and has a large “tree trunk” 3D background. I am completely tearing it down and rebuilding it as a planted setup using the information I have gathered from this and a few other sites.

Here is the setup

Substrate
50-50 mixture of Eco-Complete and black sand blasting sand.

Lighting
108watts total. Lights sit about 26-27” above the substrate.
4' T5HO 54watt double light fixture with a mirror like reflector that came with it.

Filtration
FX5 - packed with bio balls, ceramic media, filter floss
XP3 - packed with bio balls, sponges, and filter floss

Dosing Regimen
1.5% DIY glutaraladehyde mixture- Dosed at 10 ml daily

I will need to get a feel for my water parameters as the system matures but plan to dose the following once a week after a 40-50% water change:
KNO3 - Dose to stay with-in 10-20ppm
KH2PO4 - About 1/8 TSP (roughly 1.08ppm)
K2SO4 - 2 TSP (roughly 13.09ppm)
Plantex CSM +Boron - 1/4 tsp (roughly .15ppm Fe)

Below are the parameters of my water here in Fort Worth over the last year.
Nitrate - .75ppm
Nitrite - .4ppm
PH - 8.0 - 8.4
Calcium - 97-110ppm
Magnesium - 4-8ppm
Sulfate - 25-38
Sodium - 14-28ppm
Copper - .51ppm
Total Hardness as CaCO3 - 117 to 133 ppm
Total Hardness in Grains - 7 to 8 grains/gallon

Stock List

8 – Clown Loaches (ranging from 3” to 10”)
1 – Golden Nugget Pleco (L018)
30 Harley Quinn Rasboras
5-6 Discus (will be growing out in a separate tank until they are over 4")

Plants
Amazon Sword
Anubias Nana
Java Fern
Cryto Balansae
Sag Subulata (Dwarf Sag)
Green Tiger Lotus
Hygrophila corymbosa



I have attached some pictures of the initial process. The last picture (for some reason it got rearranged when uploaded) is what it looked like a last year (all those plants died off). Once a year I pull the 3d background out to clean behind it. From the pictures you can see the progression of the rebuild. First round of plants I have added (Anubias, Java Fern, Amazon Sword). I will be getting another batch in today and will update with pictures after it is fully planted.
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I dig that scape.

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Fantastic! Looks great!
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Very nice back ground. I didn't know they had to be taken out to be cleaned 0: Makes me want one less now.


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Very nice back ground. I didn't know they had to be taken out to be cleaned 0: Makes me want one less now.
Well it really depends on the type that you get. Mine has a big cavity behind the trunk to allow space to hide your equipment (intakes, heaters, etc.) I don't have it silicone in b/c over time mulm builds up and I need to get that all cleaned out at least once a year.

You can get low profile back grounds that sit flush all the way along the back. With this type you can silicone it in and you wouldn't have to worry about anything accumulating back there.
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Ok, I got the rest of the plants in but not sure I have the layout I'm happy with. One of the biggest problem is my clown loaches uproot everything. Every morning I wake up to half of my dwarg Sag floating I either need to move them to another tank or rethink my scape. Here are some update pictures.
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