I've decided to redo my DoAqua 60P. This will be my 5th redo of this specific tank, and my 28th attempt at aquascaping.
The concept is going to be simple. For this aquascape, I'm going to use the following:
- Iwagumi setup with Seiryu stone hardscape (5 rocks total)
- DHG carpet front and back
- Don't plan to use any other plants, but may add in background plants if I get too bored
- Filtration: Finnex PX-360 w/ 15 Rena biostars and stock ceramic discs
- Outflow/Inflow: Generic Lily Pipe from Ebay(?) and Do!Aqua Violet Glass
- Lighting: Custom built Makersled LED fixture
- CO2: 20lb pressurized CO2 injection that is hooked up in parallel with 3 other tanks in the room, bps = who knows =]
- Fertilization: PlantFertz K,N,Micro 2 pumps and Flourish Iron 2mL xWIR (hopefully every 3d)
*WIR = Whenever I remember
Let me know if there's anything else you guys want to know about my tank!
Day 0 (2014.01.11): Hardscape
Finally got around to designing the hardscape. Took about 3 or so tries and 2 days to get this right. From my previous experiences setting up these tanks, I almost always am never satisfied with my first layout/placement. I need to be able to sleep on it for at least a night or two without making any tweaks or finding any flaws before I am satisfied enough to set things up. There are very few things more frustrating than trying to redo a layout with soggy aquasoil...
Day 1 (2014.01.13): Initial Planting & Fill-Up
Finished my section exam, so I decided to plant the tank. I went with a pure DHG layout for simplicity. Used about 3 pots worth of DHG that I got at a local LFS a few days back. The quality of the DHG wasn't very good, so let them sit in my 90P with high light and high CO2 and got them back into good shape. I think it still only came out to about 70% of the biomass that 3 healthy pots would have provided.
The filter I'm using is a Finnex PX-360 that was running on this take before I broke it down. As soon as I broke the tank down for this rescaping, I hooked it up to another tank so that I could at least hang on to the beneficial bacteria. Hence, my tank should cycle pretty quickly. I'm still expecting to run into the typical progression of diatoms -> algae -> clear water. I'm pretty busy, so I'll be using my personal low maintenance, let the tanks take care of themselves mostly method AKA water change every 3 months, top-off evaporated water when needed. =] It works for all my other tanks and keeps me pretty happy.
I also got the parts for the LED light fixture for this tank. It currently is using an 12" custom fixture that I built with parts from ebay, LEDgroupbuy, etc. I'll set up a separate journal documenting how I make the light fixture. With my schedule it'll probably take at least 2 or 3 evenings to get it done.