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Taikun-60 gallon tank

Name: Taikun. I picked this because I liked the word and in a way this tank is my “Great Prince”. I have been showing friends this tank trying to get them involved in planted tanks. It is the second planted tank that I have done and its 5 months old.

Tank and Size: It’s an old SeaClear acrylic tank. It measures 48”x18”x 15”.

Substrate: Aquasoil Amazonia and Xingu forest sand.

Hardscape: 15lbs of Seiryu stone and some Malaysian driftwood.

Lighting: Four 54w T5HO with individual Tek II reflectors with 2 6000k Midday Sun bulbs by Giesemann and 2 10000k Aquasun bulbs by UV Lighting.

Filtration and Circulation: Filtered by an Eheim 2217 Classic and a Fluval 405. I am using 2 Koralia powerheads (not in pictures) to help circulate better.

CO2 Injection: 4 bubbles per second added to the water with an in-line reactor.

Fertilization: I fertilize using the EI method with dry N-P-K and then make and dose liquid Iron and Micros.

Other Equipment: 9watt Coralife UV sterilizer and 300w in-line heater.

Flora: I am going to use the names I know the plants as. Please correct me if I am wrong.
Hemianthus callitrichoides
Bolbitis heudelotii
Hygrophila sp. ‘Araguaia”
Blyxa Japonica
Cryptocoryne Balansae
Taiwain Moss (I think most of it is) or Taxiphyllum alternans
Riccia Fluitans
Sagittaria chillensis
Glossostigma elatinoides
Echinodorus ‘Red Devil’
Echinodorus ‘Tri-Color’
Echinodorus Vesuvius (I want to take this if I can get a daughter plant from one of the other two swords)
Eriocaulon sp. ‘Africa’ (I think this will come out to with another sword to go in its place as well)

Fauna: I haven’t fully stocked this yet. So far it has 6 Threadfin Rainbows, 5 Otocinclus, snails and a few Amano shrimp. I originally released 30 amano shrimp in the tank but then they started showing up dead so I think the acrylic was leaching some past copper medications. I have seen a few here and there and try to net them out and put them in another tank. No more shrimps for this tank I guess. I plan on keeping all the fish real small in this tank and my knowledge if such fish is limited so suggestions are welcome. So far I have been leaning towards 10-12 Rummynose tetras but after that I am still in thought. I have a couple other tanks ready for fish so I might just hold a bit longer and make a large order and fill all 3 of them up.


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Like I said this was my second planted tank so I have had my issues with it. Getting the HC to thicken was tough for me at first but its strong now. Had some algae issues, addressed them and got it mostly balanced but still have a bit here and there. I think its mostly because I have been a lousy fertilizer a few times during its different stages. Still learning. The powerheads helped alot but I still need some fine tuning for sure.

Thanks for looking and please comment.

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Looks great not too much not too little. A really nce contrast. Are your plans for the HC to completelly cover the foreground? Also why is your glosso so tall, Especially with the Gleismann t5's?

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Finnex---ALL SCAPES HAVE BEEN RETIRED.
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Incredible tank, I really like the layout!
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Wow it looks awesome!

What's that plant next to the Sword on the right side?

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Nice tank! I like the hc field.

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Just got back from a work meeting...stupid work, I just want to play.

Rekles75, thank you. I wanted to go simple in layout. As for HC, it's basically filled in where I want it to grow. Need to trim it now as I want to keep it out of the sand. The glosso was in the tank from the beginning and in the beginning I had a power compact light unit on the tank. I think between that and the original bad planting is why it grows tall. Glosso needs extra care in its planting. You really need to invidualize the stems and plant them with the runners going to the side in the substrate otherwise they grow tall. At least thats what I experience with glosso. I have uprooted and replanted some sections in this tank and have it growing more correctly in a different tank. I am at the point where I think its going to come out of this tank but I want get everything else right before it comes out.

Adhlc, thank you so much. The layout was preplanned but once the hardscape was put in I had to start rolling with the punches so to speak. The plant layout has changed a bit the past few weeks to include some more plants in the hill to induce some depth. I hope it worked.

Zootycoonmaster, awesome I am so glad you like it. This tank definitely takes the brunt of my aquarium time especially now. The plant I think you are refering to is a Eriocaulon sp. 'Africa'. There is two plantlets set in there but with the large sword next to it it doesn't feel right there. I want to take the small plants that are back there with the swords out and replace with more nice swords. The Vesuvius and Erio back there have been strugling honestly and I am just waiting for my swords to throw a baby or two. Opinions on that would be sweet.
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Clwatkins ninja'd in there. Very nice. Thank you for the compliment. HC is not easy for sure IMO. When I received this HC for this tank I also put it into another tank to growout and it wasn't having it. But at least it grew in where it was suppose to. I am ready for a trim which is going to give me more toys. Man I love weeds.
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Hey anyone that is checking this out, quick question. I am not forum savvy obviously and am having trouble adding a link to my tank in the signature. It's just showing up as an address(as you can see) and would like to get a link. Sorry this is super nooby question but my computer skills need work.
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Oops forgot to put Sagittaria chillensis on the plant list. Added to original Flora list. Not sure how I forgot about it since there's quite a bit of it in there but I did.
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that tank looks huge in those pics
i must admit, you got skillz bro

now if you could only make you r 240 look as good as this one
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