Latest Update 1/24/15 - See end of thread for details
Finally got a new set-up going. Wanted to do more with rocks this go around, so no driftwood in this time. The idea was to have two areas of plantings, one one the left and the other on the right side of the aquarium. The left side would be a little higher than the right and just a little less wide. Dividing the two would be a "canyon" made of large rocks, with a sand bottom that flows out like a river to the front of the set-up. Along the front of the planting areas would be "rockslides" made of various size stones.
- 65 gallon glass aquarium, 36W" x 24H" x 18D"
- Fluval G6 canister filter
- Maxspect R420R Razor 8,000K LED light
- Eheim Aquaball powerhead
- Greenleaf Aquariums pressurized CO2 set-up with inline Atomic diffuser
- Cal-Aqua Labs drop checker
- Aqueon Pro Series 200W heater
- Air pump running 1 hour after lights off and stopping 4 1/2 hours prior to lights on
- Vallisneria spiralis
- Glossostigma elatinoides
- Cryptocoryne lutea
- Cryptocoryne balansae
- Cryptocoryne wendtii (basic variety & "Mi Oya")
- Cabomba caroliniana
- Hydrocotyle leucocephala
Lighting, Dosing, Etc.
- 8 hour photoperiod, with 6 hours at 65% of max fixture output, evenly balanced across both A and B channels
- Basic EI dosing, 3 x week Macros and 3 x week micros
- CO2 set at a little more than 3 bubbles per second, turning on 2 1/2 hours prior to lights on
- Tap water: pH 7.2, GH of 3dGH, and KH of 2dKH, with 5ppm or less of NO3
- Tank water: aiming to keep both GH and KH around 6
- TDS after adding buffers and plants is abour 525ppm
I always overbuy on plants, so I can a.) pick the best of the best of what I get, and b.) plant heavily. I generally order from aquariumplants.com, and I've always gotten good stuff from them. This time the plants I got were the best yet; everything arrived in exceptional quality. As a result, I got to plant very heavily from the get go.
The Pennywort and Cabomba I got just as nutrient suckers for the initial stage, but I may keep some Cabomba long term. I've never kept Cabomba before and it looks really neat and came in great shape, so if it does well I may continue to propagate it.
The Val I got was awesome - very long and green and in good shape. Hopefully it will do well.
I love Crypts, so I planted heavily in their favor. My favorite is C. lutea, but I've grown fond of C. wendtii "Mi Oya" as well. Hoping the C. balansae does better this time than in my last set-up.
The Glosso I intend to grow into a nice carpet at the front of the right side planting area. I've had good luck with it before, so if it does well this time, I may expand its area and pull back on some of the Crypts. If not, I'll expand the Crypts farther forward.
I'm happy with how it's started, and I'm looking forward to seeing how things grow in and change. Any comments are welcome.
P.S. Sorry for the crappy photos. I'm not great with aquarium photography. I cleaned them up a bit in Photoshop to cut down the glare; the lighting looks stronger in person.