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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 12-11-2008, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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75 Gallon Planted Tank-"No Name Yet"

Alright, this tank has now been set up for about one month. Everything is nicely rooted and growing out of control, as expected.

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Lighting-3 40watt t-8 bulbs, two in a standard shoplight and one in a standard flourescent strip.

Filtration-24x14x14" Planted sump. I am running an overflow box and a mag 7 return pump. The mech. filtration is a sponge on the overflow and a section of 4" pvc tube stuffed with filter floss stuck on the end of the overflow hose. Bioballs and wet/dry drip plate have been removed. Water level stays at about 10". It is planted with java moss, java ferns and salvinia.

Substrate-1" mineralized topsoil capped with about 2" pool filter sand. 2" Shultz aquatic soil in sump.

Plants-
Collected locally- Jungle val, salvinia natans, tiger lotus?, spadderdock lily, hygrophila polysperma?, random un-ID'd plants.
Purchased-Italian val, java fern, java moss, anubias nana, a random crypt, dwarf sag.

Fish- 9x Lemon tetra, 4x platy, 3x swamp darter, 3x cory, 2x albino white cloud.

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Love it! looks very natural. I wouldn't add any more plants. You prob could add a powerhead on the right side to get those vals to bend over a little more! Add some (naturally) rounded river rocks and a few long/flat peices of wood and you're set!


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I added my two small driftwood pieces that have anubias and java fern on them. I don't want too much of a hardscape because I want to let the vals fill in the whole floorspace. I don't know why, but I love the look of overgrown tanks. The hygro that I have in the front right side will get very out of control hopefully. It was a nuisance in my 55...So I should love it in this tank.


Oh yeah, about the flow- I have a mag 7 on this tank and I am having problems with too much flow. I don't know if you can tell in the picture, but the outlet is pushing water between the center of the bunch of vals. Until they are rooted I cannot have much flow on them because they will uproot very easily.

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Alright, I updated the first post instead of adding new pictures and leaving the old ones. I cleaned up the sump and put in some small driftwood with anubias and java ferns. Everything seems to be doing great and most of the plants have nice roots starting. I can see the hygrophila roots from the bottom and the 3 unknown lilies also have roots at the bottom.
The water is clearing up quite well...But, I am still waiting for a green water outbreak sometime in the next few weeks.

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One Month! Water has a slight yellow tint from the soil, but I can deal with for now. All of the jungle vals have rooted firmly and the lilies have all put out a few leaves each. My platys, who hadn't bred in the 55 for a year, are now getting pregnant. I guess they wanted a change and are happy now.

Let me know what you think! Anyone!?
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Looks great!
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