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120 Gallon Journal (56K warning)


This is my 120 gallon tank, which was completely replanted after Hurricane Ike. I went 5 and a half days without electricity and it destroyed the bio-remediation setup I had been using for several years, so I switched to high-tech and bought some plants. On january 1st I will re-scape this tank using new substrate and a large piece of driftwood.

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Detail from upper left. HC grown as a floater has bigger leaves, looks like duckweed, but has longer stems. I kind of like it, but like duckweed it will take over the tank top if you don't keep ahead of it.
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Here is the tank 8 days later. There are some algae problems, which I expected, but things are growing well. I have added about 25 green neons, 10 ottos, and 10 dwarf crayfish.
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Both look fantastic! I like the open foreground with the rocks and driftwood. Very natural looking. Nice reds too.
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Definitely an improvement. Dwarf sag looks good.
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Thank you for your kind words.

The small grass on the right and rear-center is blynx japonica. The larger on the left is subulata. The picture is not clear enough for plant identification.

I left the clear sand area in the front for Corys, which I don't have yet.

What do you feed dwarf crayfish? They are not showing any interest in the Hikari algae wafers, or maybe the Ottos are just out-competing them.

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Visually, the CO2 reactor is distracting. If you are going for the overall appearance thats what I would change next. Maybe it could be moved to the back? Or you could do an inline reactor if you have a canister.
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I could not agree more about the CO2 reactor. It is up front because I am not happy with its performance and I want to watch it. When I get it working correctly I will move it to the back.
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Update 1 month later

Here is the tank on January 29th. I have been thru some heavy BBA infestation, but things are looking up. There is still a lot of BBA in evidence, but new leaves are not being infected. As leaves are replaced I am slowly getting rid of it. The worst problem is the crypts in the front corner. Since they don't replace leaves very fast I am wondering if I will end up losing them.
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What beautiful colors! Stunning

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Dwarf Puffers

This weekend I added 9 dwarf puffers, each about 1/2 inch long. They are so cute. The way the move around reminds me of the PowerPuff girls flying around Townsville.

My algae problems continue to diminish. The key was splitting up the lighting period so that there are some dark times during the day.
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looks like you got plenty of room for the puffers...they are so cool.


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Update. How many green neons do you count?
I bought 20 but Daniel gave me a few extra. I thought I had 25, but I think I count 30 in this photo!
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I don't know much about alleopathy, but I do know that algae does not grow on the surface of the leaves of my lilly, no matter how bad it may get every place else.
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Very nice selection to result in soothing but vibrant colour.

Wish you luck at battling hard to beat BBA. Been there before.


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