This is my 12g tank. It was setup in late Oct, 2015.
I'll be using this thread for update and as history / log
I had a 150g reef tank with SPS about 6-7 years, maybe more, which I had to shut it down due to leaks and eventually lost everything. I had it at one point it basically running itself with automations setup and very well balanced so I did't had the need to do water change.
Now coming back to fish tanks again, I figure I'll try something new. since I have lots of equipment from the reef days so I saved a quite a bit here. My controller is Aquacontroller II from Neptune Systems, which controls x10 modules, this is like a grandpa controller but it still works for me. I also have PH probe for Calcium reactor control, however I brought a new lab grade probe since it was reading ph wrong by about 1 degree. figured it was defective from drying out, but the new probe was still doing the same even after recal with hanna solution 3+ times. ended up buy another 2 meter to verify PH reading.
Had a CO2 system with electronic regulator and a 10lb tank, traded in for a 5 lb since I won't be needed nearly as much as the reef tank i had. used to refill about 1-2 month. Lets see how long this lasts in the 12g planted tank runnign 24/7.
Here are some of pictures of the tank from original setup, I'll post more recent ones later.
Some basic info:
Setup Date: 10/23/2014
ADA Aquasoil Amazonia (Normal)
Base additive: ADA Bactor 100, ADA Penac P
Decor: ADA Ryuoh Stone ~10 Lbs. Driftwood (Picked out at beach) *Removed smaller pieces after noticing it releases KH
Plants: HC, Glosso, Dwarf Hairgrass (Packaged), Pogostemon helferi (Packaged),
Anubias Nana, Java Moss, Flame Moss, Fissidens fontanus. Alternanthera Sp. Burgundy (11/7/14)
Rotala Indica & Rotala Rotundifolia ((11/8/14),
Lights: Stock Fluval Edge 42LED (total 4w) + 2 X 18W Cree light fixture (From Amazon)
Upgraded to Finnex Planted+ Dec, 2014
Controller: AquaController II.
Heater: Fluval 25W (non-adjustable) controlled by ACII
Light Duration: 2PM to 11PM (9 hours)
CO2 Duration: 24/7 for stability of PH mainly for CRS, about 50-60 bpm backup controlled by ACII to prevent unintented ph drop due to continuous CO2.
Fan: 72.5 ON | 72.1 OFF
PAR Meter: Seneye Reef
EI Dosing: currently running about 60% dosage to minimize WC since large water change (50%) is not the best for CRS.
TDS: ~150. Trying to keep this low as well, hence 60% EI dosing as well.
Maybe a High Tech planted with high grade CRS tank is a little too much for me just coming back to the hobby and no prior knowledge about planted tank or shrimps, but I like challenges and hope I can find a good balance to keep them both strive... soon... If anyone with knowledge of this setup, your advice is greatly appreciated.
Here is when its almost filled in a month later