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Hello Everyone!

Against the wishes of my dear wife, I have decided to set-up a 75g planted tank with a hopefully "South American" theme to it. I plan to use this journal as a picture book of progress, as well as address any issues along the way - hopefully those will be minimized.

I have been keeping fish in some form or fashion for the last 25 years and the hobby still fascinates me to this day. There is really something magical about watching as a fish grows, matures and even multiplies that just keeps me interested even after all these years. Then again, I suppose that is why we are all on this forum! Anyways, enough of the sappy stuff - on to the tank!

For this build, I have decided to use an old 75g oak-trim tank and stand.

Remaining parts as follows:

Filtration - SunSun403B canister filter
Lighting - Finnex FugeRayII
Heater - Finnex HMO 300
Substrate - Play Sand
Pressurized CO2 with DIY inline reactor

I plan to dose dry fertilizers utilizing the PPS-Pro system.

I will do my best to monitor the progress with pictures, and as always, I have thick skin so feel free to critique equipment/design/methodologies as this progresses. The only bad input is no input in my opinion!

Bump: Thought I would post some initial build pics....

Cabinet Area:



Power Strip:



Completed CO2 Reactor:



CO2 Inlet:



FTS Manzanita Closeup:



End View Manzanita:



FTS Straight On:





And Finally....WATER!!!!



The Next Day - Manzanita Sunk:



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Welcome. I also have an old tank and stand. Woodgrain of course. Yours looks really nice for an old one. Great start. Keep us posted.
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So what are your flora and Fauna ideas for this setup?

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So what are your flora and Fauna ideas for this setup?
I knew I forgot to add something in my original post!

My hope for this tank is to have 2-3 pair of German Blue Rams (though, I am open to Apisto sp. in general).

I also plan to have a school of tetras (cardinal, rummynose, Congo, emporer; still deciding at this point).

For the bottom I plan on having a school of corys, perhaps panda or bronze.

As for flora, I am looking for amazon swords, Anubias sp., perhaps a few crypts?

I am trying to achieve a semi south american theme centered around the rams/apistos. I will update the list as I get my flora and fauna selections narrowed down. Also - any recommendations and or suggestions will be appreciated!


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