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Bigpow's 125G: Déjà vu

Here's the journey of my 125G low-tech tank.
I want to recreate my old planted tank that I once had, hence the title.

Background:
  • Left the hobby a few years back due to financial uncertainties
  • Life has been quite stable lately (knock on wood!)
  • Neighbour had a 125G plexiglass aquarium for sale
  • Bought the aquarium, hauled it home and polished it
  • Sanded and stained the stand (it was horribly painted black)
  • Drove hours to get the 3M CQ, spent A LOT more hours washing them
  • A few hundred buckets of water later...

Equipments:
  • 125G Plexiglass (72"x18"x20")
  • Eheim 2028
  • Ebo-Jager 250W heater
  • Catalina 48" 4x54W 10,000K light - running 2 bulbs only
  • 250lbs 3M Colorquartz Black S-grade sand
  • ViaAqua 2600 for DIY CO2 venturi

Flora (bought most of them from PT):
{from Complexity}
  • Red Melon Sword / Echinodorus Barthii v. 'Red Melon'
  • Crypt balansae / Cryptocoryne balansae
  • Compact Hygro / Hygrophila corymbosa 'Kompakt'
  • Ludwigia arcuata x repens
  • Giant Ambulia / Limnophila aquatica
  • Cabomba caroliniana 5 stems
{from mtp10}
  • Hemianthus Micranthemoides
  • Rotala Vietnam
  • Sunset Hygrophila
  • Narrow leaf chain sword
  • Pogostemon stellatus
  • Micranthemum Umbrosum
{survivors from my old tank}
  • Dwarf Sagittaria / Sagittaria Subulata
  • Rotala Rotundifolia
  • Bacopa Monnieri
  • Java Fern
  • Java Moss
  • Najas Grass
  • Apon Crispus

Fauna:
  • Guppies x10
  • Green, Albino, Julii Corydoras x10
  • Chinese Algae Eater ***RIP***
  • Dojo Loach x5
  • Red Cherry Shrimps
  • MTS and ramshorns





[EQUIPMENT PICS START HERE]
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Eheim 2028, Fluidized Bed, UV


DIY CO2

DIY CO2 - Powerhead Venturi






[FLORA/FAUNA PICS START HERE]
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Dojo Loach




Cory Cat



Red Cherry Shrimp




Chinese Algae Eater


Hygro C


HM


CabombaC


I don't know the name of this plant


Bosemani Rainbow



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-05/07/09 Update-
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One more Cory shot


New Julii Cory


The indestructable MTS


More RCS



Rotala R


Pearling (I forgot their names) plants


Dojo couple resting



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-05/16/09 Update-
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New Algae crew: Otocinclus


More Dojo shots;
Golden Dojo (hybrid)


Dojo looking at you (Close-up)



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-07/06/09 Update-
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Panda Garra


Spotted Cory


Panda Cory Babies


Pygmy Cory eating bloodworm


Another Cherry Shrimp shot


And finally, a little encouragement




[TANK PICS START HERE]
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Week-0


Week-1


Week-2



Week-3




Week 4







Week 5







Week7





Week9




Week10


Week12




Week20

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Not sure how I feel about the mound in the center, maybe some more hard scape...
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With the lighting being used the dwarf sag should grow high and will thicken as well. It might look pretty good. Time will tell.

Another thing is I cant tell from the pics but I would divide the CO2 one in each of the back corners. Will help even out the CO2 in the water. Its a big tank for DIY but should work out. Especially with the 4 jug setup.
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WOW, Budi...That was a nice set of pictures..kinda gives you the feeling that everything just happened with a snap of a genie....haha but I know a lot of hard work went into it!!!! Keep it up, Buddy!

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WOW, Budi...That was a nice set of pictures..kinda gives you the feeling that everything just happened with a snap of a genie....haha but I know a lot of hard work went into it!!!! Keep it up, Buddy!
Thanks, Doc.
I gave up my old Canon G2 that had manual focus, and now I'm struggling with the auto focus on my Panasonic FX9. It's really hard to capture the details with this camera although this is my favorite camera for travel. I've been thinking getting one of those DSLR now that the price has gone down.

I'm still undetermined about the scape, probably it'll be done by 8 XL clown loaches (coming soon into the tank) LOL
I'm tempting faith once again. The same gang of loach destroyed my 55 gallon planted tank before. I'm hoping since the space is big enough this time, that they'll leave the plants alone.

CO2 is being pushed across the tank using a powerhead. I'm thinking to add 1 more powerhead, right in the middle - pointing down, to prolong the bubbles inside the water. Or maybe just replace the wimpy powerhead with a ViaAqua 2600 - that'll be enough to blast the tank end-to-end. The stem plants are waving like crazy from the water current, even with the small powerhead. I hope they can survive stronger current

The dwarf sags have grown significantly since the last update. So do everything else, the only plants not doing well are the Pogostemon stellatus. I can't seem to make them thrive for some reason.

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they not going to leave the plants alone !!!!! sorry Budi!!!

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Updated with Week-5 pics and individual flora/fauna pics

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so any of ur fish eat ur cherry shrimp?

i love this tank, great pics

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I think the Cabomba is Limnophila sessiflora.

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Hey Organic Sideburns..I'm a big fan of your name. Sounds like a 90's Rock band.

YEs, all fish will eat cherry shrimp if they see them. That's why if you have a heavily planted tank, it will increase your populations.

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Hey Organic Sideburns..I'm a big fan of your name. Sounds like a 90's Rock band.

YEs, all fish will eat cherry shrimp if they see them. That's why if you have a heavily planted tank, it will increase your populations.
haha thanks i thought it was an unique name myself.

thanks for the heads up on the shrimp. my 46 gal fairly heavily planted and the biggest fish is my 3 inch red tailed shark so im going to take my chances and add 20 cherry shrimp.

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Yes, if it's small enough to be swallowed, then it's food
And yes, keep it heavily planted or start out with tons of RCS, and the RCS will survive.

Here's my RCS farm, a 14G dwarf sag (low light, hence why they look like val):

Inside the tank are 3 adult Kuhli loach & 19 juvenile Tiger barbs

My tiger barbs must be hybrids between barbs and piranhas, I once saw them tore a large RCS apart during a feeding frenzy - it was crazy!

RCS is more resilient than they look. They're in every tank in my house, even inside the clown loach tank and inside the Eheim filters.

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Confirmed - Bosemani Rainbows will hunt and eat RCS. :_(

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No update this week due to recent DISASTER.

I came home from work today only to found the tank milky white.
Then I saw tons of RCS jumping out of the water, some got stuck at the glass wall.
Turned out that my super duper DIY CO2 had leaked into the tank!!!

Immediately did a 70% water change and will wait until water reaches 78F, then do another 40% WC.

Lost hundreds of them RCS, one Zebra Danio that'd been with me for 5yrs and one very dear adult Chinese Algae Eater
This CAE had been working for me for the last 4yrs, always hard working and I admit I wanted to get rid of it in the beginning (when I couldn't understand it).

The two Dojo loaches seem to be fine (looks like they ate a lot of the dead RCS).
The Cory cats seem to be hanging in there, and the Guppies seem to be okay.

What a day..

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