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post #1 of 50 (permalink) Old 07-27-2009, 02:20 PM Thread Starter
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FSM's high tech 75 gallon (rescaped again - July 27th)

Standard 75G tank, 48"x18"x21"

lighting:
3x54W Catalina Aquarium T5HO fixture

2 x fluval 404s, DIY spraybars

200 watt stealth heater

substrate:
20 lbs eco complete, some flourite, black sand (~75 pounds)
I stole the eco complete from a 29 I took down, the flourite I got for free with the tank (about 1.5 gallons of it) and the black sand is S grade colorquartz plus some other stuff I got off ebay.

CO2: 5 lb tank, unknown brand regular (found them in the garage), clippard solenoid, fabco needle valve, rex grigg style reactor (still need to build it). The solenoid and needle valve have been ordered, they should arrive soon.

Fish:
2 Crenicichla minuano
2 Gymnogeophagus sp paso pache II
3 Gymnogeophagus balzanii

plants:
Needle leaf java fern
Blyxa japonica
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A few different stems, haven't quite decided yet. I've got some ludwigia, Rotala rotundifolia, and Bacopa caroliniana, not sure what will stay though.
Also I'm going to add some anubias.


I've added some plants already, just using 2x54W right now so I don't spawn an algae swamp.

(July 12, 2009)


(July 27, 2009)

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looks like you've got some happy fish! Great start!

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The fish are happy, I can't decide how to place the driftwood though. Right now I have both chunks in the middle which I think looks better than on separate ends. Once I have them covered in java fern it should look like one large piece.
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You could post some pics, im sure ppl can help critique the placement.. 75s Are huge!

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And I've been thinking about how nice a 180 would be
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Oh yeah, the wood looks much better in the center. I think once you get some taller plants to go behind the driftwood, it'll look pretty nice!

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Nice start!
Are your Geo's rearranging the substrate yet?


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Not too much. The only thing that keeps getting uprooted is the blyxa, and I think it just needs time to establish it's roots.
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CO2 was running, until I realized water was going back up through my bubble counter and into the needle valve. I will have to either rig up another bubble counter type thing to prevent that or I will get another check valve.

I also got a fluval surface skimmer that cleared up all the surface film in about half an hour.

(pic is taken before it was added)


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You have some very beautiful fish, very nice

As for your back flow of water issue, you may want to consider purging your co2 system in case water passed through your solenoid and into your regulator.

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thanks

Should I remove the solenoid and open the regulator for a few seconds?

I took the needle valve off and have had it hooked up to an air pump for a few days.


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Maybe just remove the tubing from the solenoid, up the working pressure(40psi) then plug/unplug the solenoid several times. Keep your hand in front of the hole where the co2 come out. If you feel moisture it may not be a bad idea to open the regulator up and clean the seats
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