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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 08-13-2009, 11:32 PM Thread Starter
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New Tank Evolution Photos

Here are photos from the first three weeks of my tank. This is my first planted tank. 70 gal. Pressurized CO2. Lights. I have two sets on timers HO and MH. 3 wpg up to noon burst 6.5 wpg. I am just now getting algae under control. Had regulator problems, but now I am regulator expert. Ha Ha.

I will probably remove the Angel fish. They keep digging up the dwarf hairgrass. I will also exchange the two swords for Hygrophila as the tank ages.

In the last photo, the water looks dirty, but that is oxygen bubbles and bad photographing. When all the lights are on, everything is kicking out bubbles including the algae.

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Nice, however, this should probably be in the photo journal forum...


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sorry my mistake.
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Everything is looking good so far, except the rocks look calcious...which you won't want for a SA set up. Maybe check that, or let us know.


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The rocks are Texas limestone, and I tested the ph in my non planted tank. The rocks did not increase the ph after months of testing, so I am giving them a shot. thank you for the comment.

I am now focused on getting my ferts and light correct to address algae issue. I am really enjoying the challenge. Fish and plants are doing well. All plants are bubbling that includes the fuzzy green algae. When all the lights, HO and MH, are on the tank looks like a carbonated soda with all the bubbles.

The tank is three weeks old. This weekend I add shrimp (removing the angel fish) and start dry ferts.
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Are those neons? Where's the red?


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They are green tetras. No red plants yet. I don't want a color clash with all my algae. Ha ha.

Seriously, I am trying to stay simple with plants and fish until I get my water right.
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Cool driftwood. The rocks look like Texas holey rock to me, which might be the same as Texas limestone like you said, beats me.

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damn... 6.5wpg on a noon burst. that seems like waaayyyy too much light to me. when you get to tanks that large you don't need the normal wpg rule to grow nice healthy plants. the more light you have the more algae issues you will have and the harder they are to keep at bay. you are in for alot of work. I have a 75gal with 216w total just over 3wpg and I have no issues growing anything for the most part.

I would cut out that noon burst until you get ferts introduced to the tank. the lighting controls how fast the plants grow. if you have that much light going and nothing to feed the plants you are essentially starving them.

good luck with the setup. I am not trying to be harsh.. just trying to help out and save you time and headaches. I learned the hard way.


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It is Texas holey rock. Limestone that ended up on the bottom of the ocean for a long time. It still has the shells in it. Not true limestone I guess.

Thanks for the lighting tips. The tank is really deep, so I was concerned about the high light plants. Lately, I have shortened the total light to 7 hours and increased the burst to 5 hours. It really made a difference. Not. I am a complete newb. I was really happy that all plants were doing well. Well, except the algae.

I will cut the burst and start on the dry ferts. thanks so much for the advice.
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Any plant suggestions???
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If you're still having algae problems, you should probably stop using all the bulbs.

If you don't have any java fern or anubias yet, you can add some to the driftwood.
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I suggest a stem plant, such as egeria najas or mayaca fluviatalis. Stem plants grow really fast and might out compete the algae.

Hornwort grows ridiculously fast and releases algae combatting chemicals. It isn't often used by serious aquascapers because it never takes root, but it is worth a try.

EDIT: I didn't see the mention of hygro being added soon. I just thought the tank would look good with mayaca or egeria in the back... Hygro's broad leaves would allow an algae eater to clean them easily...

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Here is the latest. I have fought the good fight and algae is on the run. Shrimp are producing more shrimp and the big evil plant pulling up fish are banished to the non planted tank. I am very happy. I need more red and I look forward to a little trimming as everything grows in.

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Well, what are your suggestions for red plants?
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