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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-19-2010, 08:32 PM Thread Starter
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First Planted Tank!

This is my first try at a planted tank. I've been doing the reef tanks and nano reefs for almost 15 years now, and yada yada yada, I'm ready to try the planted tank. So here ya go:

~15 Gallon Custom Acrylic Tank (24" x 12" x 12" x 1/2" thick)

70W Viper Clamp On Metal Halide with 6500K Bulb (on ~8 hrs a day)

In Tank Filter with only filter floss inside

No Heater (stays between 65 - 70 all the time)

Eco-Complete Substrate

20# CO2 bottle with regulator and needle Valve

CO2 injection by letting bubbles come out of tube and up into the filter (see picture)

(3) tiger barbs, (3) tetras, and some kind of tiny catfish

Watersprite Plant I think.






Questions:

1) This tank has been setup for almost three weeks now and I can't seem to get rid of the green tint to the water?

2) How many BPM should I be at? I am around a bubble every 5 seconds right now.

3) How many fish should I have to keep a good balance?

4) Do I need more filtration or water movement?

Thanks for all your help.

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That much light you will always have an algae problem, perfect setup for producing green water. I would lift that light up as high as possible if you want to keep it. That or get a 13 or 26w CFL bulb to use.

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Like Craig said, you need to lessen the lighting. Looks like a great start though! Really like the tank, haven't seen a tank like it before. Welcome to TPT by the way!

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Can't really answer your questions as I'm fairly new to the planted world myself. However, just wanted to stop in and say that it looks great. Quite unique. I've not seen a planted tank with dimensions like these. I like it a lot.

I used to be indecisive but now I'm not so sure.


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I tried using a 27W CFL spiral bulb but the plants just didnt really seam to respond to it. After I put the metal halide on the tank the plants almost stood straight up towards the top of the tank like they were trying to go towards the new light. I did adjust the light to the highest it would go (about 16in) above the water surface. I just did this tonight so we'll see what happens.
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A couple more things. Howe much CO2 are you dosing, you will need alot of CO2 for that amount of light. Shorten the lighting period and start dosing a full fertilizer regime NPK and Micros.

I love these lights they are great. I have 3 of them over my 150g Riparium, I found some really nice 4200k bulbs with a CRI of 92 that have stunning color.

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That's a very interesting scape. One plant in the middle.


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Wow, that is a freaking strong light, ahah it looks so tiny.

I think water movement is always a good thing, it keeps junk from
settling down in one place and keeps the water moving and the plants
too, idk if it matter or not, but i always like to have good water movement.

I think you could easily keep about 8 fish in there, if they stay smaller than
2 inches. Dont those barbs grow about 3? And what kind of tetra's do you have?

The tank looks really nice, really unique. Do you plan to add some kind
of foreground plant?


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Ok so I've made a complete change since the first tank was set up. I decided to turn one of my old nano reef tanks into a planted nano instead of having the real tall nano. The new tank as seen in the attached pictures is a 12" acrylic cube that was made for my office reef nano a couple years ago (hence the three bulkheads blanked off in the back much more flow required for the reef systems.) I also switched back to the 26W CFL spiral light mounted sideways (apparently this gives more light into the tank??? anyone else do this? look at the pic for clarification) I reused all the substrate from the first tank. The water is half old water and half new water as if I was doing a water change on the new tank so that it wouldn't cycle (or cycle as bad). The filter is still the in-tank style with spray bar. The CO2 set up is still the same.


Is this lighting going to be enough for this tank now? I took off the metal halide as you guys suggested. I am running about 14 bpm on the CO2, is this too much?

Still trying to find some shrimp to clean up the gravel and still trying to find an easy carpet style plant to cover the gravel. I am new to this so I dont even know what to look for. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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