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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 09-28-2007, 02:54 PM Thread Starter
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Iroc's new 7 gallon planted

Some of you may have seen my 20 gal tank and it's transitions. Well it has made the biggest one yet and that was to a SW reef tank. I had been keeping only rcs in that 20 gal and decided (after finding a great deal in CL) to do a transfer.

This was the 20 gal the day of the take down.



I cleaned the 7 gal and changed the light to a 18 watt 6500k bulb. This is my 1st attempt at a low tech planted tank





I wanted to use the substrate from the 20 gal but only wanted the florabase not the sand (never ever again next time I will just buy new substrate).

I decided the way to get this done was to lower the water lever in the 20 gal so I could catch all the shrimp.



This method was very had and I realized that I need to remove all the plants, as I removed plants the shrimp would migrate to the areas which were still planted thus making easier to cath them. I could however only get the fastest of the bunch be removing all plants



To remove and seperate the substrate (again do not try this) I used 2 buckets, as I found and area which was very mixed (sand and florabase) I would put it in the trash bucket (I did use this but I used it for potted plants)
The areas which were mostly florabase would be added to the good bucket. This took some time and at points would require going through the areas by hand trying to scape the top sand layer to the side to get to the substrate I wanted.

The end result was very effective however



I then added the washed off subsrate and my hardscape to the 7 gal





I wasn't able to take pics as I planted becuase the substrate seperation took soooooooooo long and at this point I wanted to get the tank back into running shape. The tank right after planting and adding the water (50% from the 20 gal 50% new treated water) was VERY cloudy



It took about 2 days to completely clear up, but it looks pretty nice now next to my desk and like I said it is somewhat of an experment as this is my 1st fully planted low light no CO2 tank.



I will update this thread as the growth happens.
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Looks nice.
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Thanks I actualy had the scape already I just downsized becuase the markets so bad...LOL
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What kind of substrate do you use?
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Looks great!


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What kind of substrate do you use?
The substrate is Florabase (it has some sand mixed in becuase the old tank had sand over the substrate)

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Looks great!
Thanks a lot
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Gorgeous! Where did you get that tank?


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Cool, but i have a few suggestions/tips.

Suggestion 1- show me your reef!

suggestion/question2- why didn't you just buy an aquapod or something to make the reef in? i mean you already bought a nano cube for the planted tank.
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blyxa japonica doesn't do so well uner low light.

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Cool, but i have a few suggestions/tips.

Suggestion 1- show me your reef!

suggestion/question2- why didn't you just buy an aquapod or something to make the reef in? i mean you already bought a nano cube for the planted tank.
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blyxa japonica doesn't do so well uner low light.
Answer 1

(this was the frist day i set it up)


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I bought this cube for 10.oo from creigslist. total spent so far on converting this tank and setting up the Reef has been under 100.00

Thats why I didn'r buy a aquapod

And the blyxa is doing great, I mean it's like 2.2 wpg not really low light just a lot lower then I have on my other tanks
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What are the foreground plants you have there?
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What are the foreground plants you have there?
blyxa japonica
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Cool, nice find on the cube too.
My 3gal. reef has cost me ~120$ and i'm at the same point that you're at.
[moneypits!!!]

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Cool, nice find on the cube too.
My 3gal. reef has cost me ~120$ and i'm at the same point that you're at.
[moneypits!!!]
I don't know if I agree, it is all about using your resources like tonight I am going to buy over 150 polips of different zoas for 75.00 I looked this weekend and a lot of places were 10.00 a polip so at that cost it would be 1500.00 for the ones I am getting for 75.00 a savings of 1425.00
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yea, you really have to shop around, i bought my first LR for 7/lb, then a week later found some for 2.25/lb.

On the zoas, nice find. 10$/polpy for most any zoa is ridicoulus, IMO.

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Great start on both the 7 gallon and the SW tank. I have always found the best deals on corals etc from my local fish club. If you have one near you this might be a good idea. I have bought lots of stuff for pennies on the dollar. Your polyps will frag easily then you can trade them at your LFS for credit as well.
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