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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 04-10-2018, 01:58 AM Thread Starter
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Dirted red head geophagus tapajos tank

New here but not to the aquarium world or dirted tank.

I know red head geos like to dig and dirted tanks aren't exactly the best type of set up but I have a couple ideas around it so hear me out

plan was to dirt my 125 with MGOC 1 inch layer and cap with pea gravel and black Tahitian moon sand........ it will be half and half... back end of tank and sides will be pea gravel and basically middle and front will be sand. I was going to spray paint egg create with black krylon fusion spray paint (safe for fish) and add it on top of dirt where the sand is supose to go and add the sand on top of the egg crate. I was thinking the geos would mostly sift in the sand and not really dig in the pea gravel. The egg create will limit their digging and will help the dwarf sag and chain swords from getting dug up since the roots of the runners would be tangled up within the egg create.

It's gonna be low light dirt with mixed powdered clay... dosing flourish excel no co2

Anubias, java fern, dwarf sag, chain sword, Amazon sword, frog bit

So basically only the dwarf sag, chain swords and Amazon swords would be planted.

Lighting is current USA satellite freshwater led + . I know most have had trouble growing plants with this led light at higher depths.... I had a 4 foot fixture on my 75 gallon dirted discus tank a few years ago and the plants grew really well.

Anyways.... any opinions, thoughts or ideas to this plan?
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seriously don't do it. I have a Red Head Tapajos tank, they rip everything up. but an option would be to plant some swords and such in pots, layer the substrate in the pots dirt, sand, than 1-2 in stones the geos won't mess with then you can barry the pots in substrate or hide them in rockwork.

as far as your light it won't grow plants I had one over my 90 just not enough oomph, might keep anubias and java fern alive but won't thrive. look into a light with a big more power, or do what I did in that 90 and get a second light ( I matched it up with a beamswork DA 6500k light)
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That light will probably slowly grow swords, not much else.


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Like i said i used a 4 foot current USA led plus fixture over my 75 dirted discus tank a few years ago and all the plants took off. I had a full carpet of dwarf sag within 5 months and I believe I started with only 15 to 20 plants..... the light has worked for me

Maybe I'll just dirt my 45 rimless frag 4x18x13 instead and leave the 125 as is.
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