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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-22-2011, 02:45 AM Thread Starter
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Welp. Got my plants in and kinda just planted them in randomly. Want them to get healthy and all then get everything arranged. Nice thing is, after only a few hours in the tank, already got some o2 going. Will start my ferts tomorrow and trying to decide if I want to dose with Excel also (I do have some vals).

Got some driftwood on the way. The tank is a 75g with 108w of T5H0 over it and using the macro micro fertz along with rootmedic tabs.

The hard part is trying to figure out how to do my plants. Thats why i'm going to wait till they grow and others give off runners.
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Your set up is nice... its just that right now since there are soo many plants in there at the same time with out any fishes... that your going to need to have Co2 present in there and needs to be a trumendous amount too.. considering of how much plants you have in there... maybe a DIY Co2 or buying one...

Over all everything is good... what kinds of fishes are you planning to place in your 75 gal...

But anyways yeah i wait till my vals give off many runners (like 10) then i cut and seperate them into different spots... idk but mines grow new runners every day... a week and i already have 10 baby vals in my tank... im not using a T5HO so maybe in your tank it would be quicker at growing..... Thgh mines started shooting out runners after a year of aclimating into my water paremters...
BUt your tank is going to be SWEET!
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Off to a great start!

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I do have 8 Von Rio's in there right now, they seem to like their new cover vs the old plastic plants I had in there before. I just ordered a package online and totally didnt realize that they had like 7 crypts in it. So those might get taken to the LFS for some credit. I'm going to see how a "low tech" approach will do on this tank with just ferts and excel.

I looked at DIY co2, but for a 75 gallon, most people think it's not the best idea. I'll go pressurized co2 if I go that way. Though, I did have a idea of using one of my plastic carboys for brewing beer (5.5 gallon I think). I got a couple of them and I got stoppers for them. But that would be A LOT of sugar. heh.

And now that I have that idea in my head...... I might see what I can do. heh.

18.5 cups of sugar and 4.5 tsp of yeast I think. If I just scaled up the 2 liter directions.
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Crypts will grow in a low light, low tech setting. Slowly. Also, keep in mind that rearranging plants will stall out growth for 1-2 weeks while they reroot.
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I was never a fan of crypts/swords for some reason. Unless I decide to rearrange them today they are going to stay like they are for now for a month or two.
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So, I did get bored.

Putting some of my homebrew gear to use. 5 gallon plastic carboy and using a airlock as a bubble counter. Stick air line down into the top of the airlock and siliconed it in place and have no leaks on that.

No good reactor for it, so right now tubing goes into the intake with a air stone on the end.
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