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Need input on setup - new to planted tanks

Hey all,

I have had a 40 gallon tank for a couple of years now and want to upgrade to a better (non-kit) setup. I have always wanted to go the planted tank route and figured this would be a great opportunity.

I am currently shopping around for a 80 - 110 gallon acrylic tank (live near San Francisco if anyone has one for sale that is nearby) and I wanted to see if anyone had some input on what I plan on for the setup.

First my current setup:

40 gal glass aqueron kit

1 6"-8" red sailfin pleco
1 10"-12" fire eel
2 5" blue gouramis
1 2" electric blue jack dempsey
6 2" red line sharks
6 1"-2" congo tetra

Proposed setup:

80 - 100 gal acrylic tank

Wet/Dry filtration
  • Depending on tank it may be built in. If it is not built in does anyone have any recommendations?

Fluval 405 or X5 canister
  • http://www.amazon.com/Hagen-A217-Fluval-External-Filter/dp/B005QRDCWA/ref=sr_1_2?ie=UTF8&qid=1369943808&sr=8-2&keywords=fluval+405
  • http://www.amazon.com/Fluval-FX5-External-Canister-Filter/dp/B000I1O2PK/ref=pd_ybh_7

300W Heater
  • http://www.amazon.com/Fluval-E-300-Watt-Electronic-Heater/dp/B001VMSK0I/ref=pd_sim_petsupplies_2

Marineland ML Double Bright LED
  • http://www.amazon.com/Marineland-Double-Lighting-Aquarium-60-Inch/dp/B0051GA7U6/ref=pd_ybh_8

Plants[*]I was thinking of doing something simlar to this. Maybe a little less on the right as far as density goes. And I may want to add some type of rock or structure to the left....


That is what I am thinking of for basic setup. I also have some questions that I would like to get answered.
  • For the substrate I was going to go with something like Eco-Complete or Aquasoil. I read the pro/con guide that is here, but I always like to hear peoples choices and why.
  • Is the additional filter (external canister) too much?
  • Probably an obvious answer to this one. With plants do I have to ever worry about vacuuming the substrate?
  • Should I use chemical buffers with plants?
  • I know my Fire Eel likes to bury himself. With a planted tank I would imagine that there are going to be good hiding spots in the plants themselves. I have also seen a few videos of people with planted tanks and fire eels. Does anyone have any advice on this?
  • Should worry about the pleco and the plants?

Any other comments are welcome as well! (As if I could stop them. )

Last edited by emrtldrgn; 05-30-2013 at 08:36 PM. Reason: added info about desired plants and question about plecos
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You can never have too much filtration

I havent used aquasoil, but I love my Eco.

I still vac the surface of the substrate as excessive mulm tends to build up between plants.

I wouldnt run any chemical buffers. Other than ferts and Prime I dont dump any chemicals in any of my tanks.

The eel ought to be fine. I had one in my 75 for a long time
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The eel ought to be fine. I had one in my 75 for a long time
How does the eel behave? Does it burry itself at all? or do you have places for him to hide?
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How does the eel behave? Does it burry itself at all? or do you have places for him to hide?
He actually calls a giant narrow leaf java fern home!
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