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Planted tank gadgetry - Where to go from here?

Hi everyone! I've been reading your forums here voraciously for the past few days now, and i must say i wish i had found this place years ago!

So I was wondering if I could pick the collective brains here and get some ideas for my tank. I like to experiment, try new things that maybe have nto caught on so well and see how they work out. So any gadgets, concepts, ideas, or even idle thoughts that anyone might have had about how to improve a planted tank would be more than welcome! To give you a baseline for where I am at currently, my current tank equipment follows:

Tanks:
62.5 gallon Custom acrylic tank, 36" wide tall, built in overflow,
24" under tank refugium/sump.

Substrate:
1 inch black sand covering a Tunze substrate heating cable, several inches mix of flourite and small gravel.

Filtration:
Sump bio balls, carbon packs, etc.
ehim 1250 pump for sump main line, feeds an integrated tank spraybar
Fluval 404 Canister filter
9 watt U/V steralizer
Lifeguard fluidized bed sand filter.

Lighting:
36" Coralife fixture, 2 bulbs, freshwater lights
8" Coralife refugium light, on alternating day/night cycle so the plants in the refugium produce Co2 during the day and and oxygen at night when the upper tank does the reverse
LED Moonlight on the upper tank

CO2:
Hydor green NRG pressurized CO2 system

Heater:
1 inline heater, 1 Tunze substrate heater.

So thats about it so far. I get great plant growth, but I'd like to push the envelope further if posible. Thanks in advance for any ideas / feedback!
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-11-2006, 05:48 PM
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Just a question.... Wont the sump and the way the water flows in, out and through it difuse most of your co2??
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Some, but there is no wet/dry component in this one so I have found it isn't too bad. Plus I find the alternating Day/night cycle and the benifits that provides far outweigh the loss.
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cool, get a PH controller, that is my next investment. I just bought a pressurised Co2 system with solenoid and am experimenting with it.
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oh and post some pics, im interested to see your setup......
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I'll take some pictures and upload them here in a bit.

While you are waiting, here are old pictures right after it first went up.
Kaolian's New Fish Tank
It has many many more plants now, different Sump, different CO2 system, different heaters, and different decor, but the tank is pretty much the same, except i added a Durso standpipe to the overflow. In case anyone was curious, kaolian also = me, its just my gaming handle.
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I suggest you invest a very few dollars in an ADA style "drop checker" to be able to know how much CO2 you have in your water. See this for more details:
DIY Drop Checker - Aquatic Plant Central- aquascaping...a living art

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From what I have heard a lot of the gas-off in a sump filter is actually from the overflow. It just depends I suppose, they vary widely. If you can hear your overflow gurgling or water rushing then its probably outgassing co2, if its pretty quiet you might be alright, atleast thats what I would think.

You also mentioned just 1" of substrate. Youll probably want more if you want larger plants that root into the substrate. Most plant tanks use 3-4" of substrate but if your only planting small plants, something like glossostigma, or plants that dont need to be rooted like java fern or anubius than thats just fine.

Everything else looks pretty good!
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The overflow is very silent. Unless it gets a plant leaf stuck in it, but thats another story.

The substrate is thicker than 1 inch. there is 1 inch of black sand over the substrate heater for heat retention, then another 3-4 inches of flourite gravel mix on top of that.
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interesting tank you have there
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