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Well here we go - !
I have decided to make a big change over from my marine tank to a freshwater planted tank.
Step one remove all the equipment, clean it up & see what i can reuse?
I guess the pump will be a bit big "1200gph" & 40 watts on the lowest power setting! Maybe the sump can be used?

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Here is the now empty tank & a pic of the original overflow to the sump & two pump returns.

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OK so the marine tank has been cleaned, the sump put back in place but now filled with 5'' of lime free grit over the plenum.
I have decided to only half fill the tank with water & let the plants grow out through the surface. This means I can use the original water inlets as surface skimmers.
The pics will show how I plan to set up the main tanks interior.
I will be using the 250w metal halide for lighting.
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thats looking really cool. did you leave the plant pots in there under the rocks to keep the sand there. Going to be interesting to see how this tank turns out.....

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Yes I left the pots in place in fact I used polyurethane foam to attach the stones in place. The pots will be filled with a suitable medium & topped up with gravel.
I am trying to use as much of my marine equipment as possible hence the lighting, I have changed the bulb for a 6500k from the original 10000k. As the tank had a c02 supply i will use this as well - once I have revised reactors.
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That is a great idea with the plant pots. I have cichlids in my 135 who have their own views on how the tank should be aquascaped so this would be a great idea for keeping things rooted.

Great setup btw, I love how this is a room divider. I cannot wait to see it up and running. Any ideas for stocking?
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Well the tank is not that big but with the sump there will be about 50 gals so maybe a small shoal of tetras & a few small corydoras catfish. As regards the plants I am thinking about ones that will flower out of water? I would like a nice big specimen that will offer some shade under its leaves, amazon sword?
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Here is a pic from the other side.
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How big is the tank? I thought for some reason it was a lot larger than 50 gallons. As for a large specimen plant, Swords are great but can get very large so just take that into consideration. When I finally went "high tech" one of my swords quickly took over.

Still cannot get over how great your setup looks. What kind of soil are you going to use in your pots?
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Main tank measures 30 x 20 x 22''high but I only intend to half fill it, not sure about soil in pots? any ideas?
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I have always used gravel, sand, or 3M Colorquartz in my tanks. Have not been able to "test out" any soil as of yet. Here is a great place to start:

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But also, since you are wanting to grow the plant emergent, you may also want to check this article out by Tom Barr:

Super easy method to start a new tank without algae, dosing, etc. Sounds like this is what you would like to do and would be perfect. As an aside, Tom recommends ADA's Aquasoil but it is expensive. Like I have said, I have never used any soil but at least it gives you a place to start.

BTW, I thought your tank was a 120 when I first saw it. Optical illusion or something
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I have now got the system running with the sump connected via the old water returns from the marine tank. The sump looks really simplistic compared to the old set up & without all the necessary marine equipment - "great" nothing much to look after.
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Looks like a nice setup, I cant wait to see that loaded with plants.
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