Comments invited on potential tank set up
New to this forum, although I've been reading it for a long long time!
I'm potentially going to be setting up a really big tank (probably 10 ft, around 2500L), which will be built in to my house. It's all still a 'maybe', but I'm getting excited and making ridiculously detailed plans! I'll have a custom aquarium company do all the plumbing, etc. but I'll be designing and planting. I've had tanks before, including planted tanks, but nothing of this size...so I'm looking for some feedback from people more knowledgeable than me on my ideas.
I'm planning on shamelessly plagiarising from a tank that I've seen on the net - if you search 'Amano discus' it's the second picture - a carpet with driftwood, blue discus and rummy nose tetras, which I'm sure everyone has seen at some point. My tank will be longer, so I may have another two pieces of driftwood (one smaller with plants grafted, one minor without).
OK, so these are the details...
Equipment (still a work in progress and not well researched):
- Wet/dry filter under tank
- CO2 delivered in-line to return pipe
- In-line heater to avoid equipment in tank
- Lighting - metal halide
- Microsorum pteropus ''Philippine’' (Philippine Java Fern) grafted to driftwood
- Glossostigma elatinoides carpet
- Eleocharis acicularis (Dwarf hair grass) around driftwood
- Eleocharis vivipara against back wall
I also noted in the picture that there are some reed-like plants in the back corner - I'm thinking thin val or or Echinodorus angustifolia...I was thinking either of those or Echinodorus vesuvius...or maybe should I just stick to hairgrass?
- Dark Green Shrimp or Emerald Green Shrimp (add once cycled) so that they can clean up but blend in to the carpet and not be obvious
- Cochu’s Blue Tetra (x50 - add once carpet complete so shrimp have places to hide) instead of the rummy noses
- Cobalt Blue Discus (x10 - add once tetras settled)
- ADA Tourmaline BC
- ADA Powersand
- ADA Amazonia AquaSoil Powder
I've read that the Tourmaline is good for glosso but I don't really know what substrate additives I should use. I've never used any before and done ok, but would love advice.
Any views on Powersand vs. Powersand Special?
Regular products for dosing:
- Seachem Cycle (start only)
- Seachem Prime
- Seachem Discus Trace
- Seachem Equilibrium (hardener, if required)
- Seachem Flourish N, P & K
- Seachem Flourish Trace
- Seachem Flourish Iron
- Bicarb for KH
I've used all these before (except the Discus Trace...is it worth it?) and, while I know they're probably overly expensive, I find them easy enough.
Parameters I'd aim for:
- pH 6
- Temp 27
- GH 5 degrees
- KH 3 degrees
- N 20ppm
- P 2ppm
- K 20ppm
- Fe 0.5ppm
How do these look? It's just the K I can't test for...unless anyone has found a decent kit?
I suspect that the temp is probably a bit high for shrimp and a bit low for discus. I'm wondering if I very gradually increase the temp for the shrimp (as they're going in first) whether they could cope ok. Have kept red cherries before and they seemed super hardy, but I don't know about other types.
Alright - I realise I've written an essay now, but I'm super nervous about making a mess of it.
Would appreciate any advice at all. Thanks in advance!