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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 11-04-2015, 06:20 PM Thread Starter
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240 Gallon dirted planted tank

This is my first dirted tank and I went large. Learned a lot from reading online articles and watching youtube. I managed to avoid algae. Only issue I had is that all 3 angels died suddenly while other fishes were fine. Water test show everything was ok. Very odd. This tank is 4 months old. Anyone have a reason?


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20 neon tetras
15 tiger barbs
5 skit tetra
15 serpae tetra
4 corys
2 plecos
20 buenoes aires tetras
10 scissor tail tetras

It is heavily planted.
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Wow this tank is freakin awesome. Great job. Love the amount of plants you have and the face in the middle. Wood floors are nice too!

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Fabulous tank. Wish we could get some closer looks.

Not sure about your angels, but tiger barbs might have harassed them. Stress kills. I would not replace them with more angels as long as those tigers are in there.
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Fabulous tank. Wish we could get some closer looks.

Not sure about your angels, but tiger barbs might have harassed them. Stress kills. I would not replace them with more angels as long as those tigers are in there.
+1 I absolutely think you have some nippers that got to them and they died from stress.

The tank is beautiful. You should have logged much more or at least posted some more photos


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Here's another closeup picture. I built the stand myself and let me say it was a pain in the ass! ahahaha

I am running fx6 and a cheap sun sun filter, both seem to work fine. I run airstones at night.
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Love the tank! Don't see big planted tanks like this often.

Any closer pics showing the schools of fish or anything?

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Looks like the soil in my planted tank is losing nutrients because the plants are starting to die. I was wondering how to combat this? Do I have to start dosing from now on? This could get expensive. Advice anyone? Thanks!
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Looks like the soil in my planted tank is losing nutrients because the plants are starting to die. I was wondering how to combat this? Do I have to start dosing from now on? This could get expensive. Advice anyone? Thanks!
You can dose dry ferts fairly cheap. I'd check out the fert section for specifics, the easy way is to do EI dosing, though the more exact and slightly cheaper way will be with PPS-Pro but it takes a little more work.


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Beautiful.

I agree about the tiger barbs and angels. Not a good mix.
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If my 240 turns out half as nice as yours I'll be doing something. Great looking tank.

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You can also try putting some flourish tablets in the dirt to replenish the soil and release nutrients over time.

It is surprising that 3 angelfish would suddenly die in a system like that - but so many things could have been the cause. Do you have any areas in the aquarium that are "dead pockets" without much flow - it could be very possible in a crowded aquarium like that. One of these pockets if it had no circulation might have had a lower oxygen level that injured the fish.

Either way I'm surprised and curious it happened.
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How long were the Angels in there before they died?
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Angels died within 3 weeks of the new tank. I will try to dry fertilize the tank. Hopefully this works, as my plants are dying very very fast.
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what LEDs are you running on this tank?


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I am running the Finnex 24 plus and also Finnex planted plus.
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