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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 01-26-2020, 05:53 PM Thread Starter
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Gifted planted tank...need some help!

Hello all,

I was given a 75g freshwater tank with a lot of plants and had fish. Long story short, sister in-law purchased a house and the previous owners left the tank. I am trying to get the tank setup, still learning about the planted aquariums, and I have some unique equipment. I'll attach some pictures of what I have, can anyone provide info on how to run/operate the equipment? I have had reef tanks in the past but never a planted tank. My main concern is the substrate heater, the power supply was hot to the touch and I didn't see anything that allowed me to adjust the level. Thanks in advance all!
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Hello all,

I was given a 75g freshwater tank with a lot of plants and had fish. Long story short, sister in-law purchased a house and the previous owners left the tank. I am trying to get the tank setup, still learning about the planted aquariums, and I have some unique equipment. I'll attach some pictures of what I have, can anyone provide info on how to run/operate the equipment? I have had reef tanks in the past but never a planted tank. My main concern is the substrate heater, the power supply was hot to the touch and I didn't see anything that allowed me to adjust the level. Thanks in advance all!
I do not have the same equipment so I can't detail exactly how everything works. I would google the product names so you can pull manuals from online.

However, since you are new to planted freshwater tanks you should also check out some videos by George Farmer and Green Aqua on youtube. Both have how to videos on many aspects of high tech planted tanks. This will be a good foundation for you going forward.

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You got yourself a good looking planted tank there.

As to equipment, I don't know of a single person that I know of that uses a substrate heater. I'd turn it off and not worry about it.

Is the CO2 tank full? If so, it must be connected to some tubing to bring the CO2 into the tank, most likely through a diffuser or reactor. Be careful as while plants need CO2, too much can kill a tank full of fish in no time.

And you are in the right place, there are a lot of folks who can help you here. But you need to post more pics of the whole set up so that people can better understand what the previous owner had going on.
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Agree with above- forget the substrate heater.

Hope to learn more about the tank and will do my best to share what I have learned. This is a great place to read a lot, as well as interact with others!
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Hey all,

I will post some more pics when I get home. I believe the CO2 tank is full bust wasn't in use when we disconnected everything but the substrate heater was on. I did find out that the tank was maintained by a company not the owner, so we shall see how I do!

Thanks again for the replies!

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from pics of tank and what you're saying, its possible that they got frustrated, abandoned the co2, and just went basic, low maintenance, and low tech. nothing wrong with that either --just a different approach. keep the lights limited, feed the plants ( maybe they went with root tabs for low maintenance) , periodic water changes and you can keep it status quo until you figure out more things to do with it.

is there still fish in there? cant tell too good from pics.


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No fish yet, what type of food do you dose with plants? I think I need to start reading quickly to get things figured out.
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if there was/are root tabs in there, it would probably be the simplest way.

probably the best primer right now

www.advancedplantedtank.com


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