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I am finally making some progress on my new setup. I am setting up a 4 foot 120 gallon planted low tech (for now) tank.
I plan on stocking this with
Angels
Bleeding Heart Tetras
Julii Cories
Long Fin Bristle Nose Plecos
Jungle Vals
Amazon Swords
Dwarf Sag
I also have some Drift Wood going in
Substrate is a mixture of Fullers Hearth, Eco Complete and Flourite
I plan on running T-5 lighting and am going to try 2 canister filters 1 Magnum 350 and 1 Fluval 304. I have 2 power heads for circulation with each one rated at 170 GPH and these are attached to mag floats and mounted near the bottom of the tank.
Tank and stand in place with 3 filters ready to go on to test and clean.

Tank filled with water and 1 gallon of vinegar to clean the glass and filters.

Tank was drained and refilled and most of the substrate added with 1 more bag of black flourite to go in and a Fluval 304 that was given to me by a friend, I hope to be able to run this tank with the Fluval and Magnum. I also have 2 heaters in to see if they will be able to keep temps at desired levels.

I have everything on the front to see how everything is working. I had the final fill done on November 30th. I will be ordering a few things Monday the 7th and then ordering my plants on the 10th so the tank should be running for close too 2 weeks. I am finishing up the canopy this week and will be mounting the lighting and cooling fans and then setting it on top so it should be ready by the weekend.
 

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Please excuse the dirty glass on this pic. I got my DW in for now along with most of the substrate, will be adding more black flourite later. I should have the canopy on and the second filter on in a couple days now just need to waite for it to clear up, still a little cloudy.

 

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Well I added 6 Julii Cories for now will be adding about 6 more, I also added some plants.









 

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The plant on the left I don't think is an aquatic plant. I may be wrong, but it looks like what a lot of stores sell as 'Brazilian Sword', which does not grow well completely underwater.
 

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IMHO you should try to do a little more of a grouping of the wood... also, if you can do anything with some rocks and build up a terrace or something... you have a big wide open single elevation area, and it's just a bit plain. Maybe you're planning on a work in progress, so you can make changes as you go and add this and that....

but that's my 2 cents... try to make different elevations, and use groupings of wood and/or plants....
 

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Brazillian swords are not true swords. They are part of the Spathyphyllum and not Echinodorus. They are not aquatic plants.

-Charlie
Ha, I did not even know that. I just assumed that they were echinodorus, but considering I do not know much about swords, I shouldn't be correcting people :tongue:
 

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Well got a little more done on the tank.

Dawn and Dusk lights on



All lights on, a little washed out need to get a better one



One of my LF Albino Bristlenose Plecos have 2 for now but plan to add 3-4 more



I liked this pic of my male Apisto

 

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The tank looks great. You have a lot of space and I agree with a previous post that maybe some more hardscape can be added. However, I more so think that adding some hypancistrus to the mix, maybe a L201, or L001 or almost any other L number fish would look great. Give them a spawning cave and you'll have young in no time.
 

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Well all my plants seem to be doing good and growing nicely I think. The swords are popping new leaves and the flower stalk? is getting longer, the anachris is showing new growth all over it, pennywort is growing, hornwort has grown close to 2 inches in areas and the Ludwigia repens keeps popping new leaves. I was wondering is Hornwort an easy and fast growing plant because some people claim it is a difficult plant to keep and get growing but I always thought it was fairly easy. I will try to get some pics of the tank tomorrow after I do a couple more things to it. When can I expect an algea bloom if I get one, I hope I dont but I bet I will because its a new tank.
 

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I am finally loading up some more pics. I had to trim up the Hornwort a little because a couple stems grew up to the top. I am thinking about doing something with the Anacharis maybe spreading it out some instead of leaving it bunched. I am going to pick up 24 Cardinals tomorrow, I have 6 more LF Albino Bristlenose's coming next week and hopefully I can get my angels shortly after that.



This shot really brings out the blue in his fins I think.






The dwarf Sag seems to be doing good, new blades all over them




I think everything is doing good because I see new growth on everything maybe not real fast but new growth just the same.
 

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looking good! i like the dwarf sag and your lf albino plecos, they are great looking fish!
 

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Thanks Jenna its my first attemped at a planted tank. I did a little work on it today nothing major just a couple things and tomorrow I will be adding 20-24 cardinals and I will get some pics after things settle in.
 

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Well I made it to Preuss's yesterday and picked a few cardinals and they look great IMO so here are a few shots of them, just wish they would hold still for me to take there pics with my PNS camera.















I think I will be heading down to get my angels this afternoon.
 

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Well I got my angels but will need to thin them out because I got more than I planned on getting but the extras didnt cost anymore.

















There are 19 Blue Platinum Angels in there so I need to start thining them out soon but hey I get my choice that way. The Parents are great looking with a lot of blue in the fins and tail.
 
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