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I have been doing planted tanks for about a year and a half now. I have gone through a few tanks, but my current 125 gal is the only one that has gone beyond low tech. Even now it is only medium tech I would say.

4x54 Catalina T5HO about 12 hours a day
cheapo pressurized co2 system with a ceramic diffuser sitting under a power head
daily EI dosing premixed in a dosing bottle

I was dosing Flourish Comprehensive for the first 6 months and the tank did pretty well and looked like this. I was pretty happy with it.


I had some free dry ferts that came with some equipment I bought from a guy here on PT. I was always hesitant to use them because I thought it would be too much work and be too complicated. But I finally got around to using it. I also upped the lighting and co2. Here is what it looked like exactly one month later.

That was on 9/10. It is still filling in very fast. But I need to do some more thinning and triming, especially on that blyxa japonica.
 

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Just gorgeous, great job! I guess the dry ferts that you were a little afraid of is paying off dividends.
 

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Thanks. They did. But that was a couple of tanks ago and I have learned a lot since then. I still dose EI, but I am doing a completely different tank. My current 150 gal tank gets double EI just to keep up with the plants growing on the drip wall attached to the tank. The journal for my latest tank is in my signature.
 

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Thanks. They did. But that was a couple of tanks ago and I have learned a lot since then. I still dose EI, but I am doing a completely different tank. My current 150 gal tank gets double EI just to keep up with the plants growing on the drip wall attached to the tank. The journal for my latest tank is in my signature.
Took some time to read your 150 tank journal. Very nice! You're right , the depth of the tank gives more breathing room and opens up scaping options. I love your discus...been hesitant on keeping some due to cost but I might give them a try. Thx.

I just noticed you're in Portland. Me too...SE Pdx. I have a 90 gal and shut it down a few years ago and now I'm back. I should do a journal too.
 

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I am in the Beaverton/Hillsboro area.

What are the dimensions on your 90?
48X24X18. I like this size for the height and depth. So far it's bare, waiting for my catalina lights that will arrive tomorrow, 4x54w T5HO. I'll go to the wet spot fish store this weekend and load up my tank! Gonna dose EI, pressure CO2, eheim...the usual. Feels good to get back into the hobby.
 
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