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Hi Guys,

this is a long over due journal, as the tank is currently almost a 1 year old. So I am writing this journal back ward.
Along the time, the tank has been modified a few times...

When I created this tank, it was intended for discus. So initial it was just a bare carpeting tank with one centerpiece hardscape in one corner of the tank...



July 13, 2015


the few days later start adding some monte carlo








September 5, 2015
some stem plants to absorb the excess nutrient


you see, almost 3 months onward, there is no significant growth on the plants. Later I found out that due to high consumption of the discuss, the nitrate in the water was well above 70ppm, i didn't measure the phosphate, I assume it was comparable. it was too much for new tank setup


September 12, 2015

I added Calmistratum, it was not part of the initial design, but I got it as inheritance :). Little that I know at that time that calmistratum is a slow growth plant.

I took out the stem plants, because it was heavily plague by algae.
in retrospect, what was i thinking? If stem plants couldn't grow, let alone calmistratum.



2 October 2015
I started adding glosso, hoping that glosso would do well



28 October 2015
By late October, I cut the calmistratum, because it was plague by algae. many of its parts got rotten.
this was the time I realized the nitrate concentration was so high, that no plants could thrive.
stem plants and the discuss also gone. I donate the discus. I was ready for a start over




November 13, 2015: A start Over




after the discus gone, I was able to control the nutrient in the water.
I was pretty success in growing nice carpeting glosso.



November 28, 2015



this was the highlight of the tank


November 28, 2015



by now the glosso has grown so thick.
i didn't know then that i had to trim glosso regularly, to prevent it from up root and floats away.

at this time everything was thriving. no visible algae at all.
look how thriving the cryptocoryne was. the calmistratum has grown back as well.
 

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nice tank ;)
properly keeping discus and planted tank is very hard in general due to their high bioload
do you use a sump?
yes i agree. even takeshi amano said so in his book.

no i didn't have sump, but I used 3 canister filters.
there was no problem with filtration, i did not have cloudy water and things like that... so i had enough bacteria in my filter to convert bioloads all the way to nitrate...
 

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wonderful tank. Can you add more info about the tank? It looks like a very tall tank and a great lighting system.
yes sir..
it is 1.42m x 0.6m x 0.8m (LxWxH)

I'm using 3x150watt metal halide lamp, well i changed over time, the MH is the one currently on. it was the best, but very energy consuming.
 
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