It can definitely be done. Its a little more work and you have to stay on top of things for awhile. This tank is 4 months old and the first few months I was constantly replanting things but once they took hold everything has been fine.Very nice1 I'm always in favor of seeing how well it can be done. It is often said that planted tanks can't be done with cichlids byt then it does look like it works for you. Thanks for sharing.
Mind telling you which cichlids you keep?
I posted an update on my journal. Look at the difference in just three weeks. I am actually amazed, especially the carpet.
The sand stone erodes if I scrub on it too hard but I dont notice anything if I leave it alone. Before I put in the sand stone, my tank had a bunch of artificial decor. I havent noticed a change in my KH, GH, or pH so I would assume if it is eroding, its doing so very slowly.That is a gorgeous setup. I have a 125g sitting downstairs waiting to get setup when I get that apartment remodeled, right now we are in an upstairs apartment and I wont set it up because of the weight. I think we are going to embed it into a wall while we are remodeling. I also have cichlid tanks. I have a tank with a pair of altolamprologus calvus I keep hoping will breed but they are still small. I also have a super red top hongi. Both of my clichlid tanks are unplanted as they are diggers, especially the hongi whose landscape changes daily from the digging. Both of those tanks have sandstone i collected from Southern Illinois. Do you have much issue with your sandstone eroding?
I notice some bits of mine around the tank but not much. Some sandstone will just crumble apart. I love the look of it though. And its inert.The sand stone erodes if I scrub on it too hard but I dont notice anything if I leave it alone. Before I put in the sand stone, my tank had a bunch of artificial decor. I havent noticed a change in my KH, GH, or pH so I would assume if it is eroding, its doing so very slowly.
Ouch!! I'm glad you got it figured out and the results speak for themselves. I cant imagine the panic you must have experienced during that time and looking at a muck soup.Thanks for the complement on my setup.
This is my first planted tank. I went straight from a rock scapped cichlid tank to a high tech tank. I had no idea how much of a learning curve it was going to be. Besides having to constantly replant what the cichlids dug up, I darn near killed them a few times with the CO2. I also didn't listen to others online who warned me about how sensitive a high tech tank is in terms of balance. Thank goodness I have learned my lesson and put in countless hours of study into how to keep things balanced. The plants have rooted so deep now that even my big Jacks cant pull stuff up. The black one will grab some of the plants and try to uproot them but he just swims in place
The pic below is what happened two weeks after I started it up. I didn't do my homework when I first started and just kinda threw in a ton of light, co2, and ferts without knowing what I was doing and just thought everything would be fine. I read about people saying how sensitive a high tech tank can be but I didn't listen and though it wouldn't happen to me.
That algae bloom went from clear water, to hazy, to milky, to peasoup in literally 4 days and that was with water changes...