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I thought I would finally post a couple pictures of my 5ft planted tank at different stages of its life. It's been going since 2009 and has been moved twice. I have learnt a lot along the way.

Current setup
Tank: 120 gal 60x18x26
Light: 8x54w Sfiligoi T5HO
Filtration: 2 x Ehiem 2217
UV Sterilizer
Temp: 300w Hydor in line heater
Substrate: Netlea brown / white silica sand
CO2: 20lb tank, Victor dual stage reg, Fabco nv, Burkert solenoid, ISTA Max mix CO2 reactor - large

My first attempt




Rainbows


Second try


Discus


Most recent scape








Got tired of MH Ballast dieing, picked up a used Sfiligoi Stealth 8x54w (only ATI Aquablue Specials here until I got some new bulbs)


New Bulbs


More new bulbs


New plant arrangement




Current FTS










All caught up now.
 

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I do only have one now, it does just fine but I'm sure it's lonely. The Blue Turks were very poor quality and never grew, as a result they suffered from disease and died 1 by 1. I was okay with that since the quality was that bad. The other large pigeon was a nice fish so he thought he would run into the glass and die.. Also there was a runt pigeon but it was always a runt and met the same fate as the Blue Turks. Lessons learned.... Get quality fish!!!

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Just found your journal after you visited mine :icon_wink.

Like the new look better myself, (guess my eye appeciates sharp dropoffs because of my own tank's footprint).

The surrounding beach is nice too.

Are you sticking with discus?.

BTW: plants look lush...
 

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Just found your journal after you visited mine :icon_wink.

Like the new look better myself, (guess my eye appeciates sharp dropoffs because of my own tank's footprint).

The surrounding beach is nice too.

Are you sticking with discus?.

BTW: plants look lush...
Thanks, no I'm not going to get more discus. Mainly because I feel the plants would do better with cooler water temperatures and only quality adults should be in a planted tank. I love Discus but I don't have time to grow out any and a group of adults are out of budget. I probably will look into some peruvian scalare angelfish when I get a rimless.
 

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Thanks. HunterX get ready to get your arms wet with the 120.
Adive, I had a few bows and there a great fish, it was a very active tank.
Kwheeler91, no more fish until a new tank. There's about 20 leftover fish in there.

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Really beautiful.

What bulbs are you running now?
The pictures were probably taken with only 4 bulbs : Coralife colormax, Sunblaster 6400k, Ati purple plus, Zoomed flora sun. I run another 4 bulbs for a 3hr burst and they are: Wavepoint sun wave, Ati purple plus, Zoomed flora sun, Ati Aqua blue special. The blue special overhangs off the back a bit and I don't think it adds much.
 

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Great looking tank! I really like the scape. Can you please provide plant specifics, fertz schedule and water change routine. I am working on setting up an 80 gallon and I would like to learn more to hopefully accomplish something as beautiful as your tank. Regards
 

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Great looking tank! I really like the scape. Can you please provide plant specifics, fertz schedule and water change routine. I am working on setting up an 80 gallon and I would like to learn more to hopefully accomplish something as beautiful as your tank. Regards
Thanks! I try to change the water 50% twice a week as much as my work permits. Ferts are 10ppm nitrate, 2.5ppm phosphate, 8ppm potassium dosed after each water change. A Diy trace mix with csm+b and others to replicate flourish. I dose this to 0.14ppm Fe along with Fe 13% EDTA to 0.37ppm daily. I feed everyday which helps the N and P, I think I'm fairly lean on the K. All the fertilizers are not dosed exactly to the ppm, sometimes a bit less.

I also net out any floating leaves every day and have started to try to clean the filters more often.
 

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Sweet evolution! Love the one lonely discus in this tank. Makes him stand out more. Im sure many will tell you they need to be in big schools, but he looks great and healthy... and so does the tank! Lots of nice contrasts going on here.
 
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