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Well here we go again!! I had a 125 gallon with a sump and decent amount of plants but could not keep enough CO2 in it, mixed in with the T5's driving the algae.....I decided to swap the 125 planted to a reef.

So steps in a 75 gallon!!!

Equipment:
  • Rena XP3 canister
  • Hydor ETH 300 watt
  • MTS from the Cryptkeeper
  • Flourite Black for capping.
  • Petrified wood for the rock work.
  • GLA Choice CO2 Reg with 10# tank
  • Old Style GLA diffuser
  • 3 bulb T-5 Catalina with 3 switches for low light/high light.
  • Wood from D.S. Drifter
  • RKL Reef Keeper Lite from reef tank....possibly.
Plans:
Looking for something that can run on automatic if need be and not have to do weekly pruning unless I want to. But enough growth so the fish can disappear into the growth. So thinking Crypts on compact bushy plants vs stems and overbearing swords. I also want more growth to one side of the aquarium with open swimming on the opposite. This is do to the fact I will be viewing from an angle when seated.
No dosing, hope the MTS taking care of it but will add some N and P as needed.

Working Plant List
  • Cryptocoryne Pontederiifolia
  • Cryptocoryne Crispatula
  • Echinodorus Angustifolia
  • Hygrophila Corymbosa 'Kompakt'
  • Lilaeopsis Mauritiana OR Lilaeopsis brasiliensis
  • Cryptocoryne Parva
  • Various crypts and anubias I have in another tank.
Thoughts anyone? Plant suggestions would be great?
 

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L. Braziliensis seems to grow faster and cover more ground so I would go with that one in so large of a tank. I would also diffuse your Co2 through your Rena instead of a diffuser. Large tanks have a hard time getting enough through a diffuser unless its a Griggs or Cerges. Othwise, Im looking forward to pics and to see this plan come together! :)
 

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Update with pics to follow.

MTS in place with Flourite cap, I have a basic scape with 3 peices of wood along with some pebbles and the petrified wood.

Critters- that came from my daughters 55 gallon that we tore down.
Amano shrimp x4
Bristle Nose pleco
Harlequin Rasbora x8
Cherry barbs x7
Female Kribensis
Dwarf Gourami.

Plants:
Few Needle leaf Java fern and anubius tied to wood.
Couple Rotala Indica Ammannia -Just for fun as I dont plan on stems. Just to help with the intial start.
Rotala rotundifolia -Just for fun as I dont plan on stems. Just to help with the intial start.
Echinodorus angustifolia 'vesuvius' x 3
Crypt. Wendtii x2

I will be ordering plants real soon to fill it out.
 
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