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Equipment:
Tank: Visio 55 Gallon, 48.5" L x 15.5" W x 17.5" H
Light: Finnex Planted+ 24/7, 24/7 mode
CO2: DIY Regulator, Rex Grigg Reactor, 20# CO2 Cylinder. Runs from 9am to 6pm.
Filtration: Cheap HOB Overflow box, DIY 29 Gallon Wet Dry Sump w/ Pot Scrubbies as Bio Media. Sump usually has around 12-15 Gallons of water.
Wood: California Ghostwood?
Substrate: Black Diamond Blasting Sand, Amaco Red Clay

Fauna:
6x Denisonii Barb
6x Zebra Danio
3x Otocinclus
1x Dragon Scale Betta
1x Julli Corycat, other 4 died off a few months ago :c
6x Amano Shrimp

Flora:
Bucephalandra Arrogant Blue
Bucephalandra Brownie Blue
Bucephalandra Deep Purple
Hemianthus Callitrichoides
Staurogyne Repens
Ludwigia Sp Red
Alternanthera Reineckii Mini
Ammannia Gracilis
Hemianthus Glomeratus
Hydrocotyle Tripartia Japan
Rotala Indica?

Fert Routine:
Macro (3x per week): KNO3 1/8 tsp, KH2PO4 1/8 tsp, and K2SO4 1/8 tsp
Micro (3x per week): Plantex CSMB 1/32 tsp (0.05 ppm), FE DTPA 11% 1/64 tsp (0.05 ppm)
[STRIKE]Etc (7x per week): 5ml Glutaraldehyde[/STRIKE]
Water Changes: 30% Once a week
Osmocote Root Tabs
Still trying to figure out my ferts

Water Parameters
PH: 8.2 -> 6.8 (when CO2 is on)
dGH: ?
dKH: 10
TDS: ?
Ammonia: 0
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: 40?

May 4th, 2016








Older Pics (March 2016)
Bucephalandra Arrogant Blue


Bucephalandra Brownie Blue


Bucephalandra Deep Purple

This is actually my 2nd rescape
1st Iteration August 2015 No CO2 (Picture taken October 2015)


2nd Iteration December 2015 - March 2016
 

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That wood looks great! You've done a good job at a hard task; 'scaping a 55 gallon.
thanks

Love the wood! Where did you get it?
my LFS PetWorld SB

mini update

i think my HC is doing alright on the left side of the tank


not too sure about the batch in the center

might replace the batch directly under the branch with Hydrocotlye tripartia Japan
might also replace the Ludwigia here with AR Mini

not too sure how my Tonina Lotus Blossom is doing either, it's a lil brown at the bottom (it's been in the tank for about a week?)

not sure if it's cuz of the KH or there's not enough light at the back
 

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FTS April 29th, 2016


Denisonii Barbs kept picking off a bunch of my HC, not sure if I wanna bother replanting more from my emersed set up. Gonna add more buces in the future. Also I feel like i could use more stem plants, Im open to suggestions if anyone has any.

Changed my Sump (old pic from before adding co2) from


to


it just makes maintenance a whole lot easier.

Bought a 5 Tier Drawer from Walmart 17 USD+ 27 Gallon tote from Homedepot 12 USD. I'm only using 3 of the 5 Drawers.
First drawer: Japanese filter mat and polyfil.
Second drawer: packed tightly with a bunch of pot scrubbies
Third drawer: collects w/e muck falls through the first two. Third drawer has 5 1.5" holes drilled on the side that faces the pump.

I chose the black 27 Gallon HDX tote over the clear ones because it feels more durable, especially with the ribs on the sides and bottom.

Next thing I need to upgrade is my pump. It's rated for 295 gph but with the co2 reactor I' down to 189 gph. I think I would need a 475+ gph pump (before accounting for the reactor) to get around 300 gph.
 

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Sumps tend to really degas co2 from the water column. You might want to blast co2. Plants shouldn't be showing deficiencies with EI, it's most likely a co2 issue. Other than that, looks awesome, I love your buce
 

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Sumps tend to really degas co2 from the water column. You might want to blast co2. Plants shouldn't be showing deficiencies with EI, it's most likely a co2 issue. Other than that, looks awesome, I love your buce
I'm at 47.5 ppm for co2 according to this chart tom posted awhile back


Plants shouldn't be showing deficiencies with EI, it's most likely a co2 issue
are you talking about the Toninia or HC? If it's the Tonina, I planted a few stems at different parts of the tank before finally giving up and moving it to my emersed set up. I've read a few posts here from a few years back saying it does better in lower KH (2-4 degrees?)
 

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I was talking about the HC, since I'm guess that's where the highest concentration of light is. Tom also mentioned that his chart/formula could sometimes over estimate the amount of co2 being injected. I think it might just need some time
 
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