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Tank-125 gallon, 72"L x 18"W x 24"H
Sump -Aqueon Proflex Sump Model 4 w/Biomedia Kit
Overflow-CPR CS202 w/aqualifter
Return Pump-Mag 1800
Heaters-Two Hydor External Eth 300
CO2 System-GLA Supreme CO2 Regulator, Mag 9.5 w/Fractioning Impeller, GE High Flow Household Water Filter Unit (GXWH40L)
UV System-Turbo Twist 12x
Wavemaker-Vortech MP40
Lighting-Two ATI 36" 8x39W Dimmable SunPower w/Controller
Bulbs-Combination of these listed
Giesemann PowerChrome Aqua Flora T5 Lamps* (36" (39W))
Giesemann PowerChrome Midday T5 Lamps* (36" (39W))
ATI Blue Plus + T5 HO Aquarium Lamps (36", 39W)
ATI Purple Plus T5 HO Aquarium Lamps (36", 39W)
GE Starcoat 6,500K T5 High Output HO Aquarium Bulbs (36", (39W))

Controller-Neptune Systems Apex Controller

Substrate-4" of Amazonia (10-9L bags)

Hardscape
Mazanite Wood

2015 Flora
Alternanthera Reineckii 'Variegated'
Ammannia Senegalensis
Crypt Striolata
Eichhornia diversifolia
Eleocharis 'belem' (DGH Belem)
Hottonia Palustris
Hygrophila sp. 'Araguaia'
Ludwigia "Red" Hybrid
Persicaria Pratermissa
Rotala Colorata
Rotala Wallichii

2013 Flora

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Re: UDGags-125g Aquarium

I have the lights on now burning in the bulbs. My units have two channels (4 bulbs each) and 8 time settings per channel.

For example...
7:00 0%
8:00 20%
8:05 0%
.....up to 8 times.

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Thanks..I already changed the soil. I wasn't really worried about the soil in the above pictures more so the wood and rock.

You can see the soil slopes in this picture. The rocks and wood are just set in there while I wait for the new piece of wood (hopefully today but no tracking #) so don't comment on them since they will be adjusted.

 

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What are some of the things you are controlling with the Apex? Any dosing pump/s being added?

I know you haven't used the ATI fixture to it's fullest potential, but how do you find the programming and options?
Apex currently has the return pump, Vortech, CO2 pump, CO2 solenoid, heaters (2), UV, aqualifter, temp probe and pH probe.

I'd like to eventually get dosing pump but can't justify the cost right now with a baby on the way.

The ATI units are very nice. I've programmed them and used all the options. I have them setup for a 10hr photoperiod and dimmed to around 50 micromoles. Since they have their own programming system I don't have them on the EnergyBar.
 

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Plants are in but not where they need to be. With the wood floating and cloudy water I was just happy to get them in the soil wherever there was a spot. Hopefully, this weekend everything will be settled down enough for me to rearrange.
 

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Discussion Starter · #45 · (Edited)
I removed the rocks and the branches and they are soaking in a 55 gallon tub. I have the main wood pieces anchored with rocks right now. I got slate to do it right but haven't had time to get to it. I plan to add the hard scape materials back in the tank in a week or so. Also plan on rearranging the plants.

The plants are doing well overall. A few didn't make it but most have new growth and I'm liking the color on most of them after 5 days.

A few tank specs....125mL/min of CO2 and 8hr photoperiod at 120 micromoles (dead center at substrate).

 

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Discussion Starter · #47 · (Edited)
Day 7 Update

I got 20 more plants (L. senengal(2), Tonia(10) and red Lud(8)) yesterday. Still haven't had time to work on the hardscape...hopefully this weekend.

Here are some pictures....I need to work on the picture taking..the colors aren't coming through like they do in person.









 

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I think its more the reflection I'm getting. Even without the flash they don't look "right". I'll read up some in the photography forums here and see what I can change. The camera is a Canon T2i and I have a couple lenses available.
 

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Discussion Starter · #50 · (Edited)
So I found time Sunday to add rocks and scape a bit. I plan on attaching the anubias to the wood but need to pick up some thread or fishing line. I then need to figure out a plant for the middle...tempted to pick up some "white" anubias for the spot. Any ideas?

I like the look of the tank overall so far. I really need to give it a few weeks to grow and fill in but I think I'm off to a decent start.

I also figured out how to block out the excess light to remove the reflection. I hung up some black felt across the top of the tank/walls. It's actually solvent absorbent material I borrowed from work.

If you got questions/comments/suggestions let me hear them!

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Re: UDGags-125g Aquarium (Updated-2/11/13)

Thanks everyone

I'll add fish when the tank is cycled...zero ammonia. It usually takes 1-2 months for this to happen so at least a month before fish/shrimp are added.

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Day 14

Measured the water tonight....

Temperature-78F/26C
pH-6.2 (from probe, 7hrs into photoperiod)
TDS-250
Hardness-180-200ppm
Alkalinity-50ppm
Ammonia-nitrogen-1ppm....so unionized ammonia was basically zero. I am going to check when CO2 is off and the pH is above 7.

Tap water report has 187 ppm for hardness and 82 ppm for alkalinity.
 

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I'm sorry I haven't seen this journal sooner!!!!!!!
It's okay..its fairly new.

Nice plants in there!
Thanks

I still want to do a riparium (even got an empty tank). My wife really like cichlids so I've been following your new setup getting ideas. Ahh, so many projects I'd like to do.


I'm looking to get some Alternanthera reineckii 'Mini' for the tank if anyone knows how to get some.
 

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Yeah, this is the combo I have in each ATI at the moment. I typically run at 70% for 8 hrs resulting in 125 micromoles in dead center of tank. I really want to try some of those red ones I've seen a few of the nicer tanks using lately. If nothing else they look cool.

1. Giesemann PowerChrome Aqua Flora
2. Giesemann PowerChrome Midday
3. GE Starcoat 6,500K T5 High Output HO
4. ATI Blue Plus + T5 HO
5. ATI Purple Plus T5 HO
6. GE Starcoat 6,500K T5 High Output HO
7. Giesemann PowerChrome Aqua Flora
8. Giesemann PowerChrome Midday
 

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Quick update

  • Rearranged and going to rearrange again. Not liking the plant layout in terms of contrast.
  • I have more plants coming in, which include 3x Alternanthera Reineckii 'rosaefolia' , 5x rotala japan red, 3x Amannia Senegalensis and 5x Alternanthera Reineckii 'mini'
  • I treated the tank this week with no planaria to kill all the damn snails so water is bit cloudy still.
  • I semi-placed (oto's in QT) an order for 15 oto's and 30 amano's, which I hope to get next week or the following week depending on the QT. I've also been eying a couple pleco's :)

I also need to update my controls on CO2 and lights before adding the livestock. Right now I have them on full blast and I plan on making it more refined since I got the controls to do so.
 

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Yeah, cost a bit for the 5 stems but well worth it. Also have my eye on another plant...we'll see if I can get it. :)

Looks like Oto's/shrimp will be another week. They came in pretty beat up so they are in QT a bit longer.
 

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I'm getting in some new plants tomorrow as mentioned above but decided to take some pictures today just to document and show everyone. I don't like the placement of a few of the plants and will move things around tomorrow when I get the new plants in. I think I got good colors and growth so far. Enjoy!






























 
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