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2015 Layout
It grew out more than this but I didn't save any pictures for some reason. If I come across a later picture I'll update this at some point.


2014 Layout


2013 Layout


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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Discussion Starter · #62 ·
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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I think I'm ready to share my current project...
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))
its so nice to see other people experimenting with different bulb options.
tanks look soo much nicer with a broad spectrum
 

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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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they are nice, i have one on my 75 gallon. i have 3 geise middays, ati blue , ati purple, and a UVL 455 nm/red slap dab in the middle

its actually not my favorite bulb, it really only just looks cool, but as plants tint themselves it does help make that color stand out more

the purple plus is my favorite, followed by a wavepoint redwave.. its actually purple, with more red than the ATI purple plus
 

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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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Discussion Starter · #77 · (Edited)
So I moved the plants around and I think this is where I will keep everything for a couple months while everything grows out. I am still waiting on my Alternanthera Reineckii 'mini' but it should be here this week. I plan on putting it in the center where the empty spot is.

I should also get some amano's and oto's in the tank this week and then the local chapter is having their fish auction on March 23rd and I hope to pick up a some tank mates then depending on whats available.

Day 39

 

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Water Parameters (3/12/13)
pH-6.35
Temperature-77F
TDS-342ppm
Alkalinity-70ppm/4 degrees
Hardness-155ppm/8.7 degrees
CO2-50 ppm (falls almost perfect on this chart)
O2-6.8 ppm

I decided to drop the temperature to 73.5-74F on the controller. I hope to increase the oxygen level 1-2ppm.
 

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Just realized I was making a stupid mistake with oxygen levels. I've been adding excess Excel since I have no fish/shrimp to take care of algae, etc. My daily routine was adding ferts, excel and then I took measurements. If you didn't know if you put excess excel in it will decrease the oxygen levels.

So I am going to stop dosing Excel and remeasure then the oxygen levels this weekend.
 
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