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SETUP:
Tank (dimensions): 48 x 18 x 20
Tank (gallons): 75
Substrate: Eco-complete original black
Filtration: 2 eheim 2075 with ehfimech, substrat pro, filter floss and Purigen.
Lighting: 48" Sunlight Supply Tek Light 4x54w T5HO with 4 giessmann bulbs, 2 midday and 2 aquaflora. 8 hours of 2 bulbs and a blast of all four for 6 hours in the middle of the light cycle
Heater: 300w eheim
Powerheads: 2 Hydor koralia 425 and Eheim skim 350
CO2 supply: 10lb aluminum tank, milwaukee ma957 regulator and DIY Reactor at about 3-4 bps. on and off 1 hr before lights on/off.

FAUNA(Fish):
4 blue rams
3 cardinal tetras
silver tipped bnp (3 regulars and one longfin)
12 otocinclus afinis
corys (5 elegans and 5 metae)

FLORA(Plants):
Alternanthera Reineckii 'mini'
Alternanthera Reineckii 'ocipus'
Alternanthera Reineckii 'variegated'
Amannia 'bonsai'
Anubias 'petite'
Aponegeton Crispus
Bacopa Colorata
Bacopa Madagascariensis
Bucephalandra Brownie Purple
Bucephalandra Theia v9
Bucephalandra(ID unknown)
Cabomba Furcata
Crinum Calamistratum
Crypt Affinis 'metallic red'
Crypt Pontederiifolia
Crypt Wendtii 'florida sunset'
Crypt Wendtii 'green gecko'
Crypt Wendtii 'mi oya'
Eichornia Diversifolia
Eriocaulon Parkeri
Fissidens Fontanus
Hygrophila Aragauia
Hygrophila Pinnatifida
Lagenandra Meeboldii 'pink'
Lagenandra Nairii
Limnophila Repens
Limnophila 'wavy'
Lindernia 'india'
Ludwigia Lacustris
Ludwigia 'Red'
Ludwigia Simpsonii x Repens
Persicaria Kawagoeanum
Persicaria Praetermissa
Persicaria 'sao paolo'
Pistia Stratiotes
Poaceae 'purple bamboo'
Pogostemon Helferi
Pogostemon Stellata
Potamegeton Gayi
Rotala Macrandra 'japan red'
Rotala Mexicana 'aragauia'
Rotala Mexicana 'goias'
Rotala 'pearl mini type 1'
Rotala 'Sunset'
Sagittaria Platyphylla
Staurogyne 'porto velho'
Taxiphyllum 'flame'
Vesicularia Ferriei 'weeping'
 

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How's the goias going for you? Is it making a decent carpet yet?
 

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I bought a new 75g tank to replace my old beat up 90. I got it from king eds for a good price.(thanks ron!). So I figured it was a good time to start a journal.

I spent the last couple of evenings spraying on a background. I just grabbed a can of satin black rustoleum painter's choice ultra cover. It says it bonds to glass and plastics. I'm probably at 9 coats and the can is half full.
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I got 8 bags of eco-complete original black to replace the old oil absorbent substrate. The absorbent was good but, I found it to be too soft. It broke apart and made a bad dust cloud everytime i rescaped and i like to rescape:D

Hopefully, the black background and substrate will really allow the colours of all my plants to explode and create some depth.

Tonight is the night! I will be switching the tanks. I have an empty 10g tank to hold the livestock while i do the deed.

Stay tuned!
 

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How's the goias going for you? Is it making a decent carpet yet?
The goias is going good. As you know, I started with one node a month or so ago and now, I think I have about 12 or 15. They are a little leggy right now so, they'll be divided tonight. What a unique rotala! Thanks lawson.

After multiple week long trips to summerland, crazy hours at work and a lazy tank sitter. Algae kinda took over. This is a perfect time to do a HEAVY prune and clean. Basically I'll be starting fresh.
 

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All that black substrate and a dark background can sometimes shrink a tank depending on how it's laid out.

Would love to see pictures bud.
 

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All that black substrate and a dark background can sometimes shrink a tank depending on how it's laid out.

Would love to see pictures bud.
Hopefully, it won't be a problem once everything grows back in. With all the carpet and tall background plants i have, I should be alright. I think the midground is where i will be moving things around a lot. The placement of the nairii is going to be a challenge as that thing is a monster.

I'll do before and after pics tonight.
 

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I decided to put it off one night but, I got it switched out thursday night. It took about 4 hours from the first plant pulled to the last fishy back in. What an ordeal, whoa! My back hurt!
Overall, I'm really pleased with the way it looks. Sorry, I forgot to take a before shot. 1412438580134.jpg the lagenandra nairii in the middle is a behemoth:eek:

Holy, my tek fixture seems a heck of a lot brighter. The first pic is with the exposure turned down. My phone camera has a hard time dealing with the brightness, time to get a decent camera. 1412438746709.jpg
I really would like to know what my PAR is at. Anybody have a meter?
Haha, I'm sure the levels for 4x54w tek are online somewhere.

There's just a couple things on the to-do list. I need to trim the filter hoses to length and readjust the pipe locations. I will be ordering two sets of new lily pipes off ebay for a cleaner look. The tek light was missing the legs when I bought it so, I made a canopy thing to hold it and I need to paint it black.

I dont really like seeing the heater there so, I might switch to a hydor inline. We'll see when the plants grow back.
 

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I Picked up a nice piece of wood from fantasy aquatics over the weekend and I'm really happy with the direction this scape is going. Plants are starting to get going again after the big switch.
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I split my anubias petite and phoenix moss and attached to the wood with fishing line. Anubias on the lower arms and moss all over the mid top section. I moved the nairii behind it so its leaves wouldn't shade out stem plants so much. I think it creates a nice upward flow.

Downsizing means I have to rework all the nutrient amounts for dosing EI. I started with the amounts on the yet another nutrient calculator and I'll watch and adjust accordingly. Time to break out the kit and do some tests.
I'm also running the same amount of co2 as I did in the 90. So far, everything looks good.
 

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Over the weekend, I made some changes on the lighting. I picked up some legs for my tek fixture so, a thanks goes to tang daddy. I also picked up a full compliment of giessmann bulbs from j&l. I got two middays and 2 aquafloras and boy they do make a difference. The reds in plants show a lot more.
Reinecki mini, Green gecko and rotala goias look a lot better
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Based on a par chart made by hoppy on the planted tank forum, one bulb from a tek fixture can put out a high of ~50-55 PAR at around 21" from substrate.
So, 4 bulbs can have a high end PAR of ~200-220. This is by no way a solid number but, a decent high end estimate.
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With the higher light, I had to increase my co2 output and dosing as i noticed some curling on the new growth. Man, i'm pumping co2.
Unfortunately, I lost a few cardinal tetras in the process but, that was it.
I also got some ammania bonsai this weekend, thanks bien. I have tried this plant twice before and they melted quickly. Both tissue cultures, once from aquaflora and one tropica one two grow. I guess it's a tough one to transition.

Ludwigia tornado is propagating well now. 1413913785120.jpg
 

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Looking good. Should fill in really nice. Thanks for sharing :)
 

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Just a pic update. I've boosted my ferts and co2 since the last one. Bubble counter is unreadable now. I'll do a post on my diy reactor soon.
I took out a couple species, added one and moved a few more around. Since my last update, the growth is quite decent. First pic is three weeks ago and then today.
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Nice set up! Very similar to what I had. Looks like it's starting to get dialed in. Did you consider running dual reactors / bubble counters on the two filters?
 

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Very nice ;)

Is that downoi in the front left corner?
 

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Thanks currietom! I would say it is extremely similar to what you had, I bought the 2 2075s from you.:D I hadn't considered that only because I'm getting more than enough co2 off one but, we'll see when I replumb it. This whole thing is getting torn down again and moved to my new place next weekend. Moving sucks! I just have to put a top on the new stand. 1417044711565.jpg
 

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Very nice ;)

Is that downoi in the front left corner?
Yes it is, I need to move my filter intake as the downoi loves to catch debris. My tank wouldn't be as nice without all the wonderful plants I have got from you over the last couple of years. Thanks again Lawson!
 

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Lawson definitely has a green thumb with aquatic plants!
I have been meaning to compliment you on this tank Greg....love the look and layout of it! Very well done!
Also what is the name of the plant in the back left corner? I used to have some of it and would love to find some more.

 

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I think that's Syngonanthus Madeira - can't remember if I gave him some?
Most common Syngo in Vancouver is Belem but the crowns are flatter so I'm pretty sure those are not that plant.
 
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