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Old 02-14-2013, 05:41 PM   #1 
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Funkman262's 90g Planted Tank

I'll start by describing my previous setup.

Equipment:
Nova Extreme 3' T5HO 78W fixture
Nova Extreme 4' T5HO 108W fixture
CFS 500 filter (polyfiber and sponge for mech filtration only)
Elite Underwater Mini Filter x2 (used for CO2 diffusion)
Glass Drop Checker
DIY CO2 Generator

Substrate:
Soil
Flourite Black Sand

Plants:
Amazon Sword
Anubius nana
Ambulia
Anacharis
Rotala Indica
Star Grass
Pygmy Chain Sword
Alternanthera reineckii 'roseafolia'
Ludwigia Glandulosa
Nesaea pedicellata 'Golden'
Rotala Wallichii
Myriophyllum Tuberculatum
Bacopa Caroliniana
African fern
Java Fern
Java Moss
Peacock Moss

Fish:
Harlequin Rasboras
Swordtail
Platies
Mollies
X-Ray Tetras
Neon Tetras
Cardinal Tetras
Angelfish

The pictures were taken 6 months apart. Nothing was added to the tank between shots but several plants were moved around.

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The tank was running great until I moved out of the apartment for a year, leaving the girlfriend in charge of the tank in my absence. Unfortunately, the tank was a complete disaster when I got back. Apparently, she hadn't noticed the lights were left off for several months after a fuse had to be reset Anyways, I came back in October and finally decided in December that I would start over, but with some minor changes this time (like absolutely no soil this time lol). It was a PITA completely emptying and discarding the contents of the tank, especially the soil substrate. I completely cleaned up the inside of the tank before getting started. I ordered 80lbs of Ecocomplete supplemented with 50lbs of Black Diamond blasting sand. I also found a nice rock to complement the driftwood that I already had. I managed to salvage an amazon sword and some java moss which was completely brown but I thought I'd see if it recovers (which it has). So on to the stocking lists:

Substrate:
Ecocomplete
Blasting sand

Fish:
25 neon tetras
10 pristella tetras (5 albino, 5 normal)
3 boesemani rainbows
2 celebes rainbows

Plants:
Amazon sword
Java moss
Marsilea hirsuta
Alternanthera reineckii roseafolia
Hygrophilia Corymbosa Stricta
Cabomba Palaeformis
Ludwigia repens
Ludwigia ovalis
Pogostemon erectus

I need to go back to the fish store to check on more rainbows, but I'll eventually have a good sized shoal in there.

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Those two pictures were taken four weeks apart from a few days after setup (1/8/13) to last week (2/8/13). I'm currently using all of the same equipment as listed in my previous setup except I'm using pressurized CO2 now.

Also, the day after taking that picture, I decided to add some root tabs. Instead of buying manufactured ones, I took the time to make my own. I used size-00 gel caps filled with Miracle-Gro Tomato, Fruits and Vegetables continuous release plant food pellets because it has micronutrients and calcium and was also closest to the NPK values that I wanted. I spaced them out every 6", including up against the edges, so I think I added around 28 tabs total. I tested ammonia 1, 12, 24 and 48 hours to make sure it hasn't leached into the water column and all was good. Also, after getting my phosphate up to 2.3 mg/L a week ago, it has already dropped down to 0.6 mg/L. I'm surprised my plants are consuming it so quickly considering I don't consider the tank very heavily-planted right now (at least when compared to my previous setup); nitrate's being consumed at a nice rate as well. And also, this goes to show that nutrients do not equal algae since I haven't had any algae show up in my tank since it's been set up even though I like to keep relatively high levels of nitrate and phosphate.

Sorry for the long post, but that's my tank. Enjoy
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Old 02-14-2013, 05:49 PM   #2 
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Frggin gorgeous tank, before and after. sorry it all died though in the first set up
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Old 02-14-2013, 06:16 PM   #3 
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A-MA-ZING! Thank you so much for this post!!! ^^
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Old 02-15-2013, 07:18 AM   #4 
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Thanks guys

I forgot to mention that I dose dry ferts. In the previous setup with soil, I didn't start adding them until around 7 months in. In this current setup I started dosing right away.

Ferts:
Potassium nitrate
Monopotassium phosphate
Potassium sulfate
CSM+B

Targets:
10-20 mg/L nitrate
1-2 mg/L phosphate
20+ mg/L potassium
0.1-0.5 mg/L iron
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:07 PM   #5 
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Oh my! Your tank's amazing! Sorry to hear about your previous setup though :(

I can't wait to see everything grow out! :D
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Old 02-19-2013, 08:41 PM   #6 
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Wow!!! I wish I had that much creativity! I need help with getting my tanks to look as fabulous as yours, teach me!! :)
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:07 AM   #7 
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Thought I'd post an updated pic. I moved some plants around because I found out the Pogostemon erectus doesn't grow as tall as I originally thought, so I moved it to the front, moved the Ludwigia ovalis to the back left, and the Cabomba Palaeformis to back center. I also trimmed the Ludwigia and Cabomba because they had reached the top of the water.

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Its so pretty!
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Old 02-20-2013, 10:47 PM   #9 
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I'm amazed at how quickly the plants grow.
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Old 02-20-2013, 11:54 PM   #10 
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I'm amazed at how quickly the plants grow.
That's what co2 will do!
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