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Old 02-03-2010, 02:49 PM   #21
 
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Those are very nice looking plants, very healthy. I've just a couple comments since this is to be a well-planted aquarium. Filtration should be minimal; I went back to your fish selection and they are forest fish that prefer (some require) very minimal water movement. And in planted tanks that is important for the plant aspect too as I point out in Part 3 of the 4-part stickies. Also on filtration, you don't want to "encourage" biological filtration in a planted tank so I would not use bio-balls and simmilar. The fish mentioned are not like large cichlids where filtration is more of a significant issue. Your plants will filter the water, the filter is only there to provide gentle water movement and clarity. Byron.
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Old 02-04-2010, 11:35 AM   #22
 
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Great help thanx.

So basically my sump will be for equipment, extra water volume, and matting for water clarity.
What about the dsb for removal of nitrates?

What would be the best turn over rate then for planted aquarium?

AND BESIDES USING LIQUID FERT FOR PLANTS AND LIGHTING, WHAT ARE YOUR RECOMMENDATIONS ON 1ST CLASS HEALTH AND MAINTAINING OF THE PLANTS IN THE AQUARIUM?
I'M NOT SO CONCERNED ABOUT GROWTH, MORE ON KEEPING THEM HEALTHY AND LOOKING GOOD!

I'M PLANNING ON STOCKING ALLOT OF FISH. WILL THE PLANTS COPE WITH FILTRATION?

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Old 02-04-2010, 12:01 PM   #23
 
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I detail the answers to your questions in the sticky series, please read them carefully, I know there is a lot packed into those four parts.

As proof that it all works, check out the photos of my "Aquariums" using the link under my name on the left. I have more than 130 fish in my 115g, and have maintained this type of setup for 15 years, similarly there are I think 100 fish in my 90g. The plants are your main filters, and they have an almost inexhaustible ability to do it better. I have a canister filter on each, there is minimal water movement. My fish, and some of them are difficult wild-caught species, spawn regularly.

After you've gone through the info on nutrients and filtration in the stickies, I'd be happy to answer any subsequent questions.

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Old 02-04-2010, 05:56 PM   #24
 
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If the tank is going to be heavily planted, I don't think I'd mess with the DSB.

1) I'm not sure how effective freshwater DSB's are in terms of nitrate removal in comparison to their saltwater counterparts, especially with all of those live plants in the system which are just living nitrate sinks.

2) With the DSB, you run the risk of toxic compounds leeching into your water, which could be catastrophic if the DSB was disturbed by any sort of major incident. I know this is already a risk with saltwater tanks, but it's an unnecessary risk in freshwater due to the plants.

A simple refugium with fast-growing plants (or even algae) would likely be a better choice than a DSB.

Edit: One last thing. Nitrates aren't anywhere near as problematic in freshwater tanks as they are in saltwater. You don't have nitrate-sensitive corals, and the most nitrate-sensitive fish still do fine with a nitrate reading of around 20ppm or higher. In a heavily planted tank with regular water changes, you'll never see nitrate levels get this high in the first place.
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Old 02-05-2010, 10:03 AM   #25
 
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You guys have just saved me from making allot of mistakes and possibly some cash!!!

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Old 02-11-2010, 11:55 PM   #26
 
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