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Old 06-11-2010, 12:29 AM   #11
 
That is amazing. I hope to be able to do sumthin like that in the future.
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Old 06-11-2010, 01:54 AM   #12
 
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Access is not that bad since its open in the back. I am not a huge fan of clean up work, thus the setup, so substrat would mean gravel vacing. I am working on a planted tank, currentl but it will be a high tech planted complete with co2 injection, as well as automatic fert dosinging. I had a couple smaller planted tanks before and they take a lot of work.

I am also afan of discus over angles. i also lke larger fish 12" or more. Thanks for the comments and suggestions.
High tech and EI does add a lot of work doesn't it! I just did two tanks tonight, except I use the bucket method for most tanks. I don't really get the point of auto fert dosing. I've seen setups, but it just seems like a expensive luxury that doesn't save a lot of time. You still have to weigh and mix up the fertilizer solutions for auto dosing. Thats the bulk of the work with EI. It takes all of 30 seconds to measure out 12mL with a free syringe. Then again the most difficult part of EI for me is to actually remember to add ferts on a daily basis. All my tanks have post-it notes reminding my ADD mind to do something.
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:06 AM   #13
 
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WOW what a power setup you have there.... I'll admit, setups like that in south africa are few and far between.
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Old 06-11-2010, 05:10 AM   #14
 
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Very cool setup! What do you have stocked in the tank? I only spy a red oscar, two bala sharks and a tinfoil barb. The sharks and barb would probably appreciate more of their own kind, and you've got the space for it!
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Old 06-11-2010, 09:49 AM   #15
 
Here are the pics

The quality is not good, sorry; it truly doesn't do it justice.

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I shot a youtube video I will post in an hour or so last night its much better.
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Old 06-11-2010, 10:30 AM   #16
 
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Old 06-11-2010, 10:18 PM   #17
 
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High tech and EI does add a lot of work doesn't it! I just did two tanks tonight, except I use the bucket method for most tanks. I don't really get the point of auto fert dosing. I've seen setups, but it just seems like a expensive luxury that doesn't save a lot of time. You still have to weigh and mix up the fertilizer solutions for auto dosing. Thats the bulk of the work with EI. It takes all of 30 seconds to measure out 12mL with a free syringe. Then again the most difficult part of EI for me is to actually remember to add ferts on a daily basis. All my tanks have post-it notes reminding my ADD mind to do something.
Yes I had a dual 20G EI setup, it was a lot of work but very nice looking, except an careless mistake killed all the fish. During a normal weekly water change I got distracted while adding the water back, I was refilling using a 1/4" water line so it took some time; well I forgot. The next day I went down to a wounderfully clean tank full of dead fish, it never over flowed because the sump had an over flow drain.

My thought behind the Auto fert dosing was that I would buy one 5 gallon water jug for each fert and hook that to the auto doser. 5 gallons of fert solution is about 1900ML I figure thats enough to for about 1 month Also the location this tank will be in will not be as easy to get to.
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Old 06-11-2010, 11:34 PM   #18
 
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Wow great set up! You need live plants and sand or gravel on the bottom. What kind of fish are those? I had a friend that lives in Modesto, California and he did a salt water set up that went from his family room wall that faced the 2 car garage and had the tank framed and the other 1/2 in the garage with the sump and filters and a huge set up sort of like yours. He had everything from starfish to corals to sea anemones and saltwater fish with a sand bottom just really nice. He had a giant flat screen T.V above the salt water tank. Post more pictures as the tanks coming along.
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Old 06-12-2010, 06:48 AM   #19
 
I have done the sand thing, in this tank as a matter of fact, and it was nice; I just dont like the clean up work with sand. I have been wanting some More live plants, I just haven't decided which ones to get since I would need low light. Any suggestions on plants?

My sand tanks that i have had, minus a couple i didn't have pics of. Many I used to be such a newb now i am a beginner.
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Old 06-12-2010, 10:59 AM   #20
 
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Some low light plants

If you have Oscars in that tank then I know what you mean by mess. I heard that they are really big waste producers and pigs when they eat. I have really low light in my 55 gal. main tank. 2 flourescent bulbs that are 18"long and only 15Watt. each. These are the plants that are doing good.

Java moss & Java ferns on driftwood and around the tank
Vallisneria (grows like a weed like kelp)
Spiral Vallisneria
Crypt
Cryptocoryne "wendii red" when first planted melted but cut it back and it came back (shock from transplanting it) same thing happened with the vallisneria
Sword plant use iron tabs for this plant
Cabomba
floating wisteria
Dwarf sagittaria
Anacharis

I just bought some Flourish Comprehensive supplement for the planted aquarium. I just started to use this.I wanted to see if the growth of the plants increases.

I do not clean the sand of the big tank so the poop is the fertilizer.I don't have big waster producers in that tank. I use no C02 . My smaller 20 gal. I have to clean the top of the sand daily as my Bumblebee platies are real poopers. Maybe you should rehome your Oscars and get some type of fish in it's place that is not such a waste producer. That way you can enjoy a planted tank again. My tanks all have pool filter sand on the bottom. posted pictures of my planted tank the 55 gal. and my smaller 20 gal.I would try the Val as you can see in the picture it grows really tall then floats on the surface. You can cut it to any lenght you want.

It went from all plastic plants to this live plant tank all low light. Took a short while to grow but I think my tank is well balanced now and they are doing great. I forgot to mention that all my tank lights are on a timer I bought at The Home Depot the big tank has a double outlet on the timer and they are on at 1pm- off at 9pm everyday 8hrs worth of light on all tanks. Works great when you are on vacation as you don't have to worry about your plants dieing or leaving your lights the whole time and get a algae mess in your tanks. I use the new Tetra Gel feeder blocks won't change ph like plaster blocks comes in 5 day or 14 day. If I'm gone for a shorter time 1 cut one in half when I go on vacation.
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