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Heartl 03-19-2009 12:34 PM

going fully planted
I have a 125 gal long (72x18x24) with 4 40 Wat bulbs. I have a few real plants in it now along with my 2 angels 2 blue rams and 10 rosy reds. Fillteration is from a regent 40-60 and two large sponge filters.
The tank is doing great but I am looking at making a very large order of plants to change the whole tank over to real plants..
Is this going to be a big problem. As long as I keep an eye on things, should that be fine??

Heartl 03-19-2009 12:42 PM

catfishtabbi 03-19-2009 01:25 PM

Nice tank already, plants are a great idea i luv em'.There are plants that remove nitrates, reduce algea and oxygenate the water. Plant cos' will assist you with designing; which i would do, if i had a huge tank like yours',Do mention the sponge filters, i believe the o2 they add depletes the co2 plants need, i wouldn't get a co2 regulator rho. Good idea, good luck.

Heartl 03-19-2009 05:44 PM

the sponges are ran off of power heads, not bubbers. But thanks

Unrulyevil 03-20-2009 10:14 AM

Cut down on oxygen during a day and turn on the pump only during night. put in more plants and DOA Co2

add fertilizers, and ... it looks a bit dark... more light maybe?

I love this huge tank.

willow 03-20-2009 05:05 PM

very nice tank,what do you have in there ?

Heartl 03-20-2009 07:23 PM

Right now I have 4 48" 40w bulbs lightin the thing up. I might be able to add a couple of 24" bulbs, or spots??
In it I have 2 angel fish and 10 rosy reds that are feeders for my sons piranha, a high fin spotted pleco and a pair of blue rams. I want to stay with less fish more plants. I may end up adding a pair or trio more of angels. Somewhere down the road a pair of discus.

Amphitrite 03-20-2009 07:50 PM

What a beautiful tank you have there, it's really lovely! What sort of substrate is that? It's hard to tell from the picture but looks like either black gravel or eco complete?

Heartl 03-20-2009 09:30 PM

It is a dark green. I have been toying with going to sand before I get too far into this.. I think it would look a lot better and I think it would be better for the fish and plants too... What do you think?? Is it worth the time to change it all over if I am going full panted??

Amphitrite 03-21-2009 03:00 PM

I llike to keep my tanks heavily planted, but I changed from sand to eco-complete about a year ago and it was a great move. Almost instantly there was a marked improvement in the plant health. Eco complete will cost you a lot more, but in my opinion is well worth it. I also think it's more natural looking with plants, and that along with a dark background really shows of the colour in the fish.

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