Planted Aquarium maintenance ?
I picked up a 72g bowfront and am now finally getting everything ready to set it up and get it going, but i have a few questions. I am going to be aquascaping it with some driftwood to add in it.
Here are my qusetions:
1. I plan on having a grass plant on the tank bottom. Like this tank here:
Now i know on my old aquarium when i would do a water change i would syphon the gravel and such but when i have a grass type plant how do i go about doing that since i wont be able to get down to the gravel and trying would probably reck the plant?
2. How many of you use a UV seteralizer? I have been told it makes the water more clear and kills micro organizmes and bateria in the tank. What are your thoughts on this? also what is a good one to gowith for my 72g. Im using a ehiem filter so i would probably want to go with a inline one.
3. Since i am using a canister filter i thought about a inline heater also so i could get rid the intank one i currently have. How efficient are these? Would a 300watt be sufficient or would i still need a in tank to? This is the one i was looking at: ETH 300 In-Line Heater 300W f/16mm-5/8"Hose
4. As far as ehiem filter media goes do i really need anything? My first plan was to just use the sponges and then just a bunch of aquarium flawss. Is that ok? i see these bio balls, carbon, etc that you can get but am woundering if there are really needed.
Any input would be greatly appreciated. Thanks
1. to vacuum with a grass just wave your hand around in the grass to get all the left overs and poop out of the bottom then suck it up while its floating in the water
2. i personally dont use one but if you want to go really fancy like its in your living room id do it. inline ones are good, cant recommend a brand though
3. that heater sounds fine, i would let it run for a few days and if it never gets it up to the right temp then add a in tank heater to it, maybe a bit smaller.
4. in the filter sponge and floss would be fine but i would add one cart of bioballs or ceramic rings.
start finding out what plants you use and get ready to drop atleast 200-300 on lighting and another 400-500 for a professional c02 system. dont forget all the chems for ferts either~~~
you can do CO2 on the cheap with an old fire extinguisher, I bet you could do it for under $200
If i were you I would use dry powders, they're much cheaper and they contain phosphate, whereas flourish doesn't. Also the nitrogen comes from ammonium nitrate, ammonium will cause algae given the chance.
If your just getting the hang of things, a single 54 watt T5 fixture, will be fine for low light plants.
These are pictures of my tank, 75 gallon planted, has been setup for 2 years, I have always used a DO IT YOURSELF system with CO2 REACTOR. As you can see, my plants are lush and beautiful. I use 1 bottle, an I change it out every 2 weeks. A CO2 system does not have to cost a ton of money to be effective....even so, you can go to the expensive system at a later date. You can find the CO2 REACTOR @ DRSFOSTERSMITH.com 36$....look in the center of the pictures you can see the reator.....this tank produces a lot of plants, I give away an sell to local shops all the time......to start out, spend the money on a great lighting system.....good luck...
Also am i going to need a power head and such for flow from one side of the tank to the other? Or is my ehiem filter going to casue enough with the intake and out.
What does the reactor do?
deffinitly get a uv sterilizer as it helps with algae and green water ALOT
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