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150 Gallon help

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by Tom Barr, Jul 16, 2010.

  1. Tom Barr

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    Justin wrote:
    Nope.
    I'm posting the help here since others will glean another example of how this all goes and other posters can also add different points of view.

    You've understood well so far:gw

    You are going to make mistakes and you are going to learn from them. We all do.
    Reducing the mistakes and being easy on yourself when you make them will help a lot.
    It seems like a lot and overwhelms many initially.

    After a few years/months for some, they settle down and it's pretty easy day to day.

    Baseline to start really starts with you.
    What is your specific goal?
    What aesthetics are you drawn to?
    What fish, what plant layouts, wood, rock, placement in the home, you have to live with this tank and look at it everyday, not me or anyone else really other than your family/roommates?

    As far as equipment, lighting is the first place, I'd stick with some high grade T5's 1.5w/gal if it's a full enclosed hood, maybe 1.8-2w/gal if it's an open top.

    Aquarium/stand- open top or enclosed hood, height of the stand etc.....??
    Placement in house? Access to water changes and potential to hard plumb a drain and refill valve?

    CO2....

    Ferts are the easiest of all these.
    Sediment? ADA AS or DIY wormstrate? Soil? Osmocoat? Plain sand?
    Water column dosing is 2- 3x a week, EI to start.

    Pack the tank to the gills with plants, ask for RAOK on the forums for freebies, easy to grow weeds, get the tank well established and full and then switch out to the plants you like more.

    Best to get larger amounts of plants from fellow hobbyists
    Local clubs nearby? Join, they can help you and also provide a way for you to help others later.

    You can link to tank designs or set ups that you like, then go from there.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
  2. Szkalak

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    Sir:

    You make perfect sense and I've tried to follow through with the general adivce that you prescribe above. Currently running eco complete that's varies between three and four inches and I've packed this tank full of the plants that were previously in my other tank prior to my move, and at this point is really just plain full of plants-from Huge jungle vals, various swords, anubias, and a whole variety of worts and other fast growing stem plants. it really just looks like a huge jungle at this particular point. I am a discus keeper and have about 6 rather nice and very healthy specimens. I've broken alot of the rules that most hard core discus freaks prescribe. I've got loaches, corries, bristlenose plecs, cards, and rummy nose tetras abd I've never had any problems so far. The 150 has come along nicely even though it's only been up for about two weeks now. While there are some noticable deficiencies in some of my plants I've not had problems with algea that I've experienced in prior setups where I did not intially establish a large pop. of plants right off the bat. My water quality is good. I suppose what I really need to do now is continue to allow the system to stabalize and then decide on the final plants that I'll use to finalize the scape, and in turn, this will aid me in deciding how to provide nourishment for the various species that I am going to keep. This will be the primary new home for my discus. By the way I am running a tek light elite @ 48" x 6 t5's but I have only been using the four main bulbs. I decided on this setup up because 1) i got lucky on the price and 2) the tank is 30" deep and I wondered if the six bulb setup might have some advantages depending on species. I wanted to be versitile in the setup, although I realize that more light is not always the answer. Food and CO2 is what I am trying to really understand and I am making small strides and trying new things with the help of all of you.
    Best,
    Justin Szkalak
     
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  3. Tom Barr

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    I think some patience and time will do you well, just wait and see.

    Regards,
    Tom Barr
     
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    Gerryd Plant Guru Team
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    I love the new word......
     
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