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Deep Aquarium Scaping

Discussion in 'Aquascaping' started by Terrance James, Jun 8, 2020.

  1. Terrance James

    Terrance James New Member

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    I’ve never had a particularly deep aquarium but due to a unique set of circumstances I’m getting a 45 g which is ~24” deep. I know lighting will be key so advice on this and on scaping in terms of plant selection and placement would be helpful. It’s coming with a weak LED so I’ve been scouring Amazon for lighting for a 36” tank. I have a bundle of plants coming any day. Plan to use Fluval Stratum, some pool filter sand and media from existing tanks and some that are coming with the tank as I can’t justify the ADA system to my wife who is tolerating my return to the hobby so far. Was going to use Thrive root tabs and the Flourish and Flourish Iron I have on hand initially but one to suggestion from y’all about ferts. CO2 will not be right away but is in the plan long term.

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    As someone with a deep (26" deep) high tech tank, my only advice is front loading your investment on a really good light. This is a painful and costly experience for me. Over the years I tried to make things work with many well-known branches, even stable like USA satellite, Fluval Planted+ or Finnex, Beamwork ...etc... and even go double on them. The reason is the next level to take it to is the Kestrel's range area. And it never gave me the grow I want. Granted, by average standard you can still get what some may consider good growth, but I find it's hard to condition the plants to the shape you want, since most will try to grow tall instead of wide into a more bushy form.

    I finally bite the bullets a while back. It wasn't quite Kestrel, but still some powerful 360W LED set up that's rated for reef (with modified channel for Freshwater). And the difference is like between a CO2 and a non CO2 tank. In the end, I probably would have saved myself more money and a few years of frustration if I just go with the nuclear option at the beginning instead of trying the weaker light in hope that they would work.
     
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    Terrance James New Member

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    I’ve invested in a Finnex grow 24/7 plus the led the tank came with and eventually I’ll get another to replace one or both. I looked at the Kestrel but wasn’t sure how I’d go about mounting it or justifying it to my wife. My money is going towards a CO2 setup at this point- I have a homebrew setup I’m converting to aquaria. I’ve got my parts list and will start getting my parts after my next paycheck.

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