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Help Planning 300L Aquarium

Discussion in 'Are you new to aquatic plants? Start here' started by tat, Nov 29, 2012.

  1. tat

    tat Junior Poster

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    Hi,

    I am planning my new 330L aquarium. The aquarium and table will be delivered 21th December, and will be installed on the place where I have my actual aquarium (120L).

    Ok, the new setup will be:

    Aquarium: 120 x 55 x 50
    Substrate: Ada Aquasoil Amazonia (4 Bags)
    Hardscape: driftwood on the center (pic attached) and some rocks (still not chosen)
    Light : 2x39W (T5 HO)
    Plants : Echinodorus angustifolia, Echinodorus Ozelot, Echinodorus Bleheri, Anubis, cryptcorine, Sagittaria subulata, Staurogynes, Marsilea hirsuta?
    Fish : juvenile Red Marlboro, juvenil Blue Diamon, corydoras sterbai, 1 SAE, 1 L200, 5 amano shrimp, 3 neritine, 12 cardinal tetra, 2 gourami and 1 appistogramme agassize fire red (female)
    Co2 : Yes

    What do you think about this setup?
    What fertilization do you recommend me? What would make different?

    Thank you
     
  2. dutchy

    dutchy Plant Guru Team
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    Hi,

    2 x 39 Watts might not be enough, these tubes are only 83 cm. You might want to go for the 54 Watt tubes to get a better spread on the sides.

    A single piece of driftwood might be not enough to create a nice scape with the tank size you have, but it depends on your goals.
     
  3. tat

    tat Junior Poster

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    I am aware of that. I will probably have low light areas at the tank ends.
    I will be limited to only low-lights plant in the ends.
    But this is something I would like to evaluate, before I decide investing on new lights.

    The driftwood is large: 50cm x 53cm x 40 cm (width, lenght ,height). I am still doing the aquarium layout mockup.

    Regarding the bottom fishes, do you see any danger of corydoras and catfish(L200) messing with the ada aquasoil?


    Thanks for your time
     
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    Obviously they will dig around a bit. I don't think it's a big problem if you don't have a lot of them.
     
  5. tat

    tat Junior Poster

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    pre-leeching ada aquasoil

    I see.


    Still talking about the ADA Aquasoil, I am thinking on doing a pre-cycling before adding to the aquarium.
    I will "install" the new aquarium on the place where I have my actual aquarium, with some corys, gouramis and appistos. So the fishes will move to the new aquarium on the first day.

    My idea to do the pre-cycle, is to put the substrate on a large bucket, change the water every 3 days, until the amnonia drops to zero. I guess this could take 2 or 3 weeks. As far as I know the New Ada Aquasoil leeches much less amonia then the first and second versions.

    What you think about my plan?

    Thanks!
     
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    The problem with thia idea is that you then have to drain the tank, try to dry out the substrate somewhat, and COMPLETELY re-set the tank. My preference would be to scape the tank and allow the plants to help slurp up some of that excess ammonia, while keeping the fish in a separate tank, tub or other container until the new tank is ready fro them.

    For that matter, even with the old Amazonia, which runs much "hotter" in the beginning, I have been able to add my fish right back into the tank if it was REALLY heavily planted AND I started with a fully cycled filter moved from another tank.
     
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    tat Junior Poster

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    Maybe I was not clear enough.
    Today I have a 120L (31G) tank, running 2 eheim filters (2213+2224), with some plants and fish.
    I will put the new 330L (87G) on the same place where the actual tank is.
    I don't have any place to have both tanks running at the same time.
    So, the plan is to dismount the old tank, and setup the new tank on the same day. I will use all the water, and both fully cycled eheim filters.
    Nevertheless, I am worried with ada aquasoil leeching amonia on the first days, for that reason I pretend to do some sort of substrate pre-cycle.

    Don't you think, aquasoil can leech all the amonia, resting 3 weeks on a large bucket, with frequent water changes?

    Thanks!
     
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    Hi,

    After thinking deeply on the subject, I decided to move the old aquarium, with everything inside (substrate, fish and plants), to another room.
    So I can calmly setup the new aquarium, and let the ada aquasoil amazonia do the full cycle without any rush.

    However I was thinking on add some substrate from the old aquarium, on bottom of the ada aquasoil amazonia. Do you think this may help the cycle?

    Thanks
     
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