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Nature Aquarium 1200L

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Tomkashi, Jan 8, 2017.

  1. Tomkashi

    Tomkashi Junior Poster

    Jul 7, 2015
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    This forum has helped me prepare for this project, so I figured a journal would be a good way to catalogue and share my experiences.

    Tank goals:

    - little to no visible equipment in the tank

    - silent

    - "low tech"

    - lush growth, with little trimming

    - one hour or less for weekly maintenance

    - light limited plant growth

    - peaceful community fish

    - different lighting spectrum for dawn, morning, afternoon, evening, and dusk

    Tank: 215 x 82 x 66 cm (84x32x26 inches...max size that could fit through doors)

    Volume: 1200L or ~300 G

    Filtration: Sump, side overflow with bean animal plumbing

    Light: BML led on apex controller for adjustable spectrum between white, red and blues

    More light: small led strip for dusk/dawn

    Photoperiod: main LEDs for 4 hours in the morning, 4 hour break, 4 hours in evening - small LED strip for dusk and dawn, and afternoon break

    Ferts: not much, see Tom Barr's post on low tech excel tanks

    Water change: 50% weekly, sometimes biweekly

    Substrate: ADA Amazonia

    Other: "excel" glutaraldehyde via metricide 14, auto top off, maxspect gyre for flow, apex controlller, heaters in sump

    Plants: Christmas and weeping moss, blyxa japonica, bolbitis, trident java fern, pogostemon helferi, echinodours tenellus, crypts - albida brown, becketi petchi, balansae, retrospiralis, wendtii-brown, green, mi oya

    Fish: lemon tetras (~35) swimming in the plants, rummy nose tetra (~10) schooling along the glass, Devario auropurpureus (11) cruising the top, farlowella twig cat (very cool), otos (15), trio of cherry barbs, SAE, and one syciopus zosterosterum

    Other fauna: bamboo shrimp, there were some cherries and Amanos but I rarely see them, other than in the sump, pest pond snails (for now)

    Here's a photo from the first week, back in November.

    More to come...
    #1 Tomkashi, Jan 8, 2017
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  2. Jason King

    Jason King
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    Nov 20, 2011
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    That's a nice size tank you have tomkashi and a great start, it's looking nice :) Looking forward to the next photos.
  3. edelry.junior

    edelry.junior Plant Enthusiast
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    Nov 26, 2016
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    Looks very interesting. Really looking forward to your progress into it.
  4. DutchMuch

    DutchMuch Junior Poster

    Mar 8, 2017
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    more to come yet?
  5. fablau

    Staff Member Moderator

    Sep 13, 2008
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    Very nice tank! Just curious to know this: What power are you using your BML light at? In percentage?
  6. nicpapa

    nicpapa Guru Class Expert

    Mar 2, 2012
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    You can do it much beter...

    Sorry for telling this.

    I can have the same result in one meter tank or smaller tank.

    Read some articles for aquascaping...use smaller rocks , and smaller woods. try to use more depth...

    Dont use rocks like it someone built it try more natural...
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