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Nature Aquarium 1200L

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

  1. Tomkashi

    Tomkashi Junior Poster

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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...
     
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  2. Jason King

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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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    Looks very interesting. Really looking forward to your progress into it.
     
  4. DutchMuch

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    more to come yet?
     
  5. fablau

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    Very nice tank! Just curious to know this: What power are you using your BML light at? In percentage?
     
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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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