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Swiss Army Tank

Discussion in 'Journals' started by easternlethal, Oct 16, 2018.

  1. easternlethal

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    Hi all,

    I've decided to keep a journal of my tank. This is my first tank and been going for 3 or 4 years when I started the hobby. Over the years there have been many changes (including a house move) and evolved from a hardscape to nature to finally Dutch. I call it the Swiss army tank cause I only have space for one tank so it serves several purposes (teaching my kids about the environment, nature scape, community tank, learning to grow plants etc)

    tank:
    50gallon
    wet/dry trickle filter + sump
    cerges co2
    ada aquasoil

    light:
    Kessil 360w (around 50 par 7hr photoperiod)

    plants:
    -syngonanthus
    -tonina
    -crypts
    -buces
    -blood vomit
    -rotala sunset
    - I forgot the names of the rest

    ferts
    -EI
    -burrs custom micro mix

    livestock
    cherry reds, tetras, glass catfish, rasboras, guppies

    I feel that I'm at the stage now where I can successfully maintain a tank and keep the plants alive.

    The whole thing needs a trim but now I would like to get comments to see how I can improve things even more. I would love feedback on the state my plants, lighting, positioning, anything at all.

    Over the next year I plan to upgrade to a 100g and will post photos to show my progress.

    Everything I learnt is through forums such as this one, as I am not a member of any scaping community. So I am really happy to have learnt something entirely from the Internet.

    Thanks in advance everyone and happy scaping! [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
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    #1 easternlethal, Oct 16, 2018
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    Shimmer, Sump and CO2... [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    Fert regime....

    I find that this produces bba and gsa (on my glass) and I have to turn up CO2 to a level which gasses my shrimp, so currently experimenting with no Urea and half doses of this only.

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    Shrimps, nerites, syngonanthus now doing well.

    Still a bit of bba but nothing my weekly clean can't handle. Also stopped using urea and gsa has gone.

    Next I'm really going to try to improve the scape by changing the shape of the hedges.

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    Looks great.one Kissel is not enough for a tank that size.
    How do plants do on the far edges?
     
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    So I'm now planning on upgrading this 180l high tech tank to a 360l tank.

    I would like to pretty keep to the same design as that works great for me, but it has the following inconveniences:
    - sump is ugly and a pain to plumb, and also a pain to clean being close to floor level
    - maintaining a quiet overflow and siphoning air out of it is a pain (tom water pumps are hard to come by in my part of the world)
    - risk of flooding

    So I have decided to go for an ada style minimalist look with a rear compartment and nothing under my tank (except a CO2 canister).

    The key features are that it will still have a trickle filter but at the back this time.

    And there will be a built in compartment which will act as a reactor also. Of course I could just put a reactor inside but less is more. Does anyone have any thoughts about building in such a reactor? Its not as strong as a water filter so I don't know if there will be enough pressure for the co2 to really dissolve as at the end of the day it's just glass and silicon holding it all in.

    Will the sump size be enough for a heavily planted tank for example? I look forward to just reaching over the tank to clean the sump instead of crawling around on my hands and knees.

    Without a bean animal will it be quiet? I will still need a drip tray but there is no siphon anymore.

    Does anyone have any thoughts on this design? Requirements are: needs to be dead quiet (like the bean animal), everything must be built in with as little equipment as possible, nothing must go underneath the tank, and of course must not flood .
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    Here's the latest pic after water change today. I put in black backing and placed my buces in the front but other than needing a big trim I am happy with the growth. My gupply and shrimp population exploded I think due to the cooler winter weather. Plants do okay at the edges.

    I've got kessil on half power, which i reckon is outputting maybe 40 par on the substrate only. But I'm still able to grow anything in it. syns and toninas, etc.

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    EI is great for growing bay leaves![​IMG]

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    Closeups. Who needs purigen when you have a micron trickle filter[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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