hey guyz my 8 foot tank was setup about 3 months ago. decided to turn it into a fully planted tank and planted it recently
Tank 8' L x 3' W x 3.5 H 19mm toughened glass about 300 kgs of sand ( construction+ river sand) 95 kgs of rocks 18 kg driftwood 2 wavemakers- 5000 lit/hr each
Stand- 335 kg iron stand.
Lights- Aquazonic T5HO 4foot- 54W x 4 and 3foot- 40W x 4 no CO2. no fert dosing yet
Filtration- modified overflow type with sump. its not the traditional overflow with only surface skimming. i added a baffle around the overflow( the height of the inner and outer one at the surface is the same) so that most of the water(>80%) gets sucked in from the bottom of the tank and only about 20% overflows from the surface of the tank. i wasnt sure about this when i planned it at the start, but works wonderfully no more fish poo and left over food at the bottom. all of the waste gets pushed to the corner( wavemakers help too) and gets sucked into the filtration. i planned this coz my tank is 3.5 foot high and i wanted low maintenance
Sump 6' x 2' x 15" 4 chambers- 2 filled with filter media and one planted refugium(with 45W CFL) and one for the return pump 7500 lit/hr
filled with RO water. had only anubias and ferns on the driftwood for a month. planted all the other plants in the substrate 4 days ago. rescaped a little.
Flora: Anubias nana Java fern- narrow leaf, needle leaf, windelow Cryptocoryne wendtii green, spiralis green, spiralis red, blassii Echinodorus amazonicus, ozelot, rubin Lagenandra meeboldi green Nymphaea ? red and green water lillies not sure bout the names Java moss Salvinia minima (floating) thinking if i should add a background of Vallisneria gigantea all along the back?
Fauna: 300+ cardinal tetra 14 clown loaches some rainbows, bengal danios ( may remove these 2) about 30 of - spotted butterfly loaches, yoyo loaches, tiger loaches, zebra loaches, zipper loach plecos and catfish- one each of L200 green phantom, bristle nose, spotted veiltail, 2 types whiptail catfish one red tailed black shark 60 Garra rufa
Looking good. I would suggest to remove that amazon outta there. Spoiling the whole look by drawing attention to the center. This setup is similar to my monster planted, not in volume but in plant choice . Start the dosing ferts (dry is best IMO) and CO2 ASAP. You will see healthy growth all around.
If you want to add Gigantea then just plant some on the eXtreme LHS of the tank. Not much just a few nos say 6-8.
Najib wrote:Looking good. I would suggest to remove that amazon outta there. Spoiling the whole look by drawing attention to the center.
+1, if you dont want to take that out from the tank, move that to a corner or side...
Lovely tank. Place the rocks more naturally ...level the sand bed in the front.
Thank you all
Even I was thinking about the big Echinodorus rubin in the center All the plants placed at the back can potentially grow to the same 2 feet height. I will shift the plant to the right corner for now and wait for the plants to grow a bit before I add anymore.
I might add CO2 after a month or so. Want to see how the plants do without