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Alright, so this is my second (maybe third?) go at a planted tank. I'm going more traditional this time (the last couple were more experiments with guppies and random lighting), so this will be somewhat similar to @billygoat's Caribbean tank, minus the corals and nems - just algae, and maybe a couple of gorgs. I guess I'm taking inspiration from his tank, more than anything else. He's always been a huge help! I'm planning on lots of green and brown macros, with a few red sprinkled in for color. I've got a purple ribbon gorgonian that was in my reef that simply isn't doing well - I added it into here, and it's actually doing much better. This tank is already much dirtier than my reef, so I suspect that to be a culprit. I plan to add a few more gorgs over time. I had thought about seagrass in this tank, but I think I'll hold off. It'd be awesome, but might be best until I can set up a biotope for it. Seems to not thrive for most people, and is difficult to source (I can't find any, at least not from a company that has a good reputation). Here's the current tank, equipment, livestock, and algae: Equipment: Aqueon 40 Gallon Breeder with a Versa-Top Glass Hood Top Fin 40 Gallon Breeder Stand Aquaclear 70 HOB (to be replaced, or supplemented with more flow) Fluval 300W Heater (to be supplemented with a controller and a second heater, down the line) GLW 150W LED Floodlight Livestock: 3 Orange-Line (Spiny) Chromis 1 Dalmatian Molly 1 Scissortail Dartfish 1 Arrow Crab (possible murderer!) 1 Purple-Ribbon Gorgonian Macroalgae: Red Gracilaria Ulva This tank is still in it's infancy - it's been up for about a month, and was set up with cycled (albeit "dry") rock, so I don't have many concerns with ammonia, but it's still going to be prone to uglies. I'm going to try to order some macro in the next month or so, but I haven't seen a lot available. There's definitely some from GCE and a few others, but nothing that's really catching my eye - rather, not enough to convince me to order. I also posted in the Marketplace, hoping to buy some clippings, but no luck. We'll see how things fair! The light was an idea that I've seen used in a lot of high-tech freshwater setups, so I assume the idea will work well with surface-dwelling macros (green and brown, mostly). It's bright!. Doesn't come with any dimming options, either, so I may have to get creative with light diffusers and stuff like that. Only $40, though! I also need to suspend the light above the tank, as it gets "meh" coverage just sitting on the hood. This tank was home to some fancy guppies I raised in SW (see my last macroalgae experiment), but they didn't do so well in this tank... I'm thinking the arrow crab is to blame. I saw a gash on one of their sides shortly before it died, so I'm thinking he's going after slower fish - makes sense, seeing as the molly, chromis, and dartfish have done just fine. He may be getting rehomed, and soon! Pics! Dim, phone-adjusted FTS - the tank is nowhere near this dark and yellow: To prove it, here's how blown out the fixture is from above - it's insane!: Thanks for the read! I'll be updating as I add stuff. Next things in should be a good CUC, I think.
Hi folks! Finally settled in a bit after my move from LA back to NYC and ready to get some tanks back in my life. I still have a 50g IM EXT lagoon reef tank in storage, but that'll be a setup later down the road. Decided to start out with a freshwater planted tank. Setup Display: AquaMaxx 12 gallon long (35.5" x 7.9" x 9.9") Stand: Have a wood/metal bookshelf that's the perfect size for it -- thinking it will be alright holding the weight Lighting: Aquatic Life Edge WiFi LED Aquarium Light, 36" Freshwater Filter: TBD - either AquaClear 20 or Dymax Slim Flo CO2: TBD - loads of reading to do (tips welcome) Rock: 26lbs of some sort of seiryu stone, or so I think Wood: So far I've bought one large piece of driftwood Substrate: 10L Ultum Nature Controsoil Freshwater - Extra Fine Black Livestock Fish: TBD - thinking either an axolotl or betta tank. If I go for an axolotl setup, I'll likely wait a while before adding it so I can focus on plants taking root//water chemistry etc. Plants: Specifics are TBD - definitely hoping to try some carpet moss Tank isn't delivering for another week so still in planning mode for the most part. Hoping to knock out my livestock/plant and hardscape plans by the time it's delivered. Believe if I end up going for axolotl setup, I'll have to consider cold water plants. Need to read up on CO2 equipment//instructions against my desired plant stock, as well - any tips or articles are welcome. Excited to get this started!
Hello! In the past, I've attempted a planted saltwater tank with little success. It wasn't even really planted - it was barebottom with some macros thrown in. The tank didn't last long, and while I did have good growth out of some codium and dragon's breath, it wasn't what I wanted from the tank. I tore it down, and have restarted from basically scratch. I'd love to get some experts to pitch in! The tank is a standard 5.5 gallon, with a Top Fin internal filter for flow. It pushes around 80 GPH, which seems to be enough - unless I'm mistaken. For lighting, I'm using a daylight PAR 20 from lowes. It's 6000K, and is 500 lumens (I don't have PAR, sorry). I'm using one at the moment, but I think I might add a second soon. Intensity is okay, but it leaves a the sides of the tank dim, and when the bulb is raised, intensity gets a bit low. I'm not using much live rock at the moment, as I wasn't sure if I really wanted much of a rockscape. I had considered maybe just getting a couple of mangrove shoots to serve as the "scape", and just planting macros in the sand and attaching them to surfaces around the tank. I do have a cycled sponge in the filter, and I'd assume the rock is well-seeded at this point. I'd also thought about using a couple of large dead coral skeletons with macro attached so that they resemble the large "chains" of seaweed you see in movies. For stocking, I'm unsure of what to do with my CUC. Should I even get a conventional CUC? Or will they do more harm than good? Which snails are completely macro-safe? I assume no crabs are safe? Will shrimp cause issues? I do think I'd like to try a fish, although I'm unsure what I'd want. I'd considered a pair of Yellow Clown Gobies, perhaps a yasha goby/shrimp pair, or maybe a yellow striped clingfish. Anyone have suggestions? I already have some macro in the tank, although I'm pretty sure I won't be keeping all of what I have. I have a TON of different Caulerpa (a guy at the LFS was very generous) that doesn't really fit into the tank, so I'll be thinning it out. Here's what I have so far: Dragon's Breath Codium Caulerpa Prolifera Feather Caulerpa Caulerpa Racemosa Peltata Caulerpa Racemosa Cylindracea Mermaid's Fan Lots of caulerpa, but I actually really like how all of it looks. I'd love to get a few more species, too. Here are some macros I'd like to try: Mermaid's Wine Glass Shaving Brush Red Ogo Green Ogo Caulerpa Mexicana Palm Caulerpa (love this macro) Pink Galaxea (love it) Branching Coraline So, lots of stuff here. Can anyone give me pointers on stocking, maintenance, macro care, etc? I'd like to do it right this time!
I have a lightly used like new Kessil a80 tuna sun fixture. It was used for about 4 months and I have decided to get out of planted tanks. Like new with the goosneck. I have the original box for the kessil. Any questions please ask. Thanks! $100 shipped via USPS. NOW $90 SHIPPED