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James`
01-08-2015, 05:50 AM
Where do I need improvements:

Size: 60 Gallon
Cleaning Schedule: Every 3 days with RO replacing kH, GH, and selected minerals.
Dosing:
Week Schedule including Iron, Nitrogen, and Phosphorous (I put something in tank daily (List not complete))

Equipment: 2 x Sunsun filter rated for 1,000L/hr
5lbs CO2 Cylinder with Electric Solenoid
CO2 Reactor connect to canositer outside
Submersible Heater 200wt
4x T5 1200kt double day spectrum, 6700kt day, growth spectrum, and a twilight light with mostly reds
Many timers
Auto fed 3x daily, and 2x personally.

Substrate: Seachem Florite, Iron Rich Grave, and Caribsea Eco Complete
Stock: Clown Loach, Gourami, Ram, Eel, Platys and frey, Guppy, Yoyo Loach, Raspora, Tetra, Oto, Pekoltia, Danio
Plants: Lots, see video
Video:
https://www.youtube.com/edit?video_id=TzCbUsgmkBw&video_referrer=watch

Please give serious change opinions.

Crispy
01-08-2015, 10:12 AM
there, I embedded the vid for you.

TzCbUsgmkBw

nice lush greenery in there and I like the variety of small schoaling fish. is it just the lighting or is there a bit of bubbles kind of foaming on the top? if so, a surface skimmer would take care of that.

I bet your eel loves it in there! so many places to hide!

Compass
01-08-2015, 12:48 PM
I think that is duckweed on top? Or some other floating plant. The lights are washing out the color so they look like bubbles.

I don't know James, you got a pretty good set up there. I personally don't see anything I would change about it. :)

Cliff
01-08-2015, 12:59 PM
What type of growth rates are you getting ?

The only area I would suggest looking into is the balance between the rate of CO2 and the ferts. However, if you are getting good growth rates I would leave well enough alone.

What about nitrate and phosphate levels ?

Triton
01-08-2015, 01:05 PM
"Being Harsh"

I'll judge it - rough lol - just my quick thoughts

-too many different species of fish, If you can, simplify it, it'll allow for more enjoyment of the planted aspect
-I'd do a black background, blue is good in marine, but the blue doesn't show off the plants as well
-get rid of the duck weed ;) (good luck)
-not a big fan of the mixed gravel/sand on the right side, i'd say bury it in more gravel so that the substrate is consistent

Tank and plants look great though, those are just my "super judging" remarks :p

James`
01-08-2015, 05:20 PM
nice lush greenery in there and I like the variety of small schoaling fish. is it just the lighting or is there a bit of bubbles kind of foaming on the top? if so, a surface skimmer would take care of that.

I bet your eel loves it in there! so many places to hide!

Thanks for the embed! Like Compass mentioned, it is duckweed on the top. Growing way too quick

The only time I see the eel (towards end of video if you watch) is during bloodworm time and at time. I am hoping he begins to eat the platy frey... That was the intention.



I don't know James, you got a pretty good set up there. I personally don't see anything I would change about it. :)

Thank you! Any artsy suggestions on plant placement I would appreciate.


What type of growth rates are you getting ?

The only area I would suggest looking into is the balance between the rate of CO2 and the ferts. However, if you are getting good growth rates I would leave well enough alone.

What about nitrate and phosphate levels ?

The Anubias is not responding to CO2 as much as other plants. The stem plants I am getting just incredible growth rates. I inject about 5-7 bubbles a second on my fluval counter. I say I am cutting 7" plants every 10 days. Some plants grow send out 4 runners from where I cut... It an get out of control to keep trimming making it nice

Balance is key, you said it....

I use a lot of Purigen in my canisters so my nitrates do not really raise. Nor is nitrate enough nitrogen for the plants. I dose Nitrogen and Phosphorous twice a week in a 5:1 ratio. Aquavitro is the brand. I'm not too specific on these two as I am other levels. I should monitor them better...


"Being Harsh"

I'll judge it - rough lol - just my quick thoughts

-too many different species of fish, If you can, simplify it, it'll allow for more enjoyment of the planted aspect
-I'd do a black background, blue is good in marine, but the blue doesn't show off the plants as well
-get rid of the duck weed ;) (good luck)
-not a big fan of the mixed gravel/sand on the right side, i'd say bury it in more gravel so that the substrate is consistent

Tank and plants look great though, those are just my "super judging" remarks :p

I look at my tank and see the 2 danio or just 6 raspora and always think if I didn't have these guys i could have so many more of these... Ultimately it comes down to I need more tank so I can more of each species! I enjoy the diversity in species and the small challenges that come with cross mixing

You're so right, I wish it could be a black background. When my dad gave it to me it was blue... Irony of it... my marine tank is black :/ oh well...

Each day I think to myself maybe today is the day I'll take it all out and I end up removing 80% only to wake up to a fully covered tank of it. I am fortunate enough to have friends in the hobby with less "farm tanks", as they call mine, who enjoy the duck weed coverage. They have taken my surplus as well as all the LFS. If you pay for shipping I'll send it to anyone haha..

My loaches appreciate the shade though. The 4 x T5 annoys them without shading... I think at least hahaha

Tell me what you think about drawf baby tears over there? It's always been my idea but I just don't know... It doesn't fit in at all does it?

Triton
01-08-2015, 05:22 PM
if you have co2 and higher light the baby tears would be nice

James`
01-08-2015, 05:29 PM
if you have co2 and higher light the baby tears would be nice

I inject quite a bit of co2 on timers and quality bulbs on point for growth. I am not worried about it being able to grow. I worry this might be the plant the platy decides is dinner, or loach destroys... And would it even look nice over there? That is kind of the loach area where they post up on rocks in the back right corner under that driftwood cave thing.

Triton
01-08-2015, 05:31 PM
true. I've never seen success with ground cover plants and loaches lol

James`
01-08-2015, 05:36 PM
I bet your eel loves it in there! so many places to hide!


You saw him come out around 4:15 right? Kinda cool moment for me whenever he comes out. He has a PVC tube tunnel system across the back 10x4 inches under rocks and then sand.

@Triton I think this may be my motivation to seek out loach friendly carpeters.

Boundava
01-08-2015, 06:17 PM
"Being Harsh"

I'll judge it - rough lol - just my quick thoughts

-too many different species of fish, If you can, simplify it, it'll allow for more enjoyment of the planted aspect
-I'd do a black background, blue is good in marine, but the blue doesn't show off the plants as well
-get rid of the duck weed ;) (good luck)
-not a big fan of the mixed gravel/sand on the right side, i'd say bury it in more gravel so that the substrate is consistent

Tank and plants look great though, those are just my "super judging" remarks :p

I agree with the above, the black background would show the fish and plants better, and the duckweed needs to go, but very nice landscaping and trimming. I let it go "wild" in my tank. I know trimming encourages growth, and I will do trimming on the lotus when it goes crazy (like it is now) but I only trim when leaves are dead or dying. Well that's if I can get to it before the snails do...

Maybe a nice piece of driftwood or a nice rock to add to the plants?

Compass
01-08-2015, 06:19 PM
So I went back and gave it a good hard look. I'll add a few things.

- I agree with Triton, the substrate doesn't look good. It should be more uniform. I think a black substrate will look good.
- The right side of the tank is rather thin as far as plants go. That isn't a bad thing normally, except it doesn't look like it was meant to be thin if you know what I mean.
- I personally think there is a bit too many types of plants. You have the sword which is an obvious focal point. The stem plant on the left side of the tank (star grass?) does a good job over there. But other than that you kind of get lost in the rest of it and nothing really stands out. Find plants you really want to show off and group them tight together so they are noticed more.
-As far as plant placement goes, there really isn't anything that pulls your eyes around the tank. You focus on the Sword and that's about it. Part of the problem I think is that all the plants are on the same level pretty much. They are all trimmed to the same height and that kind of make it too uniform.

James`
01-08-2015, 06:38 PM
Thank you compas. Thank was very welcomed point of view. I want there to be more "finger pointing" plant sections. I think bundling them up more and letting them go more wild will be more appealing.

The right side is just s mystery. An incomplete though. I need ideas haha. It is clearly just staring at us saying do something with me...

It's just too much of a jungle with no art feel to me. There is a nice "V" you see i focus on. The sword of course in center and my two drift woods on left and right with an open "V"