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Old 01-26-2016, 01:27 AM   #1
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Autumnsky's 72G Bowfront

This tank was a dream for me about 4 years ago. And the dream was only for a 46G. But when a deal hits you grab it and run.

There will be a back story and a part to catch up to the present and it will be a journey from now 2016 forward. The next post will be the equipment and stock, etc.

After setting it up and really loving the tank I was awarded TOTM and was very proud. Just LOVED my tank.

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March 2014 TOTM Award : Autumsky's 72g Bowfront - Aquarium Advice

Right after that I had done a large pwc and used a new dechorinator product which had done some pretests on with small pwc The product apparently works fabulously for harder water as it binds kH/minerals to do its work (maybe getting this slightly mixed) but anyhow since I basically have 0 KH, it caused a huge pH crash (3 larger tanks and mostly a wipe out). The imbalance caused most of my beloved creatures to die and most of the plants and it looked like Mars with a few rocks and some DW.

Hated it, never looked at the tank - it was heart wrenching. After months maybe 8 months it took to get the tank stable and almost a year to get things back to feeling better.

There were lessons learned on making sure to keep the pH up a little and hopefully not ever experience anything like that again. I now have mineral additives to make sure to keep it on the chart.

I have been consistently learning on a regular basis - all aspects of keeping aquatic inhabitants FW & SW.

Lots of sad times: learning curve, misunderstanding and errors and many happy ones too.

Here is a link to lots of pics from the time I have kept the tank
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The short version is this

New tank May 2013


After the tank crash
July 2014 Thank goodness Angels like low pH




TOTM shot




The ugly lack of priority and maintenance result of a very tough 2015
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New refreshed Scape




Ah... I feel like I love the tank again.

Tank
72G Oceanic Bowfront and stand stock black background
Fluval FX-5 Filter

2 Heaters one Fluval and one other

Glass tops and
Stock hood light one 65W plant grow blb maybe Aqua Sun
Current USA 48-60" Satellite Freshwater LED Plus
Ultra bright 6500K white LEDs and full spectrum RGB LEDs

Substrate is all Eco Complete probably 4 bags plus part of one and maybe need one more but thinking of a sandy area in the front for happy Cories.


I use Prime water treatment always.
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Hardscape
3 Large pieces of DW as seen in post 1
Misc. pieces and colors of Petrified Wood Stone


Plants
Anubias Nana Petite Mini
Anubias Nana Petite
Anubias Nana
Anubias Hastafolia
Anubias Barteri
Abubias Nana Pinto

Crypt Wendtii Green
Crypt Wendtii Red
Crypt Wendtii Bronze

Limnophila aromatica
Lobelia cardinalis
Ludwigia Sp. Red

Pogestomon Erectus
Pogostemon Stellatus octopus

Rotala Macaranda
Rotala Colorata

Eel /Tape Grass aka Vallisneria americana (gigantea)
Dwarf Vallisneria


Livestock

Boesemani Rainbow
Will have Turquoise Rainbows soon
Neon Tetra
Green Tetra
Cardinal Tetra
Glowlight Tetra
Emperor Tetra
adding a few more of the above to round out the groups

Angelfish Will have 3 males
Double Dark Black
Golden

Cories
3 Bronze 1 Green
12 Melini
6 Peppered

1 Spotted Raphael Catfish She eats my Cardinals and Neons need to move to my other tank
4 Siamese Algae Eaters 2 will move to other tank
Trio of Albino Bristlenose Plecos
Opaline Gourami need to rehome

Red and Bronze Ramshorn snails
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Tank looks great Autumn, you've came a long way with it, I remember the hard time you had with it.
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Thank you. Yes it has been a long time coming now. Finally pretty happy.

There are a few little changes still needed.

My favorite parts right now are how much swimming room has been added into the center; as well as the 3 groups of Cories.

They hang out in their own groups - really don't mix unless they are all heading for the opposite side of the tank after a fish scares them. Funny how they can tell.

The lone Peppered that had been adopted and lived in the 72G since summer still doesn't hang together as much as the group of Peppereds that grew up together.

Previously took in a lone little Green Cory and he started hanging out together right away, though went off on his own, after a liitle while other than the size, you can't tell who was who!!!

The little Melinis seem to group in 4-6 usually and scurry all around.

As of now every thing seems good in there.

Decided for sure to rehome the Opaline Gourami, the Big Angel isn't really an angel with him. Rather mean and chomps at him and the other fish. Gourami would prefer a more peaceful environment I think.

Leaving the lighting on the higher setting for now. I plan to see if I can get it to work with a timer, but I dont think it works that way so may want to invest in a 24/7 or other plight which can have a timer.

One of the things I want is to set up this tank on pretty much all automatic. Water changes and fill, fert dosing and light.

My Betta died after a brief illness so that is one less tank. If I can do a nano fish tank in the 46G and the larger tank Rainbows, I would love for them to be all auto.
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I remember the TOTM shot most of all. I love seeing tanks evolve.
Diversification in plants lets you see what works best in your setup. Oddly, I am going in the opposite direction and you ended up being the benefactor...win-win.
I predict the pogo octopus will grow rampantly out of control and you will be cursing my name with a machete in hand as you bring order to the jungle. Okay, a bit much but you know what I mean.
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Wow... 70 gallons... mine's 70 liters haha
Awesome tank!
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I remember the TOTM shot most of all. I love seeing tanks evolve.
Diversification in plants lets you see what works best in your setup. Oddly, I am going in the opposite direction and you ended up being the benefactor...win-win.
I predict the pogo octopus will grow rampantly out of control and you will be cursing my name with a machete in hand as you bring order to the jungle. Okay, a bit much but you know what I mean.
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Well all I can say is thank you for sharing the extra plants, and I can only hope the Pogo O will produce well and I can share a ton of plants around the Aquarium Society. A machete, lol that would be something.

I hope to get a nice long scissor and tongs or whatever you call the thing to pinch and push plants into the substrate...all along I have just called it my arm!!! hahaha...

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Wow... 70 gallons... mine's 70 liters haha
Awesome tank!
Yeah that's ~ 271 liters and your 70 liters would be ~ 18.5G. My favorite tanks are small 5-15G - I kinda favor dwarf shrimp and nano fish. But my next favorite would be a 150G because I would like to have an awesome display tank with Discus some day.

Thank you for the kind remarks.

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The Peppered Cories have been playing in the outflow all day. It has been great fun to watch them.

My couch curves around the place in front of where the lower part of the tank is and the couch is taller so it blocks lower 6" of the tank [from where sit and can't see the other Cories/bottom dwellers.]

Have been secretly shopping (for one that is a really good deal) with a chaise on that side so it doesn't block it at all!!!
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Yes, we must select our furniture to work with our tanks and not the other way around.


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Have been too busy that's for sure. Have a couple fun pics of my HUGE Spotted Raphael Cat (compared to any other fish in my tank, lol).











Cute lil face!
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