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Delapool 10-30-2015 08:30 PM

Delapool's 150 gallon tank
Finally I have decided to create one thread where I can record progress on this tank and keep some notes.

The tank is 4 x 2 x 2.5ft for about 150 gal. It's been established for a number of years now as a planted, tropical community tank and I've included an early shot below.

At the moment lighting is a quad t5ho with CO2 injection. Tank substrate is gravel with some api laterite clay in there.

Last time I added a kilogram of api laterite I didn't wash it well and got this:

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Delapool 10-30-2015 08:38 PM

Recently I have decided to re-do the tank and stack all the ornaments centrally. This was mainly to try and give the BBA less places to grow but also it was getting hard to trim plants around carefully stacked driftwood and fake rocks.

So a few weeks back, a day on the tank was spent to clean it up. The sunken plane now sits on the rocks and driftwood was used to break up some of the lines.
Still plotting to get more driftwood but really there is about 5 pieces in there now.

Delapool 10-30-2015 08:43 PM

A snapshot of some of the tank inhabitants over the years. I also have one or two smaller tanks.

Delapool 10-30-2015 08:45 PM

Will post some tank chemistry later on but fast forward at today and 14 kilograms of red seachem fluorite finally arrived in the post. I realised though that there must be about 60 kilograms (130 pounds I think) of gravel in there already (yet another reason for keeping better notes).

And about 500 diy root tabs of clay and ferts in the gravel as well.

Plan is to pull out most of the plants except maybe the val on the right side of tank and redo the substrate.

I think I'll get some extra buckets and there is a fish shop nearby so thinking of popping in just in case they have planted substrates in. The only lfs nearby to stock planted substrates does so for nano tanks so not too hopeful but will see.

54seaweed 10-30-2015 10:46 PM

Very nice looks like you have a lot of hard work into that tank glad you shared

brennae 10-31-2015 06:31 AM

It looks great! Laterite is a pain to wash. I'd be hesitant to use it again but doesn't seem like you had much of a choice really.

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Delapool 10-31-2015 09:34 AM

Thanks for the compliments! Tank got away from me today. Thank goodness I'm only doing this once!

Stopped off at the local fish shop and bought some nano substrate (6 kg). Its a volcanic ash pellet and hideously expensive. Nothing else in shop. I've posted pics of both red fluorite and this volcanic substrate as it's all bit of a novelty here. I must confess that as Australia does have laterite clays and gravels I could probably go and find this myself but job done. I'm also wondering how a bag of hydroponics expanded clay pellets which is then broken up would go as well.

After several hours I had removed most of the plants (included the large val after all) and a fair bit of water. Gravel vac'd a lot of the gravel and removed a fair bit of muck plus white clay, red clay (API?) and greenish clay from all the substrate tabs I'd added. Oh well.

However, disaster struck as I broke one of the air stones in the tank. Raced off to shops but all 5 had shut an hour ago :(

By this stage I was starting to think of bringing forward the idea of discus in a bare bottom tank..... something peaceful lol.

By this time we were meant to be going out trick or treating soon so I pulled all the airlines and air-stones out. Added the gravel which just made a mess straight away with the first handful so just added the rest, water back in and got this mess.

Added seachem clarity and I'm hoping it will clear in 12 hours so I can smooth out the gravel. Maybe another water change/clean some filters and add plants. So I'm guessing I could spend another 3 or 4 hours easily but that should get it done this weekend.

Delapool 11-01-2015 04:34 AM

It did take about 4 hours but plants are mostly in. Will have to tidy up but list is below (yet another reason to put in thread as there was a handful of plastic tags and scribbled notes in front of me that I found in the drawers).

Vallisneria (narrow and broad leaf) - about 3 pots (each pot has 3 to 5 good stems).

Alternanthera reineckii (red alt) - about 3 pots (hopefully does better in new spot).

Ceratophyllum demersum (foxtail) - about 2 pots. Free floating around filter pipes.

Willow(?) - 4 pots picked up on weekend.

Giant hygro - replanted about 4 pots of stem tips saved from tank rebuild.

Ambulia - 9 pots picked up on weekend plus some I had.

Delapool 11-02-2015 08:45 AM

Tank on Sunday night. Much improved. Tonight it is fairly clear but still a bit murky. Sorry about the glare.

Val and ambulia up the back. Willow and red alt on right with giant hygro on left.

ImACoolguy 11-02-2015 08:59 AM

Looking good man ideally like that center hard scape.


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