This is a log of my new 72 Gallon Aquarium.
It has been a little over a year since I first decided to put some plants into my 55 gallon tank.
Here is the oldest shot of my 55 that I have, about a month after planting.
Here is the last shot I took of it a couple months before I set this new one up.
I sure learned a whole lot running that tank, but now for my Sophomore year of doing planted tanks I wanted something more interesting than the standard old hard to aquascape 55 gallon show tank. About the time I took that second picture I saw a Tank at King Aquarium that really captured my imagination. I pretty much decided I had to have that tank, and began to save up for it. I bought the tank around the beginning of April, and set it up a week later.
It is from Eheim (MP) and is called the "Europe Wave-100". It is a 273 liter tank measuring 120 x 40/48.8 x 50 cm. The front glass is "S" shaped, and what really caught my eye was the unique stand.
Lights: 1x Current USA Satellite Dual, and 1 1x Current USA Satellite Single. This is 6x 65watt Compact Fluorescent lighting. 4x are 8800k bulbs, and 2x are 10000k and 6500k dual bulbs. 5.4wpg. They also have a total of 4x "white" moonlights above the tank, and 4x Blue moonlight below the tank.
The tank came with 2x T8 39watt bulbs that fit in the hood. I am not using this.
Filters: 2x Fluval 304. This is not giving me quite the circulation I want. I was going to use a power head of two. Instead, I have decided to add a 3rd filter. This third filter will set up so as to promote the circular current flow that I am trying for.
Substrate: 5x 9liter ADA Aquasoil "Amazonia"
: 13 watt Coral "twist" type
Heater: 300 watt Hydor in-line
: 5lb tank with ADA Glass Diffuser
Ferts/Water: Weekly - 50% water change (approx 35 gallons), 25gal RO
and the rest is Tap water that is ran through a micron filter and a Carbon Block filter, no additive (i.e. no Amquel etc).
Ferts are 2.5 tsp KNO3, 2.5 tsp 10% diluted Na2HPO4 (Fleet Enema), 2 tsp K2SO4, 1 tsp Seachem Equilibrium, 9 tsp Flourish, 1/4 tsp Iron Cheleat 10%, and 3 tsp Flourish trace. I also add 1oz of Flourish Excel on any day that hair algae shows its head (once every few weeks or so).
These are put into 2x 500ml bottles (the rest is RO
water). One for macros and one for micros. I pour a little into the tank from the micro bottle each morning, and a little from the macro bottle each evening.
Here is a series I took When I first got the tank home.
Thick glass stiffeners. Every aspect is very well built. Beveled edges on glass, thick smooth silicone (black), well fitted and build pieces.
The hood had a small manufacturing defect. Pretty minor, but I am sure that Eheim being a German company is ISO9001 certified, and would appreciate the customer feedback. I have yet to actually send them an e-mail over this though.
Here is the cabinet; the tank and cabinet only come as a set because of the shape.
See the space under the tank; it looks like the tank is floating in person.
First time water was in it, leak checking.
I decided to try some Aquasoil. Two reasons, first everyone here who uses it seems to have good results. More importantly, it is less likely to scratch the glass than gravel or some other substrates.
The left side has a terrace formed by two pieces of Driftwood. Both sold as "African Root (Bog) Wood". The one with the Anubias has that plant grown all through it.
Here is is right before adding water and everything else.
This was a fast track setup, the Filters, about 40 gallons of water, the mulm, and the plants driftwood and fish were all transferred to the tank as it was set up. There was no "cycle" and the only casualty was my single sword Guppy. He had shown himself to be sensitive in the past, and I really should have dripped him into the new tank. Everyone else was immediately happy in their new home.
Right after set up:
This is just a bunch of shot that I have taken over the last few weeks since I set the tank up.. I hope you enjoy them ;-)
Lots of foreground plants:
2 species of Eriocaulon: In front E. sp. type 3, and in back E. setaceum. they look similar, type 3 has longer needles (leaves)
Some ferns pearling
The left side, some nice plants here. I really like the Pelia (Thank you Naomi). The viney stuff is Hygrophila sp. "foreground". Or at least that‚Äôs what Roland at Greenchapter called it. There are a couple stems near teh center, they grow very slow, and have small round red leaves. Similar in look to a baby's tears. Does anyone know what plant that is?
Right side from below. The Echinodorus "Indian Summer" was putting up leaves with very long stems (as seen in this shot on the surface). I pinched off every one that hit the surface, and now it is producing shorter leaves. I have kept at least 4 species of sword "right sized" by consistently trimming any leaves that were too big. like a lily, this will keep the plant manageable. That, and never make a sword compete for light, that makes them produce taller leaves.
Ludwigia sp. from Guinea
same feature 2 weeks earlier
My koi Angel, Sunny. This Gold one (probably male) and the striped one mated last week. The eggs were laid on the E. "Indian Summer" leaf. Eggs hatched, but babies became snax.. Maybe next time.
A shot from the right side of the tank. See the fun house mirror effect of the Angel on the curved glass.
Man I have a lot of fish.... there are 37 in this picture. I will give you a hint, one is a Banjo cat half buried in the soil (coughwhereswaldocough)
Here are 4 shots of the E. parvaflorus "Tropica". I like the last one where Mr Oto is lazing on a plantlet.
I still have a few projects before the hardware side is fully set up. Things like better routing of the filter lines. Also, I am considering some changes to my CO2
. My real goal is to have the tank peak around August so that I can do some nice pictures for this years AGA contest. I figure with the AGA convention in town this year there is no better time than now to enter my first aquascaping contest.