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Old 06-27-2005, 12:05 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Hey! Welcome to Large Planted Aquaria!

Tell me your problems, I can empathize and hopefully give you some advice. I've been running a 240G with 2.5WPG/[email protected] for the last couple of years and let me tell you... it has truly been an adventure!

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Well darn, I have a very difficult (in terms of fish mates) 125 gallon tank that I thought would fall into the large tank category. At least it seems large to me, compared to my other tanks when I'm trying to scape it and reach to the bottom.
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Hey Praxx,

Tell us a little about it. What filter do you have running? How much substrate did you use?
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Hmn. Let's see:

No filter. The system is hard-plumbed. I had experimented with canister and wet/dry in the past, but I like the hard-plumb the most. Very quiet as well, it's a MAG Drive 1200 that is externally plumbed into the system.

I made a mistake on the substrate. I'm using 250# of pool filter sand. I didn't know about Profile when I filled the tank, otherwise I would have gone with that alternative. Cost was certainly a factor. I typically only grow plants that don't require too much root feeding, and since I'm using EI on that tank, the plants have about as much ferts as they can handle in the water column.

Lights? I got em... 2 400W MHs set to run in an 11 hour sequence. The peak output is only about 2 hours, but 5WPG seems like a lot to me.

I have some plans for this tank. Depending on what happens in the next couple of months, I will be rescaping it with Profile, elatine, glosso and some very large rocks. Currently I am growing out a field of glosso (growing well in filter sand, no less!) and several pots of Profile-filled canisters of elatine. Not looking forward to the planting session, but I *am* looking forward to sitting in front of it and saying "Wow that's awesome."

At last viewing, the tank looked like this:
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So it is on a closed loop? That's great.

Are the MH DIY? Do you have them in a hood? Heat problems?
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Nope.. the MHs were purchased from a "tobacco supply shop," if you get my drift. The cost per watt was a great deal less than if I had purchased actual aquarium lights.

No hood, they came with their own reflectors, and since the tank is open-topped, I have the MHs hanging about 23" above the water surface. They heat the water considerably... that tank is about 85F all the time. They also heat the room they are in, quite a bit more than I would like. I have to AC that room seperatly from the rest of the house just to keep the temps down.

I'm considering moving over to 440W of CFs... just as much penetration power, lower profile, and a jump of about 4000kelvin. I'll have to see what the future holds.
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