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Hello to everyone here at APC. I have visited this site quite often but have been more active on TPT. I thought it was time to display my tank here and get more ideas and suggestions from the hobbiest here at APC. Thank you in advance for viewing.

This tank is a 90gal Corner Bowfront. The tank was a very low light, low tech tank last year and over the New Years Hoilday I combined my 55gal and this tank into one. This is what it looked like at the beginning of the year


Over last weekend, I tore out all my plants, re-did the background, cleaned all filter tubes, raised the lights higher above the tank and then re-scaped the tank.
 

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Very nice. The panoramic sort of view it gives is very cool. I did not realize they made that big of a corner bow front. You mention it is low light, what lights are you running over it? Also what ferts and CO2 are you using. I am already jealous but if that is a Walstad type setup and it looks that good I quit. ;)
 

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Sorry...should have clarified better. It was a low light until I re-did it over New Years. Now it is high light with 4x65 CF 6700/10000k bulbs running for 7 hours and 2x65 10000k running for a 3hr burst in the afternoon. I am running pressurized CO2 with a dual bubble counter with 1 line running to a rex style reactor and the other I use a GLA splitter that goes to 2 diffusers. Also I am running 2 Fluval 404 filters, a 300watt Hydor inline heater and a 9watt UV Sterilizer. I use EI method of dosing with 50% water changes every week. I am also using Eco-Complete substrate.

I had to look up Walstad because I didn't know what you meant so I quess to answer your question that no it is not a Walstad setup.
 

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Sorry...should have clarified better. It was a low light until I re-did it over New Years. Now it is high light with 4x65 CF 6700/10000k bulbs running for 7 hours and 2x65 10000k running for a 3hr burst in the afternoon. I am running pressurized CO2 with a dual bubble counter with 1 line running to a rex style reactor and the other I use a GLA splitter that goes to 2 diffusers. Also I am running 2 Fluval 404 filters, a 300watt Hydor inline heater and a 9watt UV Sterilizer. I use EI method of dosing with 50% water changes every week. I am also using Eco-Complete substrate.

I had to look up Walstad because I didn't know what you meant so I quess to answer your question that no it is not a Walstad setup.
Very nice tank and now I don't have to quit planted tanks. :D I thought if you were able to achieve that look in a tank with a Walstad approach with low light, little to no ferts or CO2 etc I needed to find another hobby because I stink at this one. :p
 

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Nice scape! I have a 54G corner, and those corner tanks are difficult to scape (and light). You did a nice job. I love the rainbows too!
 

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This tank is amazing! Did you purchase those Bosemani at their full grown size, I rarely see them that large! Would you mind giving us a rundown of your plants?
Thank you for the kind words! I did not purchase the rainbows full grown. They were about 1 1/2" long when I got them from my lfs. It has been fun watching them get bigger and their color is amazing.
Here is a list of plants I currently have in the tank. I will try and get a list of fauna later.
Ammania sp. 'Bonsai'
Bacopa Colorata
Blyxa Aubertii
Blyxa Japonica
Cabomba Furcata
Creeping Jenny
Fissidens
Hemianthus Micranthemoides (Pearlweed)
Limnophila Aromatica
Limnophila sp
Limnophila sp Mini
Lindernia sp.'India'
Ludwigia Brevipes
Ludwigia Inclinata
Pogostemon Yatabeana
Rotala Colorata
Rotala Rotundifolia
Elatine Triandra
 

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Nice scape! I have a 54G corner, and those corner tanks are difficult to scape (and light). You did a nice job. I love the rainbows too!
Thx krisw! The hardest thing I have yet to accomplish is getting good flow everywhere in the tank. The way it is shaped makes it difficult. Also I had to get creative on the lighting, but the corner bows are very nice.
 

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This is a great looking corner tank. Plants and fish all look so happy :)

-O
As always...thx O for the encouraging words! If you look hard enough in the center by the DW, you can see several stems of the bacopa colorata you gave me starters of. I did have a bunch of stems but then I had a real bad algae issue and had to get rid of half of them. They are on the mend now and looking better.
 

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Hey that tank is looking great--good idea to post it over here too so more people can see it. I love those rainbows. They must make such a nice display. It is great to see a largish fish other than discus or angels used to such good effect in a planted tank.
 

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I am so encouraged by all your wonderful comments. Thank you all! Here is a list of fauna as promised..

(1) Angelfish
(1) Angelicus Botia Loach
(1) Bala Shark
(1) CAE
(1) Pencil Fish
(1) Pictus Catfish
(9) Cardinal Tetras
(11) Rummynose Tetras
(15) Harlequin Rasboras
(2) Clown Loaches (My first fish I bought in Jan. 2005)
(1) Rainbow Shark
(2) SAE's
(3) Otocinclus Catfish
(5) Black Skirt Tetras (My first fish I bought in Jan. 2005)
(5) Boesemani Rainbows
(5) Black Neon Tetras
(6) Black Phantom Tetras
(6) Lohachata Botia (YoYo) Loach
 

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Can anyone determine from my tests, why my red plants are not very red? Is my nitrates to high? I am also getting GSA all over and I thought the one thing to do is raise phosphate levels....well you see my phosphate test. Could me running a 9watt UV Sterilizer 24/7 cause this?
 

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An update to what is going on. I had alot of light coming out into the living room from the lights and wanted something to block that so I am in the process of making this....


I still need to cut some small end pieces and stain it yet but hope to get that done this weekend. Here are some other pics...



Updated tank pic...



and my anglefish wanted to be photographed. He was following me back and forth while I was trying to take pics

 
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