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If only reefs were like planted freshwater

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Given the right setup, a healthy planted tank can grow pretty rapidly. That definitely makes me wish that coral could grow as fast as plants. My 75 gets so overgrown when I don't trim that my fish can't even swim around. Here is the tank after about two months of no trimming.

 

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Got in there with some scissors and hacked away to end up with this.

 

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Do any of y'all keep planted tanks?

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7g Starfire Cadlights, DIY led, pressurized CO2, running canister in closed loop through bulkheads, around 2 months old

 

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any comments welcome it is my first freshwater and I dont pretend to know what I am doing at all 

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Nice work Earthbound. What's you method of diffusion on the CO2? Let me know if you need any plants. I got a bunch of Anubias nana and petite that would work great in there. Also got some crypts, java fern v. Windelov, and some other stuff. I used to have way more, but I've switched into a much lower maintenance plant collection. Basically ditched most all my stem plants, red plants, etc. As my picture shows, I don't keep up on my maintenance enough for the better plants since starting my reef. Everything gets overgrown and chokes stuff out.

 

Tank used to look like this:

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For right now I just run the CO2 into the intake bulkhead for the canister filter and by the time it goes through the filter and comes back it is all absorbed. I am looking into running a inline atomizer for it that way I can keep all equipment out of the tank which was one of my main goals when I started the tank

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For right now I just run the CO2 into the intake bulkhead for the canister filter and by the time it goes through the filter and comes back it is all absorbed. I am looking into running a inline atomizer for it that way I can keep all equipment out of the tank which was one of my main goals when I started the tank

Sweet! I ran several tanks just inputting the line into the canister intake. I honestly think it can be just as effective as a diffuser or reactor. Although, I currently run a reactor on this tank. I think I do just because that's how I read it should be done when I first started. But since then I've become pretty confident with the filter diffusion method.

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Nice tank HT.

 

My planted tanks get neglected during the holiday insanity, so here is their current state:

 

40 breeder

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30 "riparium"

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Someday soon I'll spend the hour or so it will take to get them back to pretty ;)

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