Delapool's 150 Gallon Tank
Posted 19 April 2016 - 07:39 AM
Figured I might start a journal to chart progress on this tank. Plan to take some photos to see if plants are really growing over time.
Tank is a 4ft x 2ft x 2.5ft high planted, tropical community tank. At the moment has angelfish and schooling fish like rosy barbs, along with yoyo loaches and catfish on the bottom.
Posted 19 April 2016 - 08:29 AM
A repeat photo below but fairly recent and shows most of the tank.
Equipment list below:
1 x quad t5ho light (with 2 x underwater lights).
2 x canister filters (with internal filter / powerhead).
2 x heaters and 1 x UV unit.
1 x CO2 injection with ph controller.
1 x Seneye Reef monitor (mainly for light levels).
Below is a very shy bumblebee catfish picked up last year at auction. Coming out here to check out the bn catfish (don't think he was impressed).
Edited by Delapool, 19 April 2016 - 08:32 AM.
Posted 20 April 2016 - 07:27 AM
Edited by Delapool, 20 April 2016 - 07:35 AM.
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Posted 22 April 2016 - 07:32 AM
Plan to sort out and replant on weekend. Might try some other plants though.
Dropping the light onto the tank rim instead of being on a light stand looks like it has made a difference in plant growth.
Posted 22 April 2016 - 11:01 PM
Edited by Delapool, 22 April 2016 - 11:02 PM.
Posted 25 April 2016 - 09:12 PM
Edited by Delapool, 25 April 2016 - 09:37 PM.
Posted 26 April 2016 - 09:58 AM
Looking really good, they look great under that lighting too....
Posted 26 April 2016 - 12:01 PM
They prefer the front, right corner so far. I think they like the back, right corner but that has been taken by a small, black angelfish half their size (a polite thing that has so far nipped one and I swear she head butted another).
Posted 30 April 2016 - 09:37 PM
I think the tetras have more colour to them but not sure if the photos agree? They are way more active - stealing food from the angelfish and getting around the tank quite a bit.
Second water change completed for the week. Next weekend I'll clean the internal filter and tank should be back to normal.
GH around 8, KH around 5 (same as January).
A meeting of minds -
Posted 06 May 2016 - 09:57 PM
The Seneye light meter needs an algae clean but both readings of the old and new bulbs were taken tonight with everything else the same. New lights have a much higher PAR output. Also my impression is that yes, there is a spectrum shift but it looks to me like the largest loss in PAR output is in the reds and blues, while the greens don't seem to show as much shift.
Old lights (For reference, the grey/white line is the lights; thick coloured line is I assume plant preference and I also assume the thin, coloured dashed line is what the human eye can see)
Edited by Delapool, 06 May 2016 - 10:14 PM.
Posted 19 May 2016 - 07:32 AM
Really need electric fence.
On the other hand guess it frees up space to try something else.
The val is starting to send out too many runners so starting to prune it back under gravel. So far val 1, scissors 0.
Posted 21 May 2016 - 09:12 PM
Somewhat busy day. The perspex cover had a bow in it so I thought I'd straighten it out. Result was I snapped it, (old I guess), and had to cut another to size from the hardware store. Also replaced the larger CO2 bottle so stocked up there again. Will leave the smaller one on for a bit.
Pretty rainy day to go to stores.
All the relatives thought the tank looked good so I didn't mention the mid-week clean
Got rid of some val, re-planted some other plants that escaped and generally tidied up tank. Ran out of time to make it to the fish store for filter sponge so maybe next week.
Cleaned out the small tank as well which had some weird sort of algae on it. Sadly the snail wouldn't touch it or couldn't get to it as it was on the filter pump. Cleaned rest of filter pump and working much better now. (The filter pump is part of the hob filter but sits submerged as part of the inlet pipe.)
Posted 28 May 2016 - 10:58 PM
Busy week, parcel of ferts arrived. 5 kilograms doesn't seem that much when you order...
The basil airbag (left side in photo below) I have no idea on why it was in there.
Cleaned tank of plant debris again. Sigh. Wish I could do better with plants.
New light out of the box to boost the quad t5ho. Now I have to look at increasing CO2 again but really hoping algae stays away and plant growth is a little faster (except the val, that's just getting to be a weed..).
Posted 28 May 2016 - 11:37 PM
Posted 29 May 2016 - 06:54 AM
Can't say my memories of BBA and having to prune plants every week has gotten any better.
Do you still have this light? I think I'll have to ring the shop later as having trouble sorting out how the dimmer function works and if it resets after power goes out.
I'm running these on a timer so don't really mind if settings are lost on power cut off but can't quite figure it out. To the point where I've actually gone and read the instructions...
Otherwise very sleek design and the company has been very generous with the length of the power cord.
Posted 29 May 2016 - 09:14 AM
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Posted 29 May 2016 - 10:13 AM
Posted 29 May 2016 - 07:48 PM
Ok, so for those aquarium nerds out there, here are the PAR readings. Tank and Seneye is a little dirty so this might be lowering readings a little. As well, the light has to get through a perspex cover. Also that this is just out of interest on the light, there is nothing really scientific in the measuring here lol.
As usual the white/grey line is the light reading, the thick coloured line is plant preference and the dashed coloured line is human eye.
Just for reference I've put a hydroponics box light that I was running in the centre of the tank (with more lights either side) some time ago. The PAR reading was just for the hydroponics light. It's interesting I find that this light seems to closely match what plants want but looked visually very high in red lights and simply dreadful.
Nemo light working well with great shop support.
Nemo light - led bulbs
Nemo light - blue channel
Nemo light - white channel (makes sense this is lower PAR as less bulbs).
At the moment running the white channel 100% and the quad t5ho. The readings are about a foot down the tank (halfway). The nemo light is nice and compact, doesn't seem to get very hot either and lights up the back of the tank well (as both lights sitting on glass/perspex top).
Posted 30 May 2016 - 10:02 PM
Edited by Delapool, 31 May 2016 - 09:19 AM.
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