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Build Thread FabLau 75gl planted tank

Nov 17, 2023
Laguna Niguel, CA
Hello everyone.

I am new on this forum, even though I have been around for the past 20 years around the web in the most famous planted tanks forums.

If you wish to see my complete tank journal, you can still find a copy of it on the BarrReport.com website:

And you can learn more about myself on my own website:

This thread is about my main tank. I have other smaller tanks, but this is my so-called "display" tank.

Despite the fact that I have reached a very balanced tank in the past five years, I'll try to post some tips and thoughts about my tank once in a while on this thread.

In the meantime, I'll post some information and pictures of the current situation. Keep in mind that I am not currently working on a precise or well-curated scape; I am just growing plants, trying to keep maintenance low, but still have a good locking tank. Sometimes, it gets our of control, as you can see below, but then I give a good trim and it gets back on track.

Tank size: 75gl
Light: 5 T8 lights plus a BML LED, 8 hours a day
Co2: full injection during the photoperiod with 1.2 pH drop.
Substrate: Black Diamond Blasted Sand
Fertilization: Estimative Index, custom made macros and micros
Water change: 50% weekly
Water: 90% tap, 10% RO
Water GH: 10-12
Water KH: 6-7
Temperature: 75.2 F (24 C)
Filter: oversized wet/dry filter

Current plants:

Alternanthera Reineckii
Bacopa Colorata
Cabomba Furcata
Helanthium bolivianum ‘angustifolia’
Hygrophila Corymbosa Compacta
Hygrophila Sunset
Java Moss
Limnophila Aromatica
Lobelia Cardinalis
Ludwigia Repens
Ludwigia Super Red
Micranthemum 'Monte Carlo'
Star Grass
Staurogyne Repens

Here are some very recent pictures of the tank:

This is a classic shot of my tank, a little bit overgrown (I usually take pictures before it is trimmed):


Another angled shot of the tank, taken at a different time, always a little overgrown:


Here are some closeups of my "bushes":


Some good Ludwigia Repens and Super Red growing, ready to be cut and replanted:


An interesting picture of my Star Grass bush, very much overgrown, right before trimming:


A nice flower of my center Anubias bush:


An interesting picture showing my "Lobelia Cardinalis" sorting after cut and before replanting:


A lot of work! But I still enjoy doing it, every 2 weeks.

Please, let me know if you have any questions, happy to answer at any time ;)
Thank you guys for the warm welcome! I am so glad to see you here Burr, and I guess I know @riioKen as well. I felt pretty alone on the Barreport lately. I have no idea what happened over there, but I am glad to find some friends and planted-tank-mates here to have fun with again ;)

My tank is just in "maintenance" mode right now, and thanks to Burr's "custom-micros" recipe, it is always doing well now. Unfortunately, my time is always more limited due to family, work, and age issues, and I am thinking of transforming it into a low-tech tank, but I am not ready yet... the idea of losing all that color and vibrance haunts me.

Here is something I always wanted to say: A big thank you again to everyone who has helped me in the past 20 years to improve my skills and knowledge. I always had the passion, but I didn't have the knowledge to reach my dream-tank. And I could do it thanks to you guys. I will never forget.

And if I could do it, everyone can do it! ;)
Ok, this is interesting: a month ago I trimmed my left side Anubias a great deal, and after a few days a Cryptocoryne of some kind (anyone can help?) came out after years! I have no idea who gave me that plant and what exact species it is, but it has been underground for probably 5-6 years, and then hit by light, came out strong and widely:


It’s huge.