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Hello Welcome, DTWGulo

Welcome the forum @DTWGulo .

Good to see another Michigander join! I am from Novi. Looking forward to learning more about your planted tank journey.
 
Hello and thanks for the warm welcome! I've been involved in planted tanks for about 7 years now, having expanded from a 30 gal low-tech up to a 180gal high-tech and lots in between. Currently working on Paludariums, but I have a 48x30x24 custom acrylic coming so I can build a high-flow river/riparian setup. Attached a photo of my 180, which is due for a rebuild after 2 years.
 

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Smaller paludarium's terrestrial portion.
 

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Hello and thanks for the warm welcome! I've been involved in planted tanks for about 7 years now, having expanded from a 30 gal low-tech up to a 180gal high-tech and lots in between. Currently working on Paludariums, but I have a 48x30x24 custom acrylic coming so I can build a high-flow river/riparian setup. Attached a photo of my 180, which is due for a rebuild after 2 years.
Very nice! That's a great looking tank. You will fit right in here.

Consider starting a build thread in the Members Tanks forum.

Myself and I am sure many others would like to hear more about your set ups.
 
Be sure to post more about the substrate in the planted tank. I'm curious. Also, is it using a sump?
 
Be sure to post more about the substrate in the planted tank. I'm curious. Also, is it using a sump?
Yup! I have a custom sump in the stand. So much easier than a canister filter!

Substrate is ADA Amazonia. Was great for about 18 months, but I think it's pretty exhausted now. Also settled a LOT from the start.
 
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Thanks. I love sumps too if you have the right overflow setup.

ADA soil settling/exhausting is something I'd love to get more data on. I have conflicting anecdotal evidence that it starts to become a detriment to the environment at about the time you're mentioning.

Perhaps this is why Marian does his resets every 4 months?
 
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