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3000 Liter High Tech Planted Tank

Tank is looking great!

Unfortunately I've noticed quite a bit of planaria in there which makes me wonder if I could be seeing a lot more babies if it wasn't for them. I'd prefer to steer away from meds because it'd be impossible te remove all the snails. Has anyone here had success with managing planaria using planaria traps?

I doubt you'll be able to sort a tank that large with traps, chemicals are your only real option, and it's worth tackling as they will kill both your shrimp and snails.

eSHa -NDX is apparently fine for snails, though its going to cost a fair bit to treat a tank of that size.
 
Hi all,
Has anyone here had success with managing planaria using planaria traps?
I think they work fairly well. @LondonDragon used a <"bespoke one, with Gucci bait, to thin out his leech issue">.
Could it be poor quality KNO3? Not mixing it well? Or inaccurate testing? I use a hach spectrophotometer. Regardless though the plants have been happy with all the levels above.
It <"maybe mixing">, Nitrate (NO3-) is a tricky one, purely because all <"nitrate compounds are soluble"> and you need to <"reduce the nitrate to nitrite (NO2-)"> before you have a coloured compound that you can measure.
Regardless though the plants have been happy with all the levels above.
I'd just go with that.
I've been growing some red root floaters in here. I was reading on 2 hr aquarist they are another way to measure nitrate levels. I'm gonna start using them and frogbit for my duckweed index.
There is a discussion of that in <"What is the “Duckweed Index” all about?">.

Edit: I think it was on the <"2hr Aquatist"> site that I saw the original mention of redder Red-root Floater.
Further edit: Looking at the time-line I think the "2 hour Aquarist" probably got the idea from the VIMI blog <"VIMI">.

cheers Darrel
 
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Now, is that a hot mess of awesomeness or what! Great job @RickyV !❤️ ... I wish I could swing by and see this tank in real life. It is up there for sure…

Cheers,
Michael
Thank you! If you're ever in Texas just let me know as this tank is open to the public.
I doubt you'll be able to sort a tank that large with traps, chemicals are your only real option, and it's worth tackling as they will kill both your shrimp and snails.

eSHa -NDX is apparently fine for snails, though its going to cost a fair bit to treat a tank of that size.
Yeah I may have to look at chemicals. But I'm hoping to at least reduce them in the small breeding tank. I'm gonna give some traps a try and see if they get anything. I hear CPDs can eat planaria, though I probably don't have enough to make a dent.
I think they work fairly well. @LondonDragon used a <"bespoke one, with Gucci bait, to thin out his leech issue">.
Cool! I'm just hoping I can really reduce them. I'm sure I'll need a whole bunch of traps.
I'd just go with that.
Yeah I'm just gonna stick with looking at the plants. The duckweed index has been showing I have plenty of nitrogen.
 
@RickyV Some fish and shrimp will eat planaria and help keep them in check. Take a look at this article


Tank is looking amazing 🙂
 
Did some trimming today and wanted to share these massive pinnatifidas I cut. They were close to 90cm. Unfortunately don't have a good spot in the scape to let them keep growing to their full potential.
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Also do you guys think green spot algae on anubias/glass is just something to accept? I have 4-5 ppm phosphates, stable 1.4 pH drop with good circulation. Reading on forums here it could be high iron rather than low phosphates that cause GSA. I currently do 0.20 ppm Fe weekly divided evenly between gluconate, DTPA and EDTA.
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These anubias are 150cm below the lights so I can't imagine excess light being a problem but I could be wrong. I may have to shade that section. My sword as you can see below also gets a bit of GSA, though this one plant has never been in perfect health.
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I also have some more fish and shrimps on the way! Fish will be added after a few weeks quarantine.

I took a picture next to the tank because some people on other sites sometimes think I mean to write 100 gallon tank instead of 1000 gallon lol.
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Fish were just added last week! We added harlequin rasboras, julii corydoras, threadfin rainbowfish, more CPDs, more cherry shrimps, and bamboo shrimp. I maybe overestimated how many rasboras I needed, I got 100. I want to eventually add 10 -15 pearl gourami as a final touch. Owner also wants some scarlet badis. Here is some footage of the fish. I just wish the rasboras would always school like in the first shot, they were schooling because I was doing a water change. I may have to throw an arowana in here to scare them lol.

Fish have been doing good, I occasionally pull out a fry from the tank so they must be happy. Shrimps also breeding a lot but they've unfortunately been hiding more now since adding the fish. Otocinclus nice and fat.
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I have had a few issues with plants but I think most resolved. I tried reducing micros for a time down to 0.075 ppm Fe per week from CSM + B. But after a few weeks I started noticing these brown/gray marks on my old frogbit leaves, new leaves also looked a little yellow. Not sure what exactly caused it or if it is for sure related to micros but it seems to have resolved since increasing micros back to 0.20 ppm Fe per week from CSM+B.
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I also think I've resolved these pinholes I had on my hygrophila pinnatifidas. I was stubborn on thinking it was due to potassium since I was dosing 10 ppm K per week and I figured that was surely enough. But since increasing potassium to 20 ppm per week the pinnatifidas look much better. Could there be a reason I need this much K? I realize this is a common dosing amount but I thought K was the least used macro. Or are pinnatifidas just unique in that they need a lot more K than other plants?
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The amazon sword has continued to not do good. Though I think I'm starting to see improvement since increasing K? Not sure yet so will give it more time. Its strange because all the other sword varieties are thriving, just not the amazon. I may just try giving it root tabs. This is how bad it got.
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The rotala blood red I brought from home has a thing where half the stems stunt and the other half grows like normal. My rotala blood red at home used to do this, but ever since replacing the substrate with aquasoil and being to busy to dose any fertilizers they've been growing without stunting. I wonder if it's the micros.

The last few weeks I've been experimenting with not dosing any nitrates to slow plant a growth a bit, and get a little extra coloration on some plants. Plants have continued to grow well, the red root floaters have begun to get a slight tint of pink but nothing crazy. Frogbit still looks healthy. I was going to begin to dose a small amount again just to have a baseline, but I will wait a bit just to see how much nitrates all the new fish contribute.
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It may be too early tell, but I feel like the GSA has been coming down, but it could be either because of increased health from K, shading the front a little, reduced nitrates, or from some carbon I recently added.

I've been having fun growing some terrestrial plants above the tank. Goal is to cover that whole wall in plants.
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This pothos developed a very thick vine.
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I was looking at old pictures of the tank and I didn't realize how much the ferns, anubias and crypts have grown. They've gotten massive, maybe even a little too big lol. The sword in front of the wood got a growth spurt recently. Maybe I'm just coping but I kinda like the spice the BBA on the rock gives.
August 14, 2023
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Most recent tank shot from April 7, 2024
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Hi

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I am not the best at using this software but I was using it to brainstorm a little. I was thinking maybe sloping the substrate up to where the stump is and sloping down from the stump the right. I was thinking of covering the left rock structure with bolbitis or some other epiphytes. The main bush I am thinking of ludwigia super red and the other bush down the slope being rotala rotundifolia or something similar. This isn't an exact design just a rough idea. I will be coming up with more designs, just trying to figure out how to use that rock work.
Hi Ricky
What software did you use to design this scape?
 
After spending a total of 5 hours sitting In front of the Florestas in lisboa for the last 5 days. This really does remind me of that.
 
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