36BF Foyer Recovering Jungle

Dallas, TX
Former wasteland. We'll see how these leftover plants do.
Volume 36 Gallons
Make Aqueon
Model 36 BowFront


Though prominently displayed in our foyer, this tank is an ugly, neglected, wasteland.
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  • 36BF Foyer Recovering Jungle on Mar 28, 2020
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Penn Plax Cascade 700
In January, 2020, I added the QuietFlow HOB to it for some extra filtration and surface agitation, and also to stage filter media for other future tanks.
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  • 36BF Foyer Recovering Jungle on May 17, 2020
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I had a BuildMyLED 30" fixture (which I love) on a dimmer and timer, but I recently replaced that with a Finnex Planted+ 24/7 HLC LED. This has a built-in timer with different settings for different times of day, and I enjoy its versatility. Hopefully, it will provide enough light to keep some semblance of a carpet in this tank (but I don't have any PAR-measurement equipment).
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  • 36BF Foyer Recovering Jungle on Mar 29, 2020
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When I restarted this tank in 2016, it was home to 7 very cute and fun dwarf puffers. When its MTS infestation became apparent, we shutdown our other tank and moved its inhabitants here: 1 clown loach ("Tiger Face"), 2 otos, and an albino cory.

The cory, 1 oto, and all the puffers eventually perished.

Only Ocho the oto and Tiger Face remain.
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  • 36BF Foyer Wasteland on Mar 8, 2020
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2 Fish

Clown Loach Botia macracantha
Otocinclus Catfish Otocinclus sp.

78 Plants

16 Bacopa Bacopa caroliniana
20 Cabomba Caroliniana Cabomba caroliniana
2 Java fern sp sp
40 Juncus Repens Juncus repens


Clippard solenoid MME2PDSD110
Dwyer flow meter RMA151SSV
Victor Regulator G15060320

Dosing See more

Seachem ParaGuard · Fe from Micros · K · PO4 · NO3


The only maintenance I've performed on this tank in the past 3 years is a rare algae / cyano cleanup and even rarer water change.
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  • 36BF Foyer Recovering Jungle on March 17, 2020
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On average you perform a 64.7% water change every 7 days.

88.3% total water change in June.

647 activities in the last year

Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun

Inspiration & Goals

I recently decided to restart this tank again. I removed the algae-coated driftwood and rocks, and I added a few pieces of PVC pipe and a flower pot for shelter. As soon as my QT and 20L are finished cycling, I'm going to transplant the 2 critters over there and tear this tank down.

It will be reborn with new substrate, new plants, and a revived aquascape.

2020-03-31 Update:

I am in less of a hurry to tear this tank down because I am now uncertain about my chosen substrate. I have 2 big bags of Fluval Stratum ready to go. But after deploying that stuff in my 20L, I am not sure I want more of it in my house. I ordered a bag of Landen aquarium soil to experiment with and compare with the Stratum.

Another option is to get more Fluorite Black, vacuum the dirt & Fluorite out, clean it, and just go with plain Fluorite Black. Or good old BDBS, but I think I prefer a higher-CEC substrate.

And due to this indecision, I have begun treating this tank with UltraLife Blue Green Slime Stain Remover. If I can get the BGA under control and have a healthy plant mass, I won't be so disgusted by this tank in the interim.
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  • 36BF Foyer Recovering Jungle on March 17, 2020
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