My First High Tech Planted Aquarium

It Wasn’t That Hard

I think a lot of people get the idea that these kinds of aquariums are really hard to do and maintain. What surprised me the most was really how easy it all was. Honestly I think its almost easier to set up a high tech (Co2) than a low tech (No added CO2).

The idea of adding CO2 to a aquarium for me seemed really hard and high maintenance to maintain. Once I got the right Regulator for the pressurized CO2 tank. It was really simple. All you really need to add CO2 to a planted aquarium is as follows

  1. Regulator: This is what attaches to the CO2 tank to allow CO2 to flow through the air line tubing. Make sure you get a regulator that has a plug! this will allow you to set it up with a timer which makes it really easy to maintain.
  2. Air Line Tubing: This really is just air line tubing. Its cheap, comes in some different colors, and really one size fits all.
  3. Check Valve: This will go after the regulator and will simply keep water from flowing back into the regulator if something happens
  4. Bubble Counter: This is really optional. It does look pretty cool and is a decent way to see how much CO2 you are adding. Some diffusers come with these built in.
  5. Diffuser: This is what diffuses the CO2 into the water.

 

There are other ways

This is the only way I have done it. I have had lots of success using this setup but I know that other ways work just as well. I wont talk too much about those because I don’t have any experience with them and I don’t want to try and explain something I haven’t done.

The Results!

The big moment! Setting it all up is really the fun part and you can get really creative with this step. You can create all different types of layouts with basically any plants you want to grow. Here was my first set up. I had kept other planted tanks prior to this so I did have some experience.

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Buying Young Koi

I have spent a lot of time this year building a new pond in my backyard to house some very nice koi. I have spent a lot of time doing my research on pond design and i have come up with something that i think has very good potential. Once i get my pond to a suitable state I will be doing a full video over on my YouTube Channel at this link here

https://www.youtube.com/channel/marinelifedrew

Buying Meaningful Fish

I have seen people dump a few generic feeder goldfish in ponds to save a lot of money and just to have a few fish. However since this fish are so cheap they usually fill their ponds up all at once. By doing this most of the fish will end up looking very similar. This usually results in fish death due to improper care and just overstocking. Most of the time they usually wont have as much of an impact on the owner of the pond.

During my time working at pet stores I have spent a lot of time trying to get people to spend more time and money to get more unique fish that they can really connect with and enjoy. I have found that by getting a few nice fish at a time can really help to keep your interest in the pond growing throughout the year.

It also helps to stock your pond with fish you care about and have a liking too. Rather than just settling on a few cheap fish.

Buying Koi

A lot of these same principles apply to koi and I want to make sure I am getting nice fish that I will enjoy for many many years to come. So in order to give my self a shot of buying promising koi I have been doing some research about koi development and buying koi. As well as going over some of the basics of buying koi. knowing some about the varieties can be very helpful and can make the experience more meaningful.

 

 For example these are just two varieties of koi on the left is a goshiki and the right is a kohaku.

 

I have found a video series on choosing young koi and for me it has been really helpful and offers a lot of tips for choosing young koi.

I did not make this video and all credit goes to the Pond Digger and Mystic Koi for putting together this great tutorial. I hope you enjoy

Reef-A-Palooza Orlando 2017

Overview

I recently had the opportunity to attend Reef-A-Palooza 2017 in Orlando. This was an awesome convention for anyone in the aquarium hobby. There was A lot of coral to purchase as well as a lot of other companies selling and displaying their products. If you are a reef enthusiast Reef-A-Palooza is for you.

Video

I did edit together a video of some of the highlights and I talk a little about the convention and what I really got out of it. Reef-A-Palooza Orlando 2017

Forests Underwater

Forests Underwater is an amazing aquarium creation. This was the final big project of Takashi Amano before he passed away in late 2015. This tank is absolutely breath taking and not just because of its incredible size. A lot of work went into the setup and design of this massive piece of art.

 

I have also begun creating my own pieces of art on my youtube channel. My tanks are not even close to comparing to the art Amano has crafted.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCd5AYUnXQu4I1QDZC91cSew

That is the link for my channel.