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That looks nice! Maybe a backround though?

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I can't wait to see it fully planted. Have you decided on what other plants you will be using?

BTW, are you a fellow Futurama fan?
I'm thinking of only doing a mid-level plant around the base of the drift wood and glosso for the carpet.

Nice catch with the Futurama reference. This will be a slow process since I'm not using CO2, just dosing flourish excel.

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That looks nice! Maybe a backround though?
Thanks Jake! I don't think I'm going to do a background plant since I want to see the tank from both the front and back, peninsula style. So only mid-level and carpet plants for me.

Anyone have suggestions on a good mid-level plant that will do well under 2WPG T5HO lighting? I can't wait for my light to come in on Monday, darn you fedex!! *shakes fist*. AHHH, my glosso is starting to melt. I hope they recover.

iPhone pictures not doing justice for this tank but it'll do, thought I'd share anyways and get some advice along the way.
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Looking good. I ordered a fishneedit fixture and i didnt have any problems with shipment. Did you buy this 55 gallon off craiglist in ithaca?
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That's good to hear about the fishneedit fixture.

I actually picked up this 55G setup from some spot in PA, Susquehanna. It's just 2 hours out of Ithaca.

Someone else was selling his 55G setup near Syracuse but he was really slow in responding and seemed really flakey. Though his setup was better, I couldn't trust a "maybe" sell if I was to drive out of my way that far in the first place.

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Looking good. I ordered a fishneedit fixture and i didnt have any problems with shipment. Did you buy this 55 gallon off craiglist in ithaca?
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What are you using for ferts? Any root tabs?


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That's good to hear about the fishneedit fixture.

I actually picked up this 55G setup from some spot in PA, Susquehanna. It's just 2 hours out of Ithaca.

Someone else was selling his 55G setup near Syracuse but he was really slow in responding and seemed really flakey. Though his setup was better, I couldn't trust a "maybe" sell if I was to drive out of my way that far in the first place.
If its not a problem, how much did u pay for the aquarium? I drove 1.5 hr one way for my 37 gallon and i wasnt in the best of mood.
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If its not a problem, how much did u pay for the aquarium? I drove 1.5 hr one way for my 37 gallon and i wasnt in the best of mood.
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Just Seachem flourish. I have some root tabs coming in the mail. My poor glosso is really suffering right now. I get my new lights this Monday, hopefully the addition of my lights and root tabs will turn around the glosso.

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They will definitely help. IME the root tabs work wonders with sand. If you don't have CO2 running methinks ur going to need a bottle of metricide also to get that glosso to grow.


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It looks like metricide 14 is the way to go.

Anyone have write ups on creating a solution for your fish tank using metricide. I've read you have to water it down with water. I just want to know solution ratios and dosing recommendations.
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Ahh, nevermind, I found a great report on the bar report

http://www.barrreport.com/archive/index.php/t-7153.html
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I just ordered a bottle on Friday. I've got a 55 gallon and I was going to start off at 5 ml. I'm currently dosing the tank with that much excel daily and I don't think it's making a major difference so I think I'm safe starting with the metricide in the same amount. I've seen people on here dose in higher amounts. I think I read one guy puts 20ml of metricide in daily. I'll let you know how it goes.


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I just ordered 1 G of the metricide 14, so pumped to have found out about this!!
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Got my lights today! woo-hoo!!

Got my fishneedit T5HO fixture today. It's so much brighter! I opted for the 2WPG with 2 54W T5 white bulbs.

As you can see, I also changed the driftwood work for the right side. I'm very satisfied.

I can't wait for the Blyxa Japonica to come in. Hopefully my glosso starts to turn it around.

I'm officially part of the rimless club, lol, kind-of.

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Im just wondering, why did you go with white sand? I had it in a lot tech tank and algae still grew on it. Hopefully it doesnt for you!
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