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post #1 of 29 (permalink) Old 03-23-2017, 11:17 PM Thread Starter
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29 Gallon setup/progress

That darn fish bug bites hard! I have always loved Aquascapes. The opportunity came recently when a free 29 gallon set up fell in my lap. It is not the best stand/tank, but free makes it better!
It is an oak veneer. The tank was very dirty, lots of algae, and came with everything. Learning about HOB filters, I wanted to replace the HOB I had (pelican 200) that was super nasty with an AquaClear 70. The flourecent light fixture is ok, but the bulb is lacking and needs replaced. I ordered an LED light from amazon, el cheapo. Don't ask me what the pars are, kalvin ETC! It got descent reviews so I took a chance. https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0...?ie=UTF8&psc=1
Here is the tank when I went to pick it up prior to draining.



I replaced all the seals and currently leak testing. Tossed in my Ohko Stones to soak and loosen some of the clay. Will blast them tomorrow and drain/clean the tank when it passes.



The guy at my LFS was kind enough to let me layout my tank measurements and even hold some rocks up so I can see what basic layout will look like, good dude.



I "plan" on using Monte Carlo to carpet and using the dry start method. 6-8 weeks is nothing when I think about the small tweaks I will be able to make to the layout while I'm waiting for it to take off.


Background will be painted black.


Ill post updates to original post as they come and weekly when the plants go in.
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post #2 of 29 (permalink) Old 03-24-2017, 05:41 PM Thread Starter
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Leak test complete, seals holding. Paint drying on back of tank, dragon stones continually being washed.

LFS got some mats of MC today, hope they still have some tomorrow when I am ready for it. Picked up some soil and rhyzomat. They say to soak it for 24 hours to remove any tannins from the mat.

Is there a great companion plant for the MC? I will carpet with the MC but want something a tad taller in pockets of different textures around the stones.

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Looking good. DHG is an option but it can spread a bit out of control. S. repens, Cryptocoryne Parva or Lobelia cardinalis 'Mini' may be better options.
BTW you should try and get this journal moved to the 'tank journals' sub-forum it will get more visibility there.


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Thanks and thanks! Sent request for the move. Thanks for pointing out another awesome sub forum I didn't know about!
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Cool

Dry start was not going to cut it with my schedule, flooded

added some water conditioner for chlorine. added some bacteria and thats it for now. Pumping 2BPS co2 at the moment.



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3 days after flooding. 5 Albino Cherry Barbs in for 2 days.

Water test:
PH 6.4
Ammonia: .25
Nitrite: 0
Nitrate: between 0 and 5
GH 1
KH 2
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Have you thought about fertilisation yet?


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I have not yet thought about ferts. What do you suggest?
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Is that Aquarium Adventure??!? Where are you from?
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Is that Aquarium Adventure??!? Where are you from?
yes, the pics of the rocks are Aquarium Adventure. Woodridge
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yes, the pics of the rocks are Aquarium Adventure. Woodridge
Lol nice man. like half the people i've met on this forum are from Northern Illinois! If you ever need anything I'm like 10 min from Aquarium Adventure! Tank looks good
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29 Gallon setup/progress

Look into the PPS-Pro regime, it is a lean regime which will suit your needs. You have relatively undemanding plants in the nutrient department so you won't need something heavy handed like the EI regime. Although I do suggest you do some reading/video watching/podcast listening on it as understanding the basic concepts really helps, especially when you move into more demanding setups. There is an article on the UKAPS website on EI which is really good.
I recommend you buy dry salts of the fertilisers as these are more cost effective than solutions like Seachem's Flourish line. You can buy these dry salts from places like Green Leaf Aquariums or NilocG. NilocG also has an all-in-one fertiliser if you are looking for simplicity.


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3 week update.



I am going to start dosing I think.
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