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post #1 of 49 (permalink) Old 12-02-2010, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Lego's 40 Breeder Journal - I'm back, baby!

I finally talked my bosses into letting me set up another display tank at my work, a sweet 40 breeder tank this time . The plan for this one is to keep it fairly low maintenance with easy plants that we sell at the store.

Light - Coralife 36" 96W CF fixture, 6700K
Filter - Marineland C-220 canister
CO2 - 10lb tank
Regulator - High purity dual-stage Victor/Milwaukee hybrid
Heater - Rena Smartheater 150W
Substrate - Topsoil, capped with Eco-Complete

Jfrank85 and I put together a pretty sick hardscape, if I do say so myself



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Looks great, I'll be following.
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I've recently developed an appreciation for well placed driftwood. Very nice! Look forward to seeing the plants go in.
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Welcome back to the world of immersed plants Adam. haha The scape looks fantastic man. Subscribed.
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Looks really nice.
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Thanks everyone! A couple pieces of the wood are wanting to float, so they're being held down by rocks at the moment. I'm hoping to get some of the plants in the tank tomorrow if it's a slow day at work.

I'm working on a deal with my distributor so I can get plants directly from FAN like I used to do. If that works out, I'll be getting lots of Microsorum and Anubias in the next couple weeks for this thing

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Good start lego.

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Initial planting is done and the first few fish are added. 5 Nannostomus beckfordi and 5 Otocinclus. The rock on top of the driftwood is only there until the the wood decides to finally sink on it's own.



Nannostomus beckfordi. Not my best pic, but the ambient lighting kinda sucks, so I had to go with a high ISO and low shutter speed.



This tank fully cycled in a whopping 6 days. Believe it

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Great start bro. Now we wait for the storm.

The calm is gonna be NICE.

Those pencilfish... are they active? The ones I've seen are not too active and just float most of the time.
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sWeEt SeTuP aDaM! What type of rock is that? I really like the feel that it gives the tank.

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Great start bro. Now we wait for the storm.

The calm is gonna be NICE.

Those pencilfish... are they active? The ones I've seen are not too active and just float most of the time.
Thanks Nick! The pencils are fairly active. Not like Rummynose Tetras or anything, but they shoal from one end of the tank to the other quite a bit. The males display to each other almost constantly

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sWeEt SeTuP aDaM! What type of rock is that? I really like the feel that it gives the tank.
Thanks Jake! I can't remember what rock it is. It's like lace rock, but it's not calcareous so it won't harden the water any more than it already is.

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I'll be following this one as I am starting a 40 breeder as well. Substrate is in, just waiting for my plant order from Sweet Aquatics.

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Nannostomus beckfordi. Not my best pic, but the ambient lighting kinda sucks, so I had to go with a high ISO and low shutter speed.


Thats still a pretty good shot. What kind of camera/lens did you use?

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