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post #1 of 52 (permalink) Old 10-09-2011, 02:56 AM Thread Starter
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Shiny's 60G (Updated June 4th)

60G Specs:
Tank - 60G Marineland (48"x12"x24")
Filter - Fluval 406
Lighting - Hydrofarm 4ft/4-bulb T5HO (using 4 bulbs 15" above tank)
Co2 - 5lb CO2 tank with Aquatek regulator
Heater - 200W
Substrate - 2" of Miracle Grow Organic Choice capped with 1" of Flourite/Pea Gravel mix
Flora - Anubias Nana, Java Fern, Ludwigia Repens, Ludwigia sp. 'Red', Amazon Sword, Wisteria, Crypt Wendtii, Riccia
Fauna - 9x Ornate Tetra, 5x Sterbai Cory Cat, 3x Angelfish, 4x Otocinclus, misc Amano Shrimp and RCS

06.04.2012


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02.18.2012


01.12.2012 (added T5HO lights)


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12.12.2011 (started adding CO2):


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that's pretty sweet! what type of fish are you going to put in it?

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If you veiw my tanks with the veiw tanks tab you can see my 60 gal marineland and what i did with it, I have-

Fluval 305 filter
Marineland emporer 400 filter
3 one liter DIY co2 bottles
Ehiem jager 150 wat heater
4x t5 48" 54W full spec lighting.

As for flora I have Water Sprite, Amazon Sword, Rubin Sword, Argantine sword, Green lotus, Java fern, pennywort,
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that's pretty sweet! what type of fish are you going to put in it?
Was probably going to go with an Angelfish or 2 as the center piece, a school of tetras (don't know what kind yet), a school of cories, and an algae eater(s) (depending on size).

Don't know if I want a BN pleco, otos, or chinese algae eaters... I'm worried that the otos might be too small and the angelfish will eat them though. Any advice on fish?

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If you veiw my tanks with the veiw tanks tab you can see my 60 gal marineland and what i did with it, I have-

Fluval 305 filter
Marineland emporer 400 filter
3 one liter DIY co2 bottles
Ehiem jager 150 wat heater
4x t5 48" 54W full spec lighting.

As for flora I have Water Sprite, Amazon Sword, Rubin Sword, Argantine sword, Green lotus, Java fern, pennywort,
You have an awesome 60G tank there! I love how GREEN it is. Maybe my plants will grow out that big one day

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Thanks it's just a lot of fertilizer, water changes and simple co2
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Go with ottos for sure I have 10 ottos with angels and a knife fish! They also do an amazing job of keeping my tank clean, my BN plecos ate all the algea and then decided to eat my plants after that, and as for chianese algea eaters, mine got to 5 inches and started to destory everything but the peaceful little ottos school everywhere and keep plants clean as well as the glass

for fish i have (in the 60) 4 emerald green corys, 2 angels, 10 ottos, one brown knife, 5 bolivian rams, 2 kribensis and two flying fox. Im also thinking of 10 marbled hatchet fish, 10 bleeding heart tetras or ten kuhlie loaches
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Tank looks good! After seeing yours and reading about kribkeepers I'm going to be starting a journal on my marineland 60 gallon too
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Go with ottos for sure I have 10 ottos with angels and a knife fish! They also do an amazing job of keeping my tank clean, my BN plecos ate all the algea and then decided to eat my plants after that, and as for chianese algea eaters, mine got to 5 inches and started to destory everything but the peaceful little ottos school everywhere and keep plants clean as well as the glass
Good to know about the otos. I figured since they were so small that the angels will eat them, but if you are having no problems, I might just put otos in. No fish in yet though as the tank is still cycling. Might be another week before fish can go in.

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Tank looks good! After seeing yours and reading about kribkeepers I'm going to be starting a journal on my marineland 60 gallon to
Thanks! I've noticed some plant growth already and its only been a week! I'm so excited! My Swords are looking OK, but I did just start dosing ferts a few days ago since I just got them in. Hopefully the Swords will shape up

New pics will be put up once I put some fish in

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So a bit of an update as this tank been running for almost 3 weeks now. I had to pull the Anacharis as it was starting to die from the Flourish Excel I was adding to the tank. Not a big deal, I'll just find another plant to fill in the gaps. Maybe the Hornwort since that's been growing like crazy. I also JUST ordered all my macro fertilizers earlier in the week so they should be here either tomorrow or Saturday as I've noticed my swords aren't doing so hot right now. There are root tabs by them, which is helping, but the macro fertilzers will really help it grow. The tank water is discolored due to the driftwood added, but I'm OK with it. I will be doing a 90% water change before I add fish into it so the water is crystal clear.

Right now the tank is processing 4ppm of ammonia in a 24 hour period so I'm getting really close to being cycled.

So full tank shot (disregard the discolored water as I will be doing a water change here soon):


Here is my Crypt Wendtii. This stuff is growing pretty damn quick too. Some of this might actually end up in the SnS as I took 1 BIG plant and split it up into 11 smaller plants, but those are starting to get big themselves



Finally my Wisteria which is LOVING the dirt. Some of this might end up in the SnS as well once it starts getting bigger

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An update since I added my first group of fish in last night. I also did a MASSIVE 80% water change before adding the fish. My plants are doing awesome by the way. I thought they were worse than they were because I hadn't done a water change in a LONG time and the tannins really bad.

But anyway, on to what people are really interested in... the pictures

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My NEW fish! HY-511 Tetra. I added 8 of these little guys. I LOVE their coloring, it's what sold me:



Here's a few pictures of them schooling :





So that be it for now!

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HY-11 tetra aka Ornate Tetra aka Hyphessobrycon bentosi

Nice looking tank, btw!
Really diggin the tannins actually, it gives the tank a really natural look
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The tannins were a bit too much for me, I'm glad I did the massive water change. I don't mind a little discoloration, but it was pretty bad.

EDIT: They are similar to the Ornate Tetras. I'm really digging the fish

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Quick update, I now have 12 HY-511's in the tank. I had to run out after work to pick some more up as the original 8 were loving the tank.

Next fish: either school of corries or an angelfish... haven't decided yet

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UPDATE!

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I pulled up all the Hornwort I had and it's now just floating, couldn't get it to root. Put some Wisteria in it's place. Moved a Crypt and Dwarf Sag around. Probably going to be getting some more plants for this tank this weekend as there is a swap meet by me. Hopefully I can find something good

I also added 6 Sterbai Cory Cats about 2 weeks ago to this tank as well. Here are some pics of them:



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