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post #16 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-23-2012, 04:46 AM Thread Starter
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UPDATE** 6/22/2012
Added a few fish. 12 Serpae Tetras and a Chinese Algae Eater. Couldn't find any SAE's local. Shot this quick vid shortly after adding the Serpae's. Slight algae bloom from a bad mix of ferts. . Changed out that horrible C02 diffuser for a Cerges' Reactor. I wish I had started off with that in the first place!! What a difference it made. No more 7UP. I'll be doing some maintenance tomorrow. I'll probably do another vid with it all cleaned up.

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post #17 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-23-2012, 05:29 AM
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This looks like a fun project and I like the look of the tank, I even like the algae on the rocks, it makes it look mature. I do have a couple of suggestion, to help the equipment blend in I would paint the filter intake/outlet black and I would tie that air line to the back of the intake then route it where it's needed, that would make it look a lot cleaner but keep it up the tank is looking great.

One more thing, I use the same drop checker but after you get the CO2 dialed in I'd remove that too, until you get a refill.
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That's a nice in-wall project
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post #19 of 28 (permalink) Old 06-23-2012, 07:35 AM Thread Starter
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This looks like a fun project and I like the look of the tank, I even like the algae on the rocks, it makes it look mature. I do have a couple of suggestion, to help the equipment blend in I would paint the filter intake/outlet black and I would tie that air line to the back of the intake then route it where it's needed, that would make it look a lot cleaner but keep it up the tank is looking great.

One more thing, I use the same drop checker but after you get the CO2 dialed in I'd remove that too, until you get a refill.
I really tried every angle on the filter lines. Since my space is limited behind the wall, I'm forced to keep it in the middle. I like the idea of painting it black! I might just do that. The diffuser is gone! I couldn't stand all the bubbles. The drop checker, honestly is useless. So it could go. I was using it to monitor the ph/co2 but it rarely changes color. I've been monitoring the ph with a simple test kit and a Hanna meter. So far everything looks to be falling into place. I'm still getting a handle on dry ferts. Seems im my case, less is more! Thanks for the complements!
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Few quick pics! Plants are filling in nicely!



Added 2 Bolivian Rams



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post #21 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-09-2013, 04:54 AM Thread Starter
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Finally got around to updating this dusty old thread :p I have to say, this is not my first planted tank by any means. However, it is my first planted tank that's built into the wall. It is extremely difficult to scape a tank without access to the front! especially if you have a "carpet" style scape.

After doing some research, I decided to upgrade this 55g to a 75g. being that the dimensions from left to right are same size, and the filters and lights wouldn't have to change. It made perfect sense!

I managed to salvage one last pic before I tore it down.




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Love it...great looking fish and plants!
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Pretty tank! I thought about putting a tank in the wall when we built one to make a bedroom out of your dinning room. Decided it wasn't a good idea as we weren't sure if we would be in the house forever or not.
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That is freaking sweet. My next house I'll have to convince the wife to let me do this.

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post #25 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-11-2013, 02:38 AM
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Incredible! And the fish look healthy and beautiful as well! You have to update more often lol!
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Super nice. Now you've got me thinking about my stairs.

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post #27 of 28 (permalink) Old 01-11-2013, 05:01 AM
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Awesome setup!

Nice little nook there too, Harry Potter would approve!

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you have came so far with this tank. I am proud of you! It looks awesome!
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