I've been creeping around the site for a while and it's finally time for me to contribute. I present to you for your enjoyment my newest adventure in fish/plantkeeping, my Patchwork 75. Why "patchwork"? This tank is the end product of many months of collecting pieces, snatching bargains when they presented themselves, and recycling (or cannibalizing) parts and plants from other tanks. I'm hoping my attempts to save on expense will not harm me too bad in the long run, but in this tank's progression, I will learn the truth of things :P
Aqueon 75 gallon fish tank
Aquarium stand: This was my first "bargain" that I almost regretted. I paid $90 for the stand at a PetSmart. After building the stand, I realized that the cabinet would not accommodate a canister filter. Oops. Hence why I'm rocking some HOB filters
2 Coralife CF light fixtures, each with a 65W 10K bulb One of this was a parting gift from some friends who were moving and not taking their tank with them
. The other fixture I found sitting under a shelf at a Petco. Asking price? $15. I was able to order bulbs off of ebay for a good deal, 4 bulbs for abt $35.
Marineland Emperor 280 Scored this at a PetSmart on clearance for $12.97
HEATING: Aqueon 200W heater.
SUBSTRATE: Black Eco-complete (5 bags) PetSmart Clearance for $9.97 a bag
, and a bag of plain gravel picked up at a landscape shop.
So yesterday, (10/21) was the happy day that I had all my supplies together and was able to fill the tank! I bought the fish tank back in June or July and it took me that long to finally set it up!
There was only a few mishaps...
First thing was the driftwood. I was aware that the wood would float and I tried soaking it for a few days in a tub outside. Unfortunately the mosquitoes found my soaking tub and turned it into a nursery so I aborted that mission. So now in the meantime I have bricks weighing down the wood. Beautiful, I know! I am looking forward to the lovely tea color the water is supposed to turn with the addition of driftwood. As a preventative, I put a bag of Fluval Clearmax into the AquaClear Filter to see if that will help. It is Day 2 now, and as I type the water is looking okay.
Second issue was filling the tank up. After all this careful planning I neglected one of the most basic tasks! My kitchen sink is only a step away from the tank. All I should of had to do was attach my siphon hose to the kitchen faucet and end of story, but my siphon wouldn't attach to the kitchen faucet
Plan B was to use the cold water outlet in my laundry closet but I couldn't get the washer hose off. So after a quick trip to Wally World, I grabbed some pliers, removed the washer hose and filled up the tank from there. I am seriously considering replacing my faucet with something my siphon hose can attach to, despite the fact I'm in a apartment. :<
Oh yes, I almost forgot about the PLANTS! Since this is definitely a "low-tech" setup, I am going for the easy plants. I have some Crypts from another tank that got moved into the 75 as well as a swordplant and a forgotten variety of vallisneria. I forget what kind of swordplant I have, but it was growing very happily in my tub pond outside. Hopefully it will forgive me for moving it inside. These three types of plants I'm thinking will be the meat and potatoes of the tank.
I did go to one of my LFS to get some new stuff to try. I asked the employee what to try and he sent me home with some water sprite, long leaf java fern,and some brazilian pennywort. So I'll stick those in and see what happens.
So if you have read this far, I thank you for your interest. I hope you are as curious as I am to see how this turns out!
I am fairly new to keeping planted tanks, and I'm an extreme noob when it comes to posting on forums. This is my first post. After I figure out the pic posting magic I'll share a Day 1 pic with you.
Comments and Suggestions always appreciated!