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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-15-2012, 03:35 AM Thread Starter
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From Mbuna to Plants

Starting a thread for my 55 gallon dirted and soon to be planted tank! I had a good time with African cichlids but the constant fighting and aggression has made me convert to plants and community fish.

Tank: Standard 55 Gallon
Lighting: Diamond Plate 4' Fixture from HD
Substrate: MGOPM capped with Black Sand
Plants: ... coming soon
Fish: ... coming soon
CO2: Maybe a DIY

Mbuna tank before tear down:

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post #2 of 15 (permalink) Old 11-15-2012, 03:37 AM Thread Starter
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Tearing down...

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Sifted all of the bark and wood out of the soil. Gotta head to the store to get some sand for capping.

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Tried to do an aquascape.

Ignore the rocks!
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This is after a 50% water change, the tannins are still pretty strong. Added 8 silvertip tetras and some plants which I don't know all of the names of.
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Well the tank has been progressing and plants are growing, but I am having 1 major problem. Air bubbles in the substrate keeping bringing up dirt and making a mess. I thought I had got rid of them all, but they just keep showing up.
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How thick is the cap?
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How thick is the cap?
It was 1.5" but I noticed some spots have less than others. I think I will buy another bag of sand and see if that helps.
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I love that piece of DW!!!! I am literally going from Mbuna to Plants as well! Good Luck!!!!!! Looking great so far
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post #10 of 15 (permalink) Old 01-06-2013, 03:45 PM Thread Starter
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I love that piece of DW!!!! I am literally going from Mbuna to Plants as well! Good Luck!!!!!! Looking great so far
Thanks! The driftwood is actually a bunch of sticks I found and tied together.
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I dont know but the dw doesn't fit in. Its just too straight. Besides that and the round rock, everything else looks good.
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I dont know but the dw doesn't fit in. Its just too straight. Besides that and the round rock, everything else looks good.
I have been thinking the same thing about the driftwood but it is too much work to change it now xD and the round rock is just to grow out some moss
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Check out the Cabomba plant, that's what I have in the back right of mine and what yours might be.

75g Journal: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=224354
29g Journal: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=577481
TPT says I'm an algae grower... I'd like to think of myself as one hell of a Cabomba farmer.
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I have been thinking the same thing about the driftwood but it is too much work to change it now xD and the round rock is just to grow out some moss
Hopefully when the plants cover majority of the dw it will look better
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