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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 03:06 PM Thread Starter
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40g breeder corydora tank

I wanted to improve on my corydora tank so I needed something larger and I wanted to experiment with low tech plants as well. The 40g breeder tank was as large as I could go without moving to 75g so its a 36x18x16 tank.

Tank: 40g Breeder 36x18x16
Lighting: 2x 23w CFL 6500k lights
Substrate SeaChem Flourite Black sand capped with regular black sand
Ferts: liquid ferts and root tabs
KH/GH: Unknown I forgot to buy a test >.<

Getting the stand ready to build

The 40g breeder aquarium, I had a custom glass lid cut at the glass place in town, far cheaper then buying a glass lid at the fish store

The Stingray stand, its meant for 75g tanks so I have extra width which is fine with me

Girlfriend is painting the back of the tank with acrylic pant

The tank on the stand all nicely evened out

My flourite black sand, I'm only planning on putting most plants in the back and around the side so thats where I put it, the rest of the tank is capped off with black sand

Put the rest of the sand in the tank and my two pieces of wood, the larger center is one brand new, the smaller one in the corner was in the 20g for the last month and a half or so, still wont stay sunk by itself

All setup for now, the only live plants are the WasterSprite and Wisteria in the corners, the rest will have to be replaced in two weeks when my order is shipped out
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post #2 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-14-2013, 04:12 PM
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You have a nice start to this tank.

110g Tropical Community & Sakura Shrimp
55g BN Breeding Grounds, Peacock Gudgeons, Panda, Pygmies, & Smudge Spot Cories, Rili Shrimp
10g RCS and show guppies

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post #3 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-15-2013, 12:32 AM Thread Starter
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Special ordered some plants from the only Canadian seller I could find, Will be shipped out on the 25th and I should get it on the 28th

4x Java Fern (Microsorium pteropus)
3x Wendtii - Green (Cryptocoryne wendtii - Green)
4x Dwarf Sagittaria
3x Pennywort, Brazilian (Hydrocotyle leucocephala)

Still pricey, but I hope they work well
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post #4 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-15-2013, 12:37 AM
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Looking good. What kind of Cories are you planning to get? I'm a big fan of them. A while back I purchased a 50g breeder for cories but I made it a community tank. Since then I broke it down for my sons bassinet.

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post #5 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-15-2013, 01:21 AM Thread Starter
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I originally planned for orange laser, since they are around $15 a cory in my town but the store I go to in the city had them on sale for $3 each. When I got there though there were only two left and since I had two we rescued from the store in town I grabbed them so they had a group of 4 instead of just two by themselves. So I went with Pandas, the tank has 15 panda, 4 pepper, 2 albino, and 4 orange laser

I did a 75% WC today and the water is now alot clearer I can see across the tank now from side to side
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The tank looks great! Cories are adorable little critters... It's hard to believe they're related to the 10' redtail cat!

My adventures in keeping Indostomus crocodilus, the crocodile toothpick fish. AKA armored stickleback, paradox fish, and freshwater pipefish. Care is (to the best of my knowledge) exactly the same as Indostomus paradoxus.
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post #7 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-15-2013, 07:33 AM Thread Starter
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That one is news to me
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post #8 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-18-2013, 07:06 PM
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What Canadian seller would that be, I have been looking for an online Canadian plant seller for a very long time. Can you PM me the info?
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post #9 of 10 (permalink) Old 02-28-2013, 07:34 PM Thread Starter
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Got my plants today and put them in, I also got 15 pieces of Italian Vails on my order which I forgot to mention above

All the plants were nicely bagged and labeled

Planted some of the vails and the sagittaria, turns out of all the plants I bought the sagiitaria is my favourite right now

Had to take my log out to put the Java Fern on, two pieces are tied on, the other two I used instant glue

Everything is setup now. The tank is about 80% real plants now, the fake leaves on the left by the other driftwood will be replaced with real anubias later. Ignore all the air bubbles they'll go away later

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post #10 of 10 (permalink) Old 03-12-2013, 10:51 PM Thread Starter
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Heres an update from today

This little guy was barely living from my first attempt a few months ago, after I planted him in this tank hes done really well pretty much quintupling in size in 3 weeks or so

Heres the watersprite before I started cutting it up, this thing got massive I cut it up into 6 pieces I replanted around the tank, and a few pieces I'm letting float since I removed the HOB and put a canister in the tank.

Heres the tank before the waterchange and cutting up the Watersprite

Here it is now with the WS cut up and replanted around the tank, my dwarf saggitaria I gathered together and put it into one bunch in the center of my tank

My Java Fern is still browning, I hope new leaves start to grow soon
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