So I've had a 10 gallon for about a year now its been doing awesome! All my plants have survived and have only lost ghost shrimp. (Think my black phantoms ate them, never did find the culprit for the mass killing of shrimp)
Anyways Just picked up a 55 gallon! $30 came with tank, lights, giant hob filter, heater, food, and chemicals. Really excited about this as its my first big tank. So now the fun part, shopping and would like your guys input on it.
Photo off the craigslist ad:
So I want to do a heavily planted tank. Still deciding on fish but right now would like a school of coreys(15ish) , shrimp, snails and possibly some rams(Cichlids).
So ofc looking to do this as cheap as possible and yet as nice as can be.
So here is what I have so far, please chime in and let me know what you think.
Lighting: Was thinking in stead of using the cover hood light leave it open and hang 3 of the clamp like style lights above it? The light fixture that came with it can only support up to 40watts and I would like for the lighting to be good. Think people recommend 3-5 watts per gallon if I recall.
you can get something cheaper at canadian tire....then just use spiral compact fluorescents in them. make sure to use 6700k daylight bulbs though!!!
Thanks for the info. I've talked with our fish shops around here and decided I'm going to buy a T5 light with 2 bulbs (120 watts). Seemed like a lot better idea talking with the guys.
Good news, the tank holds water!
After scrubbing and making sure everything I got is working and what it is, I've determined the filter that came with it is a joke. Some Aqua-Tech 30-60. So I plan on buying a Fluval 406 or possibly 306 after reading everyone's comments. Seems to be the filter of choice. Now to decide on 306 vs 406. Guess if I spend the extra money and get the 406 I'll be all set to upgrade later down the road?
Hoping to order most of it the end of this month.
Yes yes my office isn't finished yet. Its in the works...
Alright its coming along! 1 week ago I moved in my 3 black tip phantoms. They've been doing well!
So a few days ago ordered some plants from aquabid. The auction (Stuffs addicting watch out) Finally arrived today! So when home on my lunch to get them out of the mailbox so they don't bake all day and threw them into the tank.
The plants so far...
12-15 stems of Rotala Rotundifolia
3 stems 3-4 inch long of Eichhornia Diversifolia
2x2 size Fissidens Fontanus
1 Ludwigia Glandulosa
10 stems of Marsilia Spp.
1 Green Tiger Lily
portion of Blyxa Japonica
Also picked up a new light (T5) and pleco yesterday, getting along great.
Don't mind the pvc, it will be burried and blended in. It been put in to give them a place to hide while the plants grow. Just haven't had time....
So went backpacking this weekend and found all sorts of goodies..
Few manzanita tree limbs and river rocks!
The one i chose to clean and put in the tank.
River rock (possbily look awesome making a cave cover in moss? Also the PVC pipes I covered with my substrate to provide hiding spots and possibly use as a prop for the rock. Need to attach some more to hide the fact its pvc but so far so good!
Ok so need some input, I'm ready to order some more plants. I would like to get some carpet plant this time. Especially for the right side of the tank. Something shortish and densest require a lot of maintenance.
Happy Birthday! Looks like it is coming along great.
Right now my favorite carpeting plant is Dwarf Sag, it grows and spreads fast and doesn't require much, if any maint. besides thinning it out and spreading the shoots where you want them. I also like S. repens but they are to new for me to have a firm opinion on them on growth yet.