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post #1 of 84 (permalink) Old 08-10-2013, 11:43 AM Thread Starter
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5ft tank journal - pic heavy

Hi everyone,
Long time lurker, first time poster.

Introduction to me, I am a 28 year old Aussie girl who has kept fish most of my life. Starting out with of course the poor goldfish in the too small tank. The last set up was a 6ft with discus.

I got out of the hobby for 2 years, but once that bug has bitten you can’t get away from it.

For my birthday dear old dad brought me a 5ft tank with sump. Thanks dad!!

The scariest bit was I had to drive the tank from the shop to mine which was over 6 hours away, every little bump made my heart JUMP!

I must admit I did get the inspiration for this tank from one of the amazing ones on here

Tank and stuff spec's
5ft tank
sump filtration
washed riversand substrate
3 T8 tube lighting - Currently being upgraded to LED's
co2 will be added soon
root tabs and liquid ferts

Fish
Fingers crossed Discus and possibly a school of rummy nose tetras?

Plants
Needle leaf java fern
lilaeopsis
I have also brought 2 swords but they are just too big so may have to swap them out for a crypt?

This will be the first time I actually try and make a tank look good, so wish me luck!!!

Some pics.. of course, everyone loves pics

Sump it's actually 2 plastic tubs joined together





Tank and stand


Goldvine






I very slowly filled the tank, the water was almost perfect, but of course stupid me forgot to point the outlet in a different direction



A few days later nice and clear



The pots of lilaeopsis were meant to turn up early this week, but the lfs here is useless at the best of times so if I am lucky maybe next week it will be a bit more green.

Sorry if I have rambled a bit, but thanks for taking the time to read the start to my journey
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post #2 of 84 (permalink) Old 08-10-2013, 12:39 PM
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Welcome to the forum. Nice looking tank and stand. Your scape should look nice with the wood and those swords don't look to be to big. I would place them in the back corner behind the wood. Then let your scape flow out to the left with some medium sized crypts and shorter ground cover.
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post #3 of 84 (permalink) Old 08-10-2013, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the welcome and the compliment

The swords width span is close to 45cm so they are quite large, I haven't planted them as yet as I was waiting on some root tabs and I also want to add some more sand in that area.

I don't think I qualify for the thread, mines only 5ft hahaha. I did have a quick look at that thread tonight, going back to have a bit more of a look though.
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post #4 of 84 (permalink) Old 08-10-2013, 12:57 PM
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Anything over 100g is welcome to join. The name is still in limbo as more 5ft tall tanks show up
You could send those swords my way LOL

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post #5 of 84 (permalink) Old 08-10-2013, 01:03 PM Thread Starter
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Well when I get all the plants I will definitely join in

If were in the same country I may have considered it lol.... Your a long way from my house
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post #6 of 84 (permalink) Old 08-10-2013, 01:21 PM Thread Starter
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I forgot to put in some pics of the LED build









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post #7 of 84 (permalink) Old 08-10-2013, 02:33 PM
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Wow, you're one lucky girl, that's a great looking setup! I'm particularly interested in your sump and lighting. Could you take some close up shots of the filter in action?

I agree with sadchevy, those swords aren't too big (for now). Getting those babies planted and sucking up nutrients would be a good thing. Swapping them out later's always an option, neh? Besides, big swords are worth more in trade.

Are you going to fertilize solely through root tabs? What about CO2, how're you going to add that?

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Nice tank and led build.

What kind of wood is that? where do you get it?
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Amazing tank. I am jealous.


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post #10 of 84 (permalink) Old 08-10-2013, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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Wow, you're one lucky girl, that's a great looking setup! I'm particularly interested in your sump and lighting. Could you take some close up shots of the filter in action?

I agree with sadchevy, those swords aren't too big (for now). Getting those babies planted and sucking up nutrients would be a good thing. Swapping them out later's always an option, neh? Besides, big swords are worth more in trade.

Are you going to fertilize solely through root tabs? What about CO2, how're you going to add that?

Cheers,
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Hi Phil,

thanks for the kind words

I Will take some pics for you today for the sump, I do need to get more media for it, mainly filter pads.

Ok you have made me cave haha, I will plant the swords today and post some updated pics.

I will be adding co2 in the near future, I will have it plumbed into the return line from the sump, I will no doubt have to run it at a higher bubble per second as I will loose some from the sump. I am also dosing liquid ferts.

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Nice tank and led build.

What kind of wood is that? where do you get it?
Thanks It's gold vine, I brought it at a lfs in Melbourne, 600klms away from me. Currently it is being held down by a rock, I am hoping I can remove the rock today.

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post #11 of 84 (permalink) Old 08-11-2013, 04:12 AM Thread Starter
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Here are some pics of the sump as requested








I also added more sand this morning, and the clay root tabs. I have planted one of the swords. Do you guys think I should add the other one if front or should I plant something else there?

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post #12 of 84 (permalink) Old 08-11-2013, 07:50 AM Thread Starter
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a bit better front on pic

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Looking good JKS. I'd move the left side java fern more to the front left of the wood,maybe stuck down between the roots. Plant the other sword where the java was. Then maybe a mix of Bacopa and Ludwigia Repens along the back. In the foreground area I'd go with a mix of crypt parva and E. Tellinus. I love big tanks, it's nice to see how these tall tanks come together.

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post #14 of 84 (permalink) Old 08-13-2013, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Hi Sadchevy

Sorry for the late reply, I will take all you have said into consideration. The carpet plant will be lilaeposis. Fingers crossed it will turn up this week from my lfs, if it's not here by Friday I will be cancelling my order and buying online again. If you look close on the right hand side, I have started planting the 1 pot she had in stock at the time
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post #15 of 84 (permalink) Old 08-15-2013, 05:03 AM Thread Starter
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Well the carpet it planted I need 1 to 2 more pots and the carpet will be done
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