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post #1 of 65 (permalink) Old 08-31-2013, 05:47 PM Thread Starter
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Hey yall, a buddy of mine gave me, GAVE ME! a 55 gallon tank. I figured I would start a journal to see how this goes, and get some feedback. Let me preface all of this by saying that I have no idea of what I'm doing. So if it looks like I'm about to poison my family or burn my house down, shoot me a pm.

Let's get this mutha humpin' party started!

I currently have a 29 long medium tech(?). I plan to move that tank over to the new one.

Here's a pic of the current set up:



This is the current 29 long.

When I first set this one up, I did some light reading on how planted tanks worked, bought some stuff, threw it into the tank, and prayed. I hope to have a better plan this time.

Anyway, its opening day of college football season, so my attention is going to be split between that and this tank. I'll post some pics of the new tank in a bit.

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Ok, so I snapped some pics of the 55 gallon earlier

Just look at this funky son of a b





The guy I got this from likes the idea of having a fish tank, but hates the actual reality of having a tank. No maintenance was performed. The tank has some nasty old algae and hard water spots on the glass.

I removed the silly purple gravel, which smelled of fish and wet dog, and filled with a water/bleach mixture. How much bleach did I use? Not sure, I didn't pay attention, sue me.



Right now I'm draining the tank, and I'm gonna refill it with water/declorinator, drain again, and start working on the algae and hard water.

On a side note, college football is on, and the first game is Texas A&M vs. Rice. Way to start that season off with a marquee opponent Aggies. Manziel is benched for half a game? That's ok. I'm pretty sure Rice only plays half a game anyway.

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On my earlier side note: I just checked the score of the game and Rice is up 14-7. I may have to eat my words.... probably not though.

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I'm going to use a fluval 306 for filtration



I have a small power head (can't remember the brand name) that I'll be using to get some good flow in the tank.

I also just got a co2 regulator from Aquatek



Some may scoff at this cheap regulator, to them I say nay, I will prove this regulator is the bomb or die trying. I'm just hoping the regulator doesn't turn the co2 tank into some sort of missile.

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I have that same exact aquatek regulator. I've been using it for over a year now and have never had any issues. I have a 24oz. paintball tank setup. Looking forward to your setup!
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Thanks for the reply. The aquatek had some good reviews, so I decided to roll the dice with it.

I still need to find a co2 tank. The local craigslist only has 20 pounders which would be too big to fit under the cabinet. And for some reason my local welding supply company doesnt sell em. So the search continues.

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I've been using the aquatek regulator for over 2 years now with no issues as well. Can't beat it for the price.

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Thats what I've been reading.

LSU won tonight, so I won't be in a depressed funk tomorrow.

I cleaned the tank earlier today. I'm gonna clean it again tomorrow for good measure.

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Use vinegar for your hard water stains and algae then rinse well. Vinegar work good.
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Thats what I did. I smell like a pickle who's been drinking too much. Before I left the house I noticed some more hard water stains. Gonna take care of that tomorrow after I sleep tonights debauchery off.

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Alright, I slept off last night and headed to Home Depot for some supplies. I plan to make a Cerges style reactor to run inline with the Fluval 306. I have no idea what I'm doing, and it must show; an employee approached me and tried to help. I just wanted the conversation to end, and ran out of there as soon as an opening came. I may run to Lowe's later where the employees are more apathetic.

Anyway, some tank pics:



"Whats he doing?!?!" I hear you gasp.

That's right, I'm painting a background. Call the cops, I don't care.



A thousand coats of paint, and one sore pointer finger later, and I'm almost done.



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On a side note, how do the homies paint so much on the sides of bridges? I just painted a small tank, and I'm icing my hand down. I suspect that there'll be a glut of gangsters with carpel tunnel in a couple of years clogging the health care system.

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Thanks for checking it out. I'm still putting come coats of paint on it. I bought two .97 cans of cheapo paint, and I'll be dammed if I don't use all of it.

I ran by Lowes, and was just as lost as I was in the Home Depot. Thankfully the employees pretended like I wasn't there. I may need to get my more mechanically inclined buddy to help me set up the plumbing.

I couple of weeks ago I drew up a schematic what I wanted the plumbing to look like. Prepare to be amazed




I got some input from another thread, and I may add a bypass to run before and after the reactor. Its important that I can put a drain on this thing as I'm lazy, and I like to prepare for my future laziness.

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I've got wood! (Incidentally, that is the same line I used when I first met my wife. 10 years of marriage later and she still things I'm an idiot.)

Got this from PlantBrain a couple of weeks ago. Its been soaking in a crawfish pot since.

I know what you're saying, "bluecheese, I can't wait to see that wood in the tank!"

Slow your roll, homey. I can't just go stuffing wood in there like its prom night. This tank's a lady, and I'm gonna make sweet love to her, Barry White style.

I really like that big log at the top of the picture, so it'll definitely be in there. Probably do some amorphous branch thing opposite the log. We'll see.

Anyway, tomorrow I'll be in Baton Rouge for the LSU home opener and Sunday is the first Saints game, so I'll be busy (drunk) all weekend. I took this coming Wednesday off of work, so with any luck I'll be able to get the tank set up in the house and cycling by the end of next week.

So yall have a good weekend. Who dat and Geaux Tigers!

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