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post #31 of 257 (permalink) Old 01-18-2008, 10:07 PM
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Had the same thing first few weeks into my 55 setup.I was told it's just something new tanks do...


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post #32 of 257 (permalink) Old 01-18-2008, 10:16 PM
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where did you get the light ? how much ?

i also keep a few snakes my kids caught , collect surplus military firearms , hunt , and am a general tinkerer / mad scientist - hahahahahaah - i should fit right in here
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post #33 of 257 (permalink) Old 01-18-2008, 11:19 PM Thread Starter
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The light is a compact flourescent Aqualight and bought it online at Dr. Foster's and Smith's. Paid $260.00. It has (4) 65 watt bulbs and is a great light! Love Dr. Foster's and Smith's website. Best prices.

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post #34 of 257 (permalink) Old 01-19-2008, 03:44 AM Thread Starter
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Made a change tonight to my tank. I did not like the open space on top of the rock as pictured here...




So I did this...


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post #35 of 257 (permalink) Old 01-19-2008, 12:17 PM Thread Starter
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This ia a full shot of tank...



Center view...



Left side view...



Plants are purchased from Aquariumplants.com (Great people to work with, beautiful plants and great prices)

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post #36 of 257 (permalink) Old 01-19-2008, 12:23 PM
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wow like the new effect with the rock, would have worked better though if you used my leopard gecko's food bowl. more room for gravel and roots (since its hollow)

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post #37 of 257 (permalink) Old 01-19-2008, 07:20 PM
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The tank looks absolutely beautiful! I cant wait to see it fill in. I also recently started a tank(the whole deal, artificial to planted), and had those same mysterious bubbles. They went away, eventually though.

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post #38 of 257 (permalink) Old 01-19-2008, 09:42 PM
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really like what you did with the rock, first time I saw it I hated it but didnt comment. Much better now. I think it would look better a bit elevated on an angle from the substrate.
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That "slime" on the surface is from the Eco Complete. Its the nutrient enriched "water" that comes with the ECO. Just keep the surface partially moving and it will go away with the first couple water changes.

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post #40 of 257 (permalink) Old 01-20-2008, 02:00 AM Thread Starter
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I am very pleased with how my plants are adapting and growing. I also did not like the look of the rock and the wasted space but am pleased the way it turned out. Below are some updated pics...


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Looks very nice, thanks for sharing this. Good move on the rock.
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post #42 of 257 (permalink) Old 01-24-2008, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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Here are some updated pics of how my 55 gal is coming along

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Left Side..

Right Side..

My julii hiding out under the Ambulia..

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post #43 of 257 (permalink) Old 01-31-2008, 03:22 AM Thread Starter
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Weekly update on the tank...if you have any sugesstions or comments please let me know...


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Well, I did some changes and trimmed some plants (and forgot to take a pic before doing all that) but here are some updated photos of how the tank is doing.



A am a bit frustrated though and second guessing whether it was worth switching over to a planted tank.

1.) This past week, after i had gotten some new cardinal & rummy nose tetras, ich broke out and then also a bacterial infection in the fish. I lost all 12 of my cardinals and all 15 of my rummynose tetras along with 1 of my corys and my new rainbow shark is not doing well. I ended up pulling all my fish out of the 55 gal and put them in a 10 gal hospital tank so I could treat. My glo-lite tetras (I lost 1 of the 6 I had of those also) are doing better and I think my other cory will pull through along with my 2 pencil fish.

2.) I now have discovered what I believe is thread algea growing (see pic), so I started to dose extra of excel, which I hope will not kill my cabomba



I do love the look of the planted tank and just hope the joys will outweigh the frustrations. Anyway, here are some additional photos...

right side..


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Tank is growing in nice. Looks like staghorn algae. Manual remove it.
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