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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-08-2014, 06:06 AM Thread Starter
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50g Dry Start 10/7/14 (56K)

Hello everyone! I'm new to the forum and to planted tanks in general. I wanted to show off and document the project that I've been working on for the last few weeks.

Having been interested in planted tanks for a little while, I just couldn't resist when I saw the 50g on craigslist for only $25. :P It did end up needing to be resealed, as some of the silicone was looking pretty worn (I didn't do the most beautiful job, but at least it's 100% watertight). I was then able to rig up the CFL lighting with stuff from Home Depot for about $40 and I was ready to start scaping!

As you can probably tell, I'm a fan of saving money and doing as much DIY work as possible, but I didn't want to skimp on the substrate so I ended up going with aquasoil. I was able to find all the hardscape near my house!

After a lot of research I decided to try a dry start for a few reasons. I most likely will not be starting out with CO2, although I may add a system later if the tank needs it (I may dose excel in the mean time). Because of this, I wanted to give my HC a good chance to get established before I deprive it of CO2. Also, doing a dry start will give me some more time to save up for, and decide on, a good collection of plants for the final planting.

So without further ado, here are the pics:

I'll update the thread weekly with progress. Any comments, suggestions, or questions are welcome.


Last edited by SurlySquid; 10-08-2014 at 07:16 PM. Reason: Added photo
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-08-2014, 05:43 PM
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If you are going to do liquid carbon and like to save money, get yourself a gallon of Metricide 14.

Off to a good start!

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Looking good so far! I really like the rockscape.

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post #4 of 4 (permalink) Old 10-08-2014, 07:13 PM Thread Starter
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Hmm, I'll have to look into metricide 14, thanks for the tip!

I also found a picture with the manzanita that I'm going to add back in when I flood the tank.

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