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post #1 of 32 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 05:56 PM Thread Starter
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Sollie's 4g Finnex Build (back in the hobby)

Guess im getting back into the hobby took down the 2.5 gal I had temporarily set up and set up the finnex today.

Equipment:

Finnex tank

Aquaclear 20 (actually about perfect flow, surprised me )

Eheim Jager 50W Heater

Aquatraders Beamswork 12" Led Fixture

Substrate:

Mineralized Soil w/ Flourite cap (very mineralized, from my 17 gal I tore down awhile ago)

Plants:

Just java moss and a couple Java ferns for now. I plan to get a couple Amazon swords and maybe some stems.

Plans:

I plan to get more plants and driftwood/stones and maybe a pressurized paintball co2 setup.

Probably Red cherry shrimp and a few small fish or maybe a cool betta not sure might just do plant only so I don't have to do water changes as much. Im also using ro water so its not like it restores nutrients anyway.

Tank itself, I painted the back black

Flourite

Soil

Flourite Barrier

Adding the mud

Flourite top

Peroxide soak of driftwood and plants from 2.5

Scape

Little cloudy I could have washed the flourite more

liken the flow

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post #2 of 32 (permalink) Old 03-15-2012, 06:39 PM
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Looks like a nice start. I would probalby move the java fern and other plants away from the heater.
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nice, another finnex 4 owner!
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Can't wait to see what you do with it. Hopefully getting my Finnex soon!

Do you know anything about that LED strip? Have you used it before? I've seen a package with it, but I was hesitant to use LEDs before CFLs.
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Can't wait to see what you do with it. Hopefully getting my Finnex soon!

Do you know anything about that LED strip? Have you used it before? I've seen a package with it, but I was hesitant to use LEDs before CFLs.
I used it for a little while on the 2.5 but not enough to know how good it is yet. Def puts out alot of light though and way better then the finnex led fixture too from what ive heard about it.

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still cloudy but its getting a little better I should keep running the filter right?

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nice tank

Can't wait to see it all planted!
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thanks guys

still pretty cloudy but atleast I can kind of see the plants now

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waters pretty clear now

Also have more plants, ferts and a co2 setup on the way

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i have that light on a 2.5 and i absolutely love it!
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i have that light on a 2.5 and i absolutely love it!
awesome yeah I like it so far but need to get some more plants and the ferts and co2 in there before I really know.

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Got my plants today OVT hooked me up big time, whole tank is full already might ROAK some actually. Will posts pics once it clears up in a bit.

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Got my Paintball co2 regulator today. Anyone know where to get a tank and have it filled? Hoping to do that tomorrow and will add pictures once its hooked up.

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Dick's sporting goods, academy sports, sports authority, etc. can do both.

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Dick's does mine for $3.99 + tax. Free fill every 4 fills you get too.
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