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01-10-2012 01:10 AM
night9eyes I also haven't been on the site much lately, but as a fellow central FL I had to comment and say, the tank looks great! And yeah, I am also a little partial to angels as my 90 is full of um too Keep up the good work!
01-10-2012 01:03 AM
Storm Very nice! This tank turned out great.
01-09-2012 08:45 PM
wkndracer Haven't been on the site as much lately either. (life )
Plants look good, angels look healthy so it doesn't get much better (imo) congrats on a nice setup.

Any bumps along the way since the October setup?

liking the look
01-09-2012 07:37 PM
dundee Here are some older pics I took during the setup process. I have more I'll post later.


This is the old stand I got on Craigslist 4 years ago. In this picture I have removed the hardware and doors for sanding.


Stand after sanding with 220 grit.


After the first coat of stain black. I had to sand a drip on the right and respray.


This is the light I'm using on my tank. It is an Aqueon Triple Tube T8. I returned the Hagen Glo (2xT5HO) for a few reasons:
- 2xT5HO was too much light for a non-CO2 tank
- Didn't want to hang the light above the tank to reduce PAR
- T8 bulbs are cheap at Lowes/Home Depot


Here's a shot of the reflector. A single non-parabolic polished reflector. Nothing fancy. I actually love the simplicity of this light. I ran it side by side with the 2xT5HO. Visually, I would say its just as bright but less focused light. I would say it's somewhere between a single T5HO and a dual T5HO in terms of PAR, but I don't have a meter so that's just a guess.


This is why I bought this light. Cheap bulbs. I can by T8s at Lowes or Home Depot for $3.50. Beat that. I will replace one bulb every 4 months. This means at any given time the average bulb age is 4 to 8 months. Here is the current setup:
- Philips 5000K
- Aqueon 8000K
- Phillips 6500K
Have I mentioned I love this old-school light?


Here is my old 29 gallon that I'm using for filtering and aging water. The Fluvals are being leak checked in this picture. The 405 is now on the 55 gallon. I might stop aging the water... I just dont trust the water around here. When I first moved to Melbourne, FL a few years ago I lost all my fish. They use treated lake water here. In Gainesville, FL we had water from aquifers that I had no problems with... I probably don't need this step because I use Prime, but I'm still worried.

Anyway... I have more pictures of the tank setup somewhere else that I will post later.
01-07-2012 07:45 PM
dundee
Surprise!

Surprise! You guys probably gave up on me... but I've been working in the shadows. I've done quite a bit of work on the tank.

The tank has been running since around October 1st. I just added the angelfish last night. They are from AngelfishUSA. I have 11 Green Glitter Peruvian wild tank bred juveniles. I'll be setting up another tank soon for them as they will out grow this tank in about 6 months.

I also have 6 fat cardinals and 2 ottos that have been in the tank for about 2 months.

Anyway here are some pics. I need to mess with the camera a bit to get better photos.


Full tank shot.


Left side. Peruvian wild tank bred juvenile angelfish.


Right side. Jumbo cardinal tetras


Center view


Driftwood


Ludwigia Repens.

More details to come....
09-22-2011 02:20 PM
dundee
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Originally Posted by sanj View Post
I like the idea of a Walstead set up, but I find on a visual level they are often uninspiring. Still there is hope.

The only thing I would have questioned with your setup proposal is the amount of light you are planning to use on only a 55g aquarium. Without co2 input that seems a little too much imo.

Better with either 1x 54w T5 or T8s.
Sanji,

You must have misread my post. I'm using 3 T8s. I returned the dual T5HO fixture.

I'm starting to think about plants/aquascape now. Got any suggestions?
09-22-2011 12:47 PM
sanj I like the idea of a Walstead set up, but I find on a visual level they are often uninspiring. Still there is hope.

The only thing I would have questioned with your setup proposal is the amount of light you are planning to use on only a 55g aquarium. Without co2 input that seems a little too much imo.

Better with either 1x 54w T5 or T8s.
09-19-2011 11:40 PM
10gallonplanted Lol! I tried everything though. More circulation, shrimp, and otos. I think part of the reason was from using sand that i didnt rinse.
09-19-2011 11:23 PM
dundee
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Originally Posted by 10gallonplanted View Post
I just tore down my walstad tank today, I got so tired of crap collecting on the leaves.
Well shoot... I better return all this stuff. I can't deal with that! j/k
09-19-2011 11:08 PM
10gallonplanted I just tore down my walstad tank today, I got so tired of crap collecting on the leaves.
09-19-2011 11:07 PM
dundee
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Originally Posted by londonloco View Post
I just spray painted that EXACT stand black for a 75g NPT I set up today. The guy I bought it from emailed me he wanted it back after he saw a pic of it painted black. You won't be disappointed, it turns out great. I used 2.5 cans, the last half of the can I used to spray paint the back of the tank.

I went with some old mineralized top soil I had laying around, and capped it with Flourite Black. It took me no time to rinse the black Flourite, not anywhere as dusty as the brown Flourite. Water is a little cloudy, but not bad at all.

Good luck with this tank...
Thanks man! Yeah I really didn't feel like spending more $$ on another sub par aquarium stand. So, I figured I'd just clean this one up a bit.

BTW I just ordered 3 bags of Flourite. I went with 2 bags of Original and one bag of Black. I considered doing all black to match the stand, but I don't think that looks very natural. I think the 2 to 1 ratio will look better.

Now I better get that stand ready!
09-19-2011 02:55 AM
londonloco I just spray painted that EXACT stand black for a 75g NPT I set up today. The guy I bought it from emailed me he wanted it back after he saw a pic of it painted black. You won't be disappointed, it turns out great. I used 2.5 cans, the last half of the can I used to spray paint the back of the tank.

I went with some old mineralized top soil I had laying around, and capped it with Flourite Black. It took me no time to rinse the black Flourite, not anywhere as dusty as the brown Flourite. Water is a little cloudy, but not bad at all.

Good luck with this tank...
09-19-2011 02:30 AM
dundee Alright question time... What color substrate cap should I use? This is going to be a black background tank with a black stand... so black Fluorite? Maybe natural red mix? Maybe Eco-Complete? Hell... maybe pool filter sand? What do you guys think? I'm getting the itch to order more stuff! =)
09-19-2011 02:26 AM
dundee
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Originally Posted by driftwoodhunter View Post
I can't get over how neat & clean your trunk is - lol
Yeah I'm a little OCD about my car... =)
09-19-2011 02:14 AM
driftwoodhunter I can't get over how neat & clean your trunk is - lol
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