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Today 03:54 AM
Maechael MrPixel regarding the sand, most plants do fine with root clusters, Anubias, Crypts, Ludwigia, Rotala, Amazon swords.

Some carpeting plants such as microsword, dwarf hair grass and the likes are a bit tricky to keep down when they are new. Once they establish they hold.

I have been using flourish root tabs, but now have decided to switch to homemade for cost effectiveness, started a new post in the ferts section on it.

Any inert substrate will require some form of fertilization eventually. My stems are fed by fish waste, my larger plants are root tabbed.

Bump: As a sidenote to Blackheart, tetra tanks have some slop on them, some do not have it.
Personally I just take a blade to excess, but if it's thin or looks weird, I pass.

Go check out your closest stores stock on hand, smaller businesses use silicone so much cleaner.
Today 02:02 AM
Blackheart I totally get what you mean. AGA tanks are the best you can get if you ask me. I mean, out of the tanks that are readily available and don't cost an arm and a leg like special order ADA tanks and such. I've had many Aqueon tanks over the years; 2 10 gallons, a 20 high, a 25 gallon and a 40B and they were great tanks with no issues at all.

I did look at a 40 long originally though but just didn't care for it. Plus the 55 was the best price out of all the options I looked at for a tank that was 48x12.
Today 12:22 AM
Little Soprano Blackheart, my BF's 20 year old AGA is a testament to their tanks (Aqueon/AGA same thing now lol), almost saddens me its going to be coming down soon for the new 120. Been a SW tank, a FW tank, SW, FW, now it was the gateway into plants. Same old AC powerheads too LOL. Ancient tank. Recently destroyed the light hood (with the fake wood look) that had a 1996 inspection sticker on it to retrofit it with T5s lol.

Silicon isn't the most beautiful anymore, but that tank is still holding water. And the dimensions are great too. I love a 40 long vs. a 55 gallon tank. Incredibly easy to work on.
Today 12:13 AM
Blackheart I went today and looked around at the dollar per gallon tanks at Petco tonight by me in Troy just out of curiosity. They had a whole stack of 40B tanks there.

Not really impressed by the tanks they had out there at all. They were dirty with sloppy silicone jobs. Only had one 55 and it was really dirty looking as well. I think I'll stick with my Aqueon lol
Yesterday 06:12 PM
mrpixel Cool. I'm switching my tanks over to sand once my sand filters get established. Do you plants root and grow well in your sand? Do you fert with root tabs?
Yesterday 05:02 PM
Maechael Living room 55 has black diamond blasting grit, penguin 200, tetra 60 and I believe an Aqueon led.
Double heaters.

Fish room 55 mixed sand, more natural looking, aquaclear 20, aqueon 300, penguin 300 penguin 200.
4x32 watt T8 lamps on top. No heater.

Living room is likely to stay fixed, fishroom 55 is heavily planted and may get additional light and more co2

Bump: If I had a house instead of an apartment I would literally have walls of 40B tanks filled with breeding pairs and guppies.

Would love to setup a full breeding shelf just for dwarf cichlids.
Yesterday 01:29 PM
mrpixel Maechael. What Substrate, filters and lights are you using on the 55's?
Yesterday 11:25 AM
Blackheart Man you have a lot of tanks!!
Yesterday 07:08 AM
Maechael Update time.

Tank list.

55 community tank, gold rams an odd angel, mixed tetras cories, and a soon to be booted pleco.
55 community tank, guppies hundreds, orange poso's, cories, ottos.
40 b community, kuhlis, gold kuhlis, black kuhlis, neons, rubberlip, nerites.
29 gallon, blue delta breeding trio.
29 gallon, tbd
7.5 gallon tbd
3 gallon bowl betta sorority
4x 1 gallon betta bowls
2 gallon bowl mystery snail and betta tank.

Hoping to dedicate time and energy into a breeding rig for rams, and possibly apistogrammas.
Considering dropping bettas in favor of time and space for said breeding.

Looking into shrimp again as well.
03-27-2015 10:41 PM
Blackheart Wow it's really that much of a pain huh? Yeah not looking really to hang anything. I probably won't go this route anyways since it's so much for the canopy and I've already invested 200 bucks in the tank setup which is really my budget.
03-27-2015 10:24 PM
Little Soprano TBH Blackheart, I have a canopy on my SW tank. While it looks beautiful, and we now have a great system to raise/lower it by, it is a PITA for tank maintenance (well prior to the new ratchets hanging from the ceiling).

Thats what we did two months ago after getting sick of trying to do tank maintenance with a canopy. You can raise it and lower it with one person. Works like a charm.
03-27-2015 05:36 PM
Originally Posted by Maechael View Post
I vote that you get what you can afford, what you like and what makes you comfortable.
This is how I select my aquariums, they have to have aesthetics, and be of good condition.
Good advice. Speaking of which... I'm thinking about purchasing the wooden canopy to match my stand but not really sure if it's worth it considering it's 140 dollars.
03-27-2015 02:39 PM
mrpixel I would suggest going on face book and joining the Michigan fish groups and asking them if anyone has had experience with them.
03-27-2015 07:33 AM
Little Soprano Well I have a 20 year old AGA (now aqueon) and a aqueon 10g. And then some brand of acrylic for my 125 SW. Was in a pet store bought it at Vi Pets for a steal.

I do plan on buying one of their stands so it's a three year full warranty. I'm very much tempted
03-27-2015 06:09 AM
Maechael That website can also be a good info dig as well.

I vote that you get what you can afford, what you like and what makes you comfortable.
This is how I select my aquariums, they have to have aesthetics, and be of good condition.

I had one tetra tank and one aqueon tank that leaked, both 10 gallon, both seal tested and returned.
And a 5.5 gallon tetra that tore a seal after 6 months.

Tetra does seem to be the low end.

I have officially begun attempts at breeding!
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