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theericafish 06-03-2012 04:29 AM

3 tanks, one bedroom 5/10/20L
 

Schwartzy61 06-03-2012 04:30 AM

Looks pretty righteous man! Keep uploading pictures of the growth down the road!

theericafish 06-05-2012 03:31 AM

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Originally Posted by Schwartzy61 (Post 1887507)
Looks pretty righteous man! Keep uploading pictures of the growth down the road!

Thank you so much! We've added more photos!

Scars 06-05-2012 01:35 PM

I like the look so far, those must be some happy tetras. Much better than my first "attempts"

All those tanins might be coming from your dirt. I have a 20 gallon im working on now that turned to tea after water changes. Try adding a little purigen in a nylon bag to your filter. Clears it up beautifully.

AaronMB 06-05-2012 01:41 PM

Looks good! Looking forward to more progression pictures of growth.

I really like these tank journals - certainly makes me wish I took more photos along the way.

theericafish 06-05-2012 10:01 PM

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Originally Posted by Scars (Post 1890286)
I like the look so far, those must be some happy tetras. Much better than my first "attempts"

All those tanins might be coming from your dirt. I have a 20 gallon im working on now that turned to tea after water changes. Try adding a little purigen in a nylon bag to your filter. Clears it up beautifully.


Thanks!

Yep, our neons are happy little dudes. They school merrily all day long.

Yes, we had tanin problems when we added our dirt. We also had problems with the dirt and bark floating to the top. Next time, we plan on soaking our dirt longer, so hopefully that will help. To clear up the water we did partial water changes everyday for a few weeks. It was a hassle, but we've decided to steer clear of synthetic additives as much as possible ^_^.

Good luck with your 20 gallon! I hope to see pictures. We're making plans for a 20 gallon too!

Azarakiah 06-05-2012 10:30 PM

are u trying to cause a problem for urself? i dont think u examined ur heater very well... i have the same one its not fully submersable.. not meant to be underwater all the way.. theres a "maximum water line" printed on the heater itself..

livingword26 06-05-2012 11:57 PM

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Originally Posted by Azarakiah (Post 1890932)
are u trying to cause a problem for urself? i dont think u examined ur heater very well... i have the same one its not fully submersable.. not meant to be underwater all the way.. theres a "maximum water line" printed on the heater itself..

Actually that looks like a Top FinŽ Submersible Aquarium Heater to me. I think that the water line is a "Minimum" water line.

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2752191

livingword26 06-05-2012 11:58 PM

Nice looking aquarium. If your are like the rest of us, you are already thinking about your next (bigger) one.

CatB 06-06-2012 12:04 AM

nice tank, but that seems really soon to be adding fish...maybe not. are you sure the tank is fully cycled, have you been testing?
(also, those amazon swords will get HUGE in time, watch out for that)

mrduna01 06-06-2012 12:17 AM

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Originally Posted by livingword26 (Post 1891055)
Actually that looks like a Top Fin® Submersible Aquarium Heater to me. I think that the water line is a "Minimum" water line.

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2752191

You are correct

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Azarakiah 06-06-2012 12:21 AM

ok now i feel dumb lol the rubber part on top was covering half of the text >.< now im in my place lol

2in10 06-06-2012 12:34 AM

Good looking tank

theericafish 06-06-2012 09:04 AM

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Originally Posted by livingword26 (Post 1891055)
Actually that looks like a Top FinŽ Submersible Aquarium Heater to me. I think that the water line is a "Minimum" water line.

http://www.petsmart.com/product/inde...ductId=2752191

I believe we have a similar model to the one in that link. Have had no issues with the heater so far but it is usually on only during the morning and I try to keep an eye on the temperature. Reviews lead me to believe any heater can be faulty so its definitely something to watch out for. Fried fishies wouldn't be a good day for me :'(

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Originally Posted by livingword26 (Post 1891057)
Nice looking aquarium. If your are like the rest of us, you are already thinking about your next (bigger) one.

Appreciate the compliment! I really want a 20 long at the moment. I would like to keep the existing tank going though so I'm looking for a 2 tank stand. Nothing seems to be sturdy enough or fit what I'm looking for style wise. May build my own! :O What plant are you growing on your substrate? I was thinking for the 20 I wanted to go for the carpeted effect.

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Originally Posted by CatB (Post 1891065)
nice tank, but that seems really soon to be adding fish...maybe not. are you sure the tank is fully cycled, have you been testing?
(also, those amazon swords will get HUGE in time, watch out for that)

The tank cycled pretty quickly with the plants that were from an existing planted tank at our local fish store. Before we had fish there were pond snails and I think rams horn snails that came on the plants(as eggs). They were thriving on algae that was growing due to excess nutrients in the water much before we added fish. We've been checking the water throughout the process with the api test kits. The tank was 0 ammonia 0 nitrite and between 2.5 and 5ppm of nitrate when we added the fish, so pretty close to ideal water conditions.

During the cycling process we observed a spike in ammonia and nitrite which the snails seemed to have no problem with(not that I wanted to expose them to toxic water, but didn't have much of a choice). The pond snails breathe air also so I don't think the water quality had a huge effect on them.

As for maintenance we are doing ~30% water changes every friday and trimming plants if needed. The shimp seem to enjoy eating some dead leaves so if theres not too many I just let them be. Going for a more natural balanced eco system(as natural as fish in glass tanks can get at least :P). At this rate the water change happens around when the nitrate reaches about 5ppm.

I'm hoping the swords continue doing well, I've already planted some of the "baby swords" that grew almost entirely in our tank(off the stems that come out). They are growing really fast. Planning to grow enough to have a decent amount of plants to move to the 20g whenever that happens. Always good to save some money!

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Originally Posted by 2in10 (Post 1891114)
Good looking tank

Thank you :) Your 75 looks good! Wish I had room for a bigger tank... someday...

Excuse the lengthy post ;)

HappyToLearn 06-06-2012 10:02 AM

Nice tank :)
I'm started my own planted tank about a month ago, so it's fun to read journals from other newbies. I'll be following yours.
BTW, how many watts on your lights?


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