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CallMeKenny 11-15-2012 02:35 AM

From Mbuna to Plants
 
Starting a thread for my 55 gallon dirted and soon to be planted tank! I had a good time with African cichlids but the constant fighting and aggression has made me convert to plants and community fish.

Tank: Standard 55 Gallon
Lighting: Diamond Plate 4' Fixture from HD
Substrate: MGOPM capped with Black Sand
Plants: ... coming soon
Fish: ... coming soon
CO2: Maybe a DIY

Mbuna tank before tear down:

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/y...KLCEAAAHGx.jpg

CallMeKenny 11-15-2012 02:37 AM

Tearing down...

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/y...n/DSCN5881.jpg

CallMeKenny 11-15-2012 02:39 AM

Sifted all of the bark and wood out of the soil. Gotta head to the store to get some sand for capping.

http://i780.photobucket.com/albums/y...n/DSCN5887.jpg

CallMeKenny 12-03-2012 01:15 AM

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Tried to do an aquascape. :redface:

Ignore the rocks! :)

CallMeKenny 12-03-2012 01:17 AM

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This is after a 50% water change, the tannins are still pretty strong. Added 8 silvertip tetras and some plants which I don't know all of the names of.

CallMeKenny 01-06-2013 12:27 AM

Well the tank has been progressing and plants are growing, but I am having 1 major problem. Air bubbles in the substrate keeping bringing up dirt and making a mess. I thought I had got rid of them all, but they just keep showing up.

Freeasabird 01-06-2013 12:55 AM

How thick is the cap?

CallMeKenny 01-06-2013 01:03 AM

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Originally Posted by Freeasabird (Post 2163833)
How thick is the cap?

It was 1.5" but I noticed some spots have less than others. I think I will buy another bag of sand and see if that helps.

mitch p 01-06-2013 03:51 AM

I love that piece of DW!!!! I am literally going from Mbuna to Plants as well! Good Luck!!!!!! Looking great so far :D

CallMeKenny 01-06-2013 02:45 PM

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Originally Posted by mitch p (Post 2165353)
I love that piece of DW!!!! I am literally going from Mbuna to Plants as well! Good Luck!!!!!! Looking great so far :D

Thanks! The driftwood is actually a bunch of sticks I found and tied together. :icon_smil

CallMeKenny 02-17-2013 09:57 PM

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Family Day weekend update :)

samee 02-17-2013 10:05 PM

I dont know but the dw doesn't fit in. Its just too straight. Besides that and the round rock, everything else looks good.

CallMeKenny 02-18-2013 01:17 AM

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Originally Posted by samee (Post 2570834)
I dont know but the dw doesn't fit in. Its just too straight. Besides that and the round rock, everything else looks good.

I have been thinking the same thing about the driftwood but it is too much work to change it now xD and the round rock is just to grow out some moss :)

Rush3737 02-18-2013 03:30 AM

Check out the Cabomba plant, that's what I have in the back right of mine and what yours might be.

samee 02-18-2013 03:40 AM

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Originally Posted by CallMeKenny (Post 2572498)
I have been thinking the same thing about the driftwood but it is too much work to change it now xD and the round rock is just to grow out some moss :)

Hopefully when the plants cover majority of the dw it will look better :)


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