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Nelsontreyjones 12-02-2012 12:01 AM

40 Gallon Breeder Planted
This is my second tank. Been up now for maybe a month or so. Any advice or suggestion would be appreciated. Currently have on order 6 more Black Ruby Barbs.

Tank Specs:
36" x 18" x 16"

Fluval 206
Marineland Emperor 400

150W Fluval M Heater

Nova Extreme 2xT5HO Model 1128 78W (11 Hours)
TrueLumen LED Lunar Ligh 453nm Blue Actinic LEDs x3 (4 Hours)

Java Fern
Windelov Java Fern
Vallisneria spiralis
Amazon Sword
Java Moss
Dwarf Sagittaria

Flourish Excel -> Soon to be Glutaraldehyde once Excel goes
Flourish Comprehensive
Osmocote Tabs

Longfin Zebra Danio (Danio rerio) 5
Rainbow shark (Epalzeorhynchos frenatum) 1
Black Ruby Barb (Pethia nigrofasciata) 6
Turquoise Rainbow (Melanotaenia lacustris) 4
Twig Catfish (Farlowella) 1
Julii Cory (Corydoras julii ) 6
Oto (Otocinclus vittatus) 3

GMYukonon24s 12-02-2012 01:03 AM

Nice setup! I just seen this tank at Petsmart. I just love the footprint of this tank.

Nelsontreyjones 12-02-2012 02:14 AM


Originally Posted by GMYukonon24s (Post 2096049)
Nice setup! I just seen this tank at Petsmart. I just love the footprint of this tank.

Thanks, that is where I got it from when they had it on sale. Perfect size.

Nelsontreyjones 12-08-2012 11:55 PM


Just added some plants and a fish:

Ludwigia Repens x L. Arcuata
Rotala sp "Green"
Heteranthera Zosterifolia (Stargrass)
Cryptocoryne wendtii 'Green Gecko'
Clown Pleco L104

Also have on order the last bit of the fish.

6 Black Ruby Barbs

5 Threadfin Rainbowfish

I am really looking into pressured Co2. I found a really good deal one craigslist here. They have a setup just like this Freshwater Planted Aquarium Plant Care: Drs. Foster & Smith Deluxe Fully-Automatic CO2 System minus the water pump. They are asking for 100. I can choose between a 5 and 10 lb tank. Most likely I would get the 5lb because this is going into a bedroom. Just want to know if it is really worth it.
His hiding place.
The twig catfish came out of hiding for the photo.
You cant really see but the Rotala sp "Green" is in the back left corner of the tank

Nelsontreyjones 12-19-2012 12:10 AM


Looking for some suggestions if any.

Added some more plants and setting up for pressurized Co2.

The Plants I added are
Green Cabomba
Rotala Green (already had some just added more)
Ludwidgia sp. red
Pogostemmon Erectus

Fish will be here Friday
Threadfin Rainbowfish 5
True Rummynose Tetra 7


Trying to snap my Farlowella but the Turquoise Rainbowfish always get in front of the camera lol

Rainbow Shark is finally coming out more

Co2 Reactor installed no leaks

Nelsontreyjones 01-05-2013 10:44 PM


Got the last bit of plants for the tank (should be finish plant wise).
Rotala Indica
Ludwigia Repens
Hygro Corymbosa
Hygrophila Polysperma
Rotala glandulosa
Limnophila heterophylla
Heteranthera zosterifolia

Current stock
Clown Pleco (Panaque Maccus) 1
Julii Cory (Corydoras julii ) 6
Longfin Zebra Danio (Danio rerio) 5
Oto (Otocinclus vittatus) 6
Threadfin Rainbowfish (Iriatherina werneri) 2 (Had 4 die)
True Rummynose Tetra (Hemigrammus bleheri) 12
Turquoise Rainbow (Melanotaenia lacustris) 4
Twig Catfish (Farlowella) 1

Have a Hydor Koralia Nano 240 coming in for some better circulation.

Am I near my limit with the tank being planted and what not? Don't want it to be too crowded.
What can I do to get my water crystal clear.?

Added about 20 Malaysian Trumpet Snails

Farlowella again

Julii checking things out

Rummynose shoal

shiloh 01-15-2013 07:42 PM

that's a hot piece of wood on the left, don't hide it too much

MiniFishRoom 01-15-2013 07:44 PM

Wow! Your tank is looking awesome.

Nelsontreyjones 01-15-2013 08:25 PM


Originally Posted by shiloh (Post 2251298)
that's a hot piece of wood on the left, don't hide it too much

Thanks, I found the set on eBay and couldn't past them up.

Nelsontreyjones 01-15-2013 08:26 PM


Originally Posted by MiniFishRoom (Post 2251314)
Wow! Your tank is looking awesome.


Nelsontreyjones 01-15-2013 08:27 PM

Update: 15 January 2013

So I removed the java moss because it was just collecting garbage underneath it.

Took back the Threadfin Rainbowfish and replaced with 5 Lamp Eye Tetra.

I'm not sure what is eating my plants, my guess would be the Lamp Eye's because they are the only new additions. But I havent seen them in the act.

All my red plants are turning green. I have been looking up how to bring the red out but from what I found nothing is 100%. Mainly I am seeing things pointed to light, iron and/or nitrate.

These were a nice red and now have almost completely turned green 2 weeks later.

jhwku 01-15-2013 08:30 PM

Envious of how white your sand is staying. I use purigen on my past tank and my water has never been clearer, Ive seen others on here use polishing pads in their filter as well.

Nelsontreyjones 01-15-2013 09:03 PM

My sand as been staying white for the most part. I use Purigen as well as filter floss and filter pads. I use all 3 in my Fluval 206. And I stick some folded Filter pad in between my Emperor 400 filters. I just recently added some MTS snail to aerate and turn over the sand.

musician71604 01-15-2013 09:26 PM

Beautiful tank.

mitchfish9 01-15-2013 09:31 PM

It's looking great! Are you thinking about adding some kind of foreground after you got rid of the moss?

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