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rk923 12-30-2012 08:33 PM

Ryan's 55g
I just started this tank around 11-14-12. It is coming along pretty good.
Here is the equipment list:
55g with painted black background
2 canister filters, 1 Fluval 306 and 1 QPOND 265gph 3 stage canister filter
1 CFL light, 2x 96w 50/50 blulbs 10k/420nm
1 Marineland 150w heater
1 Fluval 100w heater
DIY co2
co2 indicator

4 Pearl Gourami
4 Otto's
10 Olive Nerite Snails

Vallisneria Nana
Cryptocoryne Blassii Melon
Green Cabomba
Ludwigia Narrowleaf
Amazon Sword
Red Melon Sword

EI dosing regime
GH booster
50-75% WC weekly

Pretty basic and straight forward setup.

Now for the good stuff! Some Pictures!:D

rk923 12-30-2012 08:40 PM

Here is the stand that I made, its simple 1" plywood with a white oak veneer. Its mostly biscut jointed together, with a couple screws holding the back. I stained it with Ebony stain and put 2 coats of poly on it. Still have some doors that I am going to make and 1 or 2 shelves for the right side.

rk923 12-30-2012 08:44 PM

I decided to plumb in the filters using 1/2" pvc. Here are 2 of the pieces.

rk923 12-30-2012 09:12 PM

Some initial setup pictures.





rk923 12-30-2012 09:16 PM




GMYukonon24s 12-30-2012 09:18 PM

Great job on the stand! Nice looking swords.

rk923 12-30-2012 09:19 PM

Here is some better pictures of the most recent "re-scape" taken today, 12-30-12




rk923 12-30-2012 09:23 PM

Otto and SAE on what I think is the crypts:

rk923 12-30-2012 09:25 PM

Here are some pictures of my Pearl Gouramis, I think I have 2 male and 2 female. Might have to wait for them to mature some more to tell for sure... Also, does it look like fin rot on their bottom fin?

rk923 12-30-2012 09:27 PM


Originally Posted by GMYukonon24s (Post 2134232)
Great job on the stand! Nice looking swords.

Thanks!!! That was my first DIY stand but had a lot of help from my uncle who builds cabinets for a living.

I have had the swords for two and half years, started pretty small.

rk923 01-07-2013 08:15 PM

Just a quick update, I bought 10 olive nerite snails and put them in there. I am currently looking for a way to hang a the light over the aquarium. Not sure if I want to just make a canopy for it that matches the stand and mount the light in there; or figure out a way to attach some sort of "shepherds hook" to the stand and hang the light from that. If anyone knows a good place to buy a "light hangar" or make a DIY version and ideas would be great!

rk923 01-14-2013 07:07 AM

I am thinking about adding a pair or two of GBR... Also, the tank just isn't looking right, its filling in and everything but it just seems unatural... Anyone have any good ideas for how to improve the layout? or what would be good to add/subtract as far as plants go?

synaethetic 01-14-2013 08:02 AM

Beautiful fish!

rk923 01-16-2013 07:20 AM


Originally Posted by synaethetic (Post 2237994)
Beautiful fish!

Thanks for the compliment!

I am thinking if adding some German Blue Rams along with some hardscape. Probably going to have to get rid of 3 of the 4 Amazon swords in the middle, along with the rotala indica. I can't decide if i like the indica or not. I am getting sick of trimming the roots off the stems all the time. As far as hardscape, I was thinking of putting in some lace rocks for the GBR's. Waiting on the lfs to get some more rock in.

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dprais1 01-16-2013 07:38 AM

okay, since know one else chimed in...

your tank seems to lack depth, I ffel you need some short plants in the front to balance all the height in the back, rocks would add a lot to the tank as well. Also I would have 1/2 as many types of plants but 2-3x as many of each one.

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