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speedie408 01-24-2009 03:48 AM

speedie408's 39G Journal ****R.I.P.****
8/11/09 - All inhabitants will be moving today to the new tank. There's still quite a few plants left that need to be sold or RAOK'd if necessary. I have a FS post floating around the S&S for those plants.
8/5/09 - Sadly for this tank I've hit a milestone and have upgraded to a 40g breeder, with more depth to play around with :thumbsup:. This tank will be torn down next week. It was fun while it lasted and I've learned alot with this one.

Scroll for progress and pictures of my tank. Thanks for looking! :)

The Beginning......

Tank size - 39 gal
Substrate - Eco-Complete
DIY CO2 injection into filter inlet (not sure if this is the best way to disburse)
Lighting - Nova Extreme HO-T5 2x39W freshwater setup, 1x20W Hagen Flora-gro T8 bulb.
Ferts - Dry NPK & micro (dosing as recommended for 40gal tank) doing 50% water change weekly.

Here a pic: Let me know what you experts think of my newb setup.

itstony 01-24-2009 04:13 AM

thats a nicely setted up tank. i just started mine and i still have alot to buy lol

lauraleellbp 01-24-2009 04:29 AM

Welcome to TPT! :fish:

Nice setup! :thumbsup:

josh1604 01-24-2009 04:50 AM


Good lookin tank

brion0 01-24-2009 05:53 AM

Looks good to me. Welcome.

speedie408 01-24-2009 07:11 AM

Thanks all for the warm welcome!

oldpunk78 01-24-2009 05:53 PM

welcome to the forum!

speedie408 02-18-2009 07:51 AM

Just thought I'd post up an update of my tank for anyone who is interested to see the little progress and drawback I've had. Basically I've been dosing EI method and doing 50% wc weekly. I've added quite a few fish and some new plants as well. Trimmed here and there to replant... Staghorn algae is begining to show up on my crypts and the tip of my vals. I've read to up the CO2 and keep dosing... what else do you vets reccomend to combat this ugly algae? Here are some pics:

Trallen44 02-18-2009 01:46 PM

It looks like you are off to a great start and that your tank is working on filling in good.

CAM6467 02-18-2009 02:21 PM

What kind of rams are those that you have. They are beautiful, and I'm thinking of stocking my tank with a few in hopes of successful breeding.

speedie408 02-18-2009 03:58 PM


Originally Posted by CAM6467 (Post 789745)
What kind of rams are those that you have. They are beautiful, and I'm thinking of stocking my tank with a few in hopes of successful breeding.

I bought these from a LFS and I was told they were regular GBR's. Although after doing some research, my female does not have the same finnage as regular GBR's. Instead of having rounded fins, she has longer pointy fins (very beautiful might I add) She already spawned with my male a week after I purchased them, but my tank is way too congested for them to rear any fry. All the eggs got eaten by my Synodontis Lucipinnis'. I think the only way I would succeed in breeding this pair is to setup a breeder tank for them.

speedie408 03-15-2009 11:45 PM

Got new plants, new filter (Eheim 2217), and rearranged some things here n there. Got some awesome Limnophila aromatica from Crispino Ramos, E. Tennellus from maclellen, Rex style reactor from Left C, and awaiting my pressurized CO2 setup.

Here are some pics. Let me know what you guys think... what works, what don't, stuff like that.

My Female GBR again.

speedie408 04-07-2009 06:28 AM

Well the tank don't look anything how it looked a month ago, thats for sure. Thing's I've added/changed:
Pressurized CO2
Rex style reactor
Eheim 2217
Giesemann Midday & Aquafloura bulbs (these bulbs are truely night n day difference)

Updated pics from the new Canon 40D. My son broke my Rebel XT, so I was down for a good month without a camera. Feels good to be shooting again. :redface:

speedie408 04-12-2009 08:29 AM

So happy! I finally won the Algae battle. No more staghorn and bba. I spot dosed h202 and double dosed Excel and cut down on phosphate dosage. Feels so nice to be algae free. :angel::bounce:

Regloh 04-13-2009 03:35 AM

I like the way your tank looks! Very nice.

I would try to replace your reactor with something that's not so visible, but that's a question of taste.

I have a question. Your pictures are very good. I assume you have some experience with photography. What kind of camera do you use? Maybe I'll reward myself with a new camera, when I win my algae battle ;)

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