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Old 03-12-2013, 11:11 PM   #1
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60 gallon project


After several months of slowly acquiring materials...it's time to start the set up of the 60 gallon aquarium. This will be a low tech set up with low to medium light plants.

Substrate is 1 inch of mineralized top soil, covered by several inches of Eco-complete with some laterite clay mixed in...covered by more Eco-complete. I have some sand/gravel of a lighter golden/tannish shade that I may use as a cap...

manzanita branch arrived today. Sorry for the poor quality photo...dark room and reflections from kitchen. We will put some stones under the branch so it doesn;t get lost in the substrate. I'm rather interested in the spare shape of the branch and the long rectangle of the tank at this point...will have to sketch out some ideas...want to keep the nice organic outline of that branch...

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Old 03-12-2013, 11:29 PM   #2
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Light fixture from Catalina Aquarium. It's 48 inches with 54 watt T5 6500 bulb




Waiting for the weekend to progress further...very busy at the office and also with my Mom in hospice. The tank is going to be set up for her to view for relaxation.
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I really like the look of the driftwood

The dark picture makes me think a black background might be a nice touch for this tank.
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Old 03-13-2013, 08:44 AM   #4
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Looking forward to seeing how things come along, the branch looks good. I am sure they your mom will enjoy viewing the tank once it is up and running.

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love the "flow" of the branches!
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Looking forward to seeing this!
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Thanks everyone...especially for your patience as this will take a while to set up...and yes I like the suggestion of a dark background !



FINALLY starting the set up...

Here are some of the hardscape stones in the big soup pot on the stove just before they were boiled to sanitize them before putting them into the tank...




My family wanted to know what I was 'cooking' for dinner, so I jokingly told them "stone soup"...which reminded me of a children's book I had many years ago...the cover illustration is below...


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The stones and pebbles and the branch...you can kind of see a little bit of a reddish laterite clay line down in the substrate...I did mix it in some before adding the upper layer of the eco-complete. The substrate is about 5-6 inches deep.

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The girls are taking an interest from the other side of the room





adding some water now....there is a bit of christmas moss glued on the branch...pouring the aged water on the plate to try and not stir up the substrate...though no m,uddiness or clay problems yet...


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Well...here it is with water and some plants...corkscrew vals, java fern plantlets from the other aquariums, some congensis abubias...a little christmas moss on the branch...2 crypts luteas. (and a reflection from the TV showing the saddling paddock at Aqueduct LOL...like to keep an eye on potential Derby horses...I don;t bet...just a fan)

would appreciate any suggestions on foreground plants...


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Old 03-30-2013, 01:41 PM   #11
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Well...the final plants were all put in early this morning...here's a sire shot showing the vals (jungle and corkscrew) and some bronze crypts and lutea crupts

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And a photo from the front...with some nana anubas in front and (c0ngensis/consensis?) anubias (they have longer leaves)

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Tank is looking good and is growing in nicely. Nice job


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Thanks, Aquaticz...there is so much to learn...and it is so much fun to see how things progress.

So far, the anubias (nana and congensis) and Christmas moss seem to be growing nicely.






the Tropica crypts seem OK so far (fingers crossed for luck on those as well)...used root tabs there. Such a pretty olive/brownish green and interesting texture to the leaves. In the foreground are dwarf sagitaria and a little bit of narrow leaf micro sword (Lilaeopsis Mauritus according to the tag...I have kept all the plant tags so I can remember and learn the names)

A bit worried about the Red Melon Sword (Echinodorus barthii) I thought I was putting in a sword that would stay relatively small...but upon searching this forum some more, it seems as though folks have some Red Melon Swords that have gotten rather large. So I am thinking that I have not allowed enough space for this plant to grow and so we will see...the substrate is about 5 inches deep so I am hoping this is OK for the root system of this plant...


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I wanted to add that the light fixture from Catalina Aquarium is just super. And the manzanita driftwood came from PC at www.manzanita-driftwood.com

The plants were from the local aquarium store (not going to mention them by name...they have an good selection but sadly too much attitude...they need to work on the customer service part and they'll be a sure winner) and also from www.aquariumplants.com (very happy with what I got...all healthy and growing well...I used 2 day shipping and as I live in a wintery area, tried to look ahead on the weather report for days above 40 degrees F).

I will also in future be looking at the advertising pages here at this forum...sure would like to get a bit of frogbit to float on the surface of this tank
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