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Old 04-19-2013, 07:16 PM   #1
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My First Tank ~ 40 Breeder


I've been wanting a tank for a while now, and I finally have the means of getting one, this will be my journey of setting up and maintaining a planted tank.
Full Tank Shot: 5/07/13


Tank: 40G Breeder
Substrate: 1.5" MGOPM / 1.5" Spectra Quartz Sand (Black)
Filtration: Aqua Clear 110 (I want to upgrade to a canister in the future)
Lighting: Catalina Aquarium T5HO 3x39w
Flora: Undecided
Fauna: Undecided


I tried to build a stand a couple weeks ago and failed miserably. Bought one at a local LFS and stained/sealed it. I think it turned out fairly nice. I'll be adding a curtain to the front soon.




Rigged up a DIY paintball CO2 system this week. My original plan was to use 2 needle valves to help control the flow more accurately but my Lowe's didnt have the right adapter/connection.



I added Dr. Tim's nitrifying bacteria to my tank wednesday night. So far I'm very happy with this product. Its hard to see in the picture but my current parameters are:
Ammonia: 2ppm
Nitrite: .25ppm
Nitrate: 10ppm
I checked my tap waters GH and KH a week ago and they were relatively high. I plan on using RO water from LFS to help lower GH/KH. Might do 1:1 ratio first and go from there.
GH = 16dKH (285ppm)
KH = 11-12dKH (179-197ppm)



I ordered the light fixture wednesday so I'm hoping it will be here monday or tuesday. The tank is currently super dark from a mixture of: soil releasing tannins, black background, and just 1 small light fixture in my room.
I added carbon to my filter this morning to help remove the tannins, and I'll be doing a 25% water change tomorrow morning. The carbon will be removed and replaced with purigen before I add any plants or fish.


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Old 04-19-2013, 07:38 PM   #2
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Excited to see progress for this! I'll be setting up my 40B soon, just collecting materials still.

How big is your paintball tank?
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Old 04-19-2013, 09:38 PM   #3
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Looks like a real nice start so far. Is that a custom made stand or a factory one? I was thinking of using a paintball tank for my 40B but I worry it might run out too quickly. We will soon find out, don't forget to add that info to your updates I'm sure a lot of us 40B beginners would like to know how it goes. Good luck with the tank.
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Old 04-19-2013, 11:05 PM   #4
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Looks like a real nice start so far. Is that a custom made stand or a factory one? I was thinking of using a paintball tank for my 40B but I worry it might run out too quickly. We will soon find out, don't forget to add that info to your updates I'm sure a lot of us 40B beginners would like to know how it goes. Good luck with the tank.
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Old 04-20-2013, 12:08 AM   #5
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@AquaTripical: the tank is 24oz
@kingjombeejoe: the stand was a custom order. Its hard to find a stand that would fot the 40B's blueprint; i think the stand is 38"L x 20"W. Based off the information I have read on this site a 24 oz tank should last about 4-5 months at 1 bubble a second. Refills are fairly cheap, I think the store I went to said $2 or $3, pretty good deal. Ill definitely keep everyone updated.

Information for people thinking of starting a 40B: from what I understand most light fixtures will have to be hung in order to get a full spread of light from front to back of the tank, this even applies to the ray and ray2
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Old 04-20-2013, 02:25 AM   #6
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Do u know what type of fish ur going to add to it tank
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Old 04-20-2013, 05:44 AM   #7
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Do u know what type of fish ur going to add to it tank
This is currently what I think my stocking list will be. I'm debating if the angels will be a good idea since my tank is lacking in height. Factoring in my substrate, I have 13" of vertical swimming area. I don't have any driftwood so I won't be getting the BN pleco until I find a piece I like.
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Old 04-20-2013, 08:22 AM   #8
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This is currently what I think my stocking list will be. I'm debating if the angels will be a good idea since my tank is lacking in height. Factoring in my substrate, I have 13" of vertical swimming area. I don't have any driftwood so I won't be getting the BN pleco until I find a piece I like.

Those cherrys will be eaten rather quickly with your list.
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I'm debating if the angels will be a good idea since my tank is lacking in height. Factoring in my substrate, I have 13" of vertical swimming area.
I'm debating the same thing haha

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Those cherrys will be eaten rather quickly with your list.
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Those cherrys will be eaten rather quickly with your list.
I'm aware, but I really want cherries! My plan is to get otos, cories, and RCS first. To give the rcs some time to populate the tank and find hiding places. and then a month later slowly start introducing the cardinals, GBR's, and then the angels 2-4 months later.

My light fixture came today! I was super stoked when I heard the doorbell. I'll post some pics later

Side note: I tested my water this morning and my nitrites skyrocketed in the last 24 hours. went from .25ppm-->4-5ppm, and some how my nitrates dropped to less than 5ppm. I'm hoping nothing went wrong over the last 24 hours. I'm going to retest in a bit.
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Old 04-20-2013, 06:25 PM   #11
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Quick Update: I re-tested my param tests and nitrates are actually around 40ppm.

Since my nitrites were fairly high, I did a 25% water change

The reflectors look really nice, my only gripe is the hanging brackets are super small. I definitely recommend calling catalina aquariums and placing an order


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Old 05-01-2013, 10:09 PM   #12
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I haven't updated in awhile, I've been pretty busy with school and there hasn't been much tank action.

Updates:
  • I still have to find a driftwood piece I like, and after thinking about everything I don't think my tank will be set up for a couple months. I don't want to add fish until I aquascape and I can't aquascape until I buy driftwood and soak it for 1-2months. I don't know if I can be patient enough to wait, we'll see
  • I ordered a set of coralife legs for the light fixture, which are not tall enough so I will be ordering the catalina flip top legs next week.
  • I lost my api test kit chart, luckily I'm only measuring ammonia and nitrites at the moment.
  • I bought a RO/DI unit today and was able to set it up no problem. It's 100gpd, and has 6 filtration stages. I picked it up for $140 and didn't have to pay sales tax! wootwoot! Tomorrow I will be draining my tank and filling it with pure RO water. My tap water is very hard and I'll be better off using 100% RO water and raising KH with baking soda
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:03 PM   #13
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I finally got some plants today! I'll be picking more up tomorrow from a forum member, and have been messaging a few more people about some plant packages. Tank should be heavily planted by tuesday or wednesday

I could use some help on the species though...

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Plant #1:


Plant #2: Hornwort? Are the white strings roots? If so am I supposed to cut the stems and replant where roots are?


Plant #3: Only 1 of the 5 stems is red, but its all the same species I believe


Plant #4: Are the white strings roots?


Plant #5: Guy said it was broad leaf anubia. Is this correct?
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Old 05-07-2013, 10:52 PM   #14
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I think you are correct in your assumption that the white strings are roots.
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I think as long as the stems below the roots are healthy you can just plant them and they will grow new roots in the substrate.
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