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Old 02-07-2014, 03:26 AM   #1
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Mike's 45 gallon tank journal


So this is a new journal for my 45 gallon long tank (48"x12"x19"), I'll bring everyone up to date about my tank...

I first had it set up as a planted tank, was only a couple months into it...






Then I decided to turn into a saltwater setup, was only saltwater for 2 months.






Now I want to go back to planted again, for health reasons because I have Multiple Sclerosis so anything that helps me to relieve any kind of stress helps me to avoid any sort of relapse. So here I go back into the world of planted tanks....


Filtration - Odyssea CFS-500 Canister Filter

Heating - 300w Hydor Theo submersible heater

Substrate - 30lbs Flourite Plant Substrate/20lbs FloraMax/9l ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia (I've found that this mix of substrate works very well)

Lighting - 48" Odyssea T5HO Quad 4x54w with digital timer
(1 - 6,500k day bulb, 1 - 12,000k white/actinic bulb, 1 - 3,000k bulb, 1 - Power Chrome Aqua Flora bulb)


Lighting regime will be...

9:30am on come the 6,500k & 3,000k bulbs

11:30am on come the 12,000k & Aqua Flora bulbs

2pm the 6,500k & 3,000k bulbs turn off

4:30pm the 12,000k & Aqua Flora turn off


Co2 will be a diy 2ltr system w/ regular glass difuser for a couple months then I'll switch over to an injection system which will be connected via a Rex Griggs inline reactor.

Here's a little peak of what will be used in the aquascaping of the tank!!!!



more to come as time progress'!!!

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Old 02-14-2014, 03:40 AM   #2
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So this will be kind of a slow build as I'm waiting for the mountain pieces to arrive from China, so in the mean time I've started getting everything else like a new 300w Hydor Theo heater, ordered brand new dry fertilizers, even found the new Osmocote Plus 15-9-12 Outdoor/Indoor, and some new driftwood pieces.

Tomorrow I'll finish training the tank, scrubbing it down to remove any salt that may remain, clean up the tank, and start adding substrate, and filling the tank to get the cycle going.

For substrate I have my own little recipe that seems to work extremely well; It's a mixture of the following...

25lbs of Seachem Flourite
20lbs of FloraMax
9 liters of ADA Aqua Soil Amazonia

This mixture of substrates is what was used in the first couple of pictures up top, every one of the plants were growing fast, and were healthy. So I intend to use the same mixture of substrates this time around.
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Old 02-21-2014, 04:34 AM   #3
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Will be going down to the local river tomorrow to look for new driftwood pieces for the tank, I've decided on a different look for the tank. Also I'll be getting the tank setup tomorrow after I get the driftwood pieces cleaned up, and I decide on a final layout but the layout will depend on any driftwood pieces I can find.
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what are those "mountains" made of?
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Old 02-21-2014, 02:59 PM   #5
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They're made from the same ceramic as other aquarium decor is, when I ordered them I thought they would be bigger, but they'll be perfect for the scaping my fuval edge tank.
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Old 02-26-2014, 04:12 PM   #6
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Here's a couple pictures of the tank... Not sure if I like the scape or not.








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So today I tore down the tank so I could change to a better driftwood piece, too bad I had to cut the driftwood in half because it wouldn't fit into the tank. But I used a few zipties to reattach the pieces together, looks good because you can't really notice it unless you look directly at it lol.

Now I'm waiting for the tank to clear up so I can get started on the hard scape which I couldn't do because there was a few inches of dirty water in the tank so I couldn't see anything lol. But once the tank clears up I can finalize the layout...

Pics to come tomorrow before, and after I do the hard scape!!!
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Old 03-27-2014, 04:02 PM   #8
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Here's some new pics







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Holy driftwood batman! That's awesome!
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Old 03-27-2014, 07:51 PM   #10
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holy moly that driftwood is gigantic, a bit out of proportioned IMO but nice none the less.
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Yeah it is a nice piece of driftwood... I found it at my normal driftwood hunting location about 2 weeks ago, I'm always finding great pieces of driftwood at a local river here in Denver. It's just under 48" long so I was forced to saw it in half so I could fit it into the tank, then I had to use a few zipties to reattach the pieces together.
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Here's some new pics of the tank, now with plants in it!!! Then last week my 3000k bulb died, had the thing going for a freaking week and it dies, what a shame... But I replaced it with another 6500k bulb, and my plants seem to be really responding to the 6500k bulbs combined with a 12,000k white actinic, and a 460nm actinic bulb. Every plant is showing major new growth, and the growth seems to be fast and steady!!!

Full tank shots




Amazon Swords w/ shooters in back corner


Cryptocoryne Balansae


Ludwigia Palustris


Ludwigia Repens


Hygrophila corymbosa "stricta"
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Old 07-06-2014, 03:34 AM   #13
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Alright, I'm back...And the tank was changed into a cichlid tank, but now I'm going planted again period!!! I'm currently trying to rehome the two 3" male Blood Parrot cichlids, and the 5 baby Green Sunfish that are currently in the tank.

I plan to take my time with everything, first I'll need to decide on what driftwood pieces, rocks, and hardscape I want to go with. So here I go again!!!!
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wow, what happened im sure the story of how this beautiful tank turning ino a cichlid tank is interesting. I WANT TO HEAR!
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I don't know, I just ended up getting a Red Texas cichlid so I got rid of all the plants in the tank, changed out the substrate to regular gravel then ended up finding this guy at a local fish store for $8 so I couldn't resist a Pearl Kamfa Flowerhorn.






Then the flowerhorn started getting super aggressive, so I sold the Red Texas cichlid, sold of the bastard (that was his actual name "the bastard" lol), and now I'm trying to find a good home for my remaining Blood Parrot cichlids, and Green Sunfish so I can get back to a planted tank.

So now I've modified the piece of driftwood that's in the tank now, and once the fish are gone I can figure out a hardscape for the tank. Which shouldn't be too hard since I currently have around 20 pieces of driftwood I can use, I have a few good size rocks, I have some play sand I can use, around 20lbs of natural aquarium gravel, and then the 40lbs of flourite/floramax/ada aquasoil amazonia to use as the main substrate.
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