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Old 07-03-2014, 09:05 PM   #1
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Okay I want to start a journal to keep up with my tank's progression.

Day 1:


Newest full tank shot (1 trimming so far):


Little background:
This tank all started about a year ago when I decided to set up this tank to help relieve some stress in my life. About half way through the fishless cycle a year ago I was told we would be moving soon and I decided to not get any fish as I thought it'd be too stressful for them.
So this April we finally move and I'm excited to start this tank up and get it running. But nope one more set back I have a two week vacation that's been planned so I'm stuck waiting a little longer. So finally get the tank up and running later April and I start yet another fishless cycle.
Durning the cycle I slowly started learning about planted tanks and I got more interested and over the past week have added some plants (still need more). But plants and fish will soon follow.
It's now July and I have finished my cycle again and I am about to start adding fish next week.

Some tank parameters
PH 7.6
Ammo 0
Nitrite 0
Nitrate 0-20 (take reading before and after water changes)
Temp 79-81 F

Tank equipment

1) 55 gallon tank (48"x13"x21" LxWxH)
2) Ecoxotic 48-60" LED 18" above substrate
3) Marineland glass canopies
4) 2x aquaclear 50's (running on low for now)
5) 2x 100W viaaqua heaters (set at 82F but doesn't get above 81 and drops to 79 before kicking on)
6) 120/140 lbs of PetCo black sand

Plant stocks
From left to right
1) Wisteria (5 bunches of 5-8 stems)
2) Java moss on driftwood (not growing so good yet)
3) two amazon swords (not growing like the old ones)
4) micro swords (5 bunches)
5) green cabomba (3 bunches of 3-5 stems)


Here is the list of fish I intend to stock (will update as I add the fish.

15 cardinal tetras (6 in tank now)
10 harquline rasbora
8 sterbai cory cats
8 kuhli loaches
2 german blue rams
4 oto cats

And what everyone's been probably waiting for here are the pics and progression so far.

Right after getting back from vacation (anubias survived)


Added some water sprite and amazon swords


Added some wisteria and hornwort (not a fan of hornwort but will keep for now)


Went back to LFS and added more wisteria and forgot java moss again 😒



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Old 07-07-2014, 01:14 PM   #2
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Just ordered some stuff from Drs F&S this morning hoping they get here tomorrow some time (next day air shipping)

Items ordered:
Glass canopies for my new LED
Ecoxotic E-120 (48"-60")
Tamsco aquarium tweezers 12"
Aquatic tissue scissors 8"

Can't wait for these items to come in tomorrow so I can set them up and upgrade from stock lights.


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Old 07-07-2014, 02:35 PM   #3
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looking really good, I like the set up with the wood all the way left. one suggestion, add some colored pebbles (light colored) to break up the complete blackness of the substrate, it will add so much more character and add realistic elements.
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Old 07-07-2014, 03:11 PM   #4
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looking really good, I like the set up with the wood all the way left. one suggestion, add some colored pebbles (light colored) to break up the complete blackness of the substrate, it will add so much more character and add realistic elements.

Thanks jmf3460 maybe I'll try and add some light colored sand instead tomorrow. I don't like pebbles too much I had river rocks in there before but didn't like them. Instead I'm growing algae on them on my patio for some Otos I hope to get.


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Old 07-08-2014, 02:48 PM   #5
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Just got my order of items and first thing I did was setup the hoods and LED. Now time to start playing with them and get this tank going!!!



Everything was packaged beautifully with bubble wrap and packing popcorn (highly appreciated as the outside packages were kinda of beat up)




Sorry for the glare tanks in bedroom and I usually take pics at night lol



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That E series might be too much PAR for a not high tech tank but then again, you can also adjust the output level on those right?
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Yea it has 60 PAR where it's at now but I will probably drop the intensity to 60-70% if I see the need to (most likely will). Still waiting till dark to actually play with it.


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I'm jealous, I want one so badly. Somehow a quad t5 on my 75 isn't bright enough. I need moar lol

What's your current plant list and what other plants you thinking about?
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I'm jealous, I want one so badly. Somehow a quad t5 on my 75 isn't bright enough. I need moar lol

What's your current plant list and what other plants you thinking about?

Wow quad t5's not bright enough!!!! This light is 100% brighter then my previous lights but will probably have to dim it a little.

As of now I have:

Wisteria
Amazon swords
Green cabomba
Java moss
Anubias nana
Mirco swords (hoping they carpet a little)

As for more idk yet I'm going to let these fill out some and go from there.

Will have pics in a few waiting for dark so I don't get my window glare and hopefully tank clears up some (major water change and plantings)


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Well here are the pics!!!!

Full tank daylight lights


Saturated with red. 0% white 0% blue 0% green


Saturated red and green. 0% white 0%blue (I like this a lot really makes the plants pop!)


Moonlight (hard to really see)


And here are some additions of plants removed the water sprite and hornwort. Added green cabomba, java moss, and some micro swords (hope they'll carpet!!!!).

Green cabomba


Micro swords


Java moss



Overall I like the light although I only played with it for 2hrs or so. It is really a bright light and I am starting to think I'll have to cut the intensity down to around 70% but we'll see as time goes by.


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Just went and picked up 10 (got 11 by mistake &#128563 cardinals after testing my water this morning and making sure it was still "eating" ammonia after a big water change. Readings this morning were
0 ammonia
0 nitrite
0-5 not clearly yellow

Ready for drip acclimation (about 1 drop per second)



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So through day two with cardinals 8 have made it 6 school very tightly durning day time while the other two are loaners.
And at night they all seem to pick out their own spots and don't school at all. Is this normal?


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Today while observing my tank I watched my bigger cardinal knock a snail off the front glass and then poke him twice before moving on.


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Tank is really looking nice! Have to done root tabs, excel, or water column ferts?
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Tank is really looking nice! Have to done root tabs, excel, or water column ferts?

Thanks man!! I am currently doing excel ones a day, sachem flourish three twice a week, and have sachem flourish root tabs in also.
I have been reading up on dry ferts and I will probably nix the sachem flourish in a few weeks and start doing dry ferts.


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