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Old 07-04-2010, 05:57 AM   #1
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Mr Brownthumb's 60 Gallon Journey (56K warning)


Hey gang,
I'm done w/the advice seeking (for now)

Let's start with Tech Specs:

I Have:

Custom tank w/stand 36" x 20" x 20" (it actually comes out to 62.43 gallons so i rounded off)
Catalina 3 x 39w T5HO Fixture
Medium Grade Natural Sand
Green Start Substrate Fertilizer
Eheim Classic 2217
Milwaukee MA957 w/solenoid and bubble counter
10lb Steel CO2 Cylinder
Driftwood
Nano tree
Seiryu Stone
Cal Aqua Labs Double Check Drop Checker
Aqualight Power Center
Hydor Koralia Evolution 750gph
Reactor
Aqueon AC 950gph
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What the hell are you doing in there kid? Get out of my tank!


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Old 07-04-2010, 06:02 AM   #2
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Nice tank! The dimensions of that aquarium will be awesome to work with. You may want to consider getting a second eheim 2217- I had one running on my old 68 gallon, and it wasn't enough. I bet two would work well.

Definitely try it with just one first though, because you may not need a second after all. My 68g had very odd dimensions, so there were plenty of spots with minimal flow (hence the need for a second filter).

Looking forward to seeing your tank all filled and planted! What is your plan for fish?
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Old 07-04-2010, 06:14 AM   #3
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Ditto on the tank dimensions. That is an awesome custom. Who made the tank? The silicone is pristine.
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Old 07-04-2010, 06:19 AM   #4
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LOL i just noticed your avatar Mr BrownThumb. That's adorable!
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Old 07-04-2010, 07:01 AM   #5
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Ditto on the tank dimensions. That is an awesome custom. Who made the tank? The silicone is pristine.
You like that, huh? The guy at my LFS hooked me up. I like the fact that there's no goopy silicone shadow on the corners
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Old 07-04-2010, 07:24 AM   #6
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Haha, cute fish you've got in the tank! Seriously, that guy has some serious talent. I only wish my tanks looked that good. Every one of them is slopy with the seams. Do you have any visions for the tank yet? Are you wanting a simplistic look or chaos like mine? Do you have any plants in mind?
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Old 07-04-2010, 07:51 AM   #7
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Haha, cute fish you've got in the tank! Seriously, that guy has some serious talent. I only wish my tanks looked that good. Every one of them is slopy with the seams. Do you have any visions for the tank yet? Are you wanting a simplistic look or chaos like mine? Do you have any plants in mind?
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Old 07-04-2010, 08:11 AM   #8
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So I'm using the dry start method and with many thanks to xmas_one, I have a bunch of E. Tennelus and a little bit of Staurogyne Repens on one side, and some HC on the other side. Add ferts, substrate, water, plants, and cover. Lights for about 10 hrs a day, mist tops daily, and WAIT, because for the next 4 to 6 weeks i have a terrarium!




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Cool! I was going to do the DSM with e. tenellus, but i wasn't sure how it would grow emersed. Some people have great success with it, and other's say it melts away. So i'm definitely interested in seeing how it grows in your tank!

Very nice planting job with that HC also.
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Old 07-04-2010, 08:24 AM   #10
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I have a few ideas in mind. Well you can see where i want the path to be. I'm thinking of having a steep slope on the side with the HC. I'm waiting for one of the guys from our local club (SCAPE) to get back from vacation, he's got some Seiryu stone for sale
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Old 07-05-2010, 12:12 AM   #11
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Unhappy WTH is this?

I posted in the DSM thread about this. Maybe tom will straighten it out. Maybe there's gnats or something breeding in the stagnant water.






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Unless the gnats start bugging you, I wouldn't worry too much about them. If they are the tiny fungus gnats, they'll drown once you flood the tank and don't really harm much unless there is rotting conditions. Annoying more than anything.
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its possible that you have insects but i vote for snails
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i asked you what the temp of the tank was because i didnt realize that it was empty. if it was full and you had condensation on the outside of your tank then your water temp would be way too cold.

i didnt realize that you were doing the dry start method and that it was just humidity on the inside of your tank
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Old 07-05-2010, 02:15 AM   #15
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Looking forward to seeing your tank all filled and planted! What is your plan for fish?
Schools of Rummy Noses, Harlequin (or some other) Rasboras, Jumbo Cardinals. I have a few transplants from the old tank that are going too. Indian dwarf puffer, some SAEs, Oto, a head/tail light tetra. I was in a LFS and i saw the coolest looking Apistogramma Cacatuoides. Its black and orange fins 'pop' when contrasted by all those different shades of green! The owner said they're probably the most peaceful of the cichlid family (unless they're breeding).

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