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Old 01-24-2011, 03:23 AM   #16
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Congrats antbug and welcome to the 120-p club .

To cycle your tank faster, keep up with your water changes (I'd say at least 80% WCs 3 times a week for the first 2-3 weeks. Running an established filter(s) on it will also speed up the cycling process as well. I was able to stock my tank after 7 days with this method. http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...ml#post1106098

What's your plan for the hardscape?

*addon* I also forgot to mention... for the above method to work the way it did for me, you have to start off with a heavy plant mass right after you fill it with water. The more plants the better.
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Old 01-24-2011, 03:55 PM   #17
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Not a clue...using mulm or your old filter might help, but I doubt even old filters have the ability to tame the ammonia that would leach from new Aquasoil...I'm not sure about the Nitrites either, both being toxic to fish...new tanks usually take 3 1/2 weeks to become safe.


Thanks for the info Dan. I guess I'm hoping for a magic solution that doesn't exist .

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To cycle your tank faster, keep up with your water changes (I'd say at least 80% WCs 3 times a week for the first 2-3 weeks. Running an established filter(s) on it will also speed up the cycling process as well. I was able to stock my tank after 7 days with this method. http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/tank-journals-photo-album/110982-ada-120-p-journal-river-wild-7.html#post1106098

What's your plan for the hardscape?

*addon* I also forgot to mention... for the above method to work the way it did for me, you have to start off with a heavy plant mass right after you fill it with water. The more plants the better.


Right now I have 3 bag of AS outside in a tub and I'm doing 2 water changes a day. The tub is only 20g so I'm not sure how this will affect the process.

Would putting an established filter on the tank kill the biological bacteria in the filter? Is there any media that would help the ammonia?

I'm still trying to figure out the hardscape. I want to use the manzy from this tank and maybe the rocks. So far I'm leaning towards.....

Left side....

Manzy covered in peacock moss coming out of a large Java fern, maybe needle leaf. Blyxa Jap. surrounding and covering most of the ground. Some kind of a stem plant (hopefully something with a nice redish color) along the back wall. I'm open for suggestion on this one? I will also be putting a piece of black vinyl on the back wall to help hide the equipment.

Ride side....

I was thinking of a nice slope going to the far back corner and using the Black Coastal Rock to help hold the slope and add character. just a simple Glosso rocky hill is want I'm looking for on this side. Still unsure on the flora. Maybe DHG belem or something else?
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Old 01-24-2011, 04:12 PM   #18
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With my new filter it took me 3 weeks to stabalize the amonia , guess it depends on the batch , some say it takes around 4 weeks even with used filter.
Oh, and btw you are one lucky guy to get 120-p as a gift , my wife wont even agree on Fluval EBI :P
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Old 01-24-2011, 04:21 PM   #19
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Right now I have 3 bag of AS outside in a tub and I'm doing 2 water changes a day. The tub is only 10g so I'm not sure how this will affect the process.

Would putting an established filter on the tank kill the biological bacteria in the filter? Is there any media that would help the ammonia?
That should def help leach out the ammonia.

It won't kill the beneficial bacteria. It'll help cycle your tank much faster of course. Doing vigilant water changes is best at ridding ammonia imo. There's been debate over this method, but I like to use old tank water from say your old tank when doing water changes on the new tank. At least for the first 2 weeks. It's not totally necessary but beneficial to a speedy jump start.
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Hmmm never heard of that method before. Is that so the bacteria in the water from the established aquarium would add to the bio content of the "mature" filters being used? ADA recommends daily water changes for the first week. So your basically initiating the decomposition of the organic matter in the aquasoil which in theory would speed up the leaching and bio process assuming the filters you are using are either already mature or maturing alongside the aquasoil.
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Hmmm never heard of that method before. Is that so the bacteria in the water from the established aquarium would add to the bio content of the "mature" filters being used? ADA recommends daily water changes for the first week. So your basically initiating the decomposition of the organic matter in the aquasoil which in theory would speed up the leaching and bio process assuming the filters you are using are either already mature or maturing alongside the aquasoil.
Correct.
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Old 01-27-2011, 10:46 PM   #22
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Just a quick update....

I picked up my garden mat today. I know these are expensive, but the shop I ordered my tank from hooked me up as a thank you for all the business I send their way.

I also went to the sign shop today and got a nice piece of black vinyl. This will hide all my equipment as well as the window behind the tank.

Things are coming together.
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Old 01-29-2011, 12:46 AM   #23
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So sweet. My dream tank. Have fun!
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Awesome! Can't wait to see another 120p
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and the fun begins.
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everything out.
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After a quick clean, I moved this tank to my spare room. It will house the fish for a few weeks till I get the new one set up and cycled.



And without further adieu...
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Next it was time for the vinyl.
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That's it for tonight. Tomorrow I'm going to play around with my hard scape.
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Waaaaa!!! Weird seeing an Ada tank without lily pipes!

Jk looks great!


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