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Old 07-08-2011, 08:30 PM   #1
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RAZmonkey's newbie tank (56K)


The stand:

Before and after

Light sanding and several coats of spray paint. It's not supposed to be perfect...going for a more rustic beachy feel.
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Old 07-08-2011, 09:19 PM   #2
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looks like a good start!
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E cited to see the setup
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Old 07-20-2011, 02:14 AM   #4
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The tank. One of the connectors for the sump is the wrong size, so it's not hooked up. The sump tank is 25 gallons. The tank came to me pre-drilled which is why I'm going with sump filtration.

Lighting. I'm still debating the light. I really don't want to spend $200+ on lighting. And I definitely do not want to get involved with CO2. The shop light only fits inside the canopy on a diagonal. I am not willing to suspend lighting above the tank (rental house and we have 3 small children).
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Old 07-23-2011, 07:26 PM   #5
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Substrate: Eco-complete and CaribSea Tahitian Moon Sand

Mag 7 for the sump, 2 gallons of bio-balls, no carbon yet.

Thinking of putting taller plants on the right behind the ship wreck and mosses on the rocks on the left. Smaller ground cover or "bushes" in the front.

Still debating the light.
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Old 07-31-2011, 02:30 AM   #6
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Kept the light. Replacing the bulbs with 6500K ones.

Added plants and fish. I went with what I could find at the LFS. I suspect that at least one of the 5 types of plants is not an aquatic plant. And I'm not exactly sure what they all are...the Amazon Sword and Undulata were labeled. I suspect the small one is mondo grass...but the other two tall ones I don't know. Initial fish stock is 1 cardinal tetra, 5 rummynose tetras and 21 neon tetras. I know they aren't ideal initial fish and that the neons will likely be too small for the angels I hope to have some day....similar to the plant scenario, I went all Veruca Salt and bought what was in stock.

Had a home water softening system installed. Interestingly, water out of the tap now has a pH of 8.6. In the tank the water is 7.0.

I'm thinking the maxi-jet 900 is creating too much current. I'm going to monitor the situation.
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Old 08-03-2011, 09:05 PM   #7
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Ammonia has been 0 for the past few days, NO2 is 0.25-0.5, and NO3 is 5. The rummynose tetras all have red faces (I lost one...can't find it/body) so I assume they are fine. The rest of the fish are swimming happily as far as I can tell.

I think the fish are used to the flow/current now. Thankfully, because it's helping keep my water clean and free of debris.

I'm trying to be patient and wait to add more fish. It helps that the LFSs don't have any fish I want. I'm guessing I'll have to take the plunge and order online. I'd like to get some more plants and a moss or two if they'd attach to the rocks on the left.

Right now the lighting is 2 T8 bulbs...one 4700K lights of America original and one 6500K ultra sun.
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:01 AM   #8
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Found some T8 6500K bulbs at the hardware store...my plants look greener! Neat!

Zero ammonia and nitrite so I added a few new fish. Two angels and five flame tetras. I'll try to get pics of the angels tomorrow. Here are some blurry tetras.
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I've got what looks like diatom algae. Makes sense since the tank is less than a month old. I'm thinking I'm just going to monitor it and see what happens in another month or two before getting a bunch of algae eaters....though my previous tanks always had a ton of it....

I killed my first pond snail today. I'm not opposed to having snails, I'm just anti-being overrun by them. The plants have been there more than a week and this is the first one...hopefully I don't see too many more.

The angels are still hiding a lot. It's been less than 24h. I figure that's normal. The flames have just joined the tetra pack. I love the way they school even though they are different varieties. Neon, rummynose and flame all together.

Here are the two angels.
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nice tank but that fake wood bottom rim sticks out like a sore thumb.
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:04 PM   #12
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nice tank but that fake wood bottom rim sticks out like a sore thumb.
Agreed. Paint it white as well.

Nice job so far.
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Ha ha! My entire family (including extended family) complains about that fake wood part! Painting it is on my list of things to do.
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Old 08-12-2011, 11:06 AM   #14
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Argh! I added a heater to the sump to try to raise the temp to about 82....it'd been sitting at 80. I started with the heater set to 80....raised the temp to 84 within a couple of hours so I lowered it to 76 and this morning (about 15 hours after heater added) the temp is 89.5! So I unplugged the heater. Crap! I'm guessing the heater is bad. I have another one that I can try. Poo!

I hope my fish are ok. I can't tell yet because the lights aren't on yet.

Argh!!!!!
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Old 08-12-2011, 11:47 AM   #15
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Yep,

The Stand and Top look good, so all Ya need to do is paint the tank trim and it will be great! I believe it is a 75g, correct? Lots of nice Lace Rock and Plants look good too!

I hope all the fish will be OK, because 89.5 is very very high! I would watch for any weird behavior in the fish for the next week to make sure no infection starts due to the stress of the Temp swing!

Keep up the great work on Your Journal!
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