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Old 05-16-2012, 07:54 AM   #1
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Major Tank Make-Over! I Have a few Questions.


Hey guys! I need some help with my tank. First off, this is my first tank. Its about 8 months old and seen a few major make-overs. Im preparing to do an almost entirely new tank, but with the heart of my current tank. So heres my current set up.

15g Tall (basically 5g on top of a 10g)
2x23 watt CFL screw bulbs @ 6500k

Stock:
6 neons
3 bronze corys
2 nerite
1 bristlenose plec
bunch of unwanted snails

Tetra whisper ex30

Pool filter sand substrate

DIY Co2 (just re-built system)

Honestly havent fertilized in a while (im broke )

PLANTS:

2 swords (on the fence about keeping in new set up..)
tallish crypts (see pic)
low crypts (also see pic)
Jungle Val
Cabomba (for sure getting rid of, its toast)






Pics of the destruction I am causing MUA HA HA HA HAH







My Plan:

-Yank all crypts and possibly do emersed growth to get them healthy.
-Get fertilized substrate. What brand to buy and where?
-Re-seal tank or just buy the petco 15g wide
-New tank will be focussed on moss and small plants & fish with minimal maintenence.
-Replace the Bristlenose with a school of otto's. Advice on them?
-Where to buy any nice moss (recommendations for who to buy from on here?)

Any help is really appreciated from experienced guys. Im definitely still learning as this is my first tank. Id like to just do this tank right the first time and not have to mess with it.. Easier, short plants and moss will be this tank's jam!

I tried to put together a nice thread, let me know if I left any info out, etc.

Cheers!
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:40 PM   #2
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Anyone? i have some time off today and this weekend, i'd like to get started..
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Old 05-16-2012, 06:59 PM   #3
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If you want substrate with nutrients, you'll want to get ADA Aquasoil, or do a dirt tank capped with some inert substrate. Or you can do something like Eco-Complete or Flourite and use root tabs.

I don't think you need to grow the crypts emersed if you have the right setup.

What do you mean by resealing your tank? Is it leaking now? Unless you know exactly what you're doing, I'd just get a new tank.

Otos are fine. They are a schooling fish, but you can get away with having 2-3 of them in there. Since you already have the BNP, you might as well just keep it. 1 of those is good enough for that size tank.

h4n has a good variety of moss-- I got some from him a while back.
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Old 05-16-2012, 10:10 PM   #4
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If you want substrate with nutrients, you'll want to get ADA Aquasoil, or do a dirt tank capped with some inert substrate. Or you can do something like Eco-Complete or Flourite and use root tabs.

I don't think you need to grow the crypts emersed if you have the right setup.

What do you mean by resealing your tank? Is it leaking now? Unless you know exactly what you're doing, I'd just get a new tank.

Otos are fine. They are a schooling fish, but you can get away with having 2-3 of them in there. Since you already have the BNP, you might as well just keep it. 1 of those is good enough for that size tank.

h4n has a good variety of moss-- I got some from him a while back.

Awesome, thanks for the reply!

I suppose re-sealing my tank is the wrong word, its more just scratched up. But I think im going to go the new glass route.
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Old 06-25-2012, 05:37 AM   #5
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Actually keeping the same tank, just doing the make-over.. Any tips on buffing out scratches in the glass??

Also I'm thinking of doing a small dirt layer capped with some fertilized substrate. cool?
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