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Old 06-06-2014, 09:32 PM   #1
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Rimless 55g


De-rimmed my old 55, and before anything is said I would like to include that the rim did not have a brace, and the rim was already splitting and coming apart. I have already filled it and tested it with water.

I actually am taking this tank over from my father, who has done cichlids all his life. I changed out the substrate and put osmocote gel capsules in it for ferts. Once I fill it up I will be dosing with co2 and Flourish. Lighting is Aquatic life 4 lamp fixture running Agromax Glow spectrum all around. This is my first go at DSM and HC so any input is welcomed.





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Old 06-06-2014, 09:46 PM   #2
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Looks great, nice and simple. Did you get those plants from a LFS? Haven't seen them in a bag like that, unless that is just a regular fish bag. My advice for you would be not to worry about Seachem Flourish, go ahead and get some dry fertilizers. When you buy the premixed stuff from the LFS you are basically paying for water with a sprinkling of fertilizer. I bought around $30 worth of dry fertilizers almost 3 years ago and I am still using them, so it is defiantly worth the money. Out of everything I have spent money on in this hobby, co2 and dry fertilizers were by far the best purchase.
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Old 06-06-2014, 11:07 PM   #3
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You say the plastic trim was already split. That could be an indication that the tank was already bowing. I wouldn't trust it in my house, but to each his own. It looks like a nice start though, so good luck with it.
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Old 06-06-2014, 11:58 PM   #4
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You say the plastic trim was already split. That could be an indication that the tank was already bowing. I wouldn't trust it in my house, but to each his own. It looks like a nice start though, so good luck with it.
I should have clarified... it was split in the corners. All the seams on the tank are still great so I am not attributing the splits to the glass. Its just an old tank that spent a good part of its life baking out in the sun.
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Old 06-07-2014, 12:00 AM   #5
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Looks great, nice and simple. Did you get those plants from a LFS? Haven't seen them in a bag like that, unless that is just a regular fish bag. My advice for you would be not to worry about Seachem Flourish, go ahead and get some dry fertilizers. When you buy the premixed stuff from the LFS you are basically paying for water with a sprinkling of fertilizer. I bought around $30 worth of dry fertilizers almost 3 years ago and I am still using them, so it is defiantly worth the money. Out of everything I have spent money on in this hobby, co2 and dry fertilizers were by far the best purchase.
I actually got them off the no ebay links allowed They are the same bags live Aquaria sends their potted plants in so I've encountered them a few times. But thanks for the advice on the dry ferts I may have to look into that!
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Old 06-07-2014, 03:50 AM   #6
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When doing a DSM with HC don't over water or you run the risk of getting a mold breakout. I had better results when I let the soil half dry, and I watered every three days or so, removing the wrap once or twice a week to vent.
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Old 06-07-2014, 04:02 AM   #7
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When doing a DSM with HC don't over water or you run the risk of getting a mold breakout. I had better results when I let the soil half dry, and I watered every three days or so, removing the wrap once or twice a week to vent.
oh wow, thanks for the heads up exv! I may do just that...
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Old 06-14-2014, 04:17 AM   #8
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Week 1 update:

Day 1


Day 7


Progress is being made!

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Old 06-14-2014, 04:27 AM   #9
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Brave man derimming a 55, I'd keep a close eye on the seals. Look straight down the front rim, you'll see it bow a bit. I'd just keep an eye on that. I've derimmed 3-4 tanks now but haven't had the guts to do my 55 where its so tall and long. My center brace is split too on it, but the trim alone supports it a bit I can feel the tension.

Either way... Good start man.. Looks nice. Hope the best.

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Old 07-08-2014, 04:09 PM   #10
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The dry start has been going great! It has grown together in some places, but some places still have a little ways to go. My question to you all thou is that I am getting a little bit of die off in one place and I can't figure out why. Has my luck reached its end and I should go ahead and flood? I really wanted to go dry until fully carpeted but should I flood in order to save my plants?

heres the die off in question:


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Old 07-09-2014, 04:32 PM   #11
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Old 07-11-2014, 01:30 AM   #12
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It is continuing to get worse in that one spot.... anyone who has with a dry start, please weigh in here?!
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I flooded it today, and aside from uprooting a couple pieces of HC, it went great and all is well.

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Old 07-12-2014, 02:01 AM   #14
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It looks great Ecas. Love the look, if I had a 55 with thicker glass I would de rim mine (mine is Tetra brand.. Cheap..).
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:58 PM   #15
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Thanks Clueless!

I had the chance to add a few plants today. Still have much more to do.

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