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Old 01-22-2014, 12:27 AM   #1
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55 gallon Angelfish first journal


Hello. I have decided to start a journal of my new 55 gallon fish tank. This will by my first journal, and it will by my first time keeping angelfish, but not at all my first time with a fish tank.

Right now I have just accomplished filling the tank with water and putting the plants in. For plants there are Amazon swords, some crypts, some giant hair grass that was dying slowly in my other tank, some what I think is Bacopa monnieri, a tiger lotus and I think some jungle vals. I have some driftwood that will be going in the tank and it has some anubus and Java ferns attached. All of these plants are coming from my 5.5 gallon and my 20 gallon.

For hardware I have 4 shop lights each with a CFL I believe 24 watt at 5000 K. Right now I have a marine land canister filter attached. It is for 100 gallon tanks so should be plenty for the tank, but I will be adding a Fluval canister filter from my 20 gallon when I begin to break that tank down. I have a heater set to 72 mostly because I want the water to stay relatively stable. The room it is in is an addition to the house and the central air struggles to keep it at a constant temp. I haven't noticed any problems with my other tanks, but I have noticed the heated ones seem to be more lush.

This is the largest tank I have done in the last 3 years and it is the largest "dirt" tank I have yet tried. I am taking a particular approach to this tank in that the entire tank is not dirt, rather I have confined the dirt to terra cotta pots as can be seen in the photos. I had a similar set up in a 30 gallon which is my guide for this tank. For the moment I will be dosing with Excel and Seachem flourish with each water change (1x) weekly for the first month. I think after that the plants will take off on their own. This is the method I usually follow and it has worked well. I like to do this as I have a tendency to over plant and the pots help me give each plant what it needs. I seem to have better luck with this than with a traditional "dirt" tank for whatever reason.

I have 2 cory cats an 1 otto that will be going into this tank as soon as it seems ready. I would like to have a small school of about 8 cory cats and probably a few ottos and nerite snails. Other than that I want angelfish. I have been wanting a tank with them in it for some time but never had the room for what I felt to be large enough tank. I think that arraignment of fish will work but if anyone has advice it would be appreciated.

Thanks for reading and I will update as I go along.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:01 AM   #2
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72 degrees is a little chilly for Angel fish...I keep mine at 78 and they do very well. Angels are a tropical fish and really should not be kept at a temperature below 74 degrees.
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Old 01-22-2014, 01:31 AM   #3
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72 degrees is a little chilly for Angel fish...I keep mine at 78 and they do very well. Angels are a tropical fish and really should not be kept at a temperature below 74 degrees.
Ahh thank you.
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Old 01-22-2014, 02:40 AM   #4
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I like the 4 shop light idea. Have 2 on my 150 need to get two more. The giant hairgrass loves it

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Old 01-25-2014, 12:51 AM   #5
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Looks a little better now. Got all the stuff in. The Fluval as well as Marineland canister filters are on it now. Plants seem to be transitioning well except I think I might loose the Tiger Lotus. Some of the crypts are already showing a new leaf coming up. Here are some full shots of the tank.
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Old 01-25-2014, 03:52 PM   #6
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Some video of the tank https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCKs...3tvrqIkNgiXvPA


In the pictures you can see how the Tiger Lotus is not doing well. It is in the bottom left hand corner of the tank.
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Old 01-25-2014, 04:21 PM   #7
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Good start!!

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Old 02-02-2014, 04:35 AM   #8
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Got to add the angelfish. They seem to be doing very well. The plants had a very hard time adjusting to the new tank. Not sure what it was. Most of the amazon swords and crypts had their leaves all melt and are just beginning to put up new leaves, but they seem to have begun to grow again. Hopefully the plants will really start to get going. Anyway, here is a little video of the tank. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AeWImnm2SDA
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Old 02-10-2014, 02:49 AM   #9
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Just some updates. Angelfish seem to finally be calming down in the tank. They are very aware of all movement in the room outside the tank. I had a large piece of wood that I had only just begun to soak, but I decided to weight it down with a brick to give them somewhere to hide. Makes the tank looks a lot more busy than it is.

The plants are growing in at a predictable but slow rate. It was more or less what I expected. Unfortunately I am getting a little bit of algae on my anubis in particular and the glass is beginning to get a little foggy. Not sure if it is just new tank adjustments or what. The thank has been up for 2 months now and I thad little or at least no visible algae before. I am wondering if the addition of the angelfish is adding more poo and thus more available nutrients. I am hoping once the plants get larger they will beat out the algae, but I might try tweaking the light cycle. Right now it is on a 5 on 4 off 5 on then off for 10 hours cycle. I am thinking of adding some Excel or something though as well. Right now with water changes which are weekly I add Excel as well as Flourish but possibly more frequent additions would help. I am hoping not though as I was hoping this tank would be a little lower in maintenance.
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Old 02-10-2014, 03:40 AM   #10
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You've got to expect to have some algae and adjustments to make for the first few months, that is just the way it is for most of us.

I'd comment on the beauty of the angels but you must give us a non-distorted picture to see them. Back up and skip the wide angle fisheye effect please.
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Old 02-10-2014, 04:16 AM   #11
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GoPro is the only camera working at the moment. I know what you mean though.
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Old 02-15-2014, 05:23 AM   #12
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Just an update. I have the beginnings of an algae outbreak at the moment. I think the addition of the angelfish triggered a mini cycle of some type. I have scaled down the lights. Specifically they do not all go on for the whole time they are on. The outside two lights go on for an hour then switch with the inside two. It seems to be keeping the algae at bay, but I have also added some more plants. Hopefully will get some more water wisteria soon as well. I may try to spot treat with excel if the lights don't work. I had one angel die about 2 days ago. I do not think it was sick, I think it was just overly panicked. I found it wedged where it could not move as I had to pull it out. Maybe it was the one that tried to bury itself into the substrate.

Some video of the tank. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oD5CfuEJGwg
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An update. The angelfish are kind of starting to settle down. Finally I got some real pictures of them since they didn't hide in terror. The plants are also starting to grow in earnest. In particular the ricca has been going crazy. I had to throw away a lot and I kind of tied up some clumps to keep it under control. The water wisteria has also been growing like crazy. I had to trim bit of it. I put the pieces in my newt tank to see what they do in there. I put another piece in the pot behind the castle to try to get another area of hiding places for the angels. The algae has been under control, it hasn't gotten worse, but I haven't been able to get rid of any of it. I've begun direct applications of Excel on a twice weekly basis. So far it looks like it is working in some areas but it's taking time. Most of it is on the right side on the Anubius right under the filter outflow.
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Old 03-10-2014, 04:30 AM   #14
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The tank seems to be doing well. The angelfish are getting much more active. I am seeing some nipping but so far it doesn't seem serious. The victims rarely react with much haste and it never goes very far. However, I will be keeping an eye on it. One or two of them might have to come out.

Here is some video of the tank as well as my other tanks. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yny9fkr81hE
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Old 03-10-2014, 05:05 AM   #15
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It is normal for angels to harass each other. In fact, I view it as a good sign of health and ambition. If you have fast swimmers nipping at angel fins, then that problem should be dealt with.

I like the way the castle is being absorbed into the plants. Not sure why you don't go ahead and stick the plants directly into the substrate though...
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