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Old 12-04-2014, 12:24 AM   #1
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Any hobbyists in the Charleston area?


I hope to have a tank (again) up and running here in the next few weeks. My plan is to do a low/low-med light El Natural tank. I was looking for some folks who might have some clippings, or extra slow growers for sale.

I havent had a tank in several years... So am VERY out of the loop. Can any of you recommend a solid source for driftwood?


Thanks!
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Old 12-16-2014, 12:20 PM   #2
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I am in Charleston also. I get most supplies including driftwood at specialty pets in Nitro. Also a good place to get your plants, although most must be special ordered. Good luck with setting up your tank. And I would be happy to help with trimmings as I trim my tanks.
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Old 12-18-2014, 04:42 AM   #3
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Yeah, I used to get my fish from there, years ago. That was back when they were still jomars, and still super salt snobs. About the time i quit the hobby, they were finally comkng around to the majesty of the planted tank! Where are you in chas?
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Just getting a tank setup myself after about 4 years without. I'm thinking about finding someplace online to order a starter pack.
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Old 01-09-2015, 08:33 PM   #5
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Jeeze, heya Mike! You still in S Hills?
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Old 01-10-2015, 06:16 PM   #6
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Hey Travis. Sure enough, in the same place. It has been awhile, eh?

Did you get a tank setup? I purchased a 46G Bowfront this summer that I have been staring at empty ever since. I have a pice of Manzanita branchwood on its way so I may go ahead and fill with water for the first time today. I hope the EcoComplete I picked up this summer still has some live Bacteria in it.
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Old 01-11-2015, 04:54 AM   #7
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I had a nice el nat tank set up several years back.. it too was a 46 bowfront. AFter I drained it, I gave it to my sister, so she could set up a regular (non planted) tank for my nieces. I am actually about to get that tank back... But the tank I am workin on is a plain ole 55. A guy at work wanted to get rid of it, and I have been havin an itch to set one up in our new house... so I have been collecting hardware for it. Trying to figure out Co2, and a hardscape... I am thinkin about trying to run up to Summersville one day (when it is warmer) to plunder the lake bed while it is drained, for interesting rocks. For my substrate, I bought some Black Diamond Sand from Tractor Supply. I think I am going to do a dirted tank, and cap it with that, and see what happens.

I think I am only going to keep two or three types of plants in this tank. Something to carpet, then a couple of vertical plants.. But I have been pretty wishy washy about the whole thing. Kinda on hold until I find some rocks I like.
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Old 01-12-2015, 04:38 AM   #8
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Sounds great. I thought about some interesting rocks but ended up ordering that wood instead. What I didn't realize is how much driftwood came with the tank. Some nice pieces. I wish they were bigger but when all added together they do look impressive. I would have just used them had I realized. So I may have some driftwood for sale once I get int his Manzanita wood.

I'm still studying plants. I'm extremely busy these days so I do want to keep this tank low tech. I do not mind an occasional dose of ferts but I do not want to deal with pressurized CO2 or the pruning of a high growth tank. Right now I just have a strip light but I hope to upgrade to a Current Satellite LED fixture in the very near future. Not only will it give me more PAR, but use less power and has a built in moonlight function which I enjoy.

I'm still needing to research plants. I do want some grass in the front, and middle growth for the center and tall plants for the rear. Common plants are fine by me, rare or unusual isn't a concern of mine at this point.

Once I get the plants started, I want to introduce a small colony of shrimp then eventually some small schooling fish. Again nothing exotic needed.
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Old 01-12-2015, 02:30 PM   #9
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I would like to have a couple types of fish, and some shrimp. I would love to have some pygmy corys, but not sure how they do with shrimp. I have not really researched it. Even with some dosing and co2, I hope to have medium growth. Preferably I only want to have to trim twice a month, and do waterchanges the same. I will do less if I can get away with it. I will have to post some more questions about the plants that fit my needs as I get more hardware.

Did I sell you my old needle valve? I thought I had one, but I cant find it. I figure I sold it to you or Jeff.
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