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Old 07-31-2014, 12:46 AM   #1
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55G Buce&Erio Hi-Tec


Hi everyone, this journal is going to be on the 55 gallon I got for free from a generous TPT member! Thanks again!
I'm planning on doing a buce and erio tank, no more stems or swords!
This is going to be my 6th tank!
So first I took a long 3 hour drive up to PA to pick up the tank and stand, the centerbrace was cracked sadly, but the stand was in really good shape! I decided to give the 55 away to a family friend and let them fix it up, its in good hands. I kept the stand and sanded it down. (My arms still hurt after 3 hours of using that sander)
Here it was at the guys house before I picked it up:

A couple weeks later, after sanding and re-staining:


Waited for all the electronics to come and installed them (except for the BML, gotta save up for that):

Even added some LED strip lights while I was there:


More to come!
All I need is the Tank, the BML light, and the co2 system!
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Old 07-31-2014, 04:20 AM   #2
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Is that a power strip connected to another power strip?
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Old 08-15-2014, 02:33 PM   #3
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Is that a power strip connected to another power strip?
Yeah.. Its the timer.
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Old 08-21-2014, 05:35 AM   #4
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Update: 8/21/14
Bought the 55 from a guy on reddit with the help of some members from tpt!
Did the water test and it looks okay. For now...
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Old 10-12-2014, 03:24 AM   #5
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Old 10-12-2014, 04:13 AM   #6
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Awesome! Subscribed...looking forward to seeing this!
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well done, hope to see whats in store for you ! can't wait to see the fauna
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Awesome rock wall. Definitely unique. Cant wait to see whats next.
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Really dig the hardscape too. Very well balanced.
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Really dig the hardscape too. Very well balanced.
Thanks!!

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I like your hardscape. Curious to see what it'll look like planted.

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Update!
11/8/14
Sorry, been really busy for the past couple of weeks.
Stocked the tank with some:
American Flag fish, 2 pairs of apistogramma cacs, 1 female apistogramma blue steel, and some amano shrimps!


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Jesus that hardscape is intense. I'm very interested in how you're doing this with plants, seems like you've got quite a lot of rock.

I take it you want buce to overtake all that lava rock and then have erio on the bottom? Doing co2 as well?

Where'd you get the lava rock? I've been debating if I like black or red better since my eco-complete is a black/red mix....but seeing your rocks makes me think saying screw it and doing a mix of lava rock wouldn't look too bad.

Doing any moss in this either?
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Jesus that hardscape is intense. I'm very interested in how you're doing this with plants, seems like you've got quite a lot of rock.

I take it you want buce to overtake all that lava rock and then have erio on the bottom? Doing co2 as well?

Where'd you get the lava rock? I've been debating if I like black or red better since my eco-complete is a black/red mix....but seeing your rocks makes me think saying screw it and doing a mix of lava rock wouldn't look too bad.

Doing any moss in this either?
Yeah, a variety of buce is going to cover the outskirts of the larger lava rocks and erios are going to cover the bottom. I'm still waiting for finnex to release their new fixtures and when they do, I plan on purchasing the GLA paintball v2

I got the larger lava rocks at monster in flushing and the smaller pieces were sold in the barbecue section in Lowes. I wanted an all black scape and I found out pacific has medium sized black lava rock but I already finished my scape and it was a lot of work trying to balance the large lava rocks at an angle. Not sure about moss, If I do, it will probably be only fissidens. I capped the egg crate supports with eco complete because my apistos kept hiding in them.
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Yeah, a variety of buce is going to cover the outskirts of the larger lava rocks and erios are going to cover the bottom. I'm still waiting for finnex to release their new fixtures and when they do, I plan on purchasing the GLA paintball v2

I got the larger lava rocks at monster in flushing and the smaller pieces were sold in the barbecue section in Lowes. I wanted an all black scape and I found out pacific has medium sized black lava rock but I already finished my scape and it was a lot of work trying to balance the large lava rocks at an angle. Not sure about moss, If I do, it will probably be only fissidens. I capped the egg crate supports with eco complete because my apistos kept hiding in them.
You got that one absolutely massive grey boulder at Monster!? Damn....I gotta go there for some rocks lol
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