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Old 09-25-2013, 06:43 AM   #1
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Hey yall!
This is my first journal for planted tank. This is my second year of being in the hobby. After several experiments, i finally decided to be serious with one ( still going to mess things up but at least i have teared down everything else to focus on one). I just got the hard scape done today so this is going to be day one of my 55 gallon. Details :
- 55 gallon tempered glass.
- Canister filter ~ 250 gal per hour
- Tetra 55 heater
- Finnex ray 2 DD
- DIY co2, 2x 2 litter bottles.
Here is the picture of day one. 9/24/2013

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Old 09-25-2013, 07:12 AM   #2
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Get some plants... hah

kidding, of course... though I do recall tempered glass being a big no-no in aquaria.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:51 AM   #3
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I believe all standard 55's ate tempered, and certain panels on many sizes as well
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here's Aqueon's spec chart, most of the bigger stuff and odd shapes appear to be tempered. Makes the glass much stronger, but also tends to shatter into bits (rather than crack) if you hit it hard enough.

One big tip (for regular glass as well), keep sharp metal away from the tank. A car side window is pretty strong to lean against, but firmly press something with a sharp point (nail set, punch, drill bit, rescue hammer) and the whole panel tends to shatter into little bits.
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Old 09-25-2013, 11:03 AM   #5
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Link helps

http://www.aqueonproducts.com/assets/011/19784.pdf
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Old 09-25-2013, 03:26 PM   #6
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There's nothing wrong with tempered glass unless you intend to drill the aquarium.

I don't know if it's too late to make some changes to your hardscape, but I have a few suggestions that I think will help strengthen your composition.

Due to the dimensions of a standard 55-gallon aquarium, it is difficult to design an aquascape with depth. Your current setup may benefit from more substrate to create a steep slope from back to front to give more depth to work with. A few more large pieces of stone and driftwood may assist you both in maintaining this slope and in adding a little more substance to your hardscape. Perhaps you might consider turning the piece of driftwood on the right half of the tank upside-down from its current orientation- I feel it would look more natural.

What plants do you currently have? I can see what looks like hairgrass and another low-grower or two, but I don't see any stems. What design did you have in mind (an open field, a forest's edge, etc?) What plants were you intending on including? With a few more details, I think we can provide you with more useful input.

You look to be off to a solid start- good luck.
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Old 09-25-2013, 10:42 PM   #7
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Thank you so much for your suggestions, Agrippa! Unfortunately, i have already have plants in. But i will keep your ideas in mind for the next time. I currently have transferred all of the plants from my old 29 to here.Tied the moss, now i want to have glossostigma to form a carpet and HC to cover rocks. Plants in the tank right now:
- Anubias
- Crypt
- Stargrass
-amazon sword
- java moss
- Limnophila aromatica ( currently hidden behind the moss tree)
Here is the picture of day 2 with plants.

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Old 09-26-2013, 03:44 AM   #8
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Usually only the bottom panel is tempered, you can safely drill the sides.

Looking great! I am resurrecting a 55 that I'll be journaling soon - it's a tough size to work with so it's nice to see some others in progress!
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Old 09-27-2013, 03:42 AM   #9
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Update day 3.
-Added co2. Right now it only has one bottle of 2 litter, getting the second bottle tomorrow.
The bubbles are tiny, and get tinnier after going through the canister filter.
- Went to lowes today, got my 40 ft plastic hose + male and female adapter for $20. So happy with it, no more window breaking lol. I also got two pieces of glass cut to fit the open top, not using them yet until i get some fish that can jump.
- Went to walmart, got the tsp collections for 88 cent. It was unbelievable, i expected it to be more expensive.
- Received dry ferts from a member here. Got the schedule stick on the canopy. Here are some pictures:



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Old 09-28-2013, 02:07 AM   #10
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Day 4.
-Added the second diy co2 using a powerhead
- Did a water change today, added dry ferts and some exel. Plants start changing colors to be more green

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Old 09-29-2013, 03:08 AM   #11
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Happy with your ray 2 I'm thinking. About putting 2 on my 55 gallon
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Old 09-30-2013, 01:28 AM   #12
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Update day 5.
Beautiful Sunday!!
After a long waiting, i finally have my foreground planted with the glossostigma and dwarf baby tears. Big thank to one of TPT members, Da Plant Man!!!! His plants are awesome, well rooted and pest free!!!! Highly recommend to anybody. This was my first time meeting anybody in this forum outside, Da Plant Man made me feel like i'm still so much of a newbie to this hobby and there a long road ahead to learn, or in another mean, there are still lots of thing to explore!!!

Here are the pictures of the tank today.
The right

The left

and the whole tank
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Old 09-30-2013, 12:24 PM   #13
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wow nice, thats a lot of little plants! Im interested to see how yours do, I am thinking about putting 2 ray2 on my 55 gallon because I was worried 1 isnt enough for a good foreground carpet.
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Old 09-30-2013, 02:34 PM   #14
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Mine probly wont spread out much at first, but ill keep trimming and if they still dont grow the way i want, ill cover the sides too.
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:35 AM   #15
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Update 10/5/2013 ( week 2 )
- Everything is growing noticeable everyday! pearling happens everytime the light on!
- Added 4 baby angel fish, 2 otto and 2 sae
- No real algae so far
- Glossostigmas kinda growing upward, i guess it because i did not plant them all the way down. The ones that i planted all the way down, leaving only 2 leaves now spreading. Going to trim those that grows upward after this post, hopefully they will start spreading.
- Baby tears looks bright green but wonder if i should try to press them down to the substrate more for the roots to reach the dirt.
- Ozelot has giant leaves now.
- Stargrass is coming back greenly
- crypt wendii has finally woke up
Here are update pics:
Entire tank overview


Left side closer look


Right side closer look


Big butt ozelot leave


Little glossos spreading


Babytears and Hydrocotyle japan


suggestions are appreciated
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