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Old 10-28-2013, 06:05 PM   #1
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125G Potomac River Sunfish and Shiner tank


I started to convert my old 125G Goldfish tank over to a planted Potomac River Sunfish tank. I ordered two Finnex Ray2 and Finnex MonsterRays, should give plenty of light at only 18" to substrate. no Co2.

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125G
2 Finnex Ray2's and MonsterRay's
Safe T Sorb substrate at 2.5" deep
1 Rena XP3 canister
1 SunSun 304b canister

plants-
Vallisneria americana

fish-
1 Longear Sunfish
1 Pumpkinseed Sunfish
1 Redbreast Sunfish
1 Northern Bluegill
small school of Spotfin Shiners
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Old 10-28-2013, 06:07 PM   #2
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Planted my Val the other night, still waiting on my Finnex LED's, so just using my two 36" T8's and a 48" dual T8. Going to let the plants root firmly then add the fish.
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:12 PM   #3
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Can't wait to see it! I have red and striped shiners... I'd love to do a big native tank soon..
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:22 PM   #4
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Don't know what the Patomic looks like but that looks like a river. It will be interesting to see what a couple months, and the monsters turns into. Good job
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Old 10-28-2013, 09:23 PM   #5
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Potomac !
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:00 AM   #6
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Here is a picture of the Potomac taken in April before the Val grew in. Once its June, the Val fill the shallows.
You can see the bottom and rocks in this picture though.
In fact, the rocks in my tank came from the Potomac River, right out our back yard.
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:01 AM   #7
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Here is a picture my uncle just sent me. Beautiful Fall over the river.
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:06 AM   #8
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I will update again Wednesday once my LED lights get here. I originally ordered the Finnex Ray2's and the MonsterRay's, but the seller on Amazon was out of stock on the MonsterRays, so I ordered two Current USA Satellite LED plus, they also should be here Wednesday.
The Ray2's are primarily for the plants and the Satellites are for color reproduction of the fish. Plus with the Satellites, I get moon lighting which is nice.
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Old 10-29-2013, 07:53 AM   #9
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This is gonna be awesome! I really like your representation of the river bottom.

Do you think four sunfish will be enough individuals to diffuse aggression? The bluegill will probably be a real SOB.

Spotfin shiners are great aquarium fish. I have tried a few different shiners and the spotfins were the only ones that were very hardy in the tank.
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Old 10-29-2013, 12:28 PM   #10
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Thanks! I am trying to get it to look like you took a small snap shot under water. The Bluegill will probably be the most laid back. The Red breast are pretty aggressive though. My experience with keeping BG in the past is they are not very aggressive. I really want a Green Sunfish too, but they are illegal in FL.
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Old 10-30-2013, 12:54 AM   #11
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New runners and buds on my Val this is all under T8 bulbs. I cannot wait to get my Ray2's and Satellite LED plus fixtures tomorrow. I'm so excited!
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flora- Vallisneria americana
fauna- Lepomis
Sunfish, Spotfin Shiners, Bluntnose Minnows
equipment- SunSun 304B, Rena XP3, SunSun 302 running a Coralife Twist 12x 36W UV
two 30" FinnexRay2's- one 18" Ray2 on 6hrs
two 24" CurrentUSA LED+ on 10hrs
65G-
single Tiger Oscar -coming soon
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Old 10-30-2013, 10:11 PM   #12
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I got my Finnex Ray2 and Satellite LED+ lights on the tank. I have to say, the light over the Vals (Ray2's) look more concentrated but the two 36" T8's and single 48" T8 looked brighter. We will see. The shimmer sure does look pretty though!
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125G Potomac River Biotope
flora- Vallisneria americana
fauna- Lepomis
Sunfish, Spotfin Shiners, Bluntnose Minnows
equipment- SunSun 304B, Rena XP3, SunSun 302 running a Coralife Twist 12x 36W UV
two 30" FinnexRay2's- one 18" Ray2 on 6hrs
two 24" CurrentUSA LED+ on 10hrs
65G-
single Tiger Oscar -coming soon
Non Planted

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Old 10-31-2013, 11:37 PM   #13
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Added my single Longear Sunfish from my 65G. He seems to be enjoying his new 6 foot home! Slowly going to start adding more!

Here are a couple pictures of my guy! I caught him when he was about the size of a nickle from the Potomac and traveled back to FL with him and that was about 6-7 years ago!
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125G Potomac River Biotope
flora- Vallisneria americana
fauna- Lepomis
Sunfish, Spotfin Shiners, Bluntnose Minnows
equipment- SunSun 304B, Rena XP3, SunSun 302 running a Coralife Twist 12x 36W UV
two 30" FinnexRay2's- one 18" Ray2 on 6hrs
two 24" CurrentUSA LED+ on 10hrs
65G-
single Tiger Oscar -coming soon
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Old 10-31-2013, 11:54 PM   #14
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Will be getting my other Sunfish soon!
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125G Potomac River Biotope
flora- Vallisneria americana
fauna- Lepomis
Sunfish, Spotfin Shiners, Bluntnose Minnows
equipment- SunSun 304B, Rena XP3, SunSun 302 running a Coralife Twist 12x 36W UV
two 30" FinnexRay2's- one 18" Ray2 on 6hrs
two 24" CurrentUSA LED+ on 10hrs
65G-
single Tiger Oscar -coming soon
Non Planted

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Old 11-01-2013, 01:37 AM   #15
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Lovely fish.. I want some orange spotted sunnies.. the males are eletric, much like your longear.
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