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Old 07-30-2014, 04:31 PM   #1
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FewestKitten896's 40B (Bolivian Ram Fry) / 20L (Updated 4/7/15)


40 Breeder
Filtration: AquaClear 70 HOB
Substrate: Black Diamond Blasting Grit
Lights: 3x 13watt CFL (6500K)
Heater: 200W Aqueon Pro
Hardscape: Malaysian Driftwood, Bluestone
Ferts: Osmocote Plus Root Tabs
Tank Temp: 78-79F

Plants
Anubias barteri 'Nana'
Microsorum pteropus 'Narrow'
Microsorum pteropus
Staurogyne repens
Cryptocoryne lutea
Cryptocoryne undulata 'red'
Cryptocoryne wendtii
Jungle Val
Italian Val
Amazon sword
Micro sword
Melon sword
Aponogeton crispus
Aponogeton boivinianus
Echinodorus "Red Flame"

Current Fish
2 Bolivian Rams
10 Rummynose Tetra
10 Ember Tetra
3 Neon Tetra
6 Otos
1 Peacock Gudgeon
10 Pygmy Corydoras
1 Siamese Algae Eater

Current Inverts
2 Caridina japonica (Amano Shrimp)


20 Long
2 Blue Rams

Plants
Narrow Leaf Sag
Dwarf Sag
Aponogeton crispus
Red ludwigia
Java Fern

Spent 3 hours tearing apart pallets for wood a couple weekends ago. I did end up using 1 2x4 and 1 2x3 for the top and bottom as some of the wood was not the straightest that came from the pallets. This stand will have my 40B on the top and then a standard 10 on the bottom. I still have to finish siding the front tonight but so far I have spent less than $5 on the stand.

Front


Back and Side

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Old 07-31-2014, 03:23 AM   #2
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I know they're not super exciting, but I love livebearers. Things like Guppies (my current fish) swordtails, mollies... that type of thing.

There's nothing exotic about them, but it's neat to see them have babies and see the babies grow up. Plus, they've got a lot of personality, not like an oscar or anything, but they get excited for food when they see you and are generally pretty lively.
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Old 08-03-2014, 08:06 PM   #3
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Finished up the stand. Now just got to run wire through the back for the power strips and lighting

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Old 08-04-2014, 02:08 AM   #4
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With some stain, that stand would look awesome. Maybe a door too. Great job.
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Old 08-04-2014, 02:15 AM   #5
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With some stain, that stand would look awesome. Maybe a door too. Great job.
Thanks. I might have to try the stain on the back and see how it goes. As for the inside, I am going to put a 10 gallon tank in there so not sure about the doors yet.
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:20 AM   #6
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One angel (I love the black veils), a dozen rummy nose tetras and a school of some kind of cory.
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:41 AM   #7
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+1 on the livebearers. If you keep alot of nice strains you could make money while enjoying your tank. Guppies, shrimp, cories, and an angel could work, right?
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:29 PM   #8
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One angel (I love the black veils), a dozen rummy nose tetras and a school of some kind of cory.
That would look really nice
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Old 08-04-2014, 03:36 PM   #9
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I have never really thought about throwing in an angel. Don't these get fairly large for this size of tank? Or does the number of them come more into play when people want them in a tank (example: 5-6 angles in a 40 gal is bad but one would be ok)?
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:42 PM   #10
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I don't think 4 or 5 Would be an issue until two pair off then you'd have to separate the couple. So one or two should be okay. They get around 9-12 inches, but a 40 is great for them.
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Old 08-05-2014, 10:44 PM   #11
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I will definitely keep that option open. Still going to be a while before I get it going, still got another week to mineralize the dirt and then have to cycle it. But it is better to plan ahead
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Old 08-07-2014, 02:08 PM   #12
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Fish that I have been thinking about for the future stocking.
  • Kuhli loach (I know they dig. I am going to have about a 1.5-2 inch cap over dirt)
  • Pygmy Corydoras (if I can't get a hold of any of these then I will go with some of the medium size ones if they stay under 2" would like to keep in the 1-1.5" range)
  • Otocinclus
  • Cherry shrimp (would like to get a nice breeding colony going before I add fish that would pick them off)
  • Amano shrimp
  • 1-2 schooling fish species (unknown at this time)
  • Possibly 1 centerpiece (this is not a big deal but would like to keep this option open for my wife to pick out some fish to get her involved with my hobby)

I was also thinking about some of the Apistos and Rams but not really sure of this. I feel like the rams are over done, they are a beautiful fish though. The apistos are really nice also but I think they would limit me on Cherry shrimp being in the tank.
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Old 08-24-2014, 10:46 PM   #13
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Almost there....I got the 10 gallon finally moved onto the new stand and rigged up a lighting solution for the 40b. I still need to add one more light in the center and I will be ready to add soil and cap it off.

Currently I am on my 4th wet dry cycle for mineralized top soil but starting to wish I would have just done mgocpm and been done with it. But I might as well continue with it as I am already this far.


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Old 08-26-2014, 01:45 PM   #14
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Well after some major thinking, I am just going to do MGOCPM as my substrate. I have been doing this mineralized topsoil wet/dry process and it is going no where. I keep a little sample from each wet/dry cycle so I can see the difference and there is no difference. Also by the time I locate the components, (dolomite and muriate of potash) to add to the soil, I should have just gone with the MGOCPM and been done with it. So this top soil is going to be added around my house and the MGOCPM is going in the tank.
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Old 09-16-2014, 02:41 PM   #15
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Addition of blasting sand around edge and filled it in with MGOCPM. I will add the red clay tonight and cap it off after work. I think I am going to fill half way and then do some water changes to get rid of extras for a couple days and then plant and start my cycle.

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