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55g experiment - Attempt #1

I figured I would start this and continue to add to it as I progressively put together the tank itself.

Materials given to me:
55 Gallon Tank - Free
55G Stand
Java Fern
Java Moss
Crypt Undulata
Red Sword
Cherry Shrimp
Guppies
Granite rocks from the creek
Stocking prefilter (panty hoes)

Ordered/Recieved:
C-360 Marineland Canister Filter - Its huge and awesome and very quiet
Drift Wood
Catalina Light Fixture (3x 54 - 2 grow bulbs, 1 10,000 K)
Catalina Titanium Heater 300W - very easy and regular

To Be Ordered:
CO2 regulator - Rex Griggs
CO2 Tank - Welding Supply
Limewood stones as CO2 Diffuser


Residents (planned):
Cherry Shrimp
Guppies
SAE
Guppies
Coreys
Pleco
Bamboo Shrimp
Few Tetras
Cherry Barbs?


Pictures:

Coming soon.

I will add to this with pictures and other things as the tank progresses. Other than a picture of an empty tank nothing has taken place "yet."

Update: I filled the tank! Sand as the base substrate with a small toss of organic matter in the bottom. Above the sand I used Flourite which is actually quite pretty. There is a layer where I mixed them well so it has a gradient as you go toward the bottom. Plugged in the C360 filter and its amazingly quiet. Silent is the best way to describe it.

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WOOHOO Catalina Aquariums Fixture came in. They even sent an extra light. I am thrilled with them so far!!!!

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I wish someone would give me a tank. I loved the Catalina fixture I had, good luck, lets see some pics.


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My 55g was given to me with a stand too
I am almost ready to set it up! Would you mind posting a link to Catalina fixture please, I'm looking for some new lights for my 55g.
And it's a great start.. Now show us some pictures


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Pics and links will come soon. I almost have the thing planted I just need to finish cleaning the flourite dust out of the water and off the glass.

So to continue the saga of the tank...
Week 1: i spent the entire week trying flocculation and cleaning the filter floss twice a day to get the Flourite dust out of the aquarium. I regret not thoroughly washing this stuff until i would want to drink the water in the bucket. I did get it to all settle down as is shown in the pics below.

Week 2: Once it was more under control, I put in the driftwood I bought from a guy who was taking down his tank in Tucson. It worked out quite well actually. I set rocks on top of the pieces that float. Next was taking down the 10G temp tank i was running. I needed to get all of the plants out, cleaned up and situated in their new home. Well I forgot how much plant mass I smashed into a 10G. I have about 50 pieces of hornwart that were replanted. I hand cleaned eeach of them to remove detritus and algae. The next step was to clean, trim, and separate a huge mat of JF. I ended up with large a mount of small JF plants, the large ones I planted the small ones are still in a bucket. I may try growing them outside until they get bigger at least. I cleaned and dipped all of the anubias and sandwiched them in random places under things. There are a number of plants UNDER the driftwood stump that looks like a poodle IMO. I will take more detailed pics sometime but you can get an idea. It basically took two days to get all of the plants trimmed and cut to be ready to plant.

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My 55g was given to me with a stand too
I am almost ready to set it up! Would you mind posting a link to Catalina fixture please, I'm looking for some new lights for my 55g.
And it's a great start.. Now show us some pictures
http://www.catalinaaquarium.com/prod...cbca72f5ccd7d7

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Ok pics are finally attached. Lets see if this works. I also put in some pics of my tiny temp 10G which housed everything while I set up the big tank. Its now going to be my invert sanctuary and quarantine tank.
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Thanks

Looks like a good start


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