Upsizing to a 55
Finally upsizing my tank. Iíve had a 20gal for a long time. Christmas gift as a kid and still kicking. Iíve been saying for years I want a bigger tank and finally made it happen. Pulled the trigger in January and bought a 55gal during a $1/gal sale.
Tank: 55 gal
Filter: Eheim Classic 2217
Powerhead: Hydor Koralia 425
CO2: Pressurized (10# tank)
Regulator: Parker IR 6000 (I know, overkill)
Diffuser: Atomic Inline Diffuser from GLA
Substrate: Flourite Black
Lighting: two 48Ē Finnex 247 Planted +
I have all the equipment, which has been accumulating in my front entryway for a month. The stand I bought came in last weekend. Mfg'd by Coastal Aquarium Design. Really happy with it. Better than some of the cheaper stands most places carry. Had to so some calling to find a LFS that could get me something besides the basic pine stand. Also wanted something with the bottom closed to conceal my equipment. My 20gal is on metal stand with an open bottom and the canister is an eyesore in my opinion. I digressÖ
Painted the back of the tank black a couple of weeks ago with a flat latex paint and a foam roller. Lesson learned there in patience, taking your time, and paying attention to what youíre doing. I pulled some of the paint off by accident when removing tapeÖ not the in the process of removing the tape I had put around the edges, but when lengths of tape I had already removed brushed the freshly painted area because I wasnít paying attention, and when I tried to pull the tape, the painted background came off with it. It was my first time painting a tank, so lesson definitely learned!
Going to try this weekend to rinse the flourite. Not looking forward to it. 6 bags. Plan is to use the paint strainer method. Flirted with the idea of just dumping it in the tank, adding just enough water to wet everything, and let it settle before adding more water. Convinced myself Iíd just be frustrated so settled on the paint strainer method. If all goes well, I might even get the tank filled with water! Driftwood has been soaking since 2/25 and still wants to float. Going to break out my canner and camp stove this weekend and boil the driftwood and nip that in the bud. Pic of the driftwood doesn't do the large piece justice.
Fish: Plan on some community fish, most likely a nice school of neons and who knows what else. Open to suggestions.
Plants. Starting from scratch is hard! Open to suggestions.