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My 55g is finally up and running!!! New Picture 3/7/11

Hello everyone!
I been waiting for this day for way too long but it's finally here, my 55g tank is up and running! It's a good thing too because once the new addition to the family comes in January I doubt I would be able to set it up.

Now a little info on the tank with some pictures!

The tank: 55g
Lights: Coralife 48" 2x65w
Substrate: Mineralized Top Soil toped with Ceramaquarts T-Grade, about 60lb+ of it.
Filter: AquaClear 110

Flora:
Anubias 'nana'
Java fern
Dwarf Sag.
Ludwigia repens
Hygrophila sp. 'Tiger' or 'Bold'- not sure


The list probably will grow, but this is what I have now and it will be added as soon as the water clears up

Fauna:
Crown Tail Betta
Rummy nose tetras
Neon tetra
Sparkling gourami

The rest are not decided yet, and maybe my CPDs will call it home

03/07/2011





More pictures on the last page

01/04/2011



12/07/2010



12/05/2010





12/01/10




Getting ready to add MTS... I sprinkled some clay on top and mixed the rest with soil...


The rest of process got very very messy so no pictures of that but this is the end result It also took me a long time because being 8 months pregnant makes it a bit difficult.





The tank was filled up yesterday night and it still very cloudy...
For some reason it looks even more cloudy to me now than yesterday... maybe it's just me....

How long does it usually take for a 55g tank to clear up?


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Yay CPDs! If you get a chance can you please take a closeup pic of your ceramaquartz? I'm interested in seeing it in a tank and not just in a pic of some corporate product shot


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Yay CPDs! If you get a chance can you please take a closeup pic of your ceramaquartz? I'm interested in seeing it in a tank and not just in a pic of some corporate product shot
I love CPDs, will be doing another breeding project in my 10g soon
Thanks for reminding me because I do have comparison pictures of colorquartz and ceramaquarts, I was planing to posting them and forgot
I will post that as soon as I get some food in me


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FOOD! Looking good, Yes more pics of the substrate!
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Doing that eight months pregnant must have been a real challenge! I'm at 24 weeks, and my belly already pushes on my 29g when I'm playing in it...

Good luck with it! It'll be a fun project to do when you have a little baby with you.

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As promised pictures of the substrate!
Pictures are not the greatest so I am posting a couple...

3M Colorquartz is on the left, Estes Ceramaquarts is on the right.











And this is my tank as of today... Very cloudy and I don't know why. I think sand might be not deep enough. My 10g tank is MTS with colorquarts and it wasn't this cloudy. Should I add some more sand? I poked at it a bit to let out air bubbles and sand was a bit cloudy, so that makes me think it's not deep enough. Sand was washed very well so it must be MTS. I also only put 50lb of sand, I do have 1 more bag so maybe I should add a bit more?



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Doing that eight months pregnant must have been a real challenge! I'm at 24 weeks, and my belly already pushes on my 29g when I'm playing in it...

Good luck with it! It'll be a fun project to do when you have a little baby with you.
Thanks!
I can''t wait to plant it, will be so relaxing for me to watch it when the little one is here I am waiting for it to clear up a bit and water to be warmer so I can plant it already.

I must admit it wasn't easy, I was beat! Hubby did help a bit, he doesn't know much about planted tanks but he is very good and bringing buckets of water
My belly is on the way too, like a lot, I am 33 weeks right now and I feel like I will have a gravitational pole soon
But if I didn't do it now there is no way this tank would be set up any time soon.


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So I decided to add a bit more sand... and... I think I over did it. I am gonna leave it as is and come back to it tomorrow and start planting. Hopefully cloudy water will go away!


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Cool, looks the same to me. Glad to hear/see. Thanks! A water-change might fix your cloudiness.
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Oo thank you SO much for the side by side comparison! You are awesome!


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So I decided to add a bit more sand... and... I think I over did it. I am gonna leave it as is and come back to it tomorrow and start planting. Hopefully cloudy water will go away!
Do a water change soon to help clear up the cloudy water... Hubby is key here


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Thanks!
I can''t wait to plant it, will be so relaxing for me to watch it when the little one is here I am waiting for it to clear up a bit and water to be warmer so I can plant it already.

I must admit it wasn't easy, I was beat! Hubby did help a bit, he doesn't know much about planted tanks but he is very good and bringing buckets of water
My belly is on the way too, like a lot, I am 33 weeks right now and I feel like I will have a gravitational pole soon
But if I didn't do it now there is no way this tank would be set up any time soon.
Just wait until you're closer to 40 weeks.

At least your hubby helped you out. My fiance whines every time I ask him to help me with the tanks. Sometimes I can guilt him into things, but so far I'll just deal with it until he can't stand to watch me struggle.

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You two should just drop a small bucket of water and scare them into thinking your water broke... that will teach them... and by "bucket of water" i mean whatever amount of water would be convincing... lol I have absolutely 0 knowledge about what that is supposed to look like.

goodluck with the little ones! Tanks are so awesome for little children... I captivate my 3 year old nephew with goldfish feeding time.


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Cool, looks the same to me. Glad to hear/see. Thanks! A water-change might fix your cloudiness.

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Oo thank you SO much for the side by side comparison! You are awesome!
No problem
As you can tell I do have some free time on my hands

I did a little water change today, I mean hubby did Hopefully it will help to clear it up. Gonna start moving some plants from my 10g tomorrow!


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Just wait until you're closer to 40 weeks.

At least your hubby helped you out. My fiance whines every time I ask him to help me with the tanks. Sometimes I can guilt him into things, but so far I'll just deal with it until he can't stand to watch me struggle.
It's like around the corner and to tell the truth I am pretty much done, wouldn't mind this little one to come a bit early.

My hubby been extra attentive lately and I must admit I love it and milking it till the end
And you are totally allowed to guilt your fiance into doing things, I would do it more often especially later on in your pregnancy
I do it too, I do feel bad sometimes for like a minute because he works a lot and stuff but hey I'm growing a whole person and it's not been a very easy pregnancy for me so I get over it very quickly


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