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Hi all

Just recieved my new tank! I still need several more things before i start stocking, mainly a light hanging pole for the light fixture. Here is my plan:

Tank dimensions: 48'' x 16'' x 20'', black background (maybe a 3D foam background, haven't decided)
Light: Odyssea 36'' 2x39w T5HO
Substrate: Topsoil capped with natural gravel
Filter: Odyssea canister filter or Marineland HOT canister
Other: Koralia 1 or Koralia 2 for water movement

I hope to start planting next week.
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Nice looking tank. I like the dimensions. I think a 3D background would look great.
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Thanks!

Sorry for the crappy picture, was taken with the old iphone's crappy camera. Once it's stocked i'll try to get some decent shots
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Looks nice. i wouldn't use foam under the tank if it doesn't fully support ALL of the tank in one piece... Asking for 65 gallons of water and rock and fish on the floor. Defeats the purpose of having foam under the tank if it isn't fully supported.
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Didn't think anyone would notice it with the crappy picture LOL

But that foam is not definitive, i still have to buy a foam piece to support the entire tank base, that's another reason i haven't started stocking
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Love it. Do you like the Odyssea fixture? I am debating getting one myself.

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I had an Odyssea fixture on my 75. It was a 4' PC light. My only complaint was the light ran extremely hot.
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Didn't think anyone would notice it with the crappy picture LOL

But that foam is not definitive, i still have to buy a foam piece to support the entire tank base, that's another reason i haven't started stocking
You can get 8x4 sheets of 1/2" foam at Lowes/Home Depot. And you could use the excess to make the background.


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Love it. Do you like the Odyssea fixture? I am debating getting one myself.
I haven't used it a lot, but it is very bright with the stock bulbs, planning to upgrade to Giesemann's Midday and AquaFlora bulbs. Another thing worth noting is that it has a single reflector, instead if individual reflectors.
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Guys, i need help!

I just setup the substrate of my tank but i forgot to put the crushed coral under the topsoil!! what can i do? what can go wrong if i don't use it? My water is extremely hard, has a pH of 8.
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Guys, i need help!

I just setup the substrate of my tank but i forgot to put the crushed coral under the topsoil!! what can i do? what can go wrong if i don't use it? My water is extremely hard, has a pH of 8.
Not sure why you would want crushed coral if you have high ph water. Crushed coral is used to raise ph, not lower it.

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i would not use the crushed coral as you wont need it if your water is that hard anyway. the crushed coral is for a buffer when the water becomes soft but with your hard water you will already have the buffer so i would say DONT USE IT! lol btw subscribed


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Most sources i've read recommend adding crushed coral or similar to the substrate to limit acidity in the topsoil

With my hard water it's not necessary?
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I was thinking of adding a koralia pump for added circulation, maybe a koralia 1 or 2, which one do you recommend for this tank?
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