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New 60 Gallon (56K Warning)

I moved 2 years ago and I had to sell my 125g African Cichlid tank because our new home just didn't have room for it

Well, since then, I've added a room to our new house and my wife gave me a 60 gallon tank for Christmas. I had to build the stand so it took me some time before I was able to set it up but I finally have water in it. It's a work in progress but I wanted to share anyway.

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Size - 48" X2 4" X 12"
Substrate - 100# Eco-Complete
Heater - Jager 150w
Filter - Fluval 305
Water - RO/DI

Lights - (current) 2 17W fluorescent and 2 8W LEDs but I have a 24 LED light kit on order from RapidLED that I will build as soon as it arrives

This is just to show the stand I made. I am still working on the doors for the bottom so don't look at that.
Looks like I still need to touch-up the paint around the baseboard too










This tank cycled very fast, maybe the Eco-Complete?





Right now I have 28 Neon/Cardinal Tetras, 5 Von Rio Tetras, 5 Pristella Tetras and 30 Ghost Shrimp.

I bought the plants at the LFS and I really don't know what I have. The plan for now is to just watch and see which plants do well and remove the ones that don't.







Anybody know what the slimy stuff growing on the driftwood is?


By the way it's hard to take a good picture of an aquarium; I guess I need more practice.

Thanks,
Roger

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BEAUTIFUL stand, you've done an amazing job! Even without the doors it looks fantastic.
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You are a awesome woodworking. The stand is simply gorgeous. I think your tank is off to a great start too.

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looks nice!
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Beautiful work!

The stuff on your driftwood is fungus. It's normal, harmless, and will eventually die off on its own if the shrimp and fish don't eat it first.

I think you may actually have ended up with mostly aquatic plants! Except for the Dracaena (lime green plant with white bands, in the left of the tank planted just to the right of the rounded white rock).

That one would make a nice houseplant, though.





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You built that stand? Nice. The only thing I can do with wood is make a popsicle stick bridge. I like the spotlight effect in your tank.
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Beautiful work!

The stuff on your driftwood is fungus. It's normal, harmless, and will eventually die off on its own if the shrimp and fish don't eat it first.

I think you may actually have ended up with mostly aquatic plants! Except for the Dracaena (lime green plant with white bands, in the left of the tank planted just to the right of the rounded white rock).

That one would make a nice houseplant, though.
Thanks Laura. I thought that looked like a house plant. I had better rescue it tomorrow before it drowns. Also thanks for identifying the fungus. I was about to remove the DW and clean it again.

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Thanks everyone for the kind words about the stand. My wife designed it and I built it. Woodworking has been a lifelong hobby for me, I love to take a piece of rough-cut lumber and turn it into something. The best part is when you apply that first coat of finish and you get to see the true beauty of the wood.
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Wow, the stand is very impressive! Your scape is very nice, too. I think it is a little lean on the plant side, though. Occasionally, there are roaks or cheap packages on the mart. Have you thought of adding some more plants, especially red ones?
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Wow, the stand is very impressive! Your scape is very nice, too. I think it is a little lean on the plant side, though. Occasionally, there are roaks or cheap packages on the mart. Have you thought of adding some more plants, especially red ones?
I just planted the tank yesterday and I am still waiting to get the stuff from RapidLED so I can build the 'real' light for the canopy. Once I have the proper lighting I'm going to add some more plants. I definitely want to get some red plants too.

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Damn nice stand!
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So can you build a stand for me too?
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Your stand is gorgeous! Does the front top flip open?


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that stand is absolutely gorgeous ! IMO wold cover the front so that the filter co2 tank is any could remain hidden

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What's the details for the LED build?
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