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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-05-2018, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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Well, very slowly I am finally getting around to setting up my new tanks. So, this is the start of my journey for "Branches"... just the first thing that comes to mind when I look at the scape right now.

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Tank: Cad Lights 60 Gallon True Cube Versa Series Aquarium(Total 78 Gallons including the sump volume)... however, the sump is not full all the way up, so it is most likely to have about 70 gallon in regular running condition
Light: Beamworks DA 6500K 0.50W Series LED Aquarium Light
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Wood: One large driftwood (I think its Malaysian.. but when I got it... they didn't say what it was)
Stone: 6 pieces of petrified wood
Substrate: White sand
Plants: Various anubias: nana, nana petite, rojos; Bucephalandra: Misc.; three rizhomes for trident java fern; moss on stones
Livestock: nothing but snails at the moment... still cycling... deciding between discuss or nano species... but surely there will be a ram pair and some sterbai corys

Without further delay... here are the day 1 pictures from three different angles. Please excuse my photography and glares... I am not good at it...
Please give me any advice you have
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Really nice looking scape there! Personally I think a large school of something swimming around the wood would be stunning!



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Really nice looking scape there! Personally I think a large school of something swimming around the wood would be stunning!

Thanks Grobbins! That is what I think as well, in fact, i think this would a great nano species tank, but my wife has her heart set on discus... we will see

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Very nice piece of wood. At first blush, it actually looks like cedar!
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Very nice piece of wood. At first blush, it actually looks like cedar!

Thanks, now that you said that... makes a lot of sense, i love this wood, as soon as i saw it at the store i knew i needed it even though it cost me a pretty penny


I have been keeping it in water for the last 3 months.. took a long time to get water logged, all those branches come off one big base, so it is a substantial base

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I've got a cedar wood knot in one of my tanks, it has been in there for months and still is pretty floaty. It stays put, but if it gets bumped while I'm pruning/cleaning/etc, it likes to easily move. Not sure if that's just the nature of the wood or not, but it isn't light when it's out of water.
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Just realized I didn't post any picture of the stand or filtration. The room is still a mess, so I did not take a pic of the tank with stand after water went in. The following two shots were taken when I first put the stand together and placed the sump. The tank was a full package with the stand, sump, all the pipes and tubes, pump, heater. It took me a while to put it together (wife did most of the stand which was the hardest part). I am not a handy man at all unfortunately. Anyway, it is my first tank with a sump set up, so it was interesting to put the piping together.
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bump.. any suggestions on the aquascape?

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bump.. any suggestions on the aquascape?
I'm digging it, no suggestions here.

Figure out stocking yet!? :-)



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Thanks again Grobbins48, I think I will have to give in and get the discus since my wife has her heart set on that, I am setting up two more tanks in the next couple of months, so I need to keep her happy ;-)

also, I actually have never kept discus, so it will be a fun experience, I am thinking 5 discus for 70 gallons should be ok, I am going to get 5" or bigger size discus so that I don't have to worry about them being stunted or crazy eating and cleaning schedule, now the question is what color, of course I love the look of the wild type, but they are more sensitive and probably not the one's to start off with, blue diamonds are a contender or red cover.. I like the red cover a little bit more I think, I have put in some tetra's in the tank now, will let it get fully settled for all of june and possible some of july before I get any discus in

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I have never kept discus, but I do know they like having dither fish, so maybe you can still get your school!

But yeah, discus will love that tank!



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I think it will be a good home for them too... but just nervous because I have never kept them, they are expensive... they are sensitive and needs a lot of attention

but I guess you will have to start at some point and get that experience, I have been keeping fish since I was 12 years old... now my son will be 12 soon... so I guess I have to jump in at some point to try discus hehe

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fish are in

I finally got some fish in, these are fish I already had in another tank (except for the ram female, she is new), they have been there for a week now and they all seem to be doing well, I did put in seeded media in the sump when I put the fish in after running the tank empty for a while, so cycling was not an issue, the panda tetras (Aphyocharax paraguayensis) is a cool tetra (though aggressive somewhat, but mostly within themselves... chasing each other), their colors are a really cool shimmery green (impossible to capture on camera because they are moving constantly), the males have a red patch in their anal fin, I tried some pics.. just to give idea.. they look way better in person and full of activity, the other fish are a pair of rams, the male I had for 2 months by himself, the female is new and young, they paired up as soon as they met
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my rams laid eggs!!!

well, the next morning after taking the above pictures I wake up to eggs!!! I was a little surprised because that female is tiny and I didn't think she was mature enough to lay eggs, she proved me wrong! also, they had been there only about a week and the tank is relatively new (although with old filter media) and I know rams are sensitive fish from my previous experience... anyway, I am not complaining.. was just surprised to have this happen so quick
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Wow! Awesome scape and progress. You can NEVER go wrong with Discus and Rams. I'm finally working with some quality Rams after years of LFS junk. This is the last step before I move into Discus. Are you buying adults or growing them out in a bare bottom tank? From what i hear those are the 2 options for healthy Discus

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