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post #1 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-26-2018, 05:53 AM Thread Starter
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My office tanks

I started this hobby just over a year ago with a 29-gallon tank in my home office. I started it as a high-tech tank, I am the plant keeper, my youngest daughter (12) is the fish keeper. Some things I started out doing right from the start others I had to learn the hard way. I am happy to say that I have battled several types of algae and have succeed by staying focused on plant health and keeping a clean tank along with the many tips I have found on this forum. I have some BBA left which I have come to live with. I still have this tank up and running but will be swapping it out for a 45-gallon breeder tank that I picked up for $40 dollars on craigslist.

I remodeled my office about two months ago to make room for 4 tanks. Only two of them are up and running the other two are on hold. I just wanted to have room for them when I got around to them. The tanks are:

50 gallon long: This one sits next to my computer and is my favorite tank so far. I started it about 8 weeks ago.
29 gallon: This is my first tank it will be swapped out for a 45 gallon breeder style tank soon.
10 gallon: This will be a low tech tank that my youngest daughter will be managing.
12 gallon: I really like the dimensions of this tank it will eventually be a medium tech tank with shrimp. I havenít tried keeping shrimp yet but look forward to setting it up some day.

This Journal will start out with the 50 gallon long as I just recently started it.

Tank dimensions
50 Gallon Long 48Ē X 12Ē X 19Ē This tank sits on my desk in my home office so the depth works great. I didnít like the extra height of the 55 gallons. I really enjoy the distraction of having the tank at eye level right next to me while working. I had been eyeing a 60 gallon long for some time, but I found this one new at a LFS for a steal so I bought it and put it in the shed for a few months while I rearranged my office and acquired all the equipment for it.

Co2:
5 Gallon co2 tank, homemade inline reactor, GLA regulator. I tried glass diffusers but didnít like having to clean them, I tried an inline diffuser but got tired of the soda pop look in the tank. I use a Milwaukie controller as kind of an insurance policy to set a low point PH level. When I first started out I had a cheap regulator that couldnít hold a steady bubble count, so I got a controller, timer, and just left the regulator turned up. I have sense purchased a GLA regulator that works pretty good I could probably stop using the controller, but I like having it there and I like being able to see what the PH is whenever I want without having to use a PH pen. My PH is at 6.8 out of the tap the ADA soil does buffer it some and we have soft water here in the Seattle area, I currently have a .8 PH drop before lights on trying to get it to 1.0.

Filtration:
Two Eheim 4 250ís I got from DR. foster & smith for around $100 each with free shipping on a clearance sale. This gives me plenty of filtration and I donít have to worry about the reduction in flow from the inline heater and the reactor. I clean the filters about every 6 weeks I separate cleaning them by one week so not to disturb things to much.

Substrate:
ADA Soil Ė really like this soil, between the soil and CO2 I was growing plants successfully my very first try which hooked me on the hobby.
Hardscape:
The hardscape isnít to important to me at this stage as I am really more focused on the plants. I do like to have some drift wood for separation and the ottoís. Iím sure I will eventually pay more attention to the hardscape as I get more experienced.

Ferts:

Aquatics Macro & Micro pre-mix. I follow the basic EI schedule with Micro & Macro every other day with booster on Sunday. 50% water change on Sunday. I enjoy the maintenance part of this hobby, so I do a pretty good clean and trim every weekend. Eventually I will start mixing my own and study this part of the hobby a bit more, but for now I am focused on keeping it simply and not getting to overwhelmed. I have tried several different pre-mix solutions and excel as well over the last year as part of my learning journey. I am just about ready to start custom mixing my own, probably a couple more months.

Lighting:

Finnex CC 48Ē 6 hours Max with a 3 hour ramp up and 3-hour ramp down and a 3-hour setting from 9-12PM set at a low moon light as I tend to work late in the evening and enjoy watching the tank. I really like the green LEDís for a moon lite for some reason, so I tend to favor the Finnex over the Fluval.
Fluval 3.0 This one is in the back and is used at about 30% - 40% for 6 hours during max daylight. I probably donít need two lights for what I grow.

Plants:
I have maybe 12 species in this tank but this changes often as I enjoy picking up new species and figuring out how to grow and maintain them.
Fish:
I started with a clean up crew of 6 Coryís not sure what kind, and 6 Ottoís. I added 20 silver tip tetras just yesterday. I may eventually add a pair of German gold rams or a few more silver tip tetras if I think the tank can accommodate a few more fish.

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post #2 of 13 (permalink) Old 10-26-2018, 02:23 PM Thread Starter
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Adding pictures

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Nice tanks and great pics! Looks like a nice office distraction.
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If I had a tank next to my desk I'd never get any work done. Those look great!
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Very nice, love the red. It really pops with all the green.
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My Office Tanks

Had some time off during the holidays and got some work done on the office tanks. swapped out the 29 gallon for a 40B. got the 10 gallon and 12 gallon low tech tanks up and running. the 10 Gallon has been cycled for a couple weeks and is ready for shrimp. I have yet to keep shrimp, I am looking forward to stocking that tank. The 40B and 12 Gallon are almost done cycling Ammonia at zero, nitrates are a bit high around 40ppm almost ready to stock both of these tanks as well not sure what I am going to do yet.
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Wow, all your tanks look great!


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Tanks in your office? ...more like a desk in your aquarium room!

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Everything looks very healthy, and the presentations create a nice soothing tranquil atmosphere.

Very, very nicely done.


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Great work on this. There honestly is not much better than having the tanks in the office. I also have both of my tanks in my office and really enjoy the vibe. It is great during conference calls, and honestly even helps me concentrate at times when I am problem solving something.

Now I must say, the cleanliness of your desk is making me really want to go through things this afternoon! Also, I too have and L shaped desk... maybe a little 10 gallon rimless would be nice to the left of me too... Hmm you have me thinking!

Nice job on everything there!



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If I had a tank next to my desk I'd never get any work done. Those look great!
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Amazing tanks you've got there, thanks for the photos.

I'm thinking about putting just a tiny tank (Spec lll) in my office, but afraid I'll tinker with it all day, every day!
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