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Hey guys, so I thought I would finally start a tank journal. Here it is in all it's glory.


And here is a pic of my setup in my room


And here is my CO2 setup!


So tell me what you think about the tank everyone. Currently a couple things going on. I'm trying to start a carpet in my tank. That is dwarf hairgrass planted in clumps. Also, some sort of brown algae has been growing on my plants. Lastly, I think that large fish has eaten one of my cardinal tetras. Do fish shops let you give them your fish? I want to get rid of this guy before I get a school of cardinal tetras.

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Yes some local stores (not big name petsmart/petco) will let you trade or give you credit for a healthy fish. I would call before you go and see if they need a fish your giving away.

Also tank looks good.

Ever thought about replacing the fake background with just black to make the plants and fish pop a little more? IMO it looks better than a planted background.
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I would recommend you make a list of your equipment, lighting, substrate, plants, fish, exc. It adds a lot to threads like this.

Looks like you have a nice start. Once some of the plants grow in a bit it should hide some of your equipment which I think is the biggest distraction so far (not a huge fan on the background either). If it is a newish setup the brown algae is likely diatoms, and should go away on its own in a few weeks.
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Not a new setup. Had it for years. Here is a list of equipment

7lb steel CO2 tank, Harris dual stage regulator, clippard solenoid, fabco NV-55, china atomizer diffuser.
Hagen Aquaclear 50 HOB filter
Aquaclear 20 heater.
Coralife power compact 65w 6700k lighting
Flourite black substrate
EI fert dosing

Flora: Dwarf hairgrass, lily, melon sword, crypt wendtii, rotala rotundifolia
Fauna: 1 blue gourami, 5 cardinal tetra, 3 gold tetra(not pictured) I also gave up that paradise gourami. He was harassing the blue gourami.

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I have removed the background completely but I don't want to get a black background. I think a white drywall behind the tank looks classy. However there is also a brown door behind it.

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Becareful there!


You have got alottttt of weight on top of that dressor.
Just keep in mind it was built to hold clothes, not an aquairum.
Wouldnt want you to lose a set up due to its stand collapsing.

You've got right around 400-420lbs up there right now.

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yes, I am aware, I have carefully pondered getting a stand, however this dresser is made of solid wood, no plywood. It has been in this place for about 4 years. Also, I read that fully loaded aquariums weigh 10lbs per gallon. That would make mine about 250 with the co2 equip.

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yes, I am aware, I have carefully pondered getting a stand, however this dresser is made of solid wood, no plywood. It has been in this place for about 4 years. Also, I read that fully loaded aquariums weigh 10lbs per gallon. That would make mine about 250 with the co2 equip.
NO sorry, you've got more weight then you think.

your aquarium alone with just water weighs right around 330lbs.
thats not including equipment or substrate.

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NO, sorry, you are wrong. Water weighs 8 lbs per gallon. My water weighs about 160 lbs, the tank, substrate, filter and light probably bump it up to 220 max. The co2 equipment bumps it up to 260 max. I don't know where you are getting your info...

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So, I am having algae issues. I am bumping up Co2 a little. Also, I went by the EI fert program for 10-20 gallons, now I am doing the 20-40 gallon dosing. I was on the fence when I first started doing EI 2 years ago, but up until recently, I had poor diy co2. I also traded in my paradise gourami because it was harassing my blue gourami. I picked up 3 gold tetras. I will have pictures soon.

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Here is what the tank looked like a few months ago


Here is what it looks like now.

This fish is buggin out, I think not enough exygen, he's not doin so good.

Some of my fish hiding

my java fern I just got on the SnS. Tied it to the rock

Pearling!

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The hairgrass i got from a member, I had to plant all those clumps and the plant suffered. The member told me to wait three weeks for the roots to develop then trim the grass all the way down, and then hopefully new growth will come in nice and green. (keeping my fingers crossed!)

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Well I had a lot of algae issues, and had to throw out my old plants. Basically i guess my issue was that I had too much light, so I built this light stand out of curtain rods, to raise it up.



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You shouldn't have thrown them out. That was a bit too hasty. I think all you had were filamentous diatoms. Nothing serious. That dhg looked emersed also. It was converting to submersed life.

The java fern also needs to be tied on tighter. Otherwise it won't attach.

Good luck with the new scape. I know it's hard to just forget about the tank for awhile and let things take its course.
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This remind me of my dorm. Also, that co2 tank should be put in the ground floor (my $.02).
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