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16 Gallon Bowfront Dirt Breeder Tank

This is my multi-purpose build thread for my 16 bowfront! I picked it up off Craigslist with the tank, stand, heater, nice HOB filter and light for $30. The light doesn't work, but I'm putting LEDs in it. This is my first try at a dirt tank, and will also serve to as a breeder tank for my electric blue rams.






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Major tannins tonight. I boiled the driftwood for about a half hour so I'm surprised there is so much. How long should I expect it to take to see some ammonia? I used MGOPS and I've heard it releases a lot of it, but I did let it gas out overnight before putting it in the tank. I do have a spare goldfish I could toss in there. Good idea or bad?

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I really like that DW piece. Any reason you aren't planting that long stringy plant on the right? Forgot what that's called but I know a lot of people use it as a foreground plant.

Don't you have a pre-established tank already? Squeeze some of the filter mulm in there and then sprinkle a little bit of flake food into the tank. It'll cycle in under a week that way. Spare the goldfish!

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Thats actually pennywart and I'm using it as a floater. When I first put it in there it sank partially but it's all at the top now.

I do! I put some used filter floss in this filter from my main tank. It was pretty filthy so I think it will help.

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Always amazed at how bright sand is when first setup.
Should see the spike in parameters within a week if there will be one.
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Throw is some malaysian trumpet snails in there to help keep the sand aerated. However, they'll probabily mix your dirt and sand a bit though.

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Had some major tannins in my tank due to a large piece of driftwood - tried carbon but no dice.....read about Seachem Purigen and put a 100ml bag in my HOB and OMG! crystal clear water overnight! Try it - amazing.
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Good tip! Carbon worked for me in the past but not so much this time. I'll pick some up this weekend.

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Water finally cleared up, but still have tannins. I did a water test last night and I still have around .25ppm Nitrites. I figure a couple more days until I can move the EBRs into their new home.

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