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Amber's Aquatic journey 12/19/2005, updated

Well, not much to see now but figured this was the best place to share my journey.

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post #2 of 27 (permalink) Old 10-26-2005, 09:39 PM
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Well its a start My favorite part of this hobby is the construction/set-up.
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It looks like your gonna have to dich the lights that came with your hood and buy better ones. What are the wattages on thoes lights? It looks to me that they wont be nearly enough for a 50 gallon. Youll probably want to add about 150-200 watts of light on that tank unless you just want to grow low light plants. When you upgrade your lights you'll probably have to throw away your store bought hood, and make a DIY hood yourself because your new lights wont fit properly. If you bought the hood, lights, and tank in a package deal, you probably wasted alot of money.

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Ya, already figured the light thing out, they are only 15 watts a peice...I am planning on having a low/med light tank but I know I am going to need more.

I did buy it as a package, but got a decent deal for it and I can use the hoods and lights for my other tanks if need be...Nothing goes to waste..

Do they make the smaller bulbs in 40-60 watts?

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glad to hear that you can use all you left over equpiment.. You might be able to use your existing hood if you try ODNO lighting. Otherwise I'd suggest to go with compact lights.

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well here's my progress so far , the water is still a bit cloudy and this is after 3 full water changes, I may do another water change some time today... we'll see. I just put the driftwood and slate in there, I haven't arranged any of it yet, still waiting for another piece of driftwood I ordered from ebay.

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are you going to make this tank high tech or low tech? do you plan on injecting co2?

You might wanna invest in a canister filter rather than thoes HOB's you got, if your going the high tech approach.

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I'm going low tech for now, The filters I have on there are currently just helping me clear up the tank faster.
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I may be have covering something that you have already covered.........

I would drain the tank entirely when you plant. Planting with no water is so much easier. Just have a spray bottle handy to keep things moist.

Oh make sure the spray bottle has never been used for anything but water.

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That looks like Java Moss, btw.
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Well, it's slowly comming along, I am awaiting a piece of driftwood and some more plants, so it's a little empty at the moment.

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To each their own. I always find that having a little bit of water in there (a few inches) is easier for planting things close together. Otherwise, they're always wanting to fall over on each other.



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Your tank looks good

Just one thing.. i have a pet hate for heaters that are installed at angles. I think it really ruins the 'flow' of the tank. It should either be fully horizontal or fully vertical
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thank you

lol, I know the heater has been bugging me also...I'm hoping my plants and driftwood come soon

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Just one thing.. i have a pet hate for heaters that are installed at angles. I think it really ruins the 'flow' of the tank. It should either be fully horizontal or fully vertical
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well, not much changed, got the driftwood and took some corkscrew vals out of my other tank, My guppies for some reason have been nipping at my plants in my 30 gal. really bad..
I have 2 oto's, 1 cory and 1 angel fish in the 55 right now. (The Angel was getting nipped at by my tetra's so I am taking the chance in putting her in the 55 gal. so early, she survived the cycle in my 30 so hopefully she'll be fine.
I've got 2 more plants comming tommarow hopefully...

The lens was a bit dirty so sorry for a bad pic.

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