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Sand is in!

Well.. I am not sure if I told you guys or not but I just got a 55 gallon and a 55 gallon stand for FREE!. I decided to use sand.. so I went and got the tank today and the sand too.. the sand too hours to clean and I finally got the water clear. I will be decommissioning my 29 gallon and placing the inhabitance inside the 55 gallon. that is 5 Pepper cories, 3 BS tetras, and 3 ottos. I hope to add 12 more BST. After that maybe 4 small clown loaches and keep them for a year or two till they get too big. Maybe 15 Phantom tetras to go with the BST. Defiantly a lot more cories.

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Cool!
What are the dimensions of that tank?

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48" x 13" 0_o I dunno about hieght.. 16" I believe.
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if it's a perfecto or all-glass, then it's 16" or 18" high.


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no clue haha.. it is what ever one that is 48"-13".. if it was taller or shorter with the same WxH then it would not be 55 anymore haha
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Hey Cardboard -

Greetings from Crofton!
Welcome to Planted tank. Where in Naptown are you ?

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Greetings from Crofton!
Welcome to Planted tank. Where in Naptown are you ?
you live in snakehead central? Cool. Umm.. Near Annapolis.. like it says under my Login Name. haha

oh! new pictures!

I did the switch over today did some shopping. I bought lights, a hood, some more BST, bio-spira. Only problem is it is all way over priced.. the LFS (house of tropicals) has a monopoly in this area. Good thing the parents paid for half the stuff, it is in my moms home based business area (daycare center). Iím worry about them breaking the tank but if it happens it happens, at least it was free haha! Anyway, for lighting I used the 55 watt light from me 29 and stuck it in in-between the filters in the back and bought a 110 watt to place all the way across the tank and in the front. So the middle has 3WPG and near the edges a mix of let say.. 2-2.5 WPG near the edges. but it is basically a 3WPG tank. I put the fish in and use Bio-spira when I added 2 more BST. They are all starting to darken up already. Funny story about them. One, while being chased by the net, jumped out of the 29 and landed in the adjacent 55 gallon. He was so lucky, the rest put up a good fight. The peppers came quite easily.. They are like rabbits.. Sit still for you to net them. The ottos did the same.

The sand got alittlew dirty.. anyone know how to clean it? sift it out?

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i hate to tell you this, but it's going to get A LOT dirtier.


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I am know.. haha.. it is not in the daycare center so I don't really care.. I will probably get a sifter or something.
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have a filter that sucks lower the ground helps a bit.
a fish net works good to sift, just make sure the wholes arent too small.
weekly sand vaccuum, stir it a bit so alge wont build up.
the more fish you have the more poo will show

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won't the filter suck the sand in?
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[QUOTE=CardBoardBoxProcessor;310016]you live in snakehead central? Cool. Umm.. Near Annapolis.. like it says under my Login Name. haha


ya i do .. lol right near there

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hha.. they get ride of those buggers? 0_o! was it you tha dumbed them?
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i love free tanks! my 55g tank was free too!

i believe the demensions are 48inchesx18inchesx21inches high. im like 99% posative because i measured this tank a ton before i set it up lol....

have fun with it, remember you dont have a lot of depth so try and use height to your advantage somehow, maybe moss walls?

as for the sand? some MTS (malaysion trumpet snails) will help shift it a lot, i would try and get around 100 and then you wont ever need to buy any again. they will breed on their own. many people will send you them for shipping in the swap and shop area of the forum since they are like rabbits after the settle in. i would suggest some albino longfin cory cats they look awsome! there is usually a person on AquaBid.com - Sell or buy aquarium related equipment and fish in an auction format! who is selling them.

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I got 4 mroe black skirt tetras and taa-daa! Green water!!! if you are wondering what the little stickers are.. it is in a daycare center so.. I had to make it Kid friendly.


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