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55 gal- eye candy- First mineralized tank

This is day two of a re worked 55 gallon tank. This time around I decided to give the mineralized dirt a shot. It took weeks to do because I have a life...lol. However I did do three large bags so I would have extra for another tank. I added crushed oil-dri for added clay ( 10%) and also crushed the potassium chloride which came in a crystallize form. I did so with a 5 pound sledge hammer :-) ( you can do anything with a hammer). The dirt is 1" thick with a 1 " cap of a pool filter sand something I've never used before. For lighting right now I have a single bulb T5HO along with a Finnex Ray 2 (DS). I found the Ray 2 to be too bright for a 55 gallon tank with a photoperiod of more than four hours. So I have ordered the new Finnex fugue Ray + planted fixture & hope it gives me a low - med light tank. I also have another fixture available if need be it's a dual T5 HO.
One way or the other I'm going to get this lighting just right on this tank. I also upgraded the filter to a Eheim pro 3 G-90. I only use lava rock , sponges and a finishing cloth in all my filters. The flow will not be a problem:-)
Live stock - roughly 30 panda cory and 40 or so cardinals and three clown loaches along with a few ottos.
So without further a due - here is the tank. Comments & questions welcome.
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Off to a good start! Where did you get that wood? Gonna follow this one, I want to see how your diy dirt mix turns out.


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Thats two pieces of DW Dan. T.he piece on the left I picked up at NA and the long one came from a hike in the Santa Monica Mountains. I soaked them before giving each a water blasting which really cleans them up nicely.

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Adding a 40 gal tank to this journal
I just finished it yesterday
mineralized top soil - capped with Monterey Sand
Eheim 2217 filter
lights - single T5 HO and a 24 " fugue ray
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I'm liking the idea of mixing LED and T5HO. Have you had success in the past with mixing them?


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Nice tanks. I especially like the 40. It has good flow.


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thank you. at first I had that wood in a vertical position but it does look better laying down, as you say for flow :-)
Yes I have used both types of them in combo before.
the 40 has never been a problem, the 55 on the other has been a pain in the butt. I say that because I had no problem s when I wanted a high light tank but now I want a med to low light tank. Like an idiot I left a ray II dbl 7 k and a T5H0 on for the first two days the tank was set up. Can you say clado! So I turned off the lights for a few days and then added a bunch more. I Now I have the 55 with a planted + and a single T5HO in place, on timers for a photo period totaling 7 hours. Today was day 3 of having the lights set up the way I hope to keep them this way and add time to the photo period at a latter time when the tank is settled in. Fingers Crossed...







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