Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: Los Angeles, CA
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 ½" 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.
Last edited by Aquaticz; 11-13-2013 at 05:14 PM.