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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 10-03-2008, 06:24 PM Thread Starter
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finally my 29g gets underway!

Hello everybody today I start my long awaited twenty nine gallon high tech (or at least I think it is pretty high tech) planted fish tank. I bought the tank almost a month ago but I had some hang ups because I moved and some of the equipment took awhile to arrive. (I blame UPS)

I have been keep fish for about a year and have been drawn into the world of freshwater aquariums and for awhile I thought I might me obsessed. My first tank was a five and half gallon but it was quickly upgraded to a 20 gallon because my mom thought that I needed some cooler fish and that five gallons just wasnít going to cut it. So I set up a twenty gallon tank and quickly learned that keeping fish was not as easy as it seems. I spent hours on the fish forums and my grandfather gave me like 10 aquarium books (back in the day he used to be quite a diehard aquarist.) anyway I have become pretty knowledgeable when it comes to keeping aquariums and started helping my dad with his really high tech 125 gallon tank for his office. (I swear it was all his idea) so I decided that I need to start a really cool tank for myself sense I can almost never see my dadís tank. 29 gallon just seemed like a good size for an upgrade. I would have gone bigger but my apartment is really small and anything bigger would just take up the whole room. Also I could us the light that I had over my 20 gallon. So letís get to some specs.

29 gallon all glass fish tank
Marineland heater rated for a 55g tank
Eheim classic 2217 canister filter
Five pound CO2 tank with a Milwaukee regulator and check valve
DIY CO2 reactor
Fertilizer from green leaf aquariums using the EI dosing method
Soil master select substrate with root tabs
And a stand that was bought from target that has been highly modified.

Ok now letís start some of the pictures.

I spray painted the back of the tank with a standard black spray paint from home depot I think it turned out alright

This is the stand that I purchased from target it was on sale for 35 dollars I have reinforced the book shelf with 3 1/6 on the back (the picture only shows one 1/6 in the center but it was later updated for good measure)and the top frame has been reinforced with 2/3 underneath in addition I have also reinforced the legs with 2/3s this thing is solid as a rock and looks pretty dang good though I wish it had some doors (but I guess itís just a way to show off the equipment.)

More updates coming later on today
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looks good. I love the way the paint turned out. Just wondering...Say you wanted to take the paint off, is their a good way to do that? Nail polish remover or something?

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i actually messed up alittle the first time and i found that using a sharp razor blade does the trick it took about ten minutes to scrape the paint off.
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so its been awhile since my last post, ive been pretty busy and i have had a hard time trying to find a good fish store close to were i live but i finally have some pictures to post.

but here are some specs on the tank first

im running 65w CF for 12 hours every day along with pressurized CO2 at 3 BPS

im also dosing dry ferts every day

1/4 tsp KNO4
1/4 tsp CSM + B
1/4 tsp K2S04
1/4 tsp KH2PO4
i would like to some iron to bring out the reds alittle more.

my plant list so far is as follows

Ceratopteris thalictroides - water sprite (2) one of the only plants they have a the fish store near my house they just gave me a big bunch of it for free so its just kinda being used as a filler for now.

Didiplis diandra - star grass (2) my dad gave me the trimmings from his tank these things are really taking off and i think they look pretty good.

Ludwigia repens (3) my dad dident like the look of these so he gave them to me i dont really like them that much eather but maybe they will start to look better as they grow in.

Hermianthus micranthemia ďBaby TearsĒ just a couple of runners from my dads tank

Vallisneria americana gigantea - jungle val (1) this is another plant from the local fish store was about 4 feet long when they gave it to me. it will probaly out grow my tank really fast but it would probley be good in my dads tank so it might get transplanted soon.

ok here are some pics

this was the original hard scape but i dicided that it looked to much like my dads tank so i redid it and now this is the current scape with plants its been growing for a couple of weeks.

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Great start, looking forward to more
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