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post #1 of 66 (permalink) Old 12-12-2008, 08:12 PM Thread Starter
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55 gallon Rainbow tank (No 56k)

Brand new setup! Tank is a combination of plants and fish from my former 20L and 29 tanks. (Lights are too sadly)
Thursday (12/19/2008). Not a very good pic and waiting for my lights to come.


Lighting is pretty wonky right now until I order my Coralife 4x54 watt T5 fixture. Then I'll be putting together a pressurized C02 system and finally getting out of the low-tech setups.

Until then I'm running two 2 liter DIY Co2 bottles and dosing Excel.

Update 12/22/2008
Still waiting on the lights to come because Fedex apparently is walking them to New Hampshire from California.

Did a stiff trim as things are filling in.


Update 12/25/2008 NEW LIGHTS!
New light finally came in and I'm ordering my pressurized Co2 equipment tomorrow:


Update: 01/02/09


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Rescaped 01/02/09
Got bored and rescaped:




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Update: 01/07/09
Canister installed. Keeping the AQ70 in the tank until the XP3 gets its bio system up and running.


Update: 01/15/09

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Then I decided I wanted to rearrange the wood once again.


Update: 01-25-09



Update Feb 11 2009:


2/22/2008: No more edgeria Densa.



Update March 5. Cleaned out in expectation of new plants coming.



Update April 21 2009


Saturday August 8.

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And this is last Sunday August 16. Photo isn't so hot because I didn't clean the glass at all.


Pre-trim August 22:


Post-trim:


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Still waiting on the lights to come because Fedex apparently is walking them to New Hampshire from California.

Did a stiff trim as things are filling in.


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Some lovely low-tech setups. Nice plant selections.

Thanks for finally chiming in . Good luck with your upgrade to presurized CO2 + high[er] light.

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I love the anachris forest on the left. Everything looks pretty good, sure to get better!


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New light finally came in and I'm ordering my pressurized Co2 equipment tomorrow:


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Looks real nice with that new light. I really like the right side, are you planning on a carpet?


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I have marsilea minuta growing out in my 10g tank, which will seed this tank.

This scape is just temporary right now, once things get going I'll be removing all the edgeria densa and picking up an assortment of new flora.


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2009 update. Things are filling in rapidly. Waiting for my XP3 and inline heater to come and then ditching the AQ70 and Emporer280. Got a new AQ powerhead to diffuse my Co2 and I'm seeing good results from that.

Still waiting for the new Co2 setup thanks to the holidays. Good news is NO ALGAE though I'm only running at half light capacity, which pegs me at 2wpg.


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Water is low because I'm about to do a water change.


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Got bored and rescaped:


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I really like the 55. I have one too and they can be hard to scape because of the width.
Your rainbows look very healthly too.

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rescape looks nice! i like the off-center driftwood

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Hey Dave, nice looking tank. I love how the Rotala provides shade in the back of the tank with the Crypts growing up under them.

Where in NH do you live? I was in Dover for ten years and went to uni at Keene State.

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IM liking the rescape! There was a little too much crowding with the plants in the front of the tank before.


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