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new 60 gallon planted journal 1-16-2015

I never have done a journal before now. I am switching a 55 gallon tank to a brand new 60 gallon. Here are pics of my present 55 gallon. I will be updating as the process goes on. As you can see , this is a very old tank and stand.

Bump: New tank and stand.

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I see you bought the Petsmart 60 gal with stand. Nice plants you have too.
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Yeah , I've been looking at it for a while now. My wife got it for me for Christmas. I wanted one that was taller for better viewing of the plants. I will be using all of my present equipment.
GLA Supreme co2 regulator
GLA atomic co2 diffuser
Milwaukee pH controller
Hydor 450 canister filter
Finnex planted plus 48 inch light fixture. Might use a Catalina 3 bulb t5ho that I have
Now I just need to find the time to get it all switched over.
I ordered a different stand than the one that came with it. I needed storage underneath the tank for my canister filter and co2 tank. The one from pet smart didn't have that. I beefed up the new stand with extra supports also.

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I have the same tank. I will be excited to see what you do as I am looking for inspiration for mine.
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Is yours setup yet? I am going to paint the back with black plastidip tomorrow. I've heard a lot of good things about it. It sticks good , but if you don't like it , you can peel it off.

Bump: Tank before I screw it up tomorrow. Lol . I hope not.

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Is yours setup yet? I am going to paint the back with black plastidip tomorrow. I've heard a lot of good things about it. It sticks good , but if you don't like it , you can peel it off.

Bump: Tank before I screw it up tomorrow. Lol . I hope not.
I use plasti dip. Two things about it: if you move stuff around in back of the tank, like sliding a hob over a few inches or something.. BE CAREFUL! if it catches the wrong way it'll put "pulls" in your background. Number two, it's a pain in the ass trying to use magnetic cleaning tools with plasti dip. Other than that it's great!

If you botch it up and get some over spray on parts it's easier to just lay on a coat over the over spray and peel it off versus trying to get all the tiny dots of over spray. Look up videos on YouTube of people plasti dipping their vehicle logos, it'll give you a good idea of what the stuff is capable of.
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Hey man , I appreciate the info. I am a bit reluctant to use it. I will be using a canister filter and 2 hob filters also. On the canistert filter , I have been wondering if the suction cups that hold the lines in place will pull it loose from the tank. I'm kinda leaning toward regular paint now.
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The suction cups will not pull it loose. They may not stick to it well either. It is sort of textured. If you're careful it will be fine. It's pretty tough stuff I didn't mean to make it sound like it's completely fragile lol. Paint will scratch up too if you're not careful. I made the mistake of sliding a hob filter about a foot and a corner of the filter caught the rubber. It put 4 little tears in it. You can't really notice them unless you look for it.
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Hmmm. I might go ahead and try the plastidip. I can always remove it.
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I painted my 55 with black latex paint.
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Got the background painted. Four coats of flat black primer. Can't tell much about it in the room its in , wich is not the one it will be setup in. It turned out really well. I hope it stays that way.

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Well I got the old tank moved tonight , and moved the new one to its permanent location. Now to start setting it up.

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Well I got the substrate and the water in today. Got the pumps going. One 350 gph canister with spraybar and an aquaclear HBO with a surface skimmer. 100 lbs of black diamond substrate. Rinsed the substrate 5 times , until the water was clear. Tank is very cloudy right now. I added prime water conditioner and safe start plus bacteria. Well we will see what happens.

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Nice tank. A lot of people don't care for 55 gallon tanks, which is essentially what the 60 gallon is just taller. I personally think the 60g is unique shape. A guy on craigslist one around here without the stand for 70 bucks. someone got to it before I did though.

looking forward to updates Have you had any issues with the stand? I've heard some complaints about them
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I did get the stand , because it comes with the tank. It seemed kinda flimsy so I special ordered a better stand. I also put some extra 2x4 bracing inside just to be on the safe side. Also my filter and co2 tank wouldn't fit in the stand that came with the tank.

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