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55 Gal Aquascape

Specifications


  • 55 gallon glass aquarium 48x12x19 high
  • Marineland magnum 350 canister filter with pleated filter insert only.
  • Changed and cleaned as required ”no carbon or bio filters used”
  • Sun systems new wave 48” 2 bulb 6500k t5 light fixture with a 9 hour photo period
  • Modified for aquarium use
  • Flourite Substrate
  • Laterite Substrate additive
  • Peat plates “mostly for rocks to set on”
  • C02 applied at filter intake. “diy. For best results use ph controlled c02 dosing”
  • Custom 8 watt back ground lights, 2 each.
  • Blue aquarium background board
  • Coral life power strip and timers
  • Small power head for added water flow.
  • Aquarium heater Hydor inline unit on filter return line
  • U.V. sterilizer
Plant types

Glossostigma gelatinoids
Rotala Wallichii “floater”

All the plant material used, will be cuttings from other tanks. The plants are acclimated to this style of care and are expected to grow well. Plant Nutrient dosing schedule will be per seachem products “easy to get and use”

2ml Fe per day

2ml N0 3x per week for the first 3 weeks only then 2x per week after

2ml P0 2x per week for first 3 weeks only then 1x per week after

4ml K0 3x per week

2.5ml trace 2x per week

20% or more water change per week (conditioned tap water”easy”).

Note ro/di water is recommended for top off and for changes. Some Algae and other problems can be lessoned or avoided if you perform this step


Fish Types

Neon Tetras

Part 1: All equipment detailed above is collected, including plant nutrients. The display Tank is then placed on the stand and checked for level and proper access to back for cleaning and maintenance.


Light fixture used required some custom supports. A simple 2 part design that sets into rim of tank, sliding back out of the way when required were fabricated from black and clear acrylic.



Close up picture of light support setting on tank rim


Then 2 custom strip light and background holders were fabricated from black and clear acrylic.



The florescent strip lights were then installed on the brackets and checked for proper fit.



Then brackets and lights are placed on back of tank and connected to timer.



Background light Effect Test


Testing of lights and performing a final cleaning of all equipment including canister filter and plumbing is completed. Next a final picture of empty display tank ready for landscaping

Part 2: Preparation of substrate material. As per directions on bags of Flourite, this material should be rinsed and cleaned of silt material. This step was omitted because it was to cold outside.

The display is started by laying a couple of peat plates down. Then a layer of laterite substrate additive is added. Some rocks were selected and placed in front of display tank to get ideas for layout.

Flourite is then added to cover the peat plates and laterite additive, and then mixed together.

The large rocks are placed in the tank and arranged to get the look of some hills and valleys.

Finish adding the substrate and move around as desired.

Next a few smaller rocks are added here and there to give it a balanced look.

At this point most aquascapers add plants. In this case Glossostigma plant shoots are easy to plant after the tank is full of water and substrate has settled. Then water is slowly added avoiding disrupting the substrate.

Tank is full of water and temperature is allowed to stabilize. Glasso plants are then carefully placed. in this case with plenty of room between to grow.
Date 3.10.2k8

At this point the display is finished
The normal dosing and maintenance will be done for the next 2 weeks. Then sometime during week 3 or 4 fish are added. In this case 5 neon tetras were added per week for 4 weeks. The dosing of some type of bacteria supplement is recommended between each bio-load addition. Then allowing water perimeters to adjust between each small bio-load addition reduces the chance for potential problems.

Setup 60 days later

Background light set for dawn and dusk


Date 05.12.2k8


Date 12.18.2k8


Date 02.10.2k9

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Later afternoon photo.
Picture was only sized to upload on web.


Date 3.10.2k9 ONE YEAR after setup


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All it needs is a frame. And maybe something to make it look real instead of man made?

My planted tank. 55 gallon fluorite substrate over soil, 64 watts of light, excel twice a week. Weekly water changes. Angelfish pair, guppies, BN plecos and otos. Redone 11/13/2012
One non planted tanks. 75 gallon.
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I like it very very much!!!

does the glosso die after its grown on top of itself for a while?
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All it needs is a frame. And maybe something to make it look real instead of man made?
Thanks for the nice comments!
What would you do to make it look real?

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I like it very very much!!!

does the glosso die after its grown on top of itself for a while?
Thankyou!
The glasso just grows vertical after it has filled in, under this lighting anyway. I just trim as desired, much like mowing the lawn.

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great plant growth, looks great!


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great plant growth, looks great!
Thanks!
This has been a fun aquascape.
A little different then most, it was inspired by the area at "timber line" here in the Colorado Rocky mountains.
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Wow that looks like super healthy plants.
Nice Scape!
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Beautiful! Great depth for a 55! Nice setup details too. Were the supports for the light fixture purchased or DIY? That is really cool.

Was the growth really that easy or did you just omit the hard parts? Any battles with algae or things you would do differently?

Keep up the good work!


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Wow that looks like super healthy plants.
Nice Scape!
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Beautiful! Great depth for a 55! Nice setup details too. Were the supports for the light fixture purchased or DIY? That is really cool.

Was the growth really that easy or did you just omit the hard parts? Any battles with algae or things you would do differently?

Keep up the good work!
Thanks FastFred!
Light supports are DIY or as i call it hand fabricated.

As with all aquariums they have rough days! I just changed the t5 light bulbs after 1 year of use and that alone caused a small bacteria bloom. Nothing big just something you have to help it through.
As for algae, this aquarium has very little, and I have never had a problem with it.
Listed in the details above, are the only changes I would make.
1) ph controlled c02 dosing
2) I would recommend the use of r.o. water for top off and re-mineralized r.o. water for weekly changes.

I didnt do this because I wanted to keep it simple to show and inspire others that this can be done with normal off the shelf equipment, materials and of course Colorado tap water !

Hope the info helped!
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A new end view picture!
Date taken 03.19.2k9
Always cool to look into 4ft of clear water



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Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!


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Figured I would show this aquarium in context!
Just for fun and to show how aquariums "living art" can be used in rooms to give them extra life! Way better then a potted plant dont you think?



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Beautiful tank! Love the depth you given to a 55g.

In your other 55 tank to the left, is that a crypt bush? Its MASSIVE
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