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post #1 of 35 (permalink) Old 04-16-2009, 01:38 AM Thread Starter
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After many months of planning im finally starting up my first serious tank and ive made a list of my expenses.

Tank: ADA 60-P $120
Filter: Eheim 2215 $110
Light: 24" Coralife aqualight 96w $40
CO2: 10# pressurized co2 with jbj regulator and DIY inline reactor w/ inline heater $50 (bought a full set-up and parted everything out except the CO2 system)
Substrate: ADA AS and ADA PS $50
Misc (tubing, ferts, check valves): $50

The tank is in my room, which is my garage, and on top of a counter top my dad put in there for me for my clothes and stuff. The granite is drilled for my filter tubing and electrical wires.

Flora so far:
HC
Lobelia Cardinalis
Limnophila Aromatica
Eichhornia Diversifolia
Polygonum Praetermissum 'ruby'
Poaceae Purple bamboo
Rotala Indica
Ludwigia Glandulosa

Fauna:
My cousin has a pair of GBR that have been trying to breed for the past month or so without success, either ill wait for the offspring or borrrow them for a month and try to breed them myself
3x otocinclus

Havent decided on the hardscape yet and ill be dosing EI

When the plants come they will be in a holding tank, waiting for my HC to come first so i can grow it emmersed unless i get impatient.

should i put some water into the AS just to cover the substrate in the meantime to let some bacteria form?

Like i said, this is my first serious tank and help/criticism is welcome




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Interested in some rocks for ur 60p?

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Interested in some rocks for ur 60p?
I think im going with manzanita for the 60-p but the 10gal next to it will be iwagumi style, can you pm me details of your rocks?

Planted the HC today and letting it grow emmersed for now and my plants should come in monday or tuesday

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hmm... i can see the pictures on my computer so im not sure how to fix it for you. does anyone else see the pictures?

PS i received a package of plants from another person on the forum but they seem to have MTS on it and i dont want to introduce any hitchhikers into my tank and luckily the plants are still in another tank. how can i make sure no snails get into my tank, especially MTS.
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check sig for more info on rocks. I have two types ryouh stone (10lb) and ADG type (12lb leftover same type i used for my 60P).

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So i just received my plants today. My filter seems to be too strong for the tank so ill have to drill more holes on the spray bar tomorrow. I hate planting HC, its so annoying trying to keep it in the gravel. The tank has a lot of bubbles on the glass and stuff right now so ill take pictures of it later tonight or tomorrow.
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i can only see two pics....all the rest are red X's.
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Hopefully the pictures work now. i made some more holes onto the spray bar so its not too strong anymore. planted the tanks but the plants are not in its permanent position yet, probably going to get a rock for a focal point or a piece of wood and get more plants of course.

I ordered my drop checker but it wont be here for atleast another week, is it fine to turn the co2 up a little high right now or will i get an algae outbreak or something?

I used water purchased from the store (filtered, RO) will i need to add seachem equilibrium?

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my guess would be that it would be ok to up the co2 if there are no fish and back it down when you get the drop checker. it always amazes me that i think i'm overdoing the co2 but in reality it never seems i have it high enough.

i'm not sure about the equlibrium though.
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I think i added my plants in too soon because my tank hasnt finished cycling yet... Theres brown spots on the plants and my ammonia is really high, nitrite and nitrate are at 0 or close to 0. PH is around 6 if i remember correctly.

Not sure if youll be able to see it clearly because i used my phone to take the picture

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You can crank the co2 as long as there is no wild life. However, I would be hesitant to do it too long simply for the fact you may run out of co2 faster, lol. Just add some filler plants if you are worried. I like to add fast growing stems when starting up a new tank to help speed up the cycling. I am going to love this tank, I can already tell.

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Update:

Still waiting for my tank to finish the cycling... I have 3 ottos and a shrimp in a container floating in the tank, i hope it survives by the time i can release it into the tank.

I bought some zebra rock impulsively and i might be regretting it now. probably will get some more to finish the hardscape

I ordered a blyxa aubertii and some anubias petite.

FTS

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Piping through the granite

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Nice setup. the plants should assist in the cycling process.

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ugh... the cycling is taking a long time so i took a filter pad from another tank and placed it into a breeder thats floating in the tank... i hope if finishes soon
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