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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-04-2016, 06:21 PM Thread Starter
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55 Gallon Aqua Addict v. Co2

I've had this 55 set up for about 5 years and its gone thru plenty of changes while learning the in's and out's of keeping fish... So now I'm adding Co2 and hopefully all my research will payoff and I can get this guy really lush and learn more about how plants grow.

Set up -
55 gal
Sand & Eco complete sub
Current Satellite + 36'
Penn Plax Cascade 700
Korilia Nano 425

3 Juli Cory Cats
1 Otto
3 Cherry Tetras
8 Black Line Tetras
1 Resilient Neon

Amazon Sword
Java Fern
Anubia
Dwarf Sag
Crypt
Bacopa Monnieri
Anacharis - Egeria Elodea
Water Sprite

Co2
5lb tank
Co2 Art Regulator
Ista Max Mix CO2 Reactor Diffuser

Fert
Osmocote Root Tabs
Macro Mico Mix
Feeding for Phospate (hopefully)
Trying to go with a loose pps pro


I added the stem plants two weeks ago and added root tabs -
Started the co2 1 bps on Tuesday 2/2
Light Cycle 12 hrs

Will update new pic asap
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 02-04-2016, 06:31 PM
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Keep us posted! Very nice looking tank. I've been debating a black background, but you just sold me on picking one up.

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Thanks! Glad you Like it - If you check out my albums I have a pic of the before black and after - I really love the black background but am not totally happy with the black substrate. I think it makes the tank look dimmer - my lights are not that strong so maybe it will change when I get around to adding an additional strip.

Heres an update for this week - Setup has performed to expectations - no malfunctions or issues so thats awesome! Drop checker has remained Green! Although when I did a water change it did get lighter and one fish looked loose so I'm sure the new water gassed them a bit - Anyone with WC procedure suggestions? Should I be doing night changes, Early Morning, let water set out and degas? I put in an airstone for an hour or so and everything seemed fine so I turned it off. I removed the large driftwood for a bba treatment. I had battled bba in the past and got rid of it but during the transition to co2 I was adjusted my light setting and waited a few weeks to add the co2 so .... Hopefully I can keep everything steady and it should lessen. I really want to fert only once a week - Anyone out there with suggestions or helpful hints--- I haven't seen any pearling so I can only assume maybe its because I haven't dosed everyday?

I'm mad at myself for not getting a pic the day I turned it on to compare growth but the one posted is from right before I added the stem plants so 3 weeks ago.. The moneywort has grown an inch this week since co2 was added so thats great.. I don't think the elodia will make it - they didn't root fast like the moneywort and then my corries didn't help running thru them - All the plants overall are looking happier so
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Update - Heres the growth since the last update - Trimmed a little of everything except the money wort. Still have a little BBA - Added some amano shrimp and they seem pretty happy munching on it. Increasing my fert rate to daily instead of 1 per week - lets see if I can keep up !
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