4 Gallon Finnex Chum Bucket (Pic Intensive) - The Planted Tank Forum
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-05-2010, 06:38 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 117
4 Gallon Finnex Chum Bucket (Pic Intensive)

Hello all I finally got time to start this thread on my finnex!
To begin with here are the "specs"

Lighting:
1 x 26 watt CFL bulb
2 X LED Moonlights
1 X 26 watt full spectrum desk lamp (spotlight treatments)

Substrate:
ADA Aquasoil Amazonia I

Plants:

Dwarf Hairgrass
HC
Banana Plant
Lucky Bamboo
(want to get some sort of moss or riccia incorporated in the future)

CO2:
Paintball Regulator
Glass Bubble Counter (still waiting for it)
Smart Parts On/Off Valve
Nano CO2 Glass Diffuser

Occupants:

None yet but will be putting shrimps & otos but I still haven't decided on what kind of fish. (Dwarf Puffers or Tetras, can't decide!)

Here are a couple of pics to start this journal. I setup the tank around Sunday and when I barely set it up the water was crystal clear, lately though it has been cloudy and I don't really know why... I did a 50% water change and it remains the same. Oh well I heard Aquasoil can be like that I'll just wait it out.


I really really like the desk lamp. It gives off great light and easy to adjust!

Tank is cloudy, any input?

No growth to the plants just yet.

CO2 is off right now. About to go to sleep. I am exhausted...

The HC! Great plant for nanos.

About the CO2 I will post specifics about my system and costs for those interested. It doesn't have to cost a fortune for a pressurized CO2 system in a nano. Total cost for the CO2 setup was about 75 dollars.

Also I want to get some kind of stones in this tank. I am not sure what kind, maybe some suggestions? I want this thing to have mountains so the shrimp can go hiking.

Well I am off to bed now, this week has been incredibly exhausting for me. I will be back tomorrow let me know what you guys think. Thanks PT for all the help on getting this tank going.
chumblaka is offline  
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
post #2 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-05-2010, 06:56 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
PinoyBoy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: WA, USA
Posts: 1,357
What ever happened to the 13 watt finnex light? Great tank btw. The finnex
looks alot taller than some of the other finnex 4 gallons I've seen. Also some
drift wood would also look good in there besides the rocks.

And the bamboo would rot in there in about 1 month. I'd take it out.

Currently out of the hobby
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Forum lurking every now and then

Last edited by PinoyBoy; 02-08-2011 at 10:22 AM.
PinoyBoy is offline  
post #3 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-10-2010, 03:22 PM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: BC, Canada
Posts: 136
Nice setup!

What is a chum bucket?
Morainy is offline  
 
post #4 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-10-2010, 03:23 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
VincentK's Avatar
 
PTrader: (8/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2009
Location: MI
Posts: 1,021
Quote:
Originally Posted by Morainy View Post
Nice setup!

What is a chum bucket?
Something from Spongebob, it's run by a little fellow named Plankton.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
VincentK is offline  
post #5 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-10-2010, 07:34 PM
Wannabe Guru
 
TLE041's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,293
I love the look of your tank, chumblaka.

I'm seriously considering buying this Finnex tank on eBay, but the high shipping fee is stopping me from doing it. The good thing is it comes with a pretty good light for growing a wide variety of plants.

How does the price look to you guys?
TLE041 is offline  
post #6 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-11-2010, 03:25 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 117
Quote:
Originally Posted by TLE041 View Post
I love the look of your tank, chumblaka.

I'm seriously considering buying this Finnex tank on eBay, but the high shipping fee is stopping me from doing it. The good thing is it comes with a pretty good light for growing a wide variety of plants.

How does the price look to you guys?

Wow I got the tank from this same seller for much cheaper. I got it for 49 free shipping. I guess Canada shipping is expensive.I can try and shoot him a message and tell him I referred you and if he can work out a deal for you. PM me your eBay username and I'll get on that.
chumblaka is offline  
post #7 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-11-2010, 03:28 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 117
PinoyBoy when I was looking at the tank all places had it with the 13 watt but then I found a seller that had it for cheaper including a 26 watt bulb so I jumped on it.
chumblaka is offline  
post #8 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-11-2010, 04:18 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
TLE041's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Canada
Posts: 1,293
Thanks chumblaka. I've sent you a PM.

By the way, is that a Red Sea Nano filter that it comes with? I can't tell if it's the real thing or a similar one by Finnex.
TLE041 is offline  
post #9 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-12-2010, 08:20 PM
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (9/100%)
Join Date: Feb 2010
Location: Carson, ca
Posts: 53
I have the same finnex set up in my office, love the thing, light is perfect. Toss a little purigen in the filter and it works wonders.

@TLE041 I'm pretty sure its a finnex model one, as that's what came with mine, and it pretty much looks identical.
Spitfire696 is offline  
post #10 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-12-2010, 11:29 PM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Outlawboss's Avatar
 
PTrader: (35/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 585
Looking really good. New pics! I want to see how much growth you've got.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.




To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Outlawboss is offline  
post #11 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-13-2010, 12:39 AM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 117


Well here's a pic. After doing 25 percent water changes every two days and no clearing up I took all the water out. Going to try to grow emerged. Any tips?
chumblaka is offline  
post #12 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-13-2010, 12:50 AM
Planted Tank Enthusiast
 
Outlawboss's Avatar
 
PTrader: (35/100%)
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: San Diego, CA
Posts: 585
Sweet. I'm growing emmersed as well. It's a good (boring) way to start. You really don't need to do anything except take the plastic cover off and mist them every now and then.

Nice job! The HC has already grown a lot.


To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.




To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Outlawboss is offline  
post #13 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-21-2010, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2010
Location: Fort Worth, TX
Posts: 117
Hello everyone I have some updates on my dry start. I am really happy on how fast the HC is growing! It has almost doubled in growth since the very beginning which was about two weeks ago. Hopefully I will have a nice carpet done by the end of next month! Also, the dwarf hairgrass is growing tall and spreading quite well. I love not having to worry about dosing ferts, water changes, algae etc, to get the growth I want!



Ok so I picked up some rocks.

But I have no idea on how to arrange them and where to put them in the tank. Any ideas/suggestions?

Here is one that I kind of liked but I am still not to sure where in the tank I should put them.


Should I lay the big rock horizontally for a better configuration? Should these be in the center of the tank? The right back corner? I am lost with this and I would really appreciate some help!
chumblaka is offline  
post #14 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-22-2010, 02:52 AM
Wannabe Guru
 
PinoyBoy's Avatar
 
PTrader: (2/100%)
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: WA, USA
Posts: 1,357
I'm no geologist but I tought that red rocks usually mean alot of iron in them.

Currently out of the hobby
To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.

Forum lurking every now and then
PinoyBoy is offline  
post #15 of 34 (permalink) Old 02-22-2010, 03:00 AM
Planted Tank Guru
 
ZooTycoonMaster's Avatar
 
PTrader: (31/100%)
Join Date: Jan 2008
Location: Santa Clara, California
Posts: 3,742
If you really want to keep the bamboo in there, you could fill the tank up halfway and try to make a paulidarium.

Eheim Classic 2213
Eheim Pimp #341

ZooTycoonMaster is offline  
Reply

Tags
None

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now



In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.

Password:


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:
OR

Log-in










Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode



Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

 
For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome