Grow out tank
A couple of years ago I broke the center brace on a 55. I repaired it using plexieglass but didn't like the way it ended up looking so it has been sitting idle in the basement. For a while now I have been thinking about using it as a grow out tank.
Finding myself with nothing to do today I headed down to the basement to check it out. I also had a old stereo console in the basement that is about 55" long and the right height to set the tank on. I also had a penguin HOB that wasn't being used since I converted my tanks to cannisters. Yep, there was that old heater laying there also. Lights, well a 48" single strip that came with the tank was there - 40W and I had a 48" shop light that wasn't being used. Oh, also had enough SMS red left over to give me a 3" layer of substrate.
Set the tank up filled it up and off to Home Depot for new bulbs for the shop light. Ended up getting 2 of the 40W Phillips Daylight Deluxe 6500K bulbs. So now I have 120 watts of T8 and T12 light over the tank. So thats it, a pretty simple setup and from stuff I had lying around not being used anymore. First tank I haven't spent big bucks on, lol.
The plan is to use this as a grow out tank for my plant trimmings. I trim every Sunday and the timing is not always convient with sharing or selling them. Now they will go straight to the grow out tank. Then I can pull them at any time and share, sell or trade them.
I will also use the tank as a grow out for the Purple Moscow guppies I am breeding. Along with these I ordered some honeycomb Bristlenose Plecos several weeks ago. I wanted about 8 to go in my current tanks and the guy sent me 16 ranging from 1/4" to 1". As the tank is cycled I will put most of these in there till they get large enough to sex. Then I will move the ones I want to my other tanks and keep several in the grow out tank and take a stab at breeding them. I have been told and read that they are fairly easy to breed.
So tell me what you think about the setup and my plans. I would love to hear what others have done with grow out tanks and any tips on breeding the plecos.
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