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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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Sounds like a good idea. I've never tried a grow out nor breeding plecos, but I wish you good luck!

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If you want to breed brustlenose plecos in this tank, don't put anything permanent. It will be close to impossible to net out the ones you don't want in the tank and their fry in the future when you get lots of plants, rocks or something else in this tank.


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If you want to breed brustlenose plecos in this tank, don't put anything permanent. It will be close to impossible to net out the ones you don't want in the tank and their fry in the future when you get lots of plants, rocks or something else in this tank.
LOL, thanks, I hear what you are saying!! No hardscape planned since it will be a grow out tank. The only thing I might consider adding would be a cave for the male plec to hide in and watch over the eggs. I imagine there will be loads of plants but no scape so pulling the plants to get the plecs won't be a issue.

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Wish I was permanent enough to set up a grow out tank I like the idea tho

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Great idea on the grow out tank/ placo breeding tank. They are not to bad to breed as far as fish go. But nothing like guppies but your doing that also. Do put some driftwood in there for them that will make them alot more happy. But just set it in there that way you can remove it to take them out.

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awesome idea, i love the spontenuity of this project

but be warned, later on you're going to start scaping this tank, then you'll want another grow out tank, then you'll need a breeding tank for the babies and then so on and on and on. next thing you know you'll be taking out a second mortgage on the house just so you can add that extension to the fishroom that already houses 43 tanks.
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Do put some driftwood in there for them that will make them alot more happy. But just set it in there that way you can remove it to take them out.
That's a possibility. I have some driftwood not being used.
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but be warned, later on you're going to start scaping this tank, then you'll want another grow out tank, then you'll need a breeding tank for the babies and then so on and on and on. next thing you know you'll be taking out a second mortgage on the house just so you can add that extension to the fishroom that already houses 43 tanks.
its true. it happens to everyone. its an addiction.
LOL, this is tank number 8, think I already know about the addiction.

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Sunday is the day I do a 50% water change and trim on my 2 55's and 26 Bow so here it is with the first trimmings planted.
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sweet! I've always wanted a growout tank, but any growout tank I've ever set up has become a scaped tank... :/

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Those are your trimmings? Man, I would love to have enough space/growth to have that kinda of plant stock!


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what a great use of resources. I really need to start doing something with my 2 tanks so they will do well.
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