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post #1 of 10 (permalink) Old 11-12-2015, 05:05 AM Thread Starter
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Newly dirted 55

Standard 55 gallon aquarium
Light- 48" Finnex Planted+24/7
Filter- 2"thick 20ppi foam mat filter, siliconed glass strip at bottom of tank to keep the substrate off of it. Using a maxi-jet400 powerhead behind it
Soil mix-(can't remember ratios, but There in order from most to least used)
Worm castings
Humus
Glacial rock dust( almost identical to Azomite)
Glauconite(greensand)
Red clay
Soul-po-mag
Diatomaceous earth(instead of dolomite lime)

Capped with flourite black sand
This substrate should last for many years if I maintain it well

Current plants-
Giant hairgrass
Brazilian pennywort
Hygrophilia polysperma "sunset"
Aponogeton boivianus
Nymphaea rubra
Dwarf sagitaria
Ludwigia Palustris
Several Bucephalandra species( forgot them all)on the mat filter
Cryptocryne cilata, retrospiralis, lucena, pygmea and nevelli
Baby tears(non dwarf) only plant not growing well, but baby tears can be delicate
Amazon frogbit behind the mat filter

Still Going to add driftwood with anubias barteri and attach all the buces to the wood too. Then I'll add either flame, or weeping moss to the mat filter to create a filtering moss wall

Tank has been going for about a week now and all plants are starting to grow fast. Tested water and its appeared to be fully cycled. Saw lots of detritus worms,snails(pond,bladder,and 2kinds of ramshorn), and various Copepods and things still alive after hitching a ride on the plants. So I added my hairy snails(thiara cancellata) and some cherry shrimps. Shrimp have lasted almost 24hrs so I think all is good. Still going to wait another week to add fish.
This will house my Flag Killifish colony(Jordanella Floridae, aka Cyprinodon Floridae). I have to let the dwarf sag root because they love to rip the tips off and graze on it. They also love any type of hair algae.
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awesome tank man! How I love Killifish, how many and what type are you planning on getting? I've always been wary of annuals, but they are beautiful little fish with great personalities


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awesome tank man! How I love Killifish, how many and what type are you planning on getting? I've always been wary of annuals, but they are beautiful little fish with great personalities
As I said, Flag Killifish, (aka American Flag Fish, Florida Flag Fish).Jordanella Floridae (aka Cyprinodon Floridae). A "pupfish" variety of killi, non-annual. I've heard they can live 3+years, I've only been keeping them for 7 months. I have a healthy colony of 40 or more ranging from fry to 2.25" adults. Aggressive during breeding and aggressive to different species of fish.
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Cool tank!

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Well growing the plants out in the pond this summer sure paid off. So many worms and planaria in the tank now, my fish will LOOOOOVE it! And there will be lots of food for fry. The shrimp have are alive after 48 hrs and one is berried so I'm assuming all is good.

I also inoculated the tank with EM1( effective micro organisms, benificial anaerobic bacteria). It did wonders for my garden pond, and for my dirted 20 gallon. I recommend it to anybody with a dirted tank. You can't always prevent anaerobic conditions, so why not ensure the anaerobic bacteria is benificial rather than harmful. There are many different brands and versions of EM1, do some research and choose wisely. I can only find one kind available in Canada, and it has worked great.
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Finally got a good pic of the dominant male Killi
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Added the fish a few weeks ago. They mowed down any hair algae in the tank in the first day, and haven't let any grow since. They got most of the shrimp too. Now I know orange neocardinia make an amazing colour enhancing food lol.
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Lol my Fish are not going to let this moss wall happen. Maybe some Java fern instead? Any ideas? Right now the moss is just attached by pressing it against the 20 ppi filter sponge. The fish might just be trying to eat the hair algae on it and end up destroying everything.

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