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55 gallon acrylic dirt tank (new pics 3/8/2012)

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Well I'm starting on my TruVu 55 gallon acrylic aquarium tomorrow, and the first thing will be reinforcing the stand with 2x4's. Then I can get started on setting up the tank....

Equipment list

Filtration - 1xEheim 2213 canister filter, and 1xMagnum 350 canister filter.

Heating - 200w Ebo-Jag submersible heater (will be replace with ViaAqua 300w Titanium Heater w/ remote LCD display).

Lighting - Aqueon T5NO 2x6700k 39w bulbs raised 4" above the tank (will be replaced with T5HO dual outlet cords 4x54w bulbs 1x5000k, 1x6700k, 1x8000k,1x10000k). Lighting schedule will be 9:30am-4:30pm - 9:30am will consist of 5000k+6700k, 2 hrs between 12pm-2pm will be light burst w/ all 4 bulbs, at 2pm the am lights will shut off leaving the 8000k+10000k bulbs til 4:30pm. T5HO system will be raised 8" above the tank.

Circulation - SunSun 800gph circulation pump.

Co2 - DIY 2ltr. setup w/ DIY reactor hooked up to a powerhead (will be replaced with injection system next month w/ DIY inline Co2 reactor similar to AquaMedic 1000).

Substrate - 2" Topsoil enriched w/ pure laterite, and kitty litter, capped w/ 1" play sand.

EI Dosing Schedule

Mon-Weds-Fri - 1/2 Tsp-KN03 + 1/8 Tsp KH2P04
Tues-Thurs-Sat - 1/8Tsp Trace + Fe Iron + CSM+B
Sun - 40% water change + 3/4 Tsp-GH booster after water change


I'll take some pictures through out the day tomorrow, and get them posted after the tank is up and running.

As for plants, here's what I have sitting in my rimless 6 gallon fluval edge.

15 - Dwarf Sag.
10 - Italian Val.
8 - Cryptos.
8 - Stalks of Rotala Magenta
4 - Stalks of Wisteria (stalks are thick and healthy)
6 - Stalks of Ludwigia ovalis
6 - Stalks of Limnophila hippuroides
8 - Stalks of Anacharis
2 - Anubias Nana

I plan on getting a few Jungle Vals, 3-4 Amazon Swords, and a few others....
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So it's taking me longer than expected to get this set up and running, I just finished up the stand reinforcement. But this afternoon I came across some tree trimmers that were cutting down an old oak tree, so they let me take as much of the branches I wanted. So I now got some good pieces to form some new driftwood pieces for the tank.
 

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Just finished up with getting stand all worked out.



Here's the inside of the stand





Here's the cat litter I'll be mixing with the dirt





So tonight I'll start getting the dirt mixed with the cat litter, and some first layer pure laterite, then get it into the tank. Then I can cap it with 1" of play sand, then it's time to start the aqua scape of the tank, and putting any driftwood, rocks, etc......

Then tomorrow will be the final additions by adding the plants from my rimless 6 gallon edge into this setup, and then fill the tank and see what needs to be done with any of the aqua scape, and then get the filters running on the tank.

I've decided to use my DIY inline Co2 reactor w/ my DIY Co2 setup, it'll be used in junction with my Magnum 350 canister filter so it'll spread throughout the tank.
 

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Have fun washing out that cat litter. I bought a bag yesterday and messed around with a couple pounds of it just to see how it held up....it was dirtyyyy. Eventually cleaned right up. I think I'm going to go with the cat litter bottom with gravel top.
 

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Yeah mine was dirty as he**, but I only used maybe 1-2lbs. of it along with half a box of first layer of pure laterite, and mixed it into my topsoil. I'm still messing around with some of the driftwood pieces for the tank, got this nice branch of an old oak tree that looks amazing in my tank. But I got it sitting out while the GE Silicone I is drying, cause I sealed it onto a good size rock to keep it from floating up and destroying the soil bottom layer.

Then I may check out what other pieces of the oak tree will look good in the tank. I'll take some pictures tomorrow so you can see how the tank looks at this time.
 

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Here's the initial setup, I still need to hook up the Magnum 350 canister filter, and mix up a new batch of Co2. Hoping that the Dwarf Sag has a good take, and starts getting runners so the left front of the is filled in nicely.







 

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55 gallon acrylic dirt tank (new pics 2/22)

Here's some new pics of the tank, added 3 small Amazon Swords to the mix, and my Dwarf Sag is starting to fill in a bit with all new growth.







 

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Today I picked up two 8" Anubias Nana's, and two 8" Java Ferns for the tank. Also picked up 5 Peppered Corydoras for $1 a piece. I'll take some new photos tomorrow after I get the plants situated, and the tank calms down.
 
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