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Hi guys! :biggrin:

So I'm starting my own journal! I started aquarium hobby last year with my sister, we were given an old tank with all the equipment, which wasn't too great, but we made it work. Of course, now looking back I can see the mistakes we made, but I learned the most important lesson: DO YOUR RESEARCH before starting a tank. So this time I'm taking things slow... and I mean very sloooooow... oh well

So.. I've got my dream tank ADA 60p. I used Fluval stand for 29 gal tank. I've decided to make it low-tech.. no CO2 and medium light.

The Plan... =)
Equipment:
Eheim 2215
Hydor 200W inline
no CO2
Light... I don't know yet. I was thinking Finnex Fugeray, but I want some warm color, so I'm leaning toward Current Sat+ ...not sure yet..

Plants:
Fissidens fontanus (if I can find it)
Bolbitis (if i can find it)
maybe some Blyxa japonica (I hope I'll be able to grow it in medium light)
I also want foreground carpet like thing... dwarf sag.. maybe
Crypts
And I already have frogbit ( I found it really good against algea)

Fish:
Neons
Cories
Assassin snails

And here is the tank ..
 

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Sounds awesome! I have a 20g dirted, med light with the Corries and Neons as well. The Dwarf Sag has taken over and is on its way to making a nice thick carpet.
 

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Update!

So here is the update..:bounce:

I'll pick up the filter and heater tomorrow, today I just attempted my first scape. I'm quite happy with it.

The only thing that's bugging me is I didn't use the whole bag of Amazonia (9 l). It's about 1/3 left, should I put the whole thing in there or leave it as is?

And here is the pictures.. (pardon my crappy pics..)
 

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Hey mihnata,

First thing I noticed is you're also from Calgary. I just moved there from Edmonton! Nice to see a fellow theplantedtank forum member near by.

Doesn't look like you need anymore ADA soil.
Yay Calgary!!!

Thanks! I put just a little bit more soil.. just in case. I don't know when I'll be planting since I don't have light yet, but I'm planning to flood it, and let it sit..
 

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You'll without a doubt need to cycle it because of the Amazonia soil.

Check out my journal (I think on page 2 now?) and you can see my plant order. I will happily get any of it that suits your needs once I grow some of it out in my tank.
 

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You'll without a doubt need to cycle it because of the Amazonia soil.

Check out my journal (I think on page 2 now?) and you can see my plant order. I will happily get any of it that suits your needs once I grow some of it out in my tank.
Thanks! Yes, I was planning to cycling it a couple of months before adding fish.
 

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Months seems long ... in my opinion you'll want some ottos once your tank has cycled to help keep the algea / plants clean.
Yes, ottos would be nice, I read they are sensitive fish, but i'm up for a challenge=) :icon_roll

A little update, I've received the filter and heater, set it up and started it. The ammonia test showed in between 4 and 8 ppm, I'll be doing a little water change tonight.

As for Ehiem 2215, I like it (I can only compare with underwater filter.. he he) but I can hear it working with cabinet doors closed, it's not annoying or disturbing sound, like a vibration sound =) he he :D. Is that normal or I'm just going crazy over nothing? I read it's the most soundless filter, but on the other hand since it's working it should make some sound=))

The light should be arriving on Friday!!!!
 

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The Eheim filters make some noise until all the trapped air works its way out.

You can tilt the filter back and forth a little to help make sure there is no air trapped in there.

Looking good! nice start!
 

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The filter will go silent once the air is out. Was about a full day for me until it turned quiet.

The ottos I have had are really easy to keep. Although they are difficult, you can quickly tell if they are stressed as their color fades to a really light grey. If you introduce them slowly I've successfully kept them between a pH of 6.4 - 7.2
 

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I shake mine for probably about 30 minutes on and off to get all the air out whenever I clean mine. After that its soundless
 

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As for Ehiem 2215, I like it (I can only compare with underwater filter.. he he) but I can hear it working with cabinet doors closed, it's not annoying or disturbing sound, like a vibration sound =) he he :D. Is that normal or I'm just going crazy over nothing? I read it's the most soundless filter, but on the other hand since it's working it should make some sound=))
The filter should be very silent. Did you put the black rubber tabs on the bottom of the canister? That's help a lot if the canister is sitting on a shelf in the cabinet. Otherwise tilt the canister until all the air is worked out.
 

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Thanks everybody!!
I will definitely shake the filter once I get home. The noise it makes is more like a vibration (and I checked that all rubber tabs are in place yesterday), and it didn't sound like air bubbles coming out. But I'll give it a try. It doesn't bug me, just I don't know what to expect from canister filter..
 

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Update!

Hey guys!!!
Got the light today! So far I'm loving it. :proud: Looks sweeeet !!

Here is the picture (very crappy :angel: oh well).. plants supposed to come tomorrow or Thursday=)

Also, I should do a water change, maybe later tonight=)
 

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Try to do 50‰ water change. When planting try having only 50% water in it. Easily for planting. Even off your soil in the front portion. Recommend repositioning your woods. Trying putting together in one corner. Add in some rocks for your scape.
 
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