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Hello all,

I am starting my 75 gallon for a second time. Not too long ago I reseal the tank. Turns out I must have used the wrong silicone... I don't see how but in any case, It's starting to "melt". I am attaching a pic of how it is now. The only reason it looks the way it does now is because I wanted plants in there to cycle the tank. Kinda all over the place.... That was just to get plants in. Oh yeah, did I mention that I am inpatient!

This time I will be taking my time and doing it right. Taking all feed back as I go along.


75 gallon, 5lb pressurized CO2 system with a aquariumplants.com regulator, 100lbs of Flourite, 2x XP3's, 48" T5HO Sunlight supply light fixture with 6x54watt.

Ammannia gracilis
Ludwigia brevipes
Monte Carlo
Wallichii
Ammannia senegalensis
Nelsonia canescens (Limnophila rugosa)?
ludwigie rubin
Pogosteman kimberly
pogostemon erectus
hydrocotyle tripartita
Bacopa colorata
Heteranthera zosterifolia
Ludwigia red

Hydrocotyle tripartita japan
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Isoetes lacustris
Cryptocoryne beckettii
L. Brown
Erio Parkeri
Blyxa Japonica
L. Aromatica
Tropica 049
Pogostemon helferi downoi
Nesaea crassicaulis
Red Pantanal
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Myrio mini
persicaria polygonum sp sao paulo
 

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Quick question. Any tips for taking stones from a creek? Boil them? Or would some of the hitch hikers be beneficial?
 

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If you know what you are looking for and find things like water pennies (think thats right) or similar you can be assured of a healthy creek, but barring that its hard to say. You might need to be concerned with oil or other pollution depending on where you get them.

Boiling does seem safest and I have not really seen freshwater communities which are like the full reefs which try to do the whole ecosystem. I assume there is a reason.
 

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Chaos,

I was going to get bigger pieces for a small mountain or hill terrain. The stream is pretty clean but I will still just boil the heck out of them.

Whiskey,

I was thinking about adding more but depending on the amount of rock I get, I might be able to get a full 3" of substrate. I will see once I find some rocks.

Thank you both!
 

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So... Me and my buddy resealed it tonight. First off, we put all the plants in the 29g and, wow. that tank is stuffed now. Anyways, that won't be for long. I am planning on filling the tank on Sunday. "test filling":wink: I am really going to take my time setting this thing up.

I will keep pics posted.
 

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If you have all seen my last update, I resealed my tank again. This time with aquarium grade... In under 2 hours I might add.:wink: Any ways... I put some moist substrate in the center, away from the silicone. I am going to give it 48 hours this time since I got the right stuff this time. :icon_smil I just can't wait(again) to get it started! With me luck and keep you opinions coming!!!!
 

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I have been "storing" allot of plants in my 29g, waiting to the 75 to be ready. It's a mess and I just chopped ALLOT out of the tank to make room and for new growth. The net you see is housing my HC. This way, I don't have to plant/replant/plant/replant...... Here is a pic.
 

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Here is the latest! I filled it today at 5pm and jumped the gun on putting plants and substrate in. So far, I have everything going good and the plants are pearling. Big time! I am only going to keep the lights on for 6 hours a day to start. I will be adding DW and a rock or 2 later. I just wanted to get things started. Please not, besides the HC and hairgrass, things will be moving around. Here are a few pics! With the new seal, also! :icon_wink
 

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Being on the topic of fish and planted tanks. I am a big fisherman. Here is a bass I got this year. Really nice fight! I only do "catch and release", btw.
 

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Just wondering. How well did the spoon work out for you When resealing your tank?
I've done two tanks now a 45 and 100 and both of them we used our thumb to spread the silicone and over time it would just collect and make a mess.
 

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Actually, It works very well. Just keep a dry paper towel to wipe off any extra silicone that build up on the spoon before starting the next seal. Don't use the cheap flimsy plastic spoons like the ones that come with your 7-11 soup. Use the sturdy ones.
 

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lol Very true but I rather let them go and catch them bigger next year.

I forgot to mention that lillies you see in the backgroung went in my pond. The water doesn't look deep but it was past my knees. Not to mention having to lean over to dig them out. At that point, I guess you could say I was swiming.
 

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I wish that was my backyard! The lilies went in my backyard. That bass was 22" on the dot. I didn't weigh it though..
 

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I was getting annoyed with how I had the co2 setup in the powerhead and just couldn't get it right. The tube kept moving away from the intake and when I would get home, the drop check would be yellow. So I tried this DIY ghetto rig with a 20oz soda bottle until I get my glass diffuser. It looks like garbage but seems to be working well so far. I seen this done here and on youtube. Figured I would give it a try.

I still don't have 4KH water but the distilled I have, read 40 KH? Is that right, or is that 4? I used an API 5 in 1 test strip. That is all that that they had at 4 LFS's! The KH on these strips read 0, 40, 80, 120, 180, 240... My results were in "between" 0 and 40. Any clues on this? I guess I should get a more accurate test kit when I head out to "That Pet Place" next weekend to get my diffuser.

BTW, The seals are holding up and still looking good :)
 

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:icon_redfI took the sponge off because I don't think there was enough water flow. Oh yeah...... I forgot to mention......... Remember now, I am still new. On the plus side, I have no fish in the tank....... Anyways, I was reading the drop checker backwards!(Yeah, I did admit that)(Don't tell anyone) Wow! I am Getting Plenty of CO2! Whoops :eek: Eitherway, without the sponge, I can lower the bubble count now also.
 
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