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Just joined the forum & wanted to introduce myself & my tank. I'm an RN in a small hospital. A friend had a 90 gal tank he didn't want & I had a 20 gal long I wanted to upgrade, so he brought me the tank for a case of beer & I dug in
Wood Property Wood stain Glass Hardwood

I used the substrates from both tanks, added another Aquaclear 50 & let the tank settle
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I've gradually, over the past month, been adding fish & plants. I use ro water for water changes (liquid rock from the tap), no nitrates or nitrites showing on test. Have 12 black skirt tetras, 13 cardinals, 6 emerald cories & 1 plain pleco
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Plants are anubias, Javas, an Amazon sword, some water wisteria & Christmas & flame moss.
Loving this forum & looking forward to learning more!
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All plants except the back right corner behind the wisteria are real. Not really scaped, just a couple great driftwood pieces (center & back left) some seriyu rock & a couple caves that I may lose or keep. The pleco seems to like them. Lights are a couple 6000 K T8 fluourescent lights in a shoplight fixture on top of the tank. Water changes are 20% weekly, occasionally 50% if needed. So far, so good. Will be adding 12 more cardinals & calling it good for a while! I have a bunch if other large rocks I'm going to sell soon, when I get a few minutes to turn around :)

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Getting rid of the pleco

I will remove the plain pleco. I'm guessing it's a common pleco. Will out grow that tank.
I'm thinking about it seriously. Any suggestions?

I was looking at some oto's but couldn't find any at the time. Have a better source for fish now.

Anyone want to take on a now 5-6" common pleco for rehoming? I've added an RAOK in the forum for anyone interested.
 

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Editing tank photo

... What I did when I first started keeping plants was edit my photo of my tank, with lines running to each plant stating what each one was. This made it easier for me until I knew them by heart....
That's a great tip, StraightAddicted! Thanks so much. I'm playing with it now!
 

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Preuss Pets is going to help with rehoming my pleco. Then I can get something more appropriately sized for my aquarium.

Looking at using some of the extra rocks I have to create a terrace in the back left of the tank for African Water ferns

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I have some petrified wood & lava-type rocks that came with the tank that I'm going to use for both creating the terrace & anchoring the water fern. I'll move the driftwood with the anubias to the back right of the tank & rearrange a couple crypts so I don't hurt them. Probably going to get the pot-caves out of there & make more hidey-holes with rock & driftwood.

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Expecting a package soon with 2 rhizomes of African Water Fern and one next week with two small albino bristle nose plecos to take the place of the common pleco I'm rehoming. Haven't tried ordering through the for sale or trade forums before. Should be interesting to see how things come out. So far, it's been a relatively painless process but I don't have everything in the tank yet.

Working this weekend on removing the "caves" from the tank and rescaping the back corners into terraces with suitable pleco caves. I've got an idea in mind to help the terraces stay where I put them. I'll let you all know how it goes!
 

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So, my African Water Ferns arrived & assumed their position in the tank (see left) with a little rescape. Pleco goes to Preuss Pets tomorrow. Picking up 6 more cardinals & 1 or 2 anubias for the back left like the ones I moved to back right.

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6 more cardinals, anubias congentis (back left), anubias nana (front left), Christmas moss on the driftwood in the back & rearranged the water wisteria after tearing most of it up chasing the pleco to rehome! Very healthy fish- took 30 minutes of chase to wear him out enough I could catch him! Also picked up some floaters - dwarf water lettuce, red root floater & duck weed that my fish have already polished off. Other than cleaning & fertilizing, I think I'm done for a while! Time to let things settle in for a bit. Add the plecos next week & call it good. Time to find my good camera & get some better shots.

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Question about filtration?

Looking good! Thanks for the update!!
Thanks!

Now I'm looking at filtration. I have 2 Aquaclear 50s on the tank now, but water is not getting as clear as I'd like. I've looked at a number of filtration systems, read over posts here on the forum and looked at pricing.

I'm considering either upgrading to 2 Aquaclear 110s or changing to a canister. Would like to keep cost to what the Aquaclears would cost. Any suggestions for a good canister filter for my 90 gal? What would be the benefit of moving from HOB to canister?
 

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I find the waterfall noise rather soothing, but I can see where it could become irritating. Not sure if just upping the HOB capacity will clean things up as much as I'd like.

Can I ask which canisters you're considering? Won't be able to do anything until after Christmas, but do like to research before jumping.

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