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Been off the site since I changed out my 29g Halogen-lit setup for a 55g. I just never fell in love with the 55 gallon the way I did with the 29. I switched from the halogen pendants to a fancy t5 setup that sat on top of the tank. They were so bright that DIY CO2 didn't cut it anymore and it never became something I was proud of. There were a bunch of other things I was unhappy with, but all that is behind me.

Time to start new!

For my new office, I have decided on a 75g rimless tank (sill in transit at this time). A local dealer has helped me greatly to make sure I have everything I want and within my budget.

Here is what i have to start with.

Tank - 75g Rimless (more info after it comes in)

Stand - Custom built by local dealer (they did a wonderful job)

Lighting - Fishneedit 150W MH Pendants

Substrate - aquariumplants.com Black Diamond

Co2 - 10lb tank from local brew supply and aquariumplants.com Electronic Regulator

Filtration - JBJ Reaction 4-Stage Canister Filter + UV EFU-45

Misc - Ferts and glass diffuser from aquariumplants.com

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2/26 Latest Video -http://www.youtube.com/user/hcmitchellr#p/a/u/0/fQAo4U8IiOk
 

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Lighting

I wanted incandescent lighting again as well as well as lighting that was suspended over the tank. After a few days searching, I came across fishneedit.com and their low-priced halides.

They are a great value. The are light enough to hang from wall shelving.



There are 2 problems. First, the hanging brackets were not straight and make it difficult to level the lights and the do not come with any shades to cut down on light spill.

I was able to compensate for the brackets and I was able to create shades using about $30 in materials. (I can go into more detail if anyone cares, but the pics will pretty much tell the story)






Now things are looking better.

 

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looking good so far. What plants and ultimately fish are you planning on putting in the tank? And do you already have an idea for a scape?
 

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I decided to take a blind leap on the filter. I can find little info on the JBJ Reaction 4-Stage Canister Filter. I was intrigued by its addition of a UV lamp and wanted to see how well it works.




After getting my hands on this thing, I can say it looks a like a dandy canister filter. This thing is huge.




Provided that the pump is worth a hoot (still not tested), this looks like a solid canister filter. However, I have serious doubts about its UV sterilization capabilities. It seems the lamp is too small and the flow will be too fast to do much of anything....we shall see.
 

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looking good so far. What plants and ultimately fish are you planning on putting in the tank? And do you already have an idea for a scape?
I will be transplanting 10 Cardinals and a Feather-Fin Catfish that is still in my 55 gallon tank at my old house. I am still looking for that "right piece" of driftwood to start my scape. I am sure I will transplant some of my plants from the old tank, but I am also considering having aquariumplants.com help me with a custom scape.
 

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Uh oh- that's not a good mix. That Synod catfish will eat the Cardinals just as soon as he's big enough to fit them in his mouth. He'll grab them at night while they're sleeping. I lost a whole school of Black Neons that way once.
 

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Very clean setup, especially considering the addition of a rimless tank :) A word of warning for the halides though; you'll likely want them hanging quite a distance above the water's surface. I have a 70w fishneedit fixture and found the sweet spot to be at 16" with pressurized co2 (non-stock bulb). Of course, your mileage may vary :)
 

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Uh oh- that's not a good mix. That Synod catfish will eat the Cardinals just as soon as he's big enough to fit them in his mouth. He'll grab them at night while they're sleeping. I lost a whole school of Black Neons that way once.
They have been tank mates for almost 3 years now. The Cardinals are 3-5 years old and started out in my first planted tank. The cat is at least 4 years old and came from a relatives tank. He is around 6.5" and the cardinals are 1.5" - 2".

I havent had any problems with him except when I brought home a Bichir who wanted to be sociable. He couldn't learn to stay our of the cats stump and had to go back to the store.

...of course...there are those stories of cardinals\neons that start going missing after years in the same community so I wont say it will never happen.

However, for now I have to keep him because he keeps my wife content. She doesn't understand why I insist on keeping "tiny fish".
 

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Aquarium finally arrived!!!

It took a while, but my LFS owner picked the thank up for me today!

It is a beautiful tank, not quite AGA quality, but the best option available to me.




The aquariumplants.com substrate looked better than I thought it would. I never opened the buckets till today and was very pleased with its appearance (hope its performance is equal).

If you ever decide to go this route, take their suggestion on the website and rinse this stuff first. I drilled small pin-holes in the smaller bucket and used it as a strainer. This is the dustiest stuff I have ever ran into. Seriously, if you are pouring this stuff into anything dry, hold your breath because you will choke on the cloud.

However, as dusty as it was, it cleans up a lot faster than any other substrate I have tried to rinse.

I also added a layer of pure laterite on the bottom. I had it on hand..so why not.






Tomorrow I will pick up my python hose from my old house and fill it with water. I will also need to trim the intake.
 

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Disappointment and Frustration

No plants other than some clippings I brought from my old house and some Wisteria I threw in to have something green. I know it will grow fast and can be easily removed if\when I get my plants.

I had to bring over my fish because they were being neglected. No losses in the move, but I hate having them in a near-bare tank.

Nothing is coming easy with this setup. With only a few exceptions, everything I have ordered has been Late, Lost or in Limbo. My plants are in Limbo.

Dreams of a green Christmas...shattered.
 

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Really sorry to hear about the plants... Things like that suck. On the other hand, it is christmas time! Look at your beautful tank and all that nice equipment! Seriously, I can't wait till you get some plants and such in that thing cuz it is awesome!
Merry Chistmas!
Jake
 

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It is lookin good my friend. Even though you don't have your plants, I love the setup and decor around the tank. I would love to get a rimless tank. How is the flow from your canister filter?
Flow is very low for the filters size. Circulation is almost non-existant on the other half of the tank...and thats with no plants blocking it.

I assume its intentional because of the UV sterilizer built into the filter. It would be pointless with anything higher (though it may still be pointless because the UV bulb has to be small).

Getting some Green Water pretty early for this setup, but I am sure it hitched a ride from the old tank. Water Changes are keeping it in check, but I can tell the UV filter would not be able to handle it on its own.


I am going to add a circulation pump, but its stuck on a truck somewhere as well.
 

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Woke this morning to something I have never seen in my tanks in 26 years of keeping aquariums...hair algae!

My guess is ammonia, but I haven't tested for ammonia for years and I don't have a test kit. The fish load, while not huge, is more than what I am comfortable with for the age of the tank.

GH readings are alarming as they are off the chart. Very strange as my water is extremely soft from tap. KH is where I expect it to be. Could it be the substrate or fert tablets?

I usually have to add calcium chloride to my water, but I am going to try some baking soda.

I went out and bought some more Wisteria along with money wart and micro swords. Nothing I want to keep in my tank, but I need something to compete with the algae and help with the fish load.

Some good news.My circulation pump came in and got installed with the help of my assistant...



Its a lot larger than what I expected at about the size of a baseball. I placed it in the opposite side of the tank and directed it to the center. Turned it on and debris started lifting from the substrate like someone just switched off the gravity. No fish or plants were blown out of the tank, so its a keeper.

 
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