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Hello to all PlantedTank members!

The name of our tank is Atlantis because it is the embodiment of plant and animal life! We are proud members of http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/12-tank-journals/961338-methods-classroom.html, and plan to continue to strive within it! We picked our group just the way it was because we knew that we would be able to cooperate, make improvements, handle the responsibility, and show what it means to be an aquarist. We still have a long way to go, but we know for sure that we laid down the foundation for greatness in Method’s Aquarium Science Classroom. In our ten-gallon tank we have:

General:
Substrate - Black Diamond blasting sand
Filter - Aqua Clear 20
Water Heater - Aqueon Pro 50 W
Tank Capacity: Ten Gallons

Fish:
Black Skirt Tetras
Sunburst Platys
Guppies

Plants:
Java Moss
Rotala
Java Fern
Anacharis
Water wisteria
Vallisneria americana

What do we plan to do?
-We plan to fill our tanks with twice as many plants, and get our hands on two Corydoras catfish and maybe even a freshwater pipefish!!

TANK ATLANTIS

 

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Question:

Should we move our driftwood to anywhere else in our tank? Would our fish (Sunburst Platy, Guppies, and Glow Tetras) like if we were to move it somewhere else?

Bump: Does anyone know how to properly add CO2 to a tank?
 

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Looks great guys!

I don't think your fish will have any issues with the location of the driftwood. It's largely your choice and subject to your specific sense of aquascaping. The holes in that particular piece should make it easy to attach some of the smaller anubias species.

I have a question regarding the black diamond substrate: I've read conflicting stories about whether or not it needs to be rinsed. Did you guys rinse it, and if so how did you rinse it and for how long?
 

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Looking sharp! There are many good and easy was to add co2. I run a diy 2 liter bottle with yeast and sugar. With co2 comes a little more responsibility and checking water parameters. Just a thought.
 

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*Update 3* What's been going on in Method's Classroom?

Hey PlantedTank,

In Method's Classroom, a lot has been going on lately! With Spring Break right around the corner, we had to buckle down on out tank. We had one primary goal for the time being-getting Cory catfish for our tank. Not only would it make a great addition to our tank, they are some of the coolest looking fish in the sea!

The next thing on our list of priorities, is getting a CO2 injector for our tank! I'm pretty sure that most people on this website know what it is but just for a quick recap:

-Helps plants grow very quickly
-Vital to the growth of your plants
-Converts your normal to aquarium tank to a--> "HI-Tech Tank"



That's all for today folks!
Also, check out Method's Tank Journal, it's awesome:
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/12-tank-journals/961338-methods-classroom.html
 

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Thanks Bushkill!

We have three ways to take care of our substrate. First, we allow our tanks to cycle for long periods of time to get rid of all types of undesirable debris within our tank, and secondly we found that our Black Diamond Substrate has a tendency to float around in our tank so we use a fine-mesh brine shrimp net to capture all floating substrate. Finally, we use a gravel vacuum to suck up other types of unwanted things that lurk in our substrate!

Bump: Thank you very much mdeck! We will make it a serious consideration in progression of our tank!
 

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Thanks Bushkill!

We have three ways to take care of our substrate. First, we allow our tanks to cycle for long periods of time to get rid of all types of undesirable debris within our tank, and secondly we found that our Black Diamond Substrate has a tendency to float around in our tank so we use a fine-mesh brine shrimp net to capture all floating substrate. Finally, we use a gravel vacuum to suck up other types of unwanted things that lurk in our substrate!
Thanks! So if I'm understanding correctly, you didn't rinse it out before putting it in the tank. Just added water and removed any floaters and foreign objects manually. Correct?
 

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So a very small proportion of the blasting sand floats for whatever reason. We remove it with a brine shrimp net. We generally waited 3-4 weeks before adding fish, but added plants immediately. This has worked well for my tanks at home as well as the 20+ tanks at school. Apparently the blasting sand doesn't have any dangerous levels of residue. It also doesn't have much dust.

*Disclaimer* -From what I've read Black Diamond Blasting sand is locally sourced as slag from coal-fired power plants. It's possible that different plants use different grades of coal and/or different burning protocols. It *should* completely combust any volatiles, but who knows. As far as I can guess, without having done any in-depth research, it's just colored silica with some impurities. Anyone who knows better please correct me!
 

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We got a new addition to our tank! A nice log with plants growing from the top, not only a place for our shy fish to hide but adds a "unique" look to our tank!
 

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Tank is looking great! I initially was going to use Black diamond sand but would have had to order atleast 50lbs of it :/, So went with some Fluval stratum instead
 

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Cool! I've heard that Fluval Stratum is very mineral-rich which will help to stimulate strong plant growth, great choice!
 

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We've made our decision... Cory catfish it is! We hope to add these awesome fish to our tank so they can enjoy the beauty of Tank Atlantis!
 

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Apologies for the delayed posting!

My group and I have been thinking-
What can we add to our tank to make it.."POP"?

We thought of a few fish and plants and even adding a black-colored background to our tank. Perhaps replacing our tetras with White Cloud Mountain Minnow, because we realize now that we have many "common" fish in our tank meaning that we have the same fish everyone else does and we have to intervene so our tank doesn't morph into just another tank that looks the same as everyone else's.

Any suggestions on how to make our tank look even more awesome?
 

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How about instead of going all flashy and showy, go for some native species and locally collected plants....
 

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It could be fun, team outing to local river to scour the area for plants, maybe take a net and see if you can catch anything... (deworm your newly caught fish - I use levamisole HCL- it is also an immune booster).
You can test the water parameters on site, and try to reproduce it in your tank, with the help of your teacher. It is much more skilful to create a biotope, than just going to the pet shop and buying any old flashy fish that will probably stay alive as long as it doesn't get too hot or cold.
 
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