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post #1 of 20 Old 12-06-2013, 10:31 AM Thread Starter
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New 55g build!

Ok so now that I've gotten another 55g tank I figured I'd share how the build is going. This tank was given to me from a neighbor, yeah I was stunned. Here's the tank.


I filled up the tank overnight to check for leaks and it was all good. So I put 5 coats of exterior flat black latex paint on the back.


I bought new filters, hood, heater, gravel and got some really nice driftwood and rock's. Should be up and running by the end of the day and I'll post more pic's then. I will seed this with some really used filter's from my other 55g that is running the same filter's.


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post #2 of 20 Old 12-06-2013, 10:33 AM Thread Starter
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Ok here's the hardscape. This is gonna be simple and a dark theme. My other 55g is a planted tank so I didn't want another. I have 4 high colored orange koi angels that I had shipped from Flordia that are currently in my quarantine tank for this tank. So this is how I got the scape set up for it now. After repositioning the driftwood and rocks several times this is how I'm gonna leave it for now.




This is how it looks filled. I just put a hugh amount of beneficial bacteria in it from my other 55 gallons filters so it clouded it up some plus it's a new tank so it will be a bit to clear up.


Here are tha angels for this tank I had shipped from a breeder in Flordia.





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post #3 of 20 Old 12-06-2013, 03:44 PM
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I like it and in love with angles, perfect build!
I will be watching, I in love with the hardscape already!!!!
From what you wrote, you said that you will not be including plants, are you going to include some or not at all?? :)
Also, are you going to add any more fish besides the overly cute angel???
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For plant's I'm tossing around the notion of something dark green in the corner by the rock's. I'm going to have a small school of a community fish also. I wanted rummynose tetras but their not too keen on my type of water. I think I'll get a school of 7 bloodfin tetra's instead. I've had them before and they did great for me. I want the white body with the red fin tips, think it will go well with the orange angels. Also I will get about 4 to 5 corys for the bottom, probably the greenish one's os something dark. Would love to get the lazer orange one's but I'm not paying the price they want for them.
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post #5 of 20 Old 12-06-2013, 09:58 PM
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Like it!
Maybe look into Anubias as they dark green and can grow on the rocks.. Or maybe vallisneria for the angels to swim in and (maybe) let it grow along the surface to give some cover.. And some moss to add to the wood??

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I've never had any problems with 'Impulse Buying'. They're just animals that I forgot I had planned to get.

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post #6 of 20 Old 12-07-2013, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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Wanting to stay away from live plants. If anything I just may float some water sprite or something down the Road.
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post #7 of 20 Old 12-08-2013, 01:39 AM
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haha, sorry! It just, I love plants - even though I cant look after them!

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post #8 of 20 Old 12-09-2013, 09:02 AM
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what an amazing neighbour !
plain and simple….i love it !

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #9 of 20 Old 12-09-2013, 06:39 PM Thread Starter
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Update on tank. My water is clearing up nicely. Just did a 25% water change that's why the bubbles on the glass. Here's a pic, the plant's on the left will be coming out, just got them in there for now to block out the Christmas tree light's. The driftwood consists of 4 pieces. I'm going to add one more just haven't found the right piece yet. I will probably add a little more rock too.
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post #10 of 20 Old 12-10-2013, 03:19 AM
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Looking great! Love the tank too much... haha, your luck that there is a distance or that tank would be gone - again with the angels!

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I've never had any problems with 'Impulse Buying'. They're just animals that I forgot I had planned to get.
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