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post #31 of 110 Old 09-04-2011, 07:21 PM Thread Starter
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I recently found out that there is a good chance I won't receive my plants from sweet aquatics for possibly 3 weeks. They are very cheap, have very healthy plants, but I have been told that they are also very slow and it usually takes about 3 weeks. So I decided to do the fishless cycle with the free sample of fish food instead of the silent cycle. Maybe my tank will cycle before the plants get here and I can start adding the invertabrates to the tank before the plants.
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post #32 of 110 Old 09-05-2011, 10:27 PM
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I recently found out that there is a good chance I won't receive my plants from sweet aquatics for possibly 3 weeks. They are very cheap, have very healthy plants, but I have been told that they are also very slow and it usually takes about 3 weeks. So I decided to do the fishless cycle with the free sample of fish food instead of the silent cycle. Maybe my tank will cycle before the plants get here and I can start adding the invertabrates to the tank before the plants.

Really nice job building your stand, How long did it take you to just build the stand without painting it? Im planning on using your pictures as an example to show my dad what kinda stand were building this weekend, he has all the wood in the world to use just will need to pick up some hinges and handles for the doors
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Really nice job building your stand, How long did it take you to just build the stand without painting it? Im planning on using your pictures as an example to show my dad what kinda stand were building this weekend, he has all the wood in the world to use just will need to pick up some hinges and handles for the doors
The stand took me about a days worth of work. That is all I used were 2x4 for the stand and one 1x4 for the trim around the bottom of the tank. The key to building a solid stand is to put the weight of the tank on the wood rather than the screws that are holding it together. I wish I would have taken more pictures to help you out. Let me know if you need any help and I will try to describe it to you the best I can.

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S.A. Flooded Jungle (20 gallon)
A heavily planted tank. Inhabitants include: 7 Lemon Tetra, 1 Whiptail Catfish, and MTS.
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post #34 of 110 Old 09-06-2011, 07:10 PM Thread Starter
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I just got a response from my email to Sweet Aquatics. They said that the earliest my order will be shipped out is this Saturday, possibly monday. If all goes as planned then I will have fish in my aquarium next weekend

Advice for anyone new to the hobby: Do your research!! Before you do anything to your aquarium, take some time to research it. It has made a huge difference for me

S.A. Flooded Jungle (20 gallon)
A heavily planted tank. Inhabitants include: 7 Lemon Tetra, 1 Whiptail Catfish, and MTS.
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Sounds good, hopefully you get those plants soon. I am planning on placing an order within the next couple of weeks. Might try contacting them after placing the order after a few days. Would be nice to get my plants quicker this time around than it did the last time.
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post #36 of 110 Old 09-07-2011, 05:11 PM Thread Starter
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Ok, I know I have changed my stocking list at least 10 times already. I think I finally found the perfect set up though. I will get 7 bloodfin tetra and 1 whiptail catfish. Along with some MTS to keep the sand from compacting. This will be a S.A. flooded jungle theme. I know that some of the plants I ordered are not South American, but I will slowly change them out later on down the road.

Advice for anyone new to the hobby: Do your research!! Before you do anything to your aquarium, take some time to research it. It has made a huge difference for me

S.A. Flooded Jungle (20 gallon)
A heavily planted tank. Inhabitants include: 7 Lemon Tetra, 1 Whiptail Catfish, and MTS.
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I started with corckscrew vals as my first plant. all i will say is that they start out slow, but will overgrow your tank soon enough. Make sure you plant them far and few between. I would also recommend putting all the little rocks closer together as it helps with the visual flow of the tank (where your eyes look).

Subject: Larry LaPrise dead at 93

With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed last week.

Larry LaPrise, the man that wrote "The Hokey Pokey" died peacefully at the age of 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in. And then the trouble started.
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post #38 of 110 Old 09-07-2011, 10:42 PM Thread Starter
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How does this layout look? I was also thinking of combining the wisteria and val along the back and moving the amazon sword in the back left corner behind the rock. Which do you think would work better?
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Advice for anyone new to the hobby: Do your research!! Before you do anything to your aquarium, take some time to research it. It has made a huge difference for me

S.A. Flooded Jungle (20 gallon)
A heavily planted tank. Inhabitants include: 7 Lemon Tetra, 1 Whiptail Catfish, and MTS.
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post #39 of 110 Old 09-07-2011, 11:13 PM
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i would move the sword behind the rock and reduce the amount of space the val takes up, and add it across the right side a bit more. i also think that the wisteria should be behind the vals because its a thick bushy plant and vals are single leaved plants. wisteria will give a nice background for the vals

Subject: Larry LaPrise dead at 93

With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed last week.

Larry LaPrise, the man that wrote "The Hokey Pokey" died peacefully at the age of 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in. And then the trouble started.
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this help?

The wisteria is the red (behind the vals as i previously said.)

This is just an option

Subject: Larry LaPrise dead at 93

With all the sadness and trauma going on in the world at the moment, it is worth reflecting on the death of a very important person, which almost went unnoticed last week.

Larry LaPrise, the man that wrote "The Hokey Pokey" died peacefully at the age of 93. The most traumatic part for his family was getting him into the coffin. They put his left leg in. And then the trouble started.
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