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Old 09-04-2011, 07:21 PM   #31
 
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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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Old 09-05-2011, 10:27 PM   #32
 
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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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Old 09-06-2011, 09:07 AM   #33
 
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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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Old 09-06-2011, 07:10 PM   #34
 
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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
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Old 09-06-2011, 07:18 PM   #35
 
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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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Old 09-07-2011, 05:11 PM   #36
 
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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.
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Old 09-07-2011, 06:32 PM   #37
 
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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).
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Old 09-07-2011, 10:42 PM   #38
 
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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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Old 09-07-2011, 11:13 PM   #39
 
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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
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Old 09-07-2011, 11:18 PM   #40
 
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this help?

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

This is just an option
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