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post #1 of 6 Old 02-13-2013, 06:19 AM Thread Starter
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easy set up...thanks guys!

This is my fisrt post, and it is a thank you post...

My brother got rid of his 55g setup and offered me to take it, wich i did... And what a good idea it was

Its a 55long, with a fluval 303 canister... Old but efficient! Came with heater, substrat, lighting and hood, and 3 piece of amazon driftwood. And oh yeah, plenny of flakes, pellets, bloodworms, brine shrimps eggs, activated carbon, master test kit and all the bells and whissle

So here it comes;
Thanks to all who posted pictures.... This helped me alot. Gave me great ideas!
Thanks to all who posted cycling and maintnance threads.
Thanks to Byron for all those great articles about fishs, plants, habitat and compatibility...

Reading through all those post and searching every aspect of fishkeeping on this forum made setup way easier and most importantly, with only one casualty. One neon tetra out of 5 left of the original setup.

I bought a bunch of plants and planted it right away, and use the same uncleaned substrat... Unfortunatly my brother cleaned the filter element in tap water so it did went through a heavy cycling which i kept a close attention to.
I managed to keep it under controle because of all of you guys

The tanks now roars like my panther cat and fishs in it are thriving.
6 platy and 6 platy fry
9 neon tetra
1 chinese algea eater. 4in long. He got use to companionship now but for the first week or so, he was quite something! If he gets to aggresive as he mature, i have a home for him elsewhere. So far so good. I LOVE that guy !

The tank is not loaded as you see and im still learning the ins and outs and planning on getting fishs soon.
Was thinking of a few corys but the cae might not appreciate their presence.
By the time im ready for new fish, my platy will most likely give me a few freebies to awake the aquarium a bit

Here are a few pics.



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post #2 of 6 Old 02-13-2013, 06:25 AM Thread Starter
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post #3 of 6 Old 02-13-2013, 06:39 AM
Welcome to TFK!

Always nice to hear a success story.

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post #4 of 6 Old 02-13-2013, 07:38 AM
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Welcome Encountr! I love this forum for exactly all the reasons you have said. So much research went into setting up my tank and 99% of it came from here The few questions I've asked have been answered quickly, with care and concern, and I've found everyone really easy to talk to

Your tank looks great!
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post #5 of 6 Old 02-13-2013, 11:27 AM
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Welcome to Tropical Fish Keeping forum. And thanks for the kind words not only to me but all our other members. There is a lot of collective knowledge here.

You never stop learning.


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Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #6 of 6 Old 02-13-2013, 12:16 PM
I only wish my first tank decades ago lookd half that good.

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maintain Fw and marine system with a strong emphasis on balanced, stabilized system that as much as possible are self substaning.

have maintained FW systems for up to 9 years with descendants from original fish and marine aquariums for up to 8 years.

With no water changes, untreated tap water, inexpensive lighting by first starting the tank with live plants (FW) or macro algae( marine)

see: http://www.tropicalfishkeeping.com/a...-build-295530/
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