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post #1 of 60 Old 12-26-2012, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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New Christmas toys anyone?

Post your Christmas toys here if you want to gloat.

Here are a couple of shots of our new tank... empty until tomorrow.

We de-constructed the whole episode on the way back form the fish store and determined that the beginning was a 2.5 gal Betta tank.... then 15G, 20G, 26G, 25G, 30G and finally a 37Gallon unit. We still have a 25G that we bought but I can take it back next week.

This last was decided due to my wife moving the location of the tank removing the size restriction... lots of texting back and forth as she was at home measuring and I was at the store scouting, we actually had a 65G staked out for about 20 minutes but that didn't fly due to budget limitations.

Light is on, need a filter but we only have plants to go in until we get the water sorted out. Not going to rush the fish.

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post #2 of 60 Old 12-27-2012, 12:09 AM
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Nice tank! whats the dimensions on it? looking at it it looks fairly similar to mine, APART from you seem to be rocking LED's?!?! Nice!
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post #3 of 60 Old 12-27-2012, 07:44 AM
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Nice tank What are you going to stock it with?

Animal testing is a terrible idea; they get all nervous and give the wrong answers.
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post #4 of 60 Old 12-27-2012, 08:11 AM Thread Starter
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Thanks.

30" x 22" x 12". Yah, like the LEDS, super low profile.

Stocking is up in the air yet. I am wanting to not have to play with the water chemistry so I am filling it with everything except the fish, see where it settles to and go from there. All smaller fish though, rather have more smaller than fewer larger. The "show fish" might be a Cockatoo dwarf Cichlid set, but i will have to get the hardness down, maybe 1/2 1/2 tap and RO water. 1 male and three females and an assortment of compatibles. Loaches, pencil fish or tetras, perhaps rasbora... Really don't know yet.

I saw some sort of emerald eyes while at the LFS, super reflective so that all you see are these little bright green sparkles schooling around. They don't seem to be emerald eye Rasbora though, they're pretty plain otherwise.

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Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.

The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
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post #5 of 60 Old 12-27-2012, 08:29 AM
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Ah it is just like my tank then, just a few inches smaller all round.

What about plants, have you decided what and where yet? Or just winging it?

Looking forward to more pics! Must of checked this thread about 46 times. Haha.

I've been looking for something green for my tank, but can seem to find anything suitable as of yet, and the rasboras are a bit small.


Any particular type of loach decided upon yet?
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Thanks.

30" x 22" x 12". Yah, like the LEDS, super low profile.

Stocking is up in the air yet. I am wanting to not have to play with the water chemistry so I am filling it with everything except the fish, see where it settles to and go from there. All smaller fish though, rather have more smaller than fewer larger. The "show fish" might be a Cockatoo dwarf Cichlid set, but i will have to get the hardness down, maybe 1/2 1/2 tap and RO water. 1 male and three females and an assortment of compatibles. Loaches, pencil fish or tetras, perhaps rasbora... Really don't know yet.

I saw some sort of emerald eyes while at the LFS, super reflective so that all you see are these little bright green sparkles schooling around. They don't seem to be emerald eye Rasbora though, they're pretty plain otherwise.

Jeff.
Could they be Emperor Tetra (click on shaded name here)? They have a black stripe down the middle of their body and flourescent blue or green eyes. They do get quite stunning when they mature. The body has a sort of irridescence to it. They are one of my favorite fish.

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What about plants, have you decided what and where yet? Or just winging it?
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Any particular type of loach decided upon yet?
Money Wort, miniature swords, Java Moss, Cryt, and some un-named that looks sort of like oregano. Had we been to store #2 first, I would have had some penny wort as a nice counter point to the large money wort... one behind and the other in front for a multi level look... there are only 12" to deal with so illusion is everything.

Thinking about painting an oil backdrop to continue the scape into a "seeming" distance. This lets me work with exactly the plants we have in "the distance" rather than a random whatever printed backdrop.

The moss is going on the large driftwood, maybe I'll split it over the two driftwood pieces if there is enough. The money wart and oregano are back drops as they will get tall, they are already a good 12". I'll group them somewhat together rather than mixing the two plants. The swords and crypt will be the beginnings of a carpet starting near the rear but not in the shade of the taller stems. We have a chunk of some fuzzy thing from another tank that will be stuck in somewhere but only because we already have it. I would love to put in a couple of tiger lotus for surface plants but I don't think they are easy to come by around here.

I'm going with sand and the front middle is going to be 1"... just up the to edge of the base border of the tank in sort of a open sand depression look which will bank up deeper on the rear and one side of the tank into the plants... partly for rooting substrate for the stems and partly that's typically how sand behaves in slow river currents, gathering where there are plants and other obstructions.

Banded Dwarf Loach or just the Dwarf Loach. I need to deal with the near 80F if we go with the Cichlid and, like I said before, I would rather more than larger.

I guess this has turned into a "my tank" thread rather than a Christmas thread. Oh, well. I'll be putting various shots on my aquarium page as we move along.

Next step. stabilizing the floor, the front feet are between floor joists and it allows the tank to move... add water and it will lean in just a bit, not good.

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Total years fish keeping experience: 7 months, can't start counting in years for a while yet.

The shotgun approach to a planted tank with an LED fixture

Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc
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post #8 of 60 Old 12-27-2012, 09:29 AM
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With that height, you could add some nice tall vals in a thick grove.
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With that height, you could add some nice tall vals in a thick grove.
We looked at them but decided that we have enough to start with. If we end up with a blank spot they would be a great addition.

Turns out the floor was not the issue I thought, the tank spanned the joist in such a way as to render support from underneath counter productive. I decided to shim the stand instead in order to just preload all the legs to level. A lot easier too.

Just heating some water, sand is on standby with the plants.

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post #10 of 60 Old 12-27-2012, 01:44 PM
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Oh. Em. Gee. How is this not up yet!?!? You have patience jeff, i'll give you that.

I'd of locked the kids in their room with a rubix cube, the words "solve it" and a stern stare.

They'd be sand and water everywhere, plants hanging from the ceiling but by god it'd be up. haha.
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