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post #21 of 60 Old 12-28-2012, 04:48 AM
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I didn't get actual toys; however, I did get Petsmart gift cards. Now the battle begins to convince myself to do the right thing (make badly needed upgrades) rather than buying another setup.

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post #22 of 60 Old 12-28-2012, 04:55 AM
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No! Don't do it! Buy another tank! You know you want to........
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post #23 of 60 Old 12-28-2012, 05:52 AM Thread Starter
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I tried to get a bowfront 36. It didn't work timing wise due to me not starting to look soon enough before Christmas. Sounds like a nice setup... and the canister filter will keep it clutter free.

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post #24 of 60 Old 12-28-2012, 06:16 AM
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Yes them canisters sure are good. Everyone should get one, don't you agree Jeff haha.

What's the plans for today tank wise?
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post #25 of 60 Old 12-28-2012, 06:32 AM
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No! Don't do it! Buy another tank! You know you want to........
You're a lot of help ! I'm weak as it is ! I was talking to my wife about what to do with the gift cards and, the next thing I knew, she's saying that I need to clean up the basement to make it better for viewing the tanks. She's a shrewd one. Kind of took the wind out of my sails for any shopping. Here's what I'm going to do. First, I'll look for the upgrades I need, mainly lighting. If that doesn't pan out (and I've already scoped out Petsmart's site, so...) I'm thinking about some plants and a nifty little 20 gallon setup that they have that includes everything but substrate, plants, and fish.

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post #26 of 60 Old 12-28-2012, 06:35 AM
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What you want in the 20 gallon though?

And this cleaning malarkey is good, it'll make some space for YOUR BRAND NEW TANK! Don't lie, you wee'd a little with excitement haha
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post #27 of 60 Old 12-28-2012, 06:46 AM Thread Starter
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yah, OK, enough with the canisters already. They are better... just not happening this time around.

Wife's decided that the murky water has got to go.... NOW!

I figure I put the filter in with the carbon and crank it up to the full 50 gallon setting that should suck up most of the crap... then just toss the carbon once its clear.

So, she's off to Al's to pick up a filter and a lid.... and maybe some more plants... definitely more plants. Penny wort. More mini swords. Maybe a bunch of Val's to go into one of the corners. Funny, the store doesn't have any floating plants other than duckweed and I'm pretty sure that they would just give me some of that... NOT!

First fish is planned for today, my daughters Betta, Oscar. He'll be lost in there. I'll post pics once its clear.

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post #28 of 60 Old 12-28-2012, 06:56 AM
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Sounds good. You could just vacuum the water out now and Very carefully put more in as it's no doubt just suspended sand particles. It'll be time consuming putting them first 50 litres in but if your uber slow about it you should be ok.
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Here's a side shot showing the substrate gradient. The java moss mostly stayed put, a few stragglers. I really like the look of the sand. I put some more in a few places to bring the levels up where they should be and it separated out into larger and smaller grains here and there.

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Small scale nitrogen cycle with a jar, water and fish food; no substrate, filter etc

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post #30 of 60 Old 12-28-2012, 11:31 AM Thread Starter
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Sounds good. You could just vacuum the water out now and Very carefully put more in as it's no doubt just suspended sand particles. It'll be time consuming putting them first 50 litres in but if your uber slow about it you should be ok.
I just siphon it in form a pail on a ladder... That's about as slow as it gets.

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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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