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Old 12-28-2012, 01:13 PM   #31
 
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I don't have any pictures yet, but my hubby got me a 46 bowfront (it's about 8 years old) with versa top, dual t5 HO (coralife), eheim canister (2215 classic), 2 heaters, stand, and some other odds and ends. He got it from a coworker for free so I considered it my early xmas present :) We are in the process of scrubbing it down. Got the tank cleaned to see many scratches but we are gonna buff them out. The versa top has old salt creep in the glass so we're gonna have to buff that out too. Just bought the media for the filter and a couple small replacement parts. The canister is going in my new 29 to get seeded.


Oh, and new car speakers LOL
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Congrats on a FREE thank! Awesome, so much gear with it too! Good score!

What are you going to keep in it?
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:16 PM   #32
 
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yah, OK, enough with the canisters already. They are better... just not happening this time around.
Personally, I think canisters are more trouble than they're worth. I hate them. I have one on my 220. I only have HOBs on my 55s and all my smaller tanks. My water is always great, clear, the Aquaclear filters are maintenance free, it is WAY easier to change the media in an aquaclear than a canister, no matter what anyone says. Unless you have a really big tank, I see no problem at all with HOBs.

If you need more water movement (which I doubt) you can always add a $20 powerhead.
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Old 12-28-2012, 01:20 PM   #33
 
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It should clear up very soon...a matter of hours. You're a PITA fan, so I know you rinsed the sand to the point of dissolving it.
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Old 12-28-2012, 02:28 PM   #34
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I emptied the tank, going to slightly move it so I figured I'll do it now and clear the water as a two for one. As for dissolving it, I know I dumped a fair amount of sand in the process. I think I averaged about 15 rinses per 2lb load with a square pail... square works better than round as you can pour off particulate faster without taking sand with it... too much sand anyway.

Sort of cool thing I noticed, all the stem plants are reaching for the light out of the water.

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Old 12-28-2012, 02:47 PM   #35
 
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That is cool :) Looking forward to some more pics later... hint hint

Has the water clarity improved now?
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Old 12-28-2012, 03:09 PM   #36
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That is cool :) Looking forward to some more pics later... hint hint

Has the water clarity improved now?
Just waiting for my wife to arrive with the filter.... and a few more plants... before I start refilling. The position issue will be filter determined.

Word of note to anyone doing large water changes. Don't walk away from the tank while the water is siphoning. The laws of fluid dynamics do not care where the water goes. I even mentioned this to my daughter a few times while doing it today but she put on a movie and somewhere during the proceedings we wondered what the noise was.



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Old 12-28-2012, 03:15 PM   #37
 
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haha ive made this mistake once. i wont be doing it again! it was something stupid too. I went upstairs to switch a light off, the phone went and i came back down to a transformation! I had evolved from simple fish tank keeping to clearly unconsciously deciding to try and go for that mini ocean look all over my front room.

Phone got thrown on the sofa, didnt bother to even tell them, haha, and i ran upstairs, grabbed ALL the towels and just threw them everywhere, decided the mop would be inadequte for 50-100 ltr's of water. thankfully i secure the hose in place so its not even possible for me to drain the whole tank, but it could have happened somehow. I shudder!
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Old 12-28-2012, 04:36 PM   #38
 
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Congrats on a FREE thank! Awesome, so much gear with it too! Good score!

What are you going to keep in it?
Not sure yet. Thinking of a pair of kribs a small pleco and maybe an angel pair once the tank establishes. We are OK with rehoming them once they grow up
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Old 12-28-2012, 07:34 PM   #39
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I'm still fighting a nasty head cold so I am running in slow motion... although I didn't need a 4 hr nap today. Also, after many hours of Boxing Day shopping my wife FINALLY showed up with the filter and some new plants... ones that were not on my list. Some wisteria, which I would have picked anyway but some red thing and some amazon swords. The valls look cool now that the filter is generating some water movement.

LOVE the canister, extremely quiet. For that reason alone it was worth the upgrade as this is in the main open concept living/kitchen/dining room area. They need to rethink the media that they put in... a tray of ceramic rings, a tray of plastic "bio balls" then the carbon and sponges. Why two bio mediums and why so short on quantity?

It also does not break the surface of the water which should help the plants, less CO2 off gassing.... and there are a lot of plants now.

My clear sandy spot got taken up by a rock structure, not in the plan but some concessions had to be made for a) reliqueshing the floor space on the main level to a larger tank than planned and b) shopping alone for fish stuff.... or so I am told

Here's a pic so you can see the the result so far. I think that I need to move the oregano stems away from the left corner a bit more and bring the Valls a little farther out and spread them out a touch. Don't mind the iPad picture, not the greatest.

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Old 12-29-2012, 02:40 AM   #40
 
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Looking great Jeff! glad its finally starting to come together!

As per the red plant i dont know much about them apart from on the whole they seem to need more light (i think) so worth looking into. Might affect placement etc of it. Though you do have those shiny LED's in there

what are those little foreground plants you've put in? Are they sustainable in an aquarium? I've found the ones a not so good lfs sold me will eventually rot in the aquarium so am looking to replace them asap and i'll just plant them in my house, as thats their intended use!
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