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Old 11-20-2008, 08:54 PM   #11
 
Yeah I am def gonna add some more rocks....I just plumbed the tank and I filled up the overflow with water...I am gonna let it sit overnight like that to make sure I have no leaks...If there are no leaks, then I will add gravel and fill the tank tomorrow!
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Old 11-21-2008, 06:32 PM   #12
 
tank was filled yesterday and deco is in...I also bought lights...So far its a simple design with a few caves and hides, I think they should be happy in here...It still has to settle, but I'll be ready for fish soon...I'll test the levels later tonight...Here are pics...

















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Old 11-21-2008, 07:35 PM   #13
 
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Water, yes! Are you going to be adding a background??
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Old 11-21-2008, 07:58 PM   #14
 
not sure yet, Is is ok so far? Suggestions would be great!
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Old 11-21-2008, 08:36 PM   #15
 
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It looks a little too "open" for me and I think that's just because it's lacking a background. I've never cared for being able to see thru a tank to the wall that's behind it. I'm a big fan of black backgrounds. I know you said you were going to add some more rock and I think that's a good idea for this set up. Maybe a pile of more slate?? It's looking good so far!!

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Old 11-23-2008, 12:06 PM   #16
 
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WOW that tank looks great!!! I love that piece of driftwood it fits perfectly with the rest of the tank. I'm not a huge fan of backgrounds with a buch of plants. If i were you i would get a black background. If you are going add fish for the cycle remember not to add to many at a time. If you can add more hiding places. Good Luck!

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Old 11-24-2008, 07:59 AM   #17
 
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Black makes for a good background. For a while I used a piece of black cloth hanging behind my tank for a background. Recently I've tried out a different tack. I spray painted the back of my tank with the spray paint that's supposed to look like granite. Well no one is going to mistake it for granite but it looks good. One can of that with an overcoat of black has left me with a great looking background.

Unfortunately you'd have to break your tank completely down to do it.

Oh, and that coral life digital thermometer... don't trust it. Mine reads about 3 degrees low permanently. I've got a conventional thermometer in my tank and it reads 80, the coralife reads 76.5. I've stopped buying the Coralifes and now I just buy regular thermometers for my tanks.
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Old 11-24-2008, 08:59 AM   #18
 
great info and I did add a black backround...I am having a little problem with levels:

Ammonia is a .75
Nitrate is 5.0
nitrite is .25
and my PH is good at a 8.0

I added a bottle of Tetra SafeStart, on Sat, but I dont see any change in levels? What do I do or where do I go from here, This will be an African Cichlid tank
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Old 11-24-2008, 09:59 AM   #19
 
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Well the bottled stuff is going to be iffy. If the stuff was viable at bottling, and if the stuff was kept refrigerated the entire trip, it might be ready to go when you get it. Maybe. I didn't use the Tetra product but I did try another. The net result was absolutely nothing.

You're going to have to cycle conventionally most likely.
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Old 11-24-2008, 02:30 PM   #20
 
Yes it was kept cold, and didn't do anything...What are the levels that are safe for the fish? The store is closing down for good and I have to pick them up...What can I do and what levels am I looking for?
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