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Old 08-25-2010, 09:40 PM   #1
 
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Okay so I upgraded from the 75G I was going to buy.. and I am going to make it freshwater just because my girlfriend likes them more for some odd reason! (Sorry if this makes you FW lovers mad.. I just like SW :P Lol.) Anyhow we are going to make it planted, the only issue.. is.. we have no idea how many gallons this tank is for its home made.. the dimensions are 17 1/8 from front to back of glass 21 1/4 from Bottom of tank to "fill line" and 60inches from side wall to side wall these are measured from INSIDE the tank not the outter dimensions. The glass is about 1/2 THICK Yes thats right 1/2!!! I paided 120$ for the Tank, a stand that it fits on just perfect (with little room on all sides of the tank.) 2 HOB 280 Emperor bio-wheel filters. and 1 Hydor Koralia with 600GPH flow. 2 Powerheads (not sure of name brands or not..) 2 undergravel fitlers (I may not use these depending on your opinions!) So please give me some feed back to setting up my newly bought tank for FW, planted.. like substrate and such. Thanks in advance!
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:45 AM   #2
 
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94.5194 g if my math is correct. under gravel is great for tanks with substrate.there one person here that had the under gravel filter in her tank for 20 years i think.it a fully planted tank but you'll need extra gravel roughly 4 inches so the plants heve root space on top of the UG area.
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Old 08-26-2010, 09:51 AM   #3
 
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use 2 type of gravel one layer is a fert soil like ADA or other brands and the other a gravel you want depending on what fish you keep. a liquid fert like seachem flourish comprehensive, heater, you have 2 HOB filters not sure they are enough so i wont comment on that.but i have a sump and wished i had a UGF in there as well.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:10 AM   #4
 
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kitten lookes pretty good at math.
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:12 AM   #5
 
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Old 08-26-2010, 06:02 PM   #6
 
Still a upgrade from 75G then to 94G and went from paying 431$ for a 75G and stand to 120$ for all the equiptment + tank and stand
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Old 08-26-2010, 06:15 PM   #7
 
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was this the 25 year old tank you were talking about in another post??
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Old 08-26-2010, 10:32 PM   #8
 
Yes it is, I have leak tested it and it's fine. She thought it was 125G but obviously it's not. And the stand is no where near pretty.. its made of rough wood, but very sturdy. So all in all not a bad buy, plus it leaves room for improvement that me and my father can do to it :D
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Old 08-26-2010, 11:10 PM   #9
 
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Honestly what I would do is buy some Eco-Complete, dump it in and level it or spread it the way you want. Then I would add about 6-8 inches of water and begin planting and arranging your wood, rocks or decor. Once you like it, add the rest of the water. I sort of pour the water down the side carefully so you don't upset the plants, and decor. If you add enough plants then the next day you can start with a few fish. The plants sort of take place of the "tank cycle" You will of course have to add a good water conditioner like Prime. Your plants will then need a bit of fertilizer 1 to 2 times a week. Seachem's Flourish Comprehensive Fertilizer is what is most commonly recommended by the experts on this forum. I have been happy with the results of that.

Do you know which kind of plants and which kind of fish you will be stocking? Remember to only add a few fish at a time. I am excited for you and can't wait to see pictures of your tank. Oh, and I think your girlfriend is right on, fresh water tanks are awesome. :)

I am a little jealous that you got such a good deal. Those types of deals seem to elude me here. Maybe a message from above, that I have enough for now. ha ha

You can just use normal smaller aquarium gravel with plants too but then for rooted plants you will need to add some root tab fertilizer. I just personally like the Eco-Complete the best. It looks so nice too, and helps the plants.
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Old 08-27-2010, 06:28 AM   #10
 
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Yes it is, I have leak tested it and it's fine. She thought it was 125G but obviously it's not. And the stand is no where near pretty.. its made of rough wood, but very sturdy. So all in all not a bad buy, plus it leaves room for improvement that me and my father can do to it :D

i bet the bonding time with dad will make this tank all the more special indeed. have fun with the new tank take your time and everything will be soooo.. fine and we'll get losta pics
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