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post #1 of 18 Old 01-12-2009, 11:49 PM Thread Starter
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Exclamation redesigning my 50gal tank...

tank transformation,

i moved the white rock.. and removed the background

this time i removed the large driftwood because it is tanning my water, and i also removed some of my gravels, little by little every water change. and i change my BG to black oyama sticker.

this time i put my new substrates, some rocks, but it went very cloudy, you cant barely see the inhabitants of the tank.. and i removed the remaining driftwoods.
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post #2 of 18 Old 01-12-2009, 11:59 PM
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i personally liked the first picture.

a few things,
why do you keep the water level low?
do you know how big clown loaches get?
did you pre-rinse the sand before adding?
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post #3 of 18 Old 01-13-2009, 12:41 AM Thread Starter
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this is the tank yesterday

this is today..

@ onefishtofish

1, i keep the water low before because i thought that the pipe from my ohf will overflow when it is submerged in the tank. now i keep it high sorry.

2, yes i know how big they can get, i have a spare 100gallon tank for them, im just wait for my plants to grow, anubias and javas. im planning to put them in there in 2-3 mos. of time, plus i;ll be adding 2-3 more of loaches to make them happy. will they like planted tank?

3, yes i did pre rinsed the sand 10x but i thought that it'll be enough, and my calculations failed.. but anyway i've learned my mistakes. :)

i'm very happy for my tank now. and for my fishes also. i've learned so many things about fishes. and the number one thing to know when handling these kind of hobby is that " lazy are not allowed" :)

happy fishkeeping guys
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post #4 of 18 Old 01-13-2009, 12:48 AM Thread Starter
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i choose this color of substrates because i can easily see their poo, and other stains so i can maintain their tank looking clean.

this is my filter

3 ft 3 layer trickle filter.
medias: sera wool, anti- ammonia pad, ceramic rings, bio balls, sera wool, anti nitrate pad.
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post #5 of 18 Old 01-13-2009, 12:49 AM Thread Starter
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whole tank shot.

happy fish keeping!
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post #6 of 18 Old 01-13-2009, 12:59 AM Thread Starter
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the 2 loaches is going to this tank, 2-3 months from now. it's quite messy now..
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post #7 of 18 Old 01-13-2009, 01:01 AM
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Thats is a REALLY cool set up, I wish I knew more about the mechanical/chemistry of fish keeping to build something like that!
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post #8 of 18 Old 01-13-2009, 01:40 AM Thread Starter
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all i did is to research and research plus read read and lastly read hahaha! i never imagined that i will be doing that, you can do that too. look at the colors of my fishes before and after. they look brighter now. they play in the sand like kids! :) thank you for the nice comments!
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post #9 of 18 Old 01-14-2009, 09:30 AM
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Interesting set up, how do you balance the flow between the compartments?

I'd really recommend getting rid of both the chemical pads. A properly developed biofilter will handle the ammonia with far more aplomb and dependability than the pad. Also, your fish will be fine with some nitrate in the water. The better was to control nitrates is with water changes. Even with a system that removed 100% of the nitrates you'll still want to do water changes to replenish trace minerals.

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post #10 of 18 Old 01-14-2009, 11:06 AM
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Nice change. NOW it looks like an African tank. Boy did it cloud up though! lol

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