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post #11 of 174 Old 12-22-2012, 01:40 PM Thread Starter
Should I introduce each type of fish to the new tank once per week?
Starting with the Angels?

Or should I introduce everything I have currently excluding the Angels until I get the New Angels home?

What would you do in my situation? I want to do this right and not put to much stress on the fish and the aquarium.

By the way, I bought two 50lbs bags of Playsand from H.Depot a few minutes ago(Is this Enough?). I just have to go pick it up now. The only problem is I'm at work right now. 16 hrs shifts all the way up to Christmas eve...
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post #12 of 174 Old 12-22-2012, 03:04 PM
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Should I introduce each type of fish to the new tank once per week?
Starting with the Angels?

Or should I introduce everything I have currently excluding the Angels until I get the New Angels home?

What would you do in my situation? I want to do this right and not put to much stress on the fish and the aquarium.

By the way, I bought two 50lbs bags of Playsand from H.Depot a few minutes ago(Is this Enough?). I just have to go pick it up now. The only problem is I'm at work right now. 16 hrs shifts all the way up to Christmas eve...
That's plenty of sand. You'll have some left over, this is always handy. I frequently add a cup or two of sand in the back corners, as sand shifts over time (so does gravel for that matter). About 2-3 inches overall (spread evenly) is what you want, then push it higher in the back.

I would put the angels in last, and all together. This way they are going into a new environment where other fish are present, and this is more likely to prevent excessive territoriality which could happen if they are alone.

Once the plants are in, add the fish. Add complete groups of a species at the same time. A few days between additions is being cautious, but if you're comfortable doing that, fine. It partly depends upon the planting, and any introduced bacteria on wood from an established tank.

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The aquarist is one who must learn the ways of the biologist, the chemist, and the veterinarian. [unknown source]

Something we all need to remember: The fish you've acquired was quite happy not being owned by you, minding its own business. If you’re going to take it under your wing then you’re responsible for it. Every aspect of its life is under your control, from water quality and temperature to swimming space. [Nathan Hill in PFK]
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post #13 of 174 Old 12-25-2012, 12:06 AM Thread Starter
Got The 55Gallon!

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Dang,
Damaged Corner

The LFS (P-smart) was very courteous and I had no issues returning it. They actually let me take the top out of the one at there store and replace it with my busted one.
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post #14 of 174 Old 12-25-2012, 12:08 AM Thread Starter
Crisis Averted... Got the new top and built the stand...
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post #15 of 174 Old 12-25-2012, 12:11 AM Thread Starter
Cleaned the Play-Sand very well. The Garden Hose and a bucket trick worked very well... There was a little bit of loss but since the 50LBS!!! bags are only $3.50 each who cares?! I still have a bag and a half... By the way, my wife was very skeptical when she saw me putting sand in the tank. It looked like I was just playing in the Mud.
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post #16 of 174 Old 12-25-2012, 12:29 AM Thread Starter
Planting the tank now... Pretty easy to set these things... and nock them loose

I've got 3 grass like plants (Mondo Grass?)

I also planted Red Ludwigia (Originally 3 bundles) but when I planted them i removed the metal strip they use to weigh it down and they ended up coming apart... Now I have 4 RL Plants

Plus the Anubias on Small Driftwood

Getting Closer...
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post #17 of 174 Old 12-25-2012, 12:31 AM Thread Starter
When filling the tank with water, the plate trick works wonders
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post #18 of 174 Old 12-25-2012, 12:35 AM Thread Starter
Making Progress...


Seems very cloudy.
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post #19 of 174 Old 12-25-2012, 12:45 AM Thread Starter
24 hrs after initial setup...

Tested the PH on the new tank and I've got a little bit of an issue.

The Current Tank is around 7.0ish and the new tank is 8.4...

All of the additives that one could put in there say :

DO NOT USE IN AN AQUARIUM CONTAING LIVE PLANTS

I do have two small pieces of driftwood in the tank now, and two more on their way.


Any Ideas on how to safely lower the PH?
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post #20 of 174 Old 12-25-2012, 12:51 AM Thread Starter
Well , It was a little frustrating but i have to admit... The tank looks great! ...
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