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Old 12-22-2012, 01:40 PM   #11
 
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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Old 12-22-2012, 03:04 PM   #12
 
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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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Old 12-25-2012, 12:06 AM   #13
 
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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Old 12-25-2012, 12:08 AM   #14
 
Crisis Averted... Got the new top and built the stand...
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:11 AM   #15
 
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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Old 12-25-2012, 12:29 AM   #16
 
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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Old 12-25-2012, 12:31 AM   #17
 
When filling the tank with water, the plate trick works wonders
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:35 AM   #18
 
Making Progress...


Seems very cloudy.
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Old 12-25-2012, 12:45 AM   #19
 
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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Old 12-25-2012, 12:51 AM   #20
 
Well , It was a little frustrating but i have to admit... The tank looks great! ...
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