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Old 08-20-2010, 05:08 PM   #21
 
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OKAY,,, you guys got me talked into this now! I will be doing a 50 gallon soon, it may be a total failure but will have fun anyway. I will google up as many articles tonight as I can find before starting.
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Old 08-22-2010, 01:58 AM   #22
 
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Ooh YAY!!! Another tank!!! :D We are gonna have fun with this one too!!! :)
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Old 08-22-2010, 08:40 PM   #23
 
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and i thought it was just me ..with this addiction..it's close to hoarding..lol
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:03 PM   #24
 
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Started the 50 gallon tank this afternoon! I put about 1.5 inchs of dirt that I bought at Lowes for a $1.50 and then topped that with 1.5 inches of dense gravel (also bought at lowes, 40lbs of pea gravel $3.50) hope its not toxic, I rinsed it but it was pretty clean. Its really cloudy right now and I do not have but a few plants to put in it. I did order a few from Angel ( a member here ) but not many. No fish will be added for a good while! Will see if the plants do okay and the water checks out for a good while.
My 72 gallon is coming along nicely with very green plants and clear water, looks pretty.
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:10 PM   #25
 
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Started the 50 gallon tank this afternoon! I put about 1.5 inchs of dirt that I bought at Lowes for a $1.50 and then topped that with 1.5 inches of dense gravel (also bought at lowes, 40lbs of pea gravel $3.50) hope its not toxic, I rinsed it but it was pretty clean. Its really cloudy right now and I do not have but a few plants to put in it. I did order a few from Angel ( a member here ) but not many. No fish will be added for a good while! Will see if the plants do okay and the water checks out for a good while.
My 72 gallon is coming along nicely with very green plants and clear water, looks pretty.
Are you gonna keep us posted on your dirt tank? Pictures..pictures..
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:20 PM   #26
 
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I sure will,,,, its so UGLY right now I just couldnt take a picture of it LOL. I will keep you guys up to date on it,,,,,,good or bad. I hope I didn't add anything tonight that will end up being toxic to fish. I am worried about the cheap pea gravel. Prolly should have ran to the pet store (about 20 miles LOL). Does anyone know if landscaping rock used to make rock walls is toxic or harmful to the water? Im thinking of doing a South American Theme with those weird heads down on the beach, I will have to look up the name of that place so you guys will know what I am talking about. Dont have the strange heads yet but I saw them in the Fosters magizine.
I am running a filter tonight and letting it settle a bit, will give it a look tomorrow before leaving for work.
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:28 PM   #27
 
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Come on post your ugly tank...we need someone to make fun of..

Did you check the chemicals in your dirt?
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:33 PM   #28
 
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I sure will,,,, its so UGLY right now I just couldnt take a picture of it LOL. I will keep you guys up to date on it,,,,,,good or bad. I hope I didn't add anything tonight that will end up being toxic to fish. I am worried about the cheap pea gravel. Prolly should have ran to the pet store (about 20 miles LOL). Does anyone know if landscaping rock used to make rock walls is toxic or harmful to the water? Im thinking of doing a South American Theme with those weird heads down on the beach, I will have to look up the name of that place so you guys will know what I am talking about. Dont have the strange heads yet but I saw them in the Fosters magizine.
I am running a filter tonight and letting it settle a bit, will give it a look tomorrow before leaving for work.
That rock might be limestone; calcareous rock will leech calcium into the water, raising hardness and pH. Rock like shale, granite, quartz is OK.
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Old 08-22-2010, 10:45 PM   #29
 
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Oh my gosh you guys, now I want to try it too! Have to wait a couple months though. Just set up a new tank that's cycling. Don't want hubby to freak out over a 2nd tank... got to ease him into this new hobby of mine. :)
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Old 08-22-2010, 11:03 PM   #30
 
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If it is limestone will it always leach the calcium and raise ph or is this a temporary problem? My tap water is already a 7.5 ,,, I been adding a touch of acid to my other tank from time to time but hasnt dropped it much.

And I will get you some pics biggs but you cant even see the back of the tank right now LOL. I moved the plants that Byron had told me were not true aquatics from my nice tank to this one which is a ribbon plant and some mongo grass one sword amazonia that was a bit yellow and a few fakes for now. Waiting on some plants from Angel, should arrive this week sometime. Also some sort of weed like plant from Petsmart dont know the name of it either but it grows fast LOL. All these minis sword will most likely be temporary until I purchase some nice plants. I would like some moss growing along the stones if I can keep them in with just a little fuss. If it is limestone and it is a huge problem I will have to come up with something different.
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