I don't have new photos on the 55g tank. It is still empty. I plan to get it setup before the end of this year, though. I just got the biggest problem aside...lighting! I just ordered a 48" full hood w/ 8000k flouresent lights included for $95 (includeing shipping). Ordered it off of Foster and Smith's. It should get here within, I think a week, maybe 2.
I also just learned that my 10g cichlid tank has a flouresent light in it that is 9350k! I switched the cichlid light to the QT, maybe those aponogeton bulbs will grow bigger. I also got full spectrum lighting for my 2g betta hex today. The hex is empty, but tomorrow I will get some good plants for it and do a nice low-tech system (without the soil).
Basically, I hit 3 birds with 1 stone in 1 day (now I have (and/or will have) 3 full spec setups in 1 day)!
I am a happy guy! Now the next concern is that crazy sponge filter. At walmart, they have an air pump that is rated 20-60g for $10. It comes with 2 outlets. Will this work with the sponge filter? I will get that ordered as soon as possible!
One of the Ltetras might have a diesase. The new full spectrum lighting revealed a terrible-looking whitish spot on his gills. Completely invisable to the human eye (without the lighting).
Is it ok to leave my 9350k and 8000k lights on for over 12 hours, or will that promote algae? Just wondering how long I need to leave it on.
I imageine once I get all the 10g's moved to make room for the 55g, I can probably get started with the substrate. I don't know if I have already posted this or not, but here in this part of Texas, there is no clay. I was wondering what kind of commercial clay to buy at the hardwear store (if any). My mother thinks that pottery clay will work, but I am not sure and would much rather have the opinion of the forum.
Not long 'til go time, I hope! Got 3 cories running through the QT (along with 2 Lemon Tetras, and a Swordtail-fry*...*beginer's mistake). I will probably pick up some Juliis next week after I am sure that everything will work out within a decient timeframe. I think after the cories are out, I will do the Lemons (I'll get 4 more from the lfs), and QT the lemons all by themselves since my lfs doesn't have embers, yet. After Lemons, I'll do Von Rios (obsession!!!). I might do Lemons and Von Rios together if you guys think that would work for 2 weeks (I don't think so)...? That is as far ahead as I plan to plan.