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Old 02-27-2014, 03:24 PM   #21
 
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tannis was the thorn in my side for ages,i'm running carbon
in the filter to get rid of it.
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Old 02-27-2014, 04:00 PM   #22
 
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A belated welcome to TFK, and welcome back into the hobby - you're certainly off to a fantastic start! This looks like it's going to be a very fun thread - and already a lovely tank! ^___^
Thanks for sharing some of the details of your stand build! I'm very much looking forward to see how you do the canopy. . .woodworking is awesome! (so is blackwater :P)
Interested to see how your readings progress. . .
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Old 02-27-2014, 10:14 PM   #23
 
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i like the mysterious look that deep tannins can provide.to paint a picture in your mind......altum angels coming from the muted darkness of the back of the tank and into focus in the front.magical to me.
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:26 PM   #24
 


Been a week or two since my last post. I had some difficulties when making the canopy for the tank, so it took longer than expected. I eventually got the problems worked out and have it in place and finished. The frame work is all 1" x 2" and is skinned with 1/4" birch plywood. I painted the inside with mildew resistant paint and the outside with the same paint as the stand. I made some of the trim myself. I wanted something different so I angled the top front for a bit of a different appearance. I originally had one T-8 fixture for lighting but found it wasn't enough so I put another in beside it and now it seems about right. There are two daylight tubes and two cool tubes for lighting. This canopy is very light (weight wise) so if I need to get at something near the back of the tank I can slide it ahead very easily.
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:43 PM   #25
 
Oh Yeah we picked up a few fish when I had the canopy good enough to sit in place on the tank. I know some of you are going to say too many for a start up tank but it worked out very well.

Picked up
2 med angel fish
5 leopard danios
5 glow light tetras
3 glow light danios
2 blue noon guppies
2 gold swordtails

2 salt & pepper cory's (I know we should have 5 or 6 and we intend to get about 4 more)
1 rainbow shark (I know they are supposed to be somewhat aggressive but when we had them before in our community tank we never had a problem and so far so good)

About a week later we got 2 Dwarf Sunset Honey Gourami's of which one has died, not sure why but it never seemed to be very active. Unfortunately we didn't have a quarantine tank for it (which I'm remedying now). We also got 2 mickey mouse platy's.
I tried to take some pictures but it's not as easy as some make it out to be but here is one of the angels.
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:57 PM   #26
 
The plant are doing great. I've had to trim the Hornwort a couple of times and move some Wysteria. The thing about a dirted tank is As I've been finding out, is that you have to be very gentle when pulling plants. I wish I would have taken some pictures of the roots on the Wysteria, there was quite the root system on them. The Amazon Swords are growing well too, they have "daughters" (I think that's the proper term) growing from both of them. My wife wants to take them off and see if we can grow some new ones.

I've been checking the water and here are my results:

Feb 27th
P.H. - 7.6
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 1

Mar. 5th (did a 30% water change the day before)
P.H. - 8.1
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 0

Mar. 9th
P.H. - 8.1
Ammonia - 0
Nitrite - 0
Nitrate - 1
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Old 03-11-2014, 04:59 PM   #27
 
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hey
tannis was the thorn in my side for ages,i'm running carbon
in the filter to get rid of it.
I decided to run carbon as well, I just couldn't stand to look at a tea coloured tank. I'm looking into getting some SeaChem Purigen but we'll see.
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Old 03-11-2014, 05:41 PM   #28
 
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i like the canopy.you did a great job.
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