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Old 08-24-2011, 10:37 AM   #11
 
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I would stop using the ammonia and do a water change of 40 to 50 % and then go ahead and add a group of either the danios or tetras. If you do tetras make sure that they are one of the more hardier ones.
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Old 08-27-2011, 07:50 AM   #12
 
tank looks awesome
ur son is lucky
are there any fish in it yet?
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Old 08-27-2011, 10:33 AM   #13
 
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if your going to do tetras i would stay away from anay torpedo shaped ones including neons and cardnals. go with some of the flat ones like black skirts and black phantom
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Old 08-28-2011, 10:52 AM   #14
 
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if your going to do tetras i would stay away from anay torpedo shaped ones including neons and cardnals. go with some of the flat ones like black skirts and black phantom
Why? Out of curiosity..
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:22 PM   #15
 
No, I've not introduce any fish yet, guess I'm just a bit nervy about starting to stock a tank where I know the filter isn't established. I'm also looking at species which aren't particularly hardy, so I didn't want to put them through the cycling rollercoaster.

Plants are settling in very well, and had some reasonable growth, especially the ones at the back. I've also ordered a Fluval Co2 88g system as fancy giving it a go despite initial reluctance.

For now the cycling is progressing well with nitrite levels peaking nicely, just going to wait for them to drop back down and will then start with the stocking.
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Old 08-29-2011, 06:26 PM   #16
 
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This looks great! good job!
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Old 08-30-2011, 05:18 PM   #17
 
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looking very nice
your son is a very lucky boy.
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Old 09-05-2011, 09:14 PM   #18
 
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the torpedo shaped ones like the neons and glowlights aren't very hardy
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Old 02-08-2012, 11:34 AM   #19
 
Well it's been a few months since I've updated this thread, my appologies, and thankyou for your comments. Here a few pictures to show how the set up has progressed over time.

In my last post I was still cycling the tank, I took on board the comments, but decided to stick to a full fishless cycle dosing wth ammonia to get the amonia and nitrite munchers fully up to speed in the filter. I did have a PH crash when cycling which stalled the cycle, but fortunatley I picked this up and the addition of a small bag of coral sand to my filter helped to buffer the water parameters and bring the PH value back up. This gave me a bit of additional time to fettle the set up and get an upgraded light (2xT5 10k and 6.5k).

Pics in order Aug, Sept, Oct, Nov and last is recent.
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Old 02-08-2012, 02:22 PM   #20
 
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oh wow it's beautiful. !
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