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New hobby for me & a few questions :)
Old 09-06-2013, 05:42 AM   #11
 
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I cant offer any ideas on the mounting of the light. Sorry not a creative person there but just wanted to comment on the color of the Ammonia test. To me it looks like its at zero.
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Old 09-06-2013, 06:56 AM   #12
 
Thanks,

First time doing these tests etc so I wasn't sure if the charts are accurate etc.

Thanks for the info :)
So glad my ammonia levels have dropped to 0 in a few days.


Just need to hack together a low stand for this & mount the LED more nicely, although in its current state it doesn't move at all.. :/
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Old 09-07-2013, 06:39 PM   #13
 
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I just skimmed this post as to where you are at. Don't add any fish, and especially not ghost knife fish. You need to do more research. How big is this tank? It looks rather small, a 10 gallon?

The next step in cycling is nitrites, which is very deadly. Go slow. I'm still not sure your tank is cycled. Just because it sat empty for a week or more is not what is needed to get the process started. You're doing well by using the chemicals you are, but moving too fast will cause problems.

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Old 09-08-2013, 05:27 PM   #14
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I just skimmed this post as to where you are at. Don't add any fish, and especially not ghost knife fish. You need to do more research. How big is this tank? It looks rather small, a 10 gallon?
This. The aquarium tab says Blue Planet is a 55 gallon, but that can't be right since an Eheim 2010 measures 8.6x3x3.8 inches. Do you think you could get the measurements of the tank for us? It does look small like you said.

Man I hate being the one to say this, but do you think you can return fish? Even pushing the envelope a little for minimum tank size still leaves you in trouble with a lot of your fish if I'm guessing the tank size right. I could point out some of the problems I see, but I'm worried you might think I'm getting down on you. People make mistakes.
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Old 09-16-2013, 05:29 AM   #15
 
GwenInNM, blackwaterguy,

I appriciate the kind reply, any advice is welcomed. I take it all without offence, as its' clear you are out to help me. :) Feel free to point out any mistake or changes I could make for my tank.

Regarding tank size, it was sold as a 55L (litres) tank but measures 58x38.5x32 (cm)
Which according to a online calculator gives me 70L, so I'l not sure what right?

I'm using metric measurements as I'm from Australia. Apologies as I know you guys measure water in gallons.

I've decide against the ghost knife, as I read he needs lots of space & is nocturnal.

Fish seem happy & water if at a stable Ph & temp. With ammonia remaining at 0.



** I was thinking of changing my gravel to a sand, is this possible? if so what sort of process would I be looking at to transfer my gravel over to sand.
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Old 09-17-2013, 04:18 AM   #16
 
New Homemade Lowline Stand (IKEA)

Small update:

Last weekend I bought a IKEA desk on eBay for $15 and removed the aluminium leg on one side & cut the other to match. I was after a lowline stand for my tank & this desk works great as it has a drawer which I store all my products, tests, food etc into. :)

Also since its' a computer desk, it had a cut out for cables which I used to route my power wires.

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Old 09-17-2013, 04:25 AM   #17
 
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Wow, that computer desk/fish tank stand looks great
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Old 09-17-2013, 04:31 AM   #18
 
Thanks mate,

It is the older 2 tone version of the IKEA 'MICKE' desk if anyone is interested:

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Old 09-20-2013, 12:00 PM   #19
 
*Tank update:
Changed my substrate to a 3mm sand today, looks much nicer & the fish seem to love it. :)





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Old 09-20-2013, 04:53 PM   #20
 
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Wow, that is a huge change! It looks awesome!!!!
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