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BWG 02-14-2013 01:07 PM

Nanofish tank upgrade journal
 
I went shopping today and picked up a new aquarium and glass lid. This is going to be the start of upgrading one of my tanks to something larger. The new 20 gallon long is still small, but I don't have the space for anything larger. Someday I will be able to combine my two Southeast Asian microfish aquariums into one large one, but that is still a time away. For now I'm just happy to be getting something bigger than a 10 gallon. The 55 just has to stay in the basement, while my dreams of a 75 are also on hold.

There's literally nothing to show for the new tank. It's an empty aquarium and glass lid. So instead I'll show off a few pictures of the tank that it is replacing. The pictures are a month or two old, because my batteries are dead. I even tried switching them out with the ones in all my remotes. I just spent two hours in the car going to the fish store and back, so I'm not going out for batteries. Newer pics will have to wait. I'm just too excited to wait to post though.

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ps06cddbe0.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...ps8a7ae751.jpg

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v2...psb9eca8d4.jpg

Right now the tank is home to pond snails and 8 Boraras naevus, as well as a range of plants (14 kinds!). I love how it looks but want the extra space for more plants and a lot more fish.

The filter (Finnex PX-360 mini canister) will be moving from the 10 to the 20 long. It's rated for 100 gph, so should be good. I will need a new light and am leaning towards a 30" T5NO. With as fast as my floaters grow that should be the perfect amount of light. I'm also going to use Miracle Gro Organic Choice Potting Mx again, although this time I might use Estes marine sand as a cap. I'm trying to figure out if black sand would look goofy with the rocks I have currently. I do like really dark substrates though. I'm also trying to figure out the way to go with driftwood, ie use the piece I have, a larger manzanita piece, or a whole bunch of smaller pieces.

When the change over is ready to happen the fish will be moved to another tank for a few weeks to make sure the substrate isn't leaching ammonia. When it's deemed safe they will be put back in.

That's basically where I'm at. Now the fun part, which is getting to decide on which fish and plants. I have some ideas, but I'll save that for another post.

BWG 02-15-2013 07:51 PM

Ordered a few more things for the new tank tonight. I got a Coralife 30" T5NO light and a 6700k bulb to replace the one bulb that it comes with. That will make both bulbs 6700k. Heard really good things about that fixture on this size tank after a ton of research. If it proves to be too much light then there are certainly easy ways to cut it back enough. I'm doubting that will be needed, but you never know.

Oddly enough the bulb and light are both being sent from the fish store I was at yesterday. I had looked at the fixture and thought I saw it cheaper on Amazon. I did, but was surprised when it was from the same place. It works out to be the same amount with the shipping. I'm unsure if I saved any on the bulb because I didn't price that at the store and shipping for the two was combined. At worst I paid the same and just have to wait a few days. Not a problem, as I still have things (plants, lots and lots of plants) to get.

The other thing I got was Tahitian moon sand. It sparkles apparently! lol That is pretty unmanly for a tank, but somehow I think I'll be able to manage.

BWG 02-16-2013 08:13 PM

Made my first stupid mistake. The Tahitian moon sand I bought last night was only a 5 lbs bag. A quarter of what I need, so I've had to order even more. Hopefully that will be my last screw up.

Boredomb 02-16-2013 08:50 PM

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Originally Posted by blackwaterguy (Post 1433204)
Made my first stupid mistake. The Tahitian moon sand I bought last night was only a 5 lbs bag. A quarter of what I need, so I've had to order even more. Hopefully that will be my last screw up.

That sucks but atleast you are not having to wait to setup the tank till the sand comes in. Well am assuming you are still waiting on the other stuff still. LoL
I add no clue that Tahitian moon sparkled that's funny. Does it sparkle are alot? Is it like glitter? lol
Have you ever used any other Black sand other then this?
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BWG 02-16-2013 09:05 PM

lol I have no idea how much it sparkles. Chesherca told me it did. It looks good in her pictures so it can't be too bad. I was going to get Estes marine sand, but the Tahitian moon sand seemed so much cheaper. It is when you're comparing 5 pounds vs 20!

This will be my first black sand. I've only used pool filter and play sand before. I wanted something black, because I like how plants just pop in my Eco Complete. Everything but the original bag of sand is coming from in state so it hopefully won't take long to get here even with the post office closed on Monday. I'm resisting the urge to buy the plants yet. I'm excited to do that. I'm really dreading trying to catch the fish though.

Boredomb 02-16-2013 09:16 PM

LoL yeah I would say 5lbs is cheaper then 20lbs.
I used Black diamond once but not sure I would use it again. It was cheap and looked good!
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BWG 02-16-2013 11:32 PM

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Originally Posted by Boredomb (Post 1433267)
LoL yeah I would say 5lbs is cheaper then 20lbs.
I used Black diamond once but not sure I would use it again. It was cheap and looked good!
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If it was cheap and looked good why wouldn't you use it again? I had thought about it, but only briefly. Right or wrong I made up my mind that blasting sand just wouldn't be "softbelly" safe.

Boredomb 02-17-2013 12:01 AM

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Originally Posted by blackwaterguy (Post 1433440)
Right or wrong I made up my mind that blasting sand just wouldn't be "softbelly" safe.

That's why I probably won't use it again. At the time I had it I didn't have any substrate fish. Though I read where ppl said its fine for Cory's and other fish on another site. After going through it and cleaning it. Yeah not convinced it was safe at all and OMG talk about taking FOREVER to clean!! Yeah it took about 3x as long to clean then play sand did. It also stained my buckets! :shock: I finally got it all cleaned and looking good before I put it in my tank. I used it as a cap over my MGOPC tank once. It didn't leave any residue or anything in my tank like it did in my buckets when I was cleaning it. So i guess I got it all cleaned but I don't think I will go through that again. I will just stick with Playsand until I can find a cheap Black sand to use next time.

Chesh 02-17-2013 07:37 AM

*waves*

This is going to be so much FUN! I'm excited to see your tank grow!!!

Tahitian moon sand DOES sparkle, lol, but it isn't like glitter. . . this random internet picture is fairly accurate, I think:

http://www.charterhouse-aquatics.co....sand-20-lb.jpg
All those little white specks you see are where the light has hit those pieces just right to make 'em shine. It dims down a bit once it gets older, but the sparkle is still there. I like my TMS, wish it weren't so expensive. . . I don't think it's particularly UN-manly, so you should be all-right *giggle* My husband likes it just fine - and he HATES all things glitter. It didn't take me nearly as long to rinse clean as it took me with play-sand, but I did have the problem with the black residual staining buckets and siphons when it was new. After the rinsing, and one wipe off on the tank glass after adding, I haven't had any problems with it. . . I hope your experience is happy, too - I'll feel bad if you end up hating it after buying it in part because of my rave!

The original tank looks nice - I can't wait to see how you grow it! Now you know we need a plant list. Those are important!

Anyway, good luck with everything - I hope it all ships super-quick and you can get started! *cracks knuckles*

BWG 02-17-2013 08:25 AM

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Originally Posted by Boredomb (Post 1433475)
That's why I probably won't use it again. At the time I had it I didn't have any substrate fish. Though I read where ppl said its fine for Cory's and other fish on another site. After going through it and cleaning it. Yeah not convinced it was safe at all and OMG talk about taking FOREVER to clean!! Yeah it took about 3x as long to clean then play sand did. It also stained my buckets! :shock: I finally got it all cleaned and looking good before I put it in my tank. I used it as a cap over my MGOPC tank once. It didn't leave any residue or anything in my tank like it did in my buckets when I was cleaning it. So i guess I got it all cleaned but I don't think I will go through that again. I will just stick with Playsand until I can find a cheap Black sand to use next time.

No substrate fish! :shock: That's just so not me. Every tank I've had has some. It was usually always corydoras. Two of my tanks now don't contain any catfish and those are a first. One has loaches though and the other is this tank which will have loaches. lol That's usually the first fish I decide on for a new tank.

If Black Diamond takes longer to clean than play sand then I'm definitely avoiding it in the future. I know I spent hours cleaning that stuff. Worked better though once I realized you have to clean a handful or two at a time. It's a shame pool filter sand has that crappy color. I cleaned that before and all I did was make it wet.


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