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jennesque 05-16-2013 12:29 PM

Upgraded to a 37gal!
I just moved everything from like 28gal to my new 37gal tank I found on craigslist!

I've still got to figure out how to arrange all my plants.. And I've got to nurse some back because my lighting died about two weeks ago and I wasn't home enough to notice that one bulb was out.

I've still got to finish my plans to stock it too. I have I think 14 cardinal tetras, they'rw never still enough to count lol. And I have a few cories. I plan on adding some marbled hatchets whenever they come in stock at my LFS.

Trying to keep with South American fish and plants. :) I will probably escape it this weekend.

JDM 05-16-2013 03:03 PM


Originally Posted by jennesque (Post 2067674)
... :) I will probably escape it this weekend.

I love typos, they can be interesting if taken at face value.

Nice upgrade. Is it the tall tank, about 22" tall?


jennesque 05-16-2013 04:12 PM

Hahaha so stupid. That's my auto correct! I was trying to post that before my lunch ended (at 1:30) and so I was in a hurry. Heehee, help! I can't escape my aquarium!

Thanks. I am 95% sure it's actually 25" tall. I'm glad it's got a 30" length instead of just 24".. My cardinals are still young, but I know they'll appreciate the space as they get larger!
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JDM 05-16-2013 04:56 PM

If its 30" long, it will be 22" tall and 12" wide... It's the same tank I have if that is the case.

I actually find it just a shade too deep and would have preferred to go to a 36" long and 18" deep, in hindsight. I like the tank but reaching to the bottom is a pain... I like to play in the sand.


jennesque 05-16-2013 06:02 PM

You're completely correct on the size of the tank. It seems endlessly taller haha.

It is on the deep side, totally. I think I'll need a new gravel vac, or at least a longer hose for it.. I had to stack some books to put my canister filter on top of cause I didn't want to buy new tubing, lol. And my heater's cord barely reaches.

The reason I went with this size is because it's the largest tank I could fit on the stand I already own. Plus all of my equipment, except possibly my light, work with it. I just needed to buy some more sand.

I went to the LFS to look at possibly getting something like a gourami and instead came home with a Red Lizard Whiptail. I guess time will tell if it's truly the actual fish.. but it does have a reddish hue to it. I got the only one! I need more plants for it.

I keep seeing vals listed as South American plants.. Not sure they really are. Im debating on adding some now that I've been adding a GH increasing product. The last time I grew vals they all melted on me and everyone said it was either the play sand I had them in, or the soft, acidic water. I don't think my Alternanthera reineckii will survive. Looking for some additional background plant options from South America..

Current plant list is:

> Parviflorus parviflorus 'Tropica' – Sword ‘Tropica’
> Lilaeopsis novae-zelandiae - Microsword
> Cabomba Carolina
> Hydrocotyle Leucocephala – Pennywort
> Alternanthera reineckii - Telanthera Rosefolia
> Mystery red colored sword from the baggie plants

I haven't decided on floating the pennywort or using it in the 'scape.. Or both. I'm going to have to look at some natural looking aquascapes over the next few days. I know my driftwood doesn't look like the natural amazon, but I would like the plant arrangements to look somewhat natural. Though I bet this tank is good for a dutch style aquascape.. I don't have time for all that though.
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JDM 05-16-2013 06:26 PM

Sounds like you've got it planned out well.

I'm in the process of trying to get a few red lizards... apparently they are a "designed" fish in that they are not wild but bred to be what they are.

The sand won't melt the vals, mine are thriving in the sand. Perhaps if they are planted too deep the lower part of the stem/leaves can rot and definitely if the water is too soft.

Make sure that you post some pictures.


jennesque 05-16-2013 09:43 PM

Lol, I think I'm going to switch to having a few different swords in the back with some pennywort growing around it. My cabomba already grows really stem-y, and I'm sure with the added depth it'll just get worse. I'll just float it until I can get some actual floaters established. I don't have high expectations for the alternanthera. With the height of the tank, I think some large swords will look good. :) And I shouldn't need to upgrade my light either.

Here's the whiptail... I figured I'd take pics while he was in the bag and I could get a good glimpse. Then I turned out the lights to calm him/her down.

And in the tank a bit later..

And the tank, with random baby plants. Gotta hide that equipment!

JDM 05-17-2013 05:23 AM

Looking good!


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