Here it is, the journal I've been prodded to do :-)
I guess I'll start with the new 125.
I gave away the 45 gallon along with a 10 for quarantine to a friend, sold the 75 and the 30 hex, broke down the 55 and moved the 90 into the kitchen in order to make room for the new 125. It was a big project. Bought the tank with stand and light for $300 on craigslist. Then the tank sat without water in it for a couple of months.
During that time, I painted the background with a glossy black enamel. Used all of a small can, with a sponge brush. The first few coats were lengthwise and left streaks and swirls and what not - very "starry night". I thought about leaving it like that, but I decided to go full black out. With the base coats in place, I then dabbed the paint on, filling in the light spots. Took several coats, and the whole can, but it looks great.
I decided the living room needed a larger TV and thought it best to take care of that before filling up the tank, so I got one and moved the living room TV into my bedroom, and moved my bedroom TV into the guest room - throwing out the old school CRT that took up all the space on the dresser. After that was done, I happened to stop by the LFS and they had a large 10-11 inch BGK for sale, so in the 29 QT it went and I filled the 125. I have 3 filters for the tank, from the 75 and 55 - an XP3, a sunsun 303 and a sunsun 302. They total 1000 gph. The filters had been sitting for 4 months, full of water and dirty media, when I hooked one (XP3) up to the 125. I dosed with some ammonia, and within two weeks (didn't test everyday) the tank was cycled with 0 ammonia and 0 nitrites. The bacteria colony had survived - it just took a little time for them to get a handle on things.
Then I debated for a while what to do for substrate. Decided on doing a mix of mostly pool filter sand, with tahitian moon sand and moonlight sand. It's a nice look - I have to finish with the sand now that I am happy with the ratios I used. At the moment there is 50 lbs of pool filter sand, 10 lbs of TMS, and 5 lbs of moonlight. I'll finish with the sand soon, after which I will hook up the other two canisters.
So some time in september I will start to stock the tank. The BGK is eating NLS thera A and is all set to go in the 125. Next I am going to see about getting a fire eel. Also on the list are pictus cats and a pair of oscars. Not sure what else at the moment.
Well, that's the story of the new 125 thus far. Now that I have made some progress with that tank, it's time to pay some attention to the other tanks. It's been 8 months since I've cleaned the filters - 2 months past due. I'll probably get that done in september some time, after labor day.
Hooray for journals! *GRINS* Thanks for starting one! Looking forward to following you through this latest project - Jaysee style!
But man, you know it'd just be wrong if I left without at least saying something about the lack of eye candy here. . . one thing if you didn't have a cam, but I know I've seen a few images and vids scattered around TFK already, soooooooo. . . out with 'em!!!
Keep up the good work! Can't wait to see that beautiful BGK again!
Big tanks are so much fun! Congrats and have fun. I agree with Chesh...pics are required in a thread like this. Lol ;-)
It's nice but empty of fish...you know it'll take more then a few people demanding pics before he caves lol
Can't wait to see it stocked! Are you going plant free in this one too?
So I am having trouble finding a picture of the 90 and 75 together, but here is after they were both gone from the living room, with the new tank in place, and with the new TV and water in the tank. I'll take some of the sand later.
Haha! Jes if you want to bug him for pictures and videos I know he has some of the BKG!
I can't wait to see this thing come together, Jaysee!
i agree with the others, this is going to be a great tank :)
fill it with male bettas Marie
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