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Keleborn 08-31-2013 01:26 PM

26 Gallon Planted Community (Soft, Acid)
I'm only 3 days into cycling my tank, and am in no hurry, this time around, now that I'll be 58 in October, & I'm disabled with a lot of time on my hands. I've been watching DEFINITEAQUASCAPE.TV on YouTube and found a 9 year old girl whose tank is very close to what I have in mind for mine. Starts at about 8:30, towards the end of this video:

Keleborn 09-02-2013 03:01 PM

26 Gallon Planted Community (Soft, Acid) pt. 2
Day 5. Have been watching YouTube videos on plant preparation followed by the creation of an island 360 degree tank by James Findley

Keleborn 09-03-2013 06:36 PM

Day 6. Put in Aqueon TA200 200W heater, temporary hanging mercury thermometer, & temporary Marineland Penguin 200 200 gph hanging filter with charcoal removed from cartridge. Got API Freshwater Master Test Kit & am doing preliminary water testing. Just tested pH @ 7.8 --- gonna need a LOT of rainwater; that's why I bought 5 10 gal buckets, lol. Been rooting tropical plants in the tank since day 1 & am seeing some good root development.

Keleborn 09-03-2013 07:15 PM

Day 6, continued. Prelim tests are: pH 7.8, Ammonia 2ppm, Nitrite 0, Nitrate 5ppm.

Keleborn 09-03-2013 07:26 PM

Don't have another ride til Friday, so I ordered some Dr Tim's Ammonium chloride through Amazon Prime that will be here Thursday.

Keleborn 09-04-2013 08:28 AM

Day 7. The Aqueon Water Conditioner I got reduces ammonia, (very fine print), so I'm tossing that & ordered Stresscoat from Amazon Prime that will be here Thursday with the ammonia. Just raised the heat a bit. Had set the Aqueon heater to 80 to start, (the tank being at 68), & this morning the temp was right on 80, so the heater is working good.

Keleborn 09-04-2013 05:18 PM

Day 8. Evening. Found a suitable container to hold my Chlorophytum comosum, pothos, & unidentified pond-side plant, so that only their roots are in water. Us poor folks got to use what w got, lol.

Keleborn 09-05-2013 09:08 AM

Day 9. Morning. Temp @ 84, so turned the heater up a little more. Waiting on my water conditioner& ammonia from Amazon.

Keleborn 09-05-2013 08:08 PM

Day 9. Evening. Got my ammonia & dosed to 4ppm, & AWAY WE GO!

ao 09-06-2013 10:34 AM


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