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JonandJo 12-25-2013 09:42 AM

60ltr new tank
 
T -7 and counting
I can't wait to set up my new tank. I'm just planning in my head what I need to get before I start in 7 days.

Tank
I have my 60ltr clear seal aquarium, complete with hood and stand.

Lighting
I have a lamp, need to check the type and colour range.

Filtration
I have two filters, a fluval u4 internal and a fluval 103 canister. I will probably only use the canister filter. I have various filter material.

Heating
I still need to get a heater I reckon 75 - 100 watts.

Decor
I have my bog wood soaking in a bucket to stop it leaching into my tank.

I have some black gravel, enough for 1cm covering on base.

I have tetra substrate for under the gravel for my plants.

I need some stones and slate for decoration.

My plants I will purchase closer to the time.

Cycling
I have read various articles on cycling the tank and I think I'll follow this one. Cycling a Planted Tank | Rex's Guide to Planted Tanks
It makes sense to me.

I'll try and keep an up to date journal with pics as things start to happen.

JonandJo 12-31-2013 11:43 AM

T -12 hours and counting

Tank is now in house being acclimated and cleaned after spending a month out in my garage.

Heater bought.

Everything except plants.

Getting excited at the thought of starting a new tank with the info and help supplied by peeps on here.

Plans for tomorrow after hangover dissipates is to put tank in its position and level it. Fill with substrate and water. Attach filter and allow to run for 24 hours to check for leaks.

JonandJo 01-01-2014 06:45 AM

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Today 11:00 gmt
And so it begins tank sited and levelled, filter filled with media. Leak test started.

OH POOP!!!!
Must remember to seat the canister seal correctly next time.

JonandJo 01-01-2014 06:47 AM

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JonandJo 01-01-2014 06:49 AM

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JonandJo 01-01-2014 06:51 AM

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And the last for now.

JonandJo 01-01-2014 06:52 AM

If leak test is ok tomorrow I need to buy plants and some more substrate.

I was informed that two bags would be enough but it wasn't.

willow 01-01-2014 08:57 AM

subscribing :-D

JonandJo 01-01-2014 05:28 PM

Looking like I'm leak free. I'll be certain in the morning.

But now my wife says she doesn't like the tank stand.

JonandJo 01-02-2014 02:40 AM

Well I've woke up this morning naturally nobody screaming at me that the tank is leaking.

So some shopping I think for plants and other little bits


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