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rsn48 04-11-2010 08:35 PM

"Thar be a tank in the home - finally"
Well as one or two of you know, I bought a 75 gallon just after Xmas with literally everything you need for it, but the Olympics and Paralympics but a damper on me setting it up; I worked it an my average day was 12 hours or longer so no time to play. I'm going up to Whitehorse this summer (again - fourth time) to work with the Inuit so my wife has requested I don't set the 75 gallon up until I'm back in the late summer and of course I said "yes."

But I was going into aquarium DT's, the tremors set in and I didn't know what to do. I had forgot a buddy offered me a freebie 20 gallon with accompanying junk and garbage, which I immediately turfed (the garbage) and cleaned the aquarium up. The frame on the tank was one of those old tacky imitation wood jobbies, so I spray painted the frame black. Then I spray painted the back black and went out and spent a stupid amount on goodies - GLO T5 HO's, an Eheim 2234 canister, a used Aquaclear 30 HOB (to seed my 75 gallon when I set it up), heater, mananita wood, Eco Complete substrate (borrowed from my 75 gallon stash) and today plants. So the aquarium is set up and the cycling begins.

Byron, got my plants from Aquarium West along with a "better" stand which I could at least enjoy somewhat. Roger (with the french pronunciation) helped me with my selections, needless to say I'm happy now; "Thar be a tank in the home - again.":BIGhappy:

tanker 04-12-2010 12:01 AM

What fish are you planning on getting? Can't wait for the photos....

Greedy 04-12-2010 02:50 AM

sounds like the start of a nice tank!:-P

rsn48 04-12-2010 01:32 PM

I probably won't know which fish until I actually purchase them. As I will go a week or two thinking I'll do a Tetra tank, then I think 2 Bolivian Rams with one or two other fish would be good (I prefer to keep my fish stock levels down beneath what a tank can hold). I have owned Cichlids in the past and I do like their personality. Bolivians are a laid back Cichlid compared to some and stay small, so today I favour them.

But tomorrow, who knows. I am using the formula of one shrimp cocktail per ten gallons in my tank to rot and help cycle the tank. I just installed the two shrimp last night and have added Seachem Stability to help jump start the whole process. I haven't started ammonia testing, probably won't for a week or two. I put the shrimp in a woman's nylon as they will be easier to retrieve as they slowly falls apart from rotting; I will take them out roughly a month from now - so no fish till then. Another month to dream about what fish, now I could get...............

Currently my new Stealth Pro 100 watt heater doesn't seem to be working properly as the temp is set for 78 and the tank is around 75, the water definitely feels colder than it should.

aunt kymmie 04-12-2010 04:07 PM


Originally Posted by rsn48 (Post 361626)
Currently my new Stealth Pro 100 watt heater doesn't seem to be working properly as the temp is set for 78 and the tank is around 75, the water definitely feels colder than it should.

The temp settings are just guage for measurement, not the actual temp setting. My Stealth is set at 79 and the tank's temp is 82. If I want the tank set at 80 I'd put the heater setting to 77. I think your heater is probably fine, you may just need to kick it up to 81 to maintain at tank temp of 78. Makes sense?

rsn48 04-12-2010 09:23 PM

I did something not so smart and realized it after I sent back a heater to the place where I bought it, saying it wasn't functioning. I stuck the heater in a corner vertically. It dawned on me only after I returned the "defective" heater that by placing it in the corner, the heat was climbing up the sides of the heater thus the thermostat read this warmer water as the true temperature and cycled off after a quick on. So I returned a perfectly functioning heater and picked up a new one! I place this new one in the same corner and it wasn't "working" either, then the flaw in my plan hit me. I mounted in horizontally on the back of the tank against the black backdrop (the heater is black) and it works fine now....duh! As they say in hockey, "I will go into the penalty box for 5 minutes and feel shame, then I will come out to play again."

willow 04-13-2010 06:55 AM

congrats on setting the tank up,
after your 5 min time out can we have some pictures please. :lol:

rsn48 04-13-2010 01:15 PM

Well, Willow, the tank is not in its finest hour. The plants are just on top of the gravel waiting to be planted as I didn't do my home work and wood I have added are waiting to become water logged and sunk. I have plants like Java Moss and others to attach to the wood. Needless to say, the tank is still "in the rough."

And I'm hosting a lovely bacterial bloom. I think with the seeding from Eco Complete and the seeding from Seachem's Stability (I removed the shrimp I was using as I read your tank can get a nasty fungal infection from rotting shrimp) the bacterial bloom began early. So imagine a tank with plants not planted, wood floating but beginning to sink, and a cloudy tank, its not a pretty sight currently.

But when I get it all pretty, I will post pics. I know I can clear the bacterial bloom with Seachem's Purigen and I will be adding that today. I posted in a plant forum that hosts Seachem and apparently you can use Purigen while using Stability.

willow 04-13-2010 04:47 PM

i feel for you.
however even if just for yourself to look back on,do take pictures,
you'll be amazed.
good luck,it will work out for you.

redchigh 04-13-2010 05:00 PM

Hmm. Don't worry about "fixing" the bacterial bloom. They go away on their own. I'm 99.9% sure thats a completely normal part of the cycling process.

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