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CamryDS 02-24-2012 01:09 AM

CamryDS' Aqueon Evolve 8G Aquarium Journal - Start Date: 2/24/12 -
I'm breaking down my 5 gallon office tank and will be upgrading to a 8Gal Aqueon Evolve.

Using this post as a setup journal.

Here's the equipment so far:

Aqueon Evolve 8G

Stock Filter
(since i'm breaking down the previous tank, water and HoB filter will be placed into the new tank to keep the tank from cycling, this will be temporary for the next 2-3 weeks)

3x Fluval 13w CFL

- Layer 1 -
API - Pure Laterite
Osmocote Plus spread + DIY capsules

- Layer 2 -
20lbs bag of Black Eco-Complete Substrate

- Layer 3 - (optional)
5lbs Petco Black Sand

- Top Decor -
1x M Manzanita Driftwood
1x XS Malaysian Driftwood
Several Riverstones (white and rust colored, striped - don't know the real name for it)

[Not too sure if I should transfer the fish or trade it in with my LFS so I can get some other fish but here's what I have]

6x Flame Tetras (didn't want these, rather have rasboras)
1x Honey Gourami (Yellow + Red in color)
2x Otocinclus Affinis (Need 1 more)
2x Snail I cannot Identify

Small Malaysian Driftwood
Small Anubias Nana
Chain Swords - Echinodorus tenellus
Dwarf Swords
Java Fern
Java Moss
Rotala Rotundifolia
Dwarf Sagittaria
Ludwigia Repens
Staurogyne Repens - Thanks Jeromeit and Marinoball
Pogostemon yatabeanus - Thanks Jeormeit

Ferts and Dosing:
Osmocote Plus
Microblift Bloom & Grow Liquid Ferts
SeaChem Excel [paintball pressurized Co2 after I get my equipment] For now I think Excel will do nicely until I can get the tank more established.

No Pictures now, But I will when tomorrow comes around

Let me know what you think of the setup.

Adamson 02-24-2012 01:35 AM

Cool, like the idea of doing a journal!
How do you plan on using your paintball guns CO2 tank to give your plants CO2?

CamryDS 02-24-2012 07:25 PM

-Pictures Of the Initial Start - 2-24-12 -
Original 5Gallon Standard Aquarium

Fitting The manzanita wood in the aquarium - Very lucky it fit, I estimated the size without the aquarium present to test

Added Laterite and Osmocote Plus and Propagated Java Fern and Anubias nana (I think i killed this one)

Added Osmocote Plus DIY Gelcaps

Added Eco-Complete Substrate

Shaped the Substrate a bit

Propagated Plants, Filled with Water and added "EasyLife EasyStart" bacteria booster
Also Installed 3x Fluval 13watt Lights on a 12 hour timer -- will knock it down within 1-2 days to 8 hour sessions

Tank Cleared up a bit for more pics:

Was greedy, went to LFS (Dolphin Pet Village) and picked up 6x Ember Tetras:

Final Setup w/the Ember Tetras, and added a whole large bottle of Tetra Safe Start:

CamryDS 02-25-2012 11:44 PM

I'm glad to walk into my office Saturday mid-day and find all the water cleared up and the tank crystal clear.
There are some white residue that is sitting on the plants that I would like to know what it is. [Will have pictures of it below]
I ended up giving plenty of plants away, only ones that I had multiple of - got a discount for my ember tetras

Video of the Tank:

Video of Feeding the Fish:

Left Side


Right Side

Center w/o Lights in the shot

Back Right Stem Plants and Java Fern - [If anyone can ID the one that has a narrow leaf and also one that looks like mint that would be great]

Staurogyne Repens
[You can see there are some white residue that sits on these leaves, not sure why, but it's all over the aquarium.]

Crypts, Dwarf Swords, and a Dwarf Sag

Full Desk Picture from a distance

Tell me what you guys think. I'm fairly proud of this tank, just because it's the first time I've taken the tank to do all this.

CamryDS 02-27-2012 10:27 PM

Plantlist Revised - Corrected

Dwarf Sagittaria (Sagittaria subulata)
Ludwigia Repens X L. Arcuata (Ludwigia Repens X L. Arcuata)
Staurogyne Repen (Staurogyne Repen)
Cryptocoryne lutea (Cryptocoryne walkeri 'lutea')
Cryptocoryne Wendtii (Cryptocoryne wendtii)
Cryptocoryne spiralis (Cryptocoryne spiralis )
Amazon Sword (Echinodorus amazonicus)
Java Moss (Taxiphyllum barbieri)
Java Fern (Microsorum pteropus)
Anubias minima (Anubias minima (Anubias minima))
Water Primrose (Ludwigia palustris)
Pogostemon Yatabeanus (Pogostemon Yatabeanus)
Limnophila sp. 'mini' (Limnophila sp 'mini')

Jayy 02-27-2012 10:29 PM

Very nice setup! I do think it may be a bit overstocked thou.

dmuddle 02-27-2012 10:34 PM

looks amazing, I love the honey gouramis, although I am a gourami man myself.

CamryDS 02-27-2012 10:35 PM

Got my Pressurized Co2 Kit:

Pics of it installed -- My Hands now are in pain and the skins on my fingers are raw, but glad there's no leaks (tested).

The ASA on/off valve got scratched up but that was my fault -- besides that, it was totally stoked when the co2 went through the glass diffuser, I don't have a check valve yet but i plan to get one.

The paintball canister is a 20oz canister, i'm happy with it.

View of the gauge:

View of the needle valve:

dmuddle 02-27-2012 10:40 PM

looks well put together, you have done well

Adamson 02-28-2012 01:53 AM

How did you turn a paintball gun CO2 tank into a CO2 profider for your fish tank?

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