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I'm setting up a new 55g gallon aquarium which is going to be my largest yet. Wanted to try something new and journal about it as I go. I am planning on having a JD, a firemouth, a convict, a peacock eel, and some tiger barbs. A nice setup with driftwood and rocks for the landscaping with pool filter sand as a substrate. I ordered the stuff, and have just started to receive packages in the mail. Still waiting for Petco to have a dollar a gallon sale, but that will come in good time. I picked the wrong filter in the checkout getting a 50 instead of a 55/75 so I will probably get a smaller secondary filter in the future. I'm getting more excited every day :lol:
 

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Looking forward to watching it come together. Petco did a $1 per gallon in Jan so it should be around April or May(I heard they do it 3 times a year).
I called my petco, and they guy said he didn't know, but he guesses early March. Also keeping an eye on my local craigslist for anything promising.
 

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Dollar a gallon sale

I did not know they did this. I am excited as I want to get a larger tank. I will have to watch out for this sale! Your tank projects sound interesting and can't wait to see it all come together.
 

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The light fixture came yesterday, and it looks good. A little reminder of how big this tank is going to be compared to my other tanks :lol:

Still waiting on Petco...
 

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When petco does this sale do they go up to 75 gallon tanks? That is what I am looking for. :p

No they only 10, 20 L, 20 T, 29, 40breeder and 55g. The only place I have heard about that does 75g is Uncle Bills and they told me last week they won't be doing that sale any more because Marine Land (manufacturer) wasn't making enough money.
 

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Good News! Petco has finally put their tanks on sale!

I picked up the 55g yesterday and did the initial setup. I have some rocks in the tank, and also picked up a piece of driftwood. I like the arrangement, and I think that it leaves enough places to hide, yet still looks nice.

I have the first filter, a 250 gph aqueon, and the 200w aquatop heater in the tank now.

Next paycheck I plan on getting another filter for a total of near 500 gph just to keep everything moving in such a long skinny tank. I put some media that I had stored in the filter of my existing tank, as well as the filter pad into the new filter to jump start the cycling process.

I might get a few fish today, but let me know if that is too soon, even with the parts of the old filter. Depending on how much money I have, the schooling fish, and maybe the convict / firemouth. Small fish, but let me know what you think.

I am taking a water sample to my petstore today to have the ph etc. tested, just to make sure that there are no issues there.

The sand I used in this tank is quikrete all purpose sand that was 2.97 for a 50lb bag, so I got 2 bags. Sorry for the length, but I just wanted to fill you all in on what's going on. Here are a few pics of the tank.
 

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Looks nice.

I would suggest start running your filter on your other tank to get the cycle started. It can tank 2-3 weeks to seed a filter but will save you a lot of time when setting up the new tank. Once you have cycled media fill up the tank and let it site for 3-4 days with the heater and lights working, after that you can add fish and your cycled filters.
 

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Looks nice.

I would suggest start running your filter on your other tank to get the cycle started. It can tank 2-3 weeks to seed a filter but will save you a lot of time when setting up the new tank. Once you have cycled media fill up the tank and let it site for 3-4 days with the heater and lights working, after that you can add fish and your cycled filters.
I have the cycled media from the existing filter in the new filter/tank, but you would say swap the entire filter for a few days? I will definitely hold off on fish for a few days, as hard as it will be for me :roll:
 

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I have the cycled media from the existing filter in the new filter/tank, but you would say swap the entire filter for a few days? I will definitely hold off on fish for a few days, as hard as it will be for me :roll:
I would run both filters on the older tank for a few weeks. That will allow your media a chance to get seeded. Running both filters on your tank won't hurt anything as long as the fish don't mind the current.

I know waiting on fish is hard I have done it many times and there has been time I rushed it and caused issues.
 

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Since you added some mature media to your filter you should be ok to add just a few small fish, not too many though. Good idea to test your water first. Be prepared to do water changes as needed. Tank looks good! Did you paint the back?
 

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The backing I got off of amazon, but I forget the name of the brand. I do know that it came in a pvc pipe, the entire surface covered in 2 layers of packing tape, and inside was the rolled backing wrapped in paper covered in chinese. There wasn't a word of english on the packing except my name and address.

I put it on the tank with vegetable oil, which I had read online. It worked much better than I though, and looks nice. I ripped it a little bit while getting the bubbles out, but I managed to cleverly hide it with my heater :cool:
 

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I have a few pictures of the tank as it stands now. I did get 5 black skirt tetras a week or so ago and they have all been fine. Everybody is health etc. The tank has now been set up for 2 weeks and I plan on adding the cichlids tomorrow.

My JD (now in my 20g l) is about 3" and my petco has some similarly sized firemouths and convicts. I will have one of each in the tank. I plan on adding them all at the same time, so that one doesn't have established territory. Being young fish that will grow up together, I think that this way they will get along.

I do have a plant in the tank now, even though I didn't plan on having any plants. It was my friend's betta tank, and as you can imagine, just took the thing over. It was a lily grown from a bulb that I have used before, and really like. It is one of those bulb packs with onion, aponogeton, and water lilys. They last 6-8 months in my experience (they are part aquatic, when they die, take them out for a few months, and then put them back in).

The other day I noticed some black fuzzy stuff on the stem of the plant. I don't know if it is something that I should be concerned about, or what I should do. Here is a close picture of it, I hope it isn't too blurry.
 

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So I went to my nearby Petco today to get the cichlids. They didn't have any convicts, but they did have some firemouths.

The fish lady insisted that all of the fish in the tank were JD's, since somebody had bought all of the firemouths 10 minutes ago. 2-3 of the fish were clearly firemouths, not Jack Dempseys. I got the largest one they had.

In the new tank, he looks very healthy. He has a little rip in his tail, but looks great. With the JD now out of the 20g, I got 2 female and 1 male guppy. I couldn't get any pictures, because they wouldn't stay still. The male is a blue / green fan tail, one female is half black and half white, and the other has an orange / red tail.

As you can tell, I am not a guppy person. This is my first time owning guppies, and I plan on breeding them in the future and raising up the fry.

Here is a picture that I managed to get of the firemouth. From watching him so far, he is considerably smaller than the jack dempsey, but so far they have been fine. They seem like brothers, with the firemouth following the JD everywhere he goes. They usually end up sharing caves together.
 

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Good luck with the little fellow!
 

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Soooo, yeah.

I came home and found this. I don't know what to even think about it. My first reaction was to blame the JD, but I don't know. The tetras are about half his length, and the same height. The dead tetra was the largest tetra in the school, so I'm stumped.

The bones are picked clean, and the skull has no eyes or anything left on it. Completely empty. It may have been a post - mortem incident, but I just have no idea.

From watching all of the fish last night, it seemed like the JD completely ignored the tetras and just kept to himself. Here is the pic for anybody interested. Do you guys have any idea?
 

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So today, I found out that my petco didn't have any convict cichlids in even though they said that they would this Thursday.

I went to my local Pet Supplies Plus and they had one pink convict cichlid. It was a relative good size, just a tad smaller than the Jack Dempsey. I wanted to get him soon just to get him in before the JD and Firemouth got too territorial about the tank.

Since I hadn't planned on getting a pink cv, I wasn't sure about this guy at first (he is a male) but the more I watch him, the more I'm falling in love with him. He has black stripes on one side, and has almost nothing on the other side. Here is a picture of him and the JD.
 

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Nice looking convict. I believe they call that a marble convict.
 
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