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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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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.
 

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subscribing :-D
 
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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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I love the tank! Subbed!
 
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Plants selected
Cardinalis (Lobelia)
Inundatus (Ranunculus)
Corymbosa 'Angustifolia' (Hygrophila)
Brasiliensis (Lilaeopsis)
Bleheri (Echinodorus)
Pinnatifida (Hygrophila)
Moss
 

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Tank planted
My wife's artistic planting.

Water numbers
Nitrite 0ppm
Nitrate 0 - 5.0 ppm
Ammonia 0.25 ppm
pH 7.4
Chlorine 0
KH 3
GH 16

Water treatment
10ml Aqua one water conditioner
7.5ml Seachem stability
 

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The moss has been tied with thread to my two pieces of cable tied bog wood.

No stone work going in but my wife is looking for a colourful child's ornament for in the tank. I suppose compromise is the way to a happy marriage.

Ps she picked the light blue substrate.
 

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I think the substrate's awesome!
 
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Your aquarium is starting to look great. I'm glad you have close to the same parameters as I do, it'll help me decided what fish to get ( I'm too picky).

Definitely subscribed and can't wait to see how well it turns out!
 

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it'll help me decided what fish to get ( I'm too picky).
I have some fish in a smaller tank that I'm gona move over. I have lemon tetra, neon tetra, otocinclus and some green killifish (these are going)

Going to get a dwarf gourami as a centrepiece fish.
 

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What are the parameters that you have your tetras housed in now? Usually the Tetra family prefer lower PHs and softer water.
 

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Exactly the same. Tetras do prefer a lower pH to breed but they are quite happy in higher pH as long as you acclimate them correctly. There is only 2-4 pH difference from when I get them from my LFS.
 
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