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Old 02-25-2007, 03:40 PM   #1
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Corian Tank log (3/23)

I want to start out by saying "This is a great place to be". The information, suggestions, and criticism, has taught me a great deal. I hope to continue to learn, and assist where I can...

As some of you know I have been building a complete DIY set up, consisting of a tank made of Corian, wet/dry filter, stand, and canopy...

http://www.aquariumadvice.com/viewtopic.php?t=91209

Well...I'm done...Time to get up and running...I want fish

Tank specs: 40gal planted
wet/dry w/10gal sump
screw in flourecent light @ 1.9 wpg
DIY co2 (pending)
Schultz aquatic soil subsrate

Plants:
Java moss(attached to driftwood)
Hornwort
Bannana plant
Anacharis
3 yet to be identified

Water: (Just filled Saturday night awaiting cycle)

Fish: (I bought these Saturday afternoon,They are in a 55gal QT)
6 - Neon Tetras
6 - Cherry Barbs (3-male / 3-female)
3 - Clown loaches
1 - Chocolate Albino Pleco
1 - Gold spot Pleco

We hooked up the filter Sat. afternoon and wanted to get the plants in while we filled...Unfortunatly the camera batteries needed charging, so we didn't get pics while setting it up....We did get some after shots...


We could hardly see while we put in the plants, but the water cleared up really quick

Crystal clear by morning....

These are the swords I need help ID ing...


This one was marked as "Melon Sword", but I'm not sure...



Sooooo??? What do you think???
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:07 PM   #2
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I love it. Any wagers on the total number of negative comments there will be on this tank? 0? 1?
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:12 PM   #3
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Very nice. The last is a melon sword looks just like mine. The photo above it looks like a crypt not a sword. Your tank looks great you did incredible work.
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Amazing!! its beautiful, what bulbs did you end up using?
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Old 02-25-2007, 09:57 PM   #5
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I love it. Any wagers on the total number of negative comments there will be on this tank? 0? 1?
I just found out that my sister in Chicago has been following the build...Do you think she could comment....noooooooo


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The last is a melon sword looks just like mine
for some reason I was thinking 1st pic was...thought it looked like honeydew

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what bulbs did you end up using?
daylight 5600k, 2 @ 13w, and 2 @ 23w...I will change to all 23w when I add the co2
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40gal community - wet/dry/sump -1.8wpg - planted w/Brazilian Sword,Melon Sword,Anacharis,Bannana plant,Crypt,Hornwort,Java moss
Fish - 3 Neons-1 Chocolate Albino Pleco-1 Gold Spot Pleco-2 Lavender Gouramis

55 gal QT/Breeder/Experiment
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I just found out that my sister in Chicago has been following the build...Do you think she could comment....noooooooo


I haven't been able to reply because for some reason this forum doesn't load on my Mac. Just for you, I've plugged in the Dell tonight.

I just want to say that my brother is AMAZING! This fish tank is BEAUTIFUL just like everything else he builds. I've told him that he should go into business, it looks like he's got a few people here that might be interested.

BTW reds, my birthday is coming up soon, my angels could use a bigger tank, LOL! javascript:emoticon('')
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I haven't been able to reply because for some reason this forum doesn't load on my Mac. Just for you, I've plugged in the Dell tonight.

I just want to say that my brother is AMAZING! This fish tank is BEAUTIFUL just like everything else he builds. I've told him that he should go into business, it looks like he's got a few people here that might be interested.

BTW reds, my birthday is coming up soon, my angels could use a bigger tank, LOL! javascript:emoticon('')
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Always good to see siblings get along! I'm on a Mac (Microsoft sucks worse than not having fish) and I don't have any issues. Use Camino or Firefox for a browser.
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red... Walmart sells 6500k Daylight bulbs at 26W in a 2 pack... they ran me 6.44 per 2-pack. i really like the reflector, is that actual mirror you used?
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Formica metal laminate w/mirror finish...had an extra sheet left over at the shop...I'll look at those bulbs...



In order to speed up the cycle when we were setting this up, we used 1/2 the media from the test filter, and the other 1/2(including floss) was floating in the test tank for a couple of days...Saturday evening after everything had settled we tested the water...
NH3 = 0
NO2 = 0
NO3 = 5.0
PH = 7.4
We dosed NH3 to 2ppm

Test results Sunday night = exactly the same...converted 2ppm NH3...We dosed again...

Test results from tonight = Totaly converted...Nitrates a little higher...decide not to dose...lets add the fish...

Here are some shoots of the fish we got on Saturday in their permanent home...


can't get the 3 clowns to pose together...

the neons try to get into every shot...

The barbs, and another clown....check out the bud on the banana plant...

Goldieshawn the gold spot pleco....

and cocco the chocolate albino pleco....thought plecoperson would appreciate that shot...

all are doing well...had a bite to eat...and are awaiting the rest of their tankmates...
any suggestions???...I am looking at GBR, but not sure what else...
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I have a FW tank with plants in it also but it took some time for the tank to be able to support the plants....what are you doing for those plants in the meantime until the tank catches up?
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