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Old 03-20-2012, 11:12 PM   #1
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Janky's 55 Gallon Build

Hey everybody! Just thought I'd make a log type thread for my 55 gallon build.

I found the tank off CL with all the equipment (filter, heater, lids, lights, air pump, etc) for $100. We previously had some Glofish Danios and Guppies in a 12 gallon hexagonal, and I wanted to do something bigger so I bought it and started learning.

The glofish and guppies have relocated to a 10 gallon long so they have more swimming room. The 12 gal hex is now my quarantine tank

Initially I wanted discus, but after some searching and education I realized that they are a little pricey for my taste, especially as a newb to freshwater. Paying $100+ for fish that I need 5+ of seems like quite the gamble.


I've decided to go with some angelfish, smaller and less-aggressive cichlids (apistos), and the school of 10 x-ray tetra I currently have living there. I also have 3 japanese clear shrimp, and a random, unidentified pleco that craps way too much!


Here was the tank with a couple plants and the bottom mostly cleared out for a "semi-bare bottomed" discus setup:



I've since removed the gravel entirely (which sucked!) and laid some silica sand. I rearranged my driftwood, rock cave, and plants as well and I'm really happy with the new layout!

We just finished up, so as soon as the water isn't so cloudy I will take pics!

I currently have this little cichlid (id? Panda? Ninjessi?)



And a mid-sized black and silver, red-eyed angelfish in quarantine.


Sorry for the novel, future updates will contain more pictures, I promise!
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Wow nice find on CL for one hundred bucks! I like the DW and the decision to switch to sand. Its probably just me, but I'd probably change the background to something dark and solid.
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Wow nice find on CL for one hundred bucks! I like the DW and the decision to switch to sand. Its probably just me, but I'd probably change the background to something dark and solid.
Agreed!! My gf and I were just discussing that yesterday!
I do want double-dark angels though, so a black or super dark background may not be ideal. We're still at a crossroads on the topic.

Anything you'd recommend that wouldn't completely hide the all black angels?
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How about a medium/dark blue? Id have to go a LFS to see the options. Or check out some youtube vids and search for black angelfish aquariums. I found some good ones right off the bat.

Here's one with blue bg:


Here's a blue bg on dr fosters as another example:
http://www.drsfostersmith.com/produc...m?pcatid=19785
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Thanks Brian! Those are pretty cool!! I'm thinking maybe something like a slate grey? That way the dark angels will still stand out..

Here's a pic of my poop factory pleco (Can anyone ID?)



The pet store said he's "butterfly" but that was from Petco, so I dunno about that. I've google imaged butterfly plecos and seen some in lfs, and they look *nothing* like my guy.
I don't think he's a common, cause he's pretty small for a pleco.

Here's the only surviving angel in QT (got a bad batch of fish from a lfs )



Not the best pic, but he's a red-eyed black and dark grey striped with some kinda fancy spotted tail... (you can tell I'm great with the whole genus-naming lol)


And here's the tank re-arranged with sand:



I'm a lot happier with this layout, and will probably keep it this way. The driftwood we have is pretty cool cause one piece is shaped like a giant J so when I laid it out flat like that it has a little half C kinda cave and all..

I'm looking into backgrounds and possibly new lights. That, and looking forward to getting my apisto and angel out of QT soon!
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Everything's going good so far, nothing new to report yet.
A couple of questions though...

If one of the fish in my qt tank had ich, but died, how long should I continue treating the tank for? I have it at 86 degrees and have been dosing 8 drops of quick cure after 50% WC's wth the filter media removed. It's only been a couple of days though. Should I go the full two weeks, or is that not necessary

No fish in there currently show signs of ich.

Also, what's max stocking capacity for angels in a 55 gal? 3? 4?

Thanks for any input!
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$100 each for discus? Wow, where do you live? Lol mine were about $40 each sometimes 50.
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Very nice tank, and a bargain 2! Looks alot better with sand 2 IMO. 100 pound for 1 discus? Wow, I can get 6 discus for that price lol
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$100 each for discus? Wow, where do you live? Lol mine were about $40 each sometimes 50.
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Very nice tank, and a bargain 2! Looks alot better with sand 2 IMO. 100 pound for 1 discus? Wow, I can get 6 discus for that price lol
Thanks, and yeah. The pigeon blood/snakeskin/checker/etc are $100+
I can get lfs blue diamond or juvies for $40 yeah, but the juvies are more sensitive to water conditions, and I don't want 5 blue diamonds

The breeds I really liked (from reputable breeders) were 100+
Angels are like $5-$10

I'm not good enough (or rich enough) yet to spend hundreds on fish. I'd crap bricks if they died
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Oh see my pigeon bloods and checkers were the 50 dollar ones lol.
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