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Old 04-08-2015, 06:05 PM   #1
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New 55 gallon journey

Got the regulator, silonoid, precision needle valve, eheim 100 gallon filter, diy co2 diffuser, all the ferts and some extras from a cool fella off Craigslist for 165 and picked up the 55 at petco during the dollar per gallon WITH a ten dollar coupon!

I plan dirt and sand with a sand waterfall and really debating on my plant selection.

Can't wait, just need a stand

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Awesome can't wait to see this build!


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Old 04-10-2015, 09:36 AM   #6
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So I know I can go buy play sand cheap but its always "sand color" is there a way to get some cheap black sand? I cant seem to find black play sand and not sure if there are any other suitable materials?
thanks.


Also Im planning on starting the dirt layer this week so I can sculpt my rocks and sand waterfall.
Im using an organic dirt from the depot thats like 10$ a 40lb bag. I wanted to post a pic and get some thoughts but I figured maybe I can just check levels for anything that might throw my water off. Should I expect the ammonia levels to spike from dirt? Remember there will be no fish for a while so I can fill the tank half up and soak the dirt then drain and continue if needed.

update already : foudn a tractor supply in my area with black diamond i plan on trying to grab this weekend.
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I bought Tahitian black moon sand for like $25 for a 25 gallon bag's worth. A little expensive but great looking.
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Old 04-15-2015, 08:03 AM   #8
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Guys I bought my miracle grow organic potting mix.
It says it feeds for 2 months. Is the soil worthless after that or will it still hold nutrients? Just wondering if its even worth it? I like the thought of it.

Second what color sand DO I WANT?

I like the black (black diamond) cause it really makes the colors and plants stand out yet the natural sand color is really nice and looks natural to.

I want to get what Im going to get this weekend to drop the dirt and cap it.

Looked at pics all over the web and just cant decide.
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THIS is how far Ive been able to get. Right after getting this my GF told me she promised her family she rents her condo to that we would redo their bathroom.... nice to promise my services. Also what was supposed to be a weekend job has since turned into being 3/4 done since yesterday. This bathroom is one issue after another. Crappy 80s construction.

So basically I finally got the soil (about 1 - 1.5 inches deep) down. There really wasnt any large debre in it just TINY twigs so I said screw it and just put it in.

Then capped so far with about 1.5 to 2" of sand that still has to be leveled out. It pool filter sand and I found out 5 gallon paint strainers work exceptionally well for rinsing aquarium substrate.





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If you're doing a freshwater sand waterfall tank you should put a panther crab or 2 in there. They're pretty rare but I know certain places that have them like Aquariumfish.net.
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