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Old 11-02-2015, 01:26 AM   #1
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55g fell into my lap

So I mentioned to a club member that I had moved and might be looking for a larger tank. For the last 10yrs I've stuck with 5-10g tanks. I was thinking a 20L or a 40g

So today I was given a used 55g tank, black stand ( needs a little paint touch up ) ,
AquaticLife 48" T5HO x 4 plus moonlights ( with extra bulbs) , plus 1-2 canister filters, plus a heater.

We got a lot of stuff. My friend is going to check what works and give me appropriate canister and heater.

I'm getting some free sand and hope to get this up and running soon. I may be offered the 175g plus stand....but I will resist !

I'll get some pics up soon.

My goal is Corydoras. Beyond that ?


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Old 11-02-2015, 01:31 AM   #2
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Tank at club member's house. There is a little divider in bottom I'll need to take out. Click image for larger version

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Old 11-02-2015, 01:37 AM   #3
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This is the light I was given 48"
http://m.marinedepot.com/products/ak...s-w-lunar-leds

http://www.amazon.com/gp/aw/d/B0030V...qoL&ref=plSrch

I have to check current bulbs. He gave me about 6 extra bulbs. I believe he had it set up for FW Planted.

Luckily I can control the light down to 2 bulbs if PAR is too much.


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Old 11-02-2015, 08:33 AM   #4
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That looks like some quality stuff! So other than the corys, you don't know what you want in the tank?

You could get a few bigger fish! Or a ton of smaller ones


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Old 11-02-2015, 08:45 AM   #5
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55g fell into my lap

Yes, I know. Right now my first impulse is

8 or more Corydoras sterbai
1 Pearl Gourami
20 Rummynose
1 BN or 6 Otos

Was thinking about a Ram or a pair or Apistos, but don't want my Cories beaten up.

Thought about Angels, but they are so varied in personality.
This will be a heavily planted tank with Driftwood probably sand substrate.

I may host an Open House and let my club go crazy. I belong to an aquatic plant club.

If I find that heat is an issue I can always switch it up and go cooler water tank with a different species of Cory.

I'm not a beginner, I used to have a 55g Amazonian tank. But that was years ago in the early days of UGFs and Blackwater Extract.

I've been concentrating on low tech Nanos. But this might be a medium to high light tank ... will need to borrow my club's PAR meter.

I do want other people's input. I'm very lucky to live near several aquarium/fish clubs plus I have some great LFSs. Plus I won a gift card to Neptune's in San Jose, CA at my last club meet.

I get a lot of things free or cheaper thru my club. Most of my plants will be free trimmings from members tanks.

I love Crypts. I might do one big mother Sword plant. Some Red Root Floaters or Amazon Frogbit may help filter the light a bit. I'm debating CO2. I've never used it beyond Excel or Glut, but I may go that route eventually. The light is very programmable.

My roommate might help me during water changes. I'm getting a Python for free as well. But here in CA we are in a drought, so I need to be smart about water. Any waste water will go onto fruit trees or garden.

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Old 11-02-2015, 09:06 AM   #6
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55g fell into my lap

Wow what a deal!

Honestly, it if we're me I'd sell that light. You won't use it to its full potential since you are aiming towards lower tech. A Finnex 24/7 LED is programmable and is half the price new of one of those fixtures on the Amazon link.

If you only had one angel I doubt it would bother the cories.

Edit: you could work with the divider and make a pretty cool aquascape?

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I may try the High Tech route. I can get a used CO2 set up pretty cheap if I decide I want red plants.

This is all in planning stage now. Need to reset my 10g and set up a 5.5g Betta tank while I'm thinking.


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Tank at club member's house. There is a little divider in bottom I'll need to take out. Attachment 280036


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so what was that divider used for ? It had to have some kind of use
maybe it was used to keep 2 types of sub-straight
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There was gravel on one side and sand on the other. It was DIY so should come out without a problem.

My club may do a Monster Tank Build for me and scape it and plant it for me. I offered to host a meet in 3 weeks eeek !
I just moved into my house.


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You should do a giant nano tank! The cories could be your gentle giants!


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