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Old 06-06-2011, 01:17 AM   #1
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My 'First' Tank

Hello Aquariumadvice.com, this is my first post! I'm basically transferring this thread from another forum that seems dead.


To start off I'll give a quick background. I have to confess that I'm a pseudo-beginner. A few years ago I started a couple of aquariums and lurked forums enough to understand the basics of 'fish-keeping.' I learned about fishless cycling, water chemistry, and a lot of general fish species information. About a year afterward I got married, moved, and started a new job. Aquariums unfortunately took a back seat and my aquarium maintenance faltered. An in-law family had one large tank already and had two kids really into the aquarium experience so I gave them all the hardware I had acquired. Now things have settled down and I'm ready to take on a tank again. My wife was excited at the prospect of new fish pets which really encourages my enthusiasm and I can't wait to get started!


My plan is to post the progress each step of the way. My natural inclination is to approach this scientifically anyway, so I thought instead of just recording everything, why not record and post it on an intelligent forum to get constant feedback. I'll post pictures where applicable as well as all water readings and interesting facts/activities surrounding my tank. Hopefully any trends or warnings that escape my novice eye will be caught be some of the more experienced hobbyists out there.


GOAL: Create and maintain a community planted tank that is as attractive as it is healthy.
Secondary Goal: Post plenty of pictures!


My wife liked a tank her mom had when she was younger which was a 35g hex tank. It was collecting dust so we got it. I'd rather not have a hex, but because my wife likes it I want to make it work, besides it was free! The plan is to be planted, but really all I want to plant is Java Moss in this tank. I still haven't decided on what fish yet. I want to figure out what my water perameters are coming out of the tap first. I'm not sure what fish go best in a tall tank as apposed to a long tank and would really appreciate any suggestions.
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Old 06-06-2011, 07:53 AM   #2
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The tank has water! I went to two LFSs today and got almost all I needed. Neither had Java Moss which surprised me since one seems like a very high quality small store (they just said there were out at the moment) and the other was a big chain store... Anyway, I'll get it later.

I didn't put the driftwood in because I'm just not sure I have the right piece yet. I want to put a piece on the right side of the tank that branches out over the middle and provides cover for the fish. I have shale in there right now I washed it down and tested a few pieces and they seem clean. My water hardness test hasn't come yet.

Filtration: Tetra Whisper 40i
Heater: PENN-PLAX Cascade HEAT 30/120

Heater is set to 86 for cycle, thermometer on the other side of the tank reads 80 after a few hours. Might need bigger heater.

PH: 7.4-7.6
Amm: 0ppm
NO2:0ppm
NO3:0ppm

Treated tank w/ 15ml of prime to rid it of chlorine. Waited 1h, added 1ml of Ammonia. (I did the math afterwards and it looks like .66ml would be 5ppm in a full 35g tank.)

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Note: This was actually yesterday, the post got delayed.
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Old 06-06-2011, 10:59 AM   #3
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Cool. Welcome to AA...sounds like you're ahead of the game. Looking forward to seeing what you do with this project.
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Welcome to AA! Just checking, but you are using pure ammonia correct? No surfactant, scent, etc.?
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Awesome! Totally excited have you thought about siliconing those rocks together at the top? Just to be sure there is no collapse? God forbid!!
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Welcome to AA! Just checking, but you are using pure ammonia correct? No surfactant, scent, etc.?
Indeed, actually I looked at walmart surprised at no success. Food Lion Had the product I needed though. Many moons ago I made the 'surfactants' mistake. I saved the cycle with just several PWCs but it took about 5-6 weeks then I moved and never put fish in it!

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Awesome! Totally excited have you thought about siliconing those rocks together at the top? Just to be sure there is no collapse? God forbid!!
Well TBH I'm just not sure if this is the final look. Plus (and I know the picture doesn't show it well) if you can see at all in the picture, the bottom piece is not a point but rather a ~3/4" x ~2" flat surface that is angled perfectly with the piece on top. I gave both sides a good push both before and after I put the water in though Thanks!


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Just makin sure don't want anything bad to happen! I think it looks great though
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Old 06-06-2011, 01:49 PM   #10
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Very nice setup so far! I have a 10 gal hex and I love it....IMO I like the Java moss only idea but you may want to consider just one or two plants just for additional spots for the fish to hide...so far so good I can't Wat to see the progress
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