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Old 07-30-2020, 01:23 AM   #1
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NEW 55 gallon!

I came upon a free 55gallon recently and have yet to touch it since bringing it home. Iíve wanted geoís for some time and thatís what Iím planning on doing with it. Hereís my vision.

4 geo tapajo red heads
2 zebra angels
15-20 tetras
1 dojo loach

A good mix? Wasnít planning on angels until I saw some zebra angels at a lfs and am now considering a couple. However this stocking list will likely change in time and as I get constructive feedback. My favorite geoís are altifrons but of course a 55 wouldnít work, so planning on the tapajos.

My plan is for the tank to be filtered initially by a large sponge filter and then 1-2 hob filters. Iíve used aquaclear filters in the past but no longer have them. Open to suggestions towards bang for your buck filtration. The sponge filter I will add to my friends sump and in a few weeks time use it to begin cycling the tank. Ideally I would like to do a fish in cycle this way. However perhaps some of the intended fish are too sensitive for this so very much looking for experienced input. I am assuming the dojo loach could be the first occupant and could be the fish that gets the tank going. The only planting/aquascaping I plan on is lots of Java fern tied to driftwood along with some large stones. I want a more dimly lit tank. Last thought is that I would like to see the geoís successfully breed and perhaps the angels would hamper this. I would assume I could get a pair out of four geoís.

Thanks in advance guys!
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Water test, in tub or outside!!!
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Water test, in tub or outside!!!
Yes! Filled it up today and so far it shows no signs of leaking. Leaving it full overnight to be 100% sure.
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How did the leak test go? Also, are you planning on using any substrate?
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No leaks and it’s been full outside under cover for over a week. I am looking at pool filter sand and black sand. Substrate for me comes down to price and what makes the tank vibrant. Any suggestions are well received.
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If you happen to have sand blasting sand distributor near you the costs for specialty sands are reasonable appx. 18 for 50-60 lbs. Our regional company was on 2 different occasions very caring and helpful and took time to share mineral make up and iron contents of the sands and grain sizes, import location.

I happen to like the Garnet sand, some garnet sand is purple, some pink to mauve, or rust, sunset orange color. Usually the rep will know what color. Idaho is purple.

www.unitedwesterndenver dot com UniWest

Here it is in the SW nano tank.


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I like the aquaclears, easy to maintain, would be perfect if not for issue that sometimes they drain and lose prime during a power outage. Not good if you are out of town
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Love my 2 Fluval FX-5 filters, so far going strong years and had for 4 but so used for 2, both were used when I got them!
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