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Old 03-18-2011, 03:40 PM   #1
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55 Gallon freshwater planted tank and smooth jazz

Hello its your friendly neighborhood Pecktec. I have had this 55 gallon tank going for about 4 years now. I started as many here have with all fake plants and some drift wood. The driftwood is huge and was a great asset in getting the tank cycled quickly. Also Im a new YouTuber with the same user name as the one I use here. As such I want to shamelessly promote one of my videos of this tank and its many inhabitants for your enjoyment. Im a newbie videographer and would love some feedback. I shot the whole thing on my Iphone and edited on the phone as well. I will be doing more and more videos using an much better camera soon but this turned out to be decent quality for a cell phone shoot. The one thing I really regret is not having a really wide shot of the tank so you can see it all at once. Ow, well so take three minutes and enjoy some smooth jazz as the antics unfold.
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Old 03-23-2011, 10:13 AM   #2
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Awesome tank!
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:51 PM   #3
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Very nice!!! I love the plants!
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:54 PM   #4
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Great looking tank. You have a beautiful GBR!
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Old 03-23-2011, 05:57 PM   #5
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awesome tank a nice music choice ima alto sax player and would love to play jazz

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Old 03-23-2011, 06:17 PM   #6
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Gorgeous. Are those otos I see? They're cute! Nice choice of fishes!
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Old 03-25-2011, 11:19 AM   #7
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Thanks everyone. Yes those are Ottos I love those little guys. I have been using this IPhone app called Splice which recently added support for HD. You can buy unlicensed music to add and the one I picked seemed like the best match.

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Old 03-26-2011, 06:08 PM   #8
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Awesome tank and video i love the rummynoses also was there an albino rummynose there?
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Old 03-26-2011, 07:26 PM   #9
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No he is a survivor from a home made CO2 incident. I didn't get the formula correct and lost three of them. This guy lived but turned white. That was two years ago and he seems normal except for the color.
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:07 PM   #10
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That tank is awesome. I love how the ram looks like he's talking. I also loved the puffer.
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Old 03-28-2011, 09:38 PM   #11
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Gorgeous tank! Your fish look amazing. What lighting system are you running? Also I assume your doing co2. This is such an awesome tank, I'm planning on converting my 55 to a planted tank; I hope it turns out as well as yours.
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Old 03-29-2011, 11:53 AM   #12
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Nope no CO2 since the great CO2 calamity a while back. I have 60watts of compact florescent light. I do add macro and micro fertilizer. Thanks so much for the kind words!

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Do you experience any algae issues or anything?
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Do you experience any algae issues or anything?
Sure, every planted tank has an issue at some point. The beard algae was the worst. I added two flying foxes and they ate most of it away. I also have a bristle nosed catfish that cleans up the glass.

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Beautiful tank! Well done!
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Sure, every planted tank has an issue at some point. The beard algae was the worst. I added two flying foxes and they ate most of it away. I also have a bristle nosed catfish that cleans up the glass.

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I realize that all tanks usually have algae, I meant major super growth algae blooms.
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Old 04-06-2011, 11:34 PM   #17
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I've never had "green water" or anything more than a lot of black beard algae. My SAEs ate most of it. I break a big rule with this talk though it gets a lot of sunlight at the end of day. But I really think normal weekly water changes, a large amount of Bio filtration, and careful food distribution make up for a heathy balanced tank.
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