View Full Version : My new (used) 36 Gallon Tank

03-23-2010, 11:50 PM
Here's a few pics of my new (used) 36 gallon. I bought the tank a while ago from a LFS that was closing. This was one of there display tanks which came with a aqua clear 200 (an older model of the aqua clear 50) and a heater. You have to excuse the scratches on the glass, I didn't notice them until I got home. I put the tank on the stand that I build and posted in the DIY sub-forum here
http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/966/thumbs/36_gallon_3.jpg (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=17553)
For filtration, I have a Fluval 4 submersible filter with a DIY spray bar that also moves the water to the other side of the tank and the aqua clear 200. I know that sound like overkill for filtration but if I ever need to use my 10 gallon as a hospital tank, I can take most of the media from the AC200 and put it the filter for the 10 gallon. Also, if one stops working the tank will be fine for at least a few days to a week. I shortened the intake for the aqua clear so I could put a 150 watt Rena smart heater on the intake a get better circulation through a heater. Still have the one I got from the LFS as back-up. I went all out on the lighting getting one of those Hagen, 36" dual T5 fixtures with two 39W blubs with 18,000K of light. I used light colored natural sand for substrate. I added some new drift wood that I soaked for 2 weeks along with all of the drift wood and plants that I had in the 10 gallon. I also made a small cave just like I had posted in the DIY sub-forum here.


About 4 weeks before I set up this tank, I put the aqua clear on my 10 gallon to get some BB built up. When it was ready, I moved the filter over to the 36, and I moved the filter media (just foam) from the 10 gallon's filter to the Fluval 4 filter. I moved my diamond tetras to the 36 as well. After being in there for two weeks, all was still normal, ammonia 0, nitrite 0, PH 7.6, and nitrate 10. Still completing 50% water changes every weekend.

Other than the tetras, I was thinking about adding two blue Acaras in there as well. One of the guys I work with was moving and wanted to get rid of these fish. After looking into multi species tanks, I thought it would be best to keep the tank a tetra tank and get a 2 or 3 schools of deferent tetras (I was originally thinking 6 congo and 6 cardinals ). When I found out this guy was just going flush the fish if he could find someone to take them when he moved, I picked them up and put them in the tank. I've been watching them very closely for a week now, and everyone is getting along. I think I might have gotten lucky and this is going work. If I start to see signs of problems, I'll move the tetras and filter media from the AC200 back to the 10 gallon until I've got my 90 gallon set up and cycled. Those Blue Acaras are really lively fish. They don't spend a lot of time in the cave. They mostly hang out near the middle to bottom of the tank checking things out.

I've started to see some algae in the tank so hopefully I'll be able to get a BN pleco in a month or two

http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/966/thumbs/Blue_Acaras_2.jpg (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=17549)http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/966/thumbs/Blue_Acara_3.jpg (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=17545)http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/data/966/thumbs/Blue_Acara_1.jpg (http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/fishpictures/showphoto.php?photo=17543)

03-24-2010, 12:02 AM
Nice tank and I like how you cycled your media tank to tank to keepthinks going.

Great job! thumbs2:

03-24-2010, 12:07 AM
Some algae is kind of normal. More plants and a lessened lighting period may help.

Nice tank and fish.

03-24-2010, 12:50 AM
Some algae is kind of normal. More plants and a lessened lighting period may help.

Nice tank and fish.

Thanks Rich. I'm starting to realize some of the drawbacks to going with really good to top of the line lighting. After looking at the tank tonight, theres one heck of a lot more algae. I'm going to remove one of the bulbs tonight and cut back a few hours on the lighting

My 55 gallon is very overgrown with plants. I only see the fish in there after dropping food in the tank. I'm planning to trim them back and replant the trimmed parts in my 36. That is were the current plants in the 36 came from.