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  1. #1

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    My turn to buy - fishmommie It's EOTW Beer Time, so here's a Cafe Latte that looks like champagne in a bucket! - KevinVA Congrats on the cycles! - Slaphppy7 Thanks for the Rep and the gift :) - steeler58 Using up my winnings on my friends! - Compass 
    T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Thx4 - pRED For your new tetra's :) - steeler58 pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie Good job on your amazing tanks! - SeaLady 
    thank you for all the helpful information - showmebutterfly new fish! - RiversGirl I like your signature - aquariumlover10 Happy AC anniversary - SeaLady Happy 2 Year Anniversary! - Slaphppy7 
    For being my 7,000th poster! - Slaphppy7 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 TGIF - steeler58 TGIF! - showmebutterfly TGIF! - wgoldfarb 
    Cesarean Sections - Headaches - Hospice Care - Multiple Myeloma - gronlaura 

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    Well, I think it's time to start a journal! The rest of my equipment will be delivered tomorrow. My stand is level, the sand substrate is in and I added a little over 50% of the R/O water last night. I will put in the decor (less the driftwood) and add the rest of the water tonight, then turn on the filtration and heaters.

    75 gal with artificial plants
    100 lbs Quikrete Commercial Grade Medium Sand
    Several driftwood pieces
    Black background (black poster board from the craft store)
    2 - AC110's
    2 - Aqueon Pro Heaters 250W each
    Beamworks Single Bright 48-52 in LED to be added after the holiday
    DIY (built by me ) wood canopy (exterior to be stained or painted in spring)
    There will be no cats in the tank!!!

    I set the tank on the stand a few weeks ago. I was not able to use the Craigslist tank that I purchased with the stand - the watermarks would not come off. I tried all the methods suggested here and on other forums, but the marks remained. When I put the tank out on garbage day you could really see how badly it was marked in the sunlight. Fortunately the stand is worth what I paid for it, the 75 gal and the QT! And on Black Friday my LFS had a sale on 75 gal Aqueon tanks for $79.99. So it worked out okay. The stand is a secondhand industrial shelving unit. I absolutely love it.

    Leveled the stand and added my sand substrate. Did a dry run with the driftwood and the artificial plants. I am waiting for tomorrow's delivery of aquarium epoxy so I can attach the driftwood to the slate pieces (didn't want to drill holes and use screws). My LFS said this wood will never sink, so I will need to attach it to the slate and bury it in the sand.

    When I added the R/O water, I used Lady Hobbs suggestion of putting a plastic garbage bag over the sand - I had no dust and only a little bit of cloudiness. Thanks LH for the tip! I purchased a small 185 gph pond pump to fill the tank from my 5 gal buckets. It worked like a dream!

    Here are some pics showing tank progress:

    My DIY Canopy - the back part (about 1/3 of the top) also opens for access to the filters and other necessities
    2012-12-02 10.01.18.jpg

    Dark pic of tank & stand & 20 gal QT underneath main tank. I still have to trim out the 1 1/2 inches of plywood the stand sits on
    2012-12-02 10.02.38.jpg

    Dry run with driftwood & a few rocks
    2012-12-15 15.13.29.jpg

    Dry run with driftwood, rocks & plants (looking sad as they are not standing tall). Looks really bare without the canopy
    2012-12-17 19.43.04.jpg

    Tank a little over half full, with lovely floating driftwood
    2012-12-18 00.57.35.jpg

    I'm so excited. Thanks to all the forum members who helped me get this far, both thru answers to my threads and all the other threads and posts I read.

    Now I have to go to the LFS to buy the rest of my water and do more drooling in front of their tanks............
    My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
    My 75 gal - Gold Pristella Tetras, Scissortail Rasboras, Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish, Leopard & Zebra Danios, Wild Caught BNP
    My Dual 29 gals - Left Tank - Diamond Tetras. Right Tank - Harlequin Rasboras, Albino BNP

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain"

  2. #2

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    No Message - RiversGirl New fishys - SeaLady Congrats on 7,000 posts! - Slaphppy7 TGIF! - Taurus TGIF! - Taurus 
    T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Yes! TGIF - Compass TGIF Back at brother. ;-) - Taurus It's almost beer:30. - Taurus Here's a neon :) - rebecca_finny 
    Thanks for all the good info lately--have a donut! - WhistlingBadger Congrats on 7,800 posts! - Slaphppy7 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Returning some of the treasure you've brought to the forum. - Taurus T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 
    We ALL need more fish.  That's why we're here! - WhistlingBadger T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 TGIF indeed - RiversGirl TGIF Lee :-) - Taurus TGIF back to you! - wgoldfarb 
    Children with Disabilities - Parkinson's Disease - VACTERL - Young Onset Parkinson's Association - steeler1 Childhood Cancer - steeler1 Anti-Tobacco - Colon Cancer - Colorectal Cancer - steeler1 Mourning - Anti-Gang - Melanoma - steeler1 Mourning - Anti-Gang - Melanoma - steeler1 
    Bone Marrow Donation - Childhood Depression - Depression - Environment - Eye Injury Prevention - Glaucoma - Kidney Cancer - Kidney Disease - Kidney Transplantation - Leukemia - Lyme Disease - Mental Retardation - Missing Children - Organ Donation - T - steeler1 Troop and Military Support - Amber Alert - Bladder Cancer - Endometriosis - Equality - Liver Cancer - Liver Disease - Missing Children - POW/MIA - Spina Bifida - Suicide - steeler58 

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    Looks good looking forward to your stocking after the cycle is over.
    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
    Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
    -Vince Lombardi

    Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. ― John Wooden
    Sandy Hook Elementary......Lest We Forget
    See my profile for my tanks and what fish I keep

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    Thanks so much for sharing, I will be keeping an eye as things develop.
    55 Gallon Freshwater Tank (semi-planted) 48"x21"x13"

    Video of 55GAL Tank - DEC 2012

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    I love the canopy. Great job
    Roll the Dice!

  5. #5

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    My turn to buy - fishmommie It's EOTW Beer Time, so here's a Cafe Latte that looks like champagne in a bucket! - KevinVA Congrats on the cycles! - Slaphppy7 Thanks for the Rep and the gift :) - steeler58 Using up my winnings on my friends! - Compass 
    T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Thx4 - pRED For your new tetra's :) - steeler58 pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie Good job on your amazing tanks! - SeaLady 
    thank you for all the helpful information - showmebutterfly new fish! - RiversGirl I like your signature - aquariumlover10 Happy AC anniversary - SeaLady Happy 2 Year Anniversary! - Slaphppy7 
    For being my 7,000th poster! - Slaphppy7 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 TGIF - steeler58 TGIF! - showmebutterfly TGIF! - wgoldfarb 
    Cesarean Sections - Headaches - Hospice Care - Multiple Myeloma - gronlaura 

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    Well, it's been almost 5 weeks (Jan 2) since I started to cycle my tank. Cycled (with the help and advice of my LFS) my tank with Tetra Safe Start, 7 neon dwarf rainbows, 4 scissortail rasboras and 6 zebra danios. Lost 5 danios in the first 24 hrs. They were starter fish and were going to be returned to my LFS when my tank cycled. The rainbows, scissortails and the 1 danio survivor are all doing great. I have read that the captive bred zebra danios are not such hardy fish like they used to be due to inbreeding. I was very concerned that my cycling method was the cause, but apparently that's not the case, as all the other fish are doing great. I felt very bad that I brought them home and they died. I know this can happen, but it didn't seem to be a very good start and I really felt bad.

    My tank cycled in about 2 weeks and has had 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites and 5-10 nitrates ever since. On 1/26 I added 1 scissortail rasbora (to complete my school at 5), 4 albino (golden) pristella tetras (will add 6 more this Saturday to complete the school at 10)) and a small danio friend for my lone survivor. My danio was not being nice to the other fish and I couldn't catch him in the 75 gal (I tried for 25 minutes). I know danios are schooling fish and should be in a school of at least 5, but I didn't want to try 4 more, so I got him a small danio friend and he seems much happier. When my LFS gets in neon dwarf rainbows that are a little bigger (the ones they have now are very young and you can't tell males from females) I will be adding 1 more male and 1 more female to complete the school at 9. Was going to add 6-8 peppered cories down the road, but the scissortails will be staying. They were purchased as starter fish, but I really like them and have decided to keep them. Without the cories I will have 26 fish and I am happy with that number. I may reconsider adding the cories at a later date.

    I purchased a SpectraPure RO/DI unit and have done 2 water changes (just did one Saturday using my new unit). Love the unit and not having to buy and haul 5 gallon buckets of water from the LFS!!!
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    My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
    My 75 gal - Gold Pristella Tetras, Scissortail Rasboras, Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish, Leopard & Zebra Danios, Wild Caught BNP
    My Dual 29 gals - Left Tank - Diamond Tetras. Right Tank - Harlequin Rasboras, Albino BNP

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain"

  6. #6

    Join Date
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    No Message - RiversGirl New fishys - SeaLady Congrats on 7,000 posts! - Slaphppy7 TGIF! - Taurus TGIF! - Taurus 
    T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Yes! TGIF - Compass TGIF Back at brother. ;-) - Taurus It's almost beer:30. - Taurus Here's a neon :) - rebecca_finny 
    Thanks for all the good info lately--have a donut! - WhistlingBadger Congrats on 7,800 posts! - Slaphppy7 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Returning some of the treasure you've brought to the forum. - Taurus T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 
    We ALL need more fish.  That's why we're here! - WhistlingBadger T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 TGIF indeed - RiversGirl TGIF Lee :-) - Taurus TGIF back to you! - wgoldfarb 
    Children with Disabilities - Parkinson's Disease - VACTERL - Young Onset Parkinson's Association - steeler1 Childhood Cancer - steeler1 Anti-Tobacco - Colon Cancer - Colorectal Cancer - steeler1 Mourning - Anti-Gang - Melanoma - steeler1 Mourning - Anti-Gang - Melanoma - steeler1 
    Bone Marrow Donation - Childhood Depression - Depression - Environment - Eye Injury Prevention - Glaucoma - Kidney Cancer - Kidney Disease - Kidney Transplantation - Leukemia - Lyme Disease - Mental Retardation - Missing Children - Organ Donation - T - steeler1 Troop and Military Support - Amber Alert - Bladder Cancer - Endometriosis - Equality - Liver Cancer - Liver Disease - Missing Children - POW/MIA - Spina Bifida - Suicide - steeler58 

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    Very nice job with your tank.
    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
    Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
    -Vince Lombardi

    Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. ― John Wooden
    Sandy Hook Elementary......Lest We Forget
    See my profile for my tanks and what fish I keep

  7. #7

    Join Date
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    My turn to buy - fishmommie It's EOTW Beer Time, so here's a Cafe Latte that looks like champagne in a bucket! - KevinVA Congrats on the cycles! - Slaphppy7 Thanks for the Rep and the gift :) - steeler58 Using up my winnings on my friends! - Compass 
    T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Thx4 - pRED For your new tetra's :) - steeler58 pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie Good job on your amazing tanks! - SeaLady 
    thank you for all the helpful information - showmebutterfly new fish! - RiversGirl I like your signature - aquariumlover10 Happy AC anniversary - SeaLady Happy 2 Year Anniversary! - Slaphppy7 
    For being my 7,000th poster! - Slaphppy7 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 TGIF - steeler58 TGIF! - showmebutterfly TGIF! - wgoldfarb 
    Cesarean Sections - Headaches - Hospice Care - Multiple Myeloma - gronlaura 

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    The scissortails ended up finishing the nibblers, as the rainbowfish waited for pieces to fall. If you want to see your fish acting very silly, pick up these treats.


    My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
    My 75 gal - Gold Pristella Tetras, Scissortail Rasboras, Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish, Leopard & Zebra Danios, Wild Caught BNP
    My Dual 29 gals - Left Tank - Diamond Tetras. Right Tank - Harlequin Rasboras, Albino BNP

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain"

  8. #8

    Join Date
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    My turn to buy - fishmommie It's EOTW Beer Time, so here's a Cafe Latte that looks like champagne in a bucket! - KevinVA Congrats on the cycles! - Slaphppy7 Thanks for the Rep and the gift :) - steeler58 Using up my winnings on my friends! - Compass 
    T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Thx4 - pRED For your new tetra's :) - steeler58 pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie Good job on your amazing tanks! - SeaLady 
    thank you for all the helpful information - showmebutterfly new fish! - RiversGirl I like your signature - aquariumlover10 Happy AC anniversary - SeaLady Happy 2 Year Anniversary! - Slaphppy7 
    For being my 7,000th poster! - Slaphppy7 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 TGIF - steeler58 TGIF! - showmebutterfly TGIF! - wgoldfarb 
    Cesarean Sections - Headaches - Hospice Care - Multiple Myeloma - gronlaura 

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    My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
    My 75 gal - Gold Pristella Tetras, Scissortail Rasboras, Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish, Leopard & Zebra Danios, Wild Caught BNP
    My Dual 29 gals - Left Tank - Diamond Tetras. Right Tank - Harlequin Rasboras, Albino BNP

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain"

  9. #9

    Join Date
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    My turn to buy - fishmommie It's EOTW Beer Time, so here's a Cafe Latte that looks like champagne in a bucket! - KevinVA Congrats on the cycles! - Slaphppy7 Thanks for the Rep and the gift :) - steeler58 Using up my winnings on my friends! - Compass 
    T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Thx4 - pRED For your new tetra's :) - steeler58 pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie Good job on your amazing tanks! - SeaLady 
    thank you for all the helpful information - showmebutterfly new fish! - RiversGirl I like your signature - aquariumlover10 Happy AC anniversary - SeaLady Happy 2 Year Anniversary! - Slaphppy7 
    For being my 7,000th poster! - Slaphppy7 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 TGIF - steeler58 TGIF! - showmebutterfly TGIF! - wgoldfarb 
    Cesarean Sections - Headaches - Hospice Care - Multiple Myeloma - gronlaura 

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    Quote Originally Posted by steeler1 View Post
    Very nice job with your tank.
    Thanks, Steeler1. I think I did an okay job with my first aquarium. All the fish I have chosen like a heavily planted environment and that is what I have given them! They love to move about in the plants (particularly the heavy planting on the left side) and have some shaded places to rest. My 2 AC110s are on high and the fish really like moving about in the current. Sometimes they face upwards, right into the current coming from the waterfall and just swim for 5 seconds or so. I love when the rainbows or tetras gather in the corner and then glide across the whole tank length in the current, turn around and do it again going the other way. Really entertaining to watch! I'm even more thrilled with my tank than I thought I would be. Sometimes I watch the fish and forget to watch the TV. Thank goodness for my DVR!!!
    My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
    My 75 gal - Gold Pristella Tetras, Scissortail Rasboras, Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish, Leopard & Zebra Danios, Wild Caught BNP
    My Dual 29 gals - Left Tank - Diamond Tetras. Right Tank - Harlequin Rasboras, Albino BNP

    "Life isn't about waiting for the storm to pass....it's about learning to dance in the rain"

  10. #10

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    No Message - RiversGirl New fishys - SeaLady Congrats on 7,000 posts! - Slaphppy7 TGIF! - Taurus TGIF! - Taurus 
    T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Yes! TGIF - Compass TGIF Back at brother. ;-) - Taurus It's almost beer:30. - Taurus Here's a neon :) - rebecca_finny 
    Thanks for all the good info lately--have a donut! - WhistlingBadger Congrats on 7,800 posts! - Slaphppy7 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Returning some of the treasure you've brought to the forum. - Taurus T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 
    We ALL need more fish.  That's why we're here! - WhistlingBadger T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 TGIF indeed - RiversGirl TGIF Lee :-) - Taurus TGIF back to you! - wgoldfarb 
    Children with Disabilities - Parkinson's Disease - VACTERL - Young Onset Parkinson's Association - steeler1 Childhood Cancer - steeler1 Anti-Tobacco - Colon Cancer - Colorectal Cancer - steeler1 Mourning - Anti-Gang - Melanoma - steeler1 Mourning - Anti-Gang - Melanoma - steeler1 
    Bone Marrow Donation - Childhood Depression - Depression - Environment - Eye Injury Prevention - Glaucoma - Kidney Cancer - Kidney Disease - Kidney Transplantation - Leukemia - Lyme Disease - Mental Retardation - Missing Children - Organ Donation - T - steeler1 Troop and Military Support - Amber Alert - Bladder Cancer - Endometriosis - Equality - Liver Cancer - Liver Disease - Missing Children - POW/MIA - Spina Bifida - Suicide - steeler58 

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    I now what you mean, my 75 gal is set up next to my reclyner and I have rewind to see what somebody said or did.
    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
    Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
    -Vince Lombardi

    Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. ― John Wooden
    Sandy Hook Elementary......Lest We Forget
    See my profile for my tanks and what fish I keep

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