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Thread: Retirement Tank

  1. #1

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    Since I've never done a journal before, but now have a lot more time available, I thought I might try it with my newest tank. So far I have:

    EQUIPMENT
    20 long tank, stand and glass cover
    FugeRay LED light
    AC50 filter
    Caribsea Instant Aquarium substrate (Tahitian Moon) - so far I like this better than Eco Complete and Super Naturals.
    100W Cobalt heater
    1 piece of Mopani driftwood

    PLANTS
    TC Cyperus Helferi
    TC Swords (misc) - I think they may be Red Rubin
    TC Anubias Nana and one in a tube


    Still to come:

    More plants - I want some crypt Wendtii, crypt parva, maybe more cyperus helferi
    Maybe another piece of driftwood if I can find just the right one
    Black background


    FISH
    These are almost a certainty, depending on availability:
    Cory Habrosus (7)
    Cory Pygmaeus (7)
    Cory Hastatus (7)
    Dwarf Pencilfish (7)

    This is a possible addition:
    Cory Adolfoi (7)

    Not sure if the larger size of the adolfoi will upset the balance of things.
    This will be a slow build as I want to get some good established plant growth before adding cories. So I'm not cycling right now and will be adding to the plants quite a bit over the next few weeks. Also, I know the general consensus is that cories be added to an "established" tank, but they will, in fact, be the main attraction in this tank. So it will be interesting to see how that goes. Hopefully by adding one school at a time, there won't be issues.

    Thoughts, suggestions are welcomed.
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    This will be fun to watch, progress, I'm subscribed....your plan sounds A-OK to me...

    Thanks for FINALLY starting a journal, and congrats on your retirement!
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal
    40 Gallon Breeder: ... Journal
    29 Gallon: ... Journal

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    I'm looking forward to seeing this develop as well.
    29 gallon planted
    125 gallon work in progress

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    This is a great idea for a tank.. making the Cories the stars! Subscribed!
    DM's 20g high - journal

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    Congrats on your journal!

    Your black sand - did it take a lot of rinsing? And why not start your cycle and keep it going while you complete your aquascape. Then you will have a more mature tank for your cories.
    My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
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    it's the weekend - cm12setx Thanks for the rep brother ;-) - steeler58 Here's to peace and quiet.  Have a great weekend! - WhistlingBadger Here's to peace and quiet.  Have a great weekend! - WhistlingBadger Just because ;-) - steeler58 
    Thank you for helping with my filter problem! - showmebutterfly Happy Saturday back at you ;-) - steeler58 Sorry, no blue shrimp, but here's because you have N. davidi variants! - Anders247 Thanks for all the thumbs up! - Boundava An essential for the weekend :-) - Taurus 
    thanks for the brisket instructions!  yum - RiversGirl Hope you have a great Memorial Day ;-) - steeler58 Singin in the rain.. just singin in the rain... - showmebutterfly for passing 22,000 without breking a sweat ;-) - steeler58 for passing 22,000 without breking a sweat ;-) - steeler58 
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    Quote Originally Posted by gronlaura View Post
    And why not start your cycle and keep it going while you complete your aquascape.
    I'm wondering, too
    10 Gallon Beginner Tank... Journal
    40 Gallon Breeder: ... Journal
    29 Gallon: ... Journal

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    Sounds like a great idea Sue! Crypt Wendtii is a great plant! Mine just popped up its first runner yesterday morning. The Cory's as the focus is a great concept as well! It'll be interesting to watch.
    Planted 37 gallon, Low tech, with Cherry Barbs, Cardinal tetras, and red cherry shrimp.

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    Sue, that sounds like a wonderful tank, like your plant choices and the corys. Nice setup already, love the black sand and the corys will too. Will be watching your journal for updates, and congrats on your retirement.
    75g. heavily planted/CO2 w/ DW. Stock: tetra, gourami, cory, oto, loach, pleco, shrimp, snails and Neptune (betta)
    5g. planted w/DW, and female betta
    5g. planted w/DW, and male betta, and snail
    10g. CYCLED!!! Orange shrimp, and Chili rasboras
    20L CYCLED!!! Blue Pearl Shrimp, Epsei and CPD

    My 75g: http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...d.php?t=119061

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    .`.`..`.> - korith Here's a CPD for you, thanks for your responses to my Journal :) - 1Sarah Thanks for tagging along! - Slaphppy7 Merry Christmas! - Slaphppy7 You need more fish! - steeler58 
    Happy Drink Like a Viking Friday! - KevinVA Happy Easter! - Slaphppy7 For a fellow tetra lover ;) - steeler58 Have another tetra in honor of your Diamond's :) - steeler58 Have another Cory! - steeler58 
    Have another Cory! - steeler58 Have another Cory! - steeler58 I like shoals. :) - Compass Happy Christmas! - Slaphppy7 superbowl 2014 - cm12setx 
    Here's to the retired life! - Slaphppy7 T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Have another tetra just because ;-) - steeler58 Thanks for the plants! - Slaphppy7 

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    Quote Originally Posted by gronlaura View Post
    Congrats on your journal!

    Your black sand - did it take a lot of rinsing? And why not start your cycle and keep it going while you complete your aquascape. Then you will have a more mature tank for your cories.
    No rinsing of the sand at all. This is packed in liquid similar to Eco Complete. The sand and liquid is added to the tank. I've used Eco Complete, which is much coarser, in 4 of my other tanks and Super Naturals (Tahitian Moon), which is very fine sand, no liquid added, in 2 Spec V's. This Instant Aquarium is also fine sand (Tahitian Moon color also), but is heavier than Super Naturals and much easier to plant in.

    Eco Complete is packed with iron, calcium, potassium and other elements for plant growth. This one is packed as follows:

    "Instant Aquarium offers a variety of finer grade natural gravels and sands water packed with living, water-purifying bacteria, state of the art clarifier, and a complete water conditioner. Tap water is all you need to get started. Instant Aquarium™ immediately begins the cycling process, eliminating new tank syndrome, and discouraging nuisance algaes. Instant Aquarium™ detoxifies metals, eliminates ammonia, neutralizes chlorine and chloramines, and provides a protective slime coat for stressed fish. Instant Aquarium™ also reduces nitrates and nitrites. Starting a new aquarium has never been easier."

    I had often seen people posting about 2 grades of Eco Complete, one fine and one coarse. I had only ever seen the coarse one. What was interesting, however, was when I first looked at this Instant Aquarium substrate on the Caribsea website, the description called it Eco Complete but with the elements described above. So I e-mailed them to find out what the difference was between Eco, Super Naturals, and Instant Aquarium. They never responded to my e-mail, but lo and behold the description for Instant Aquarium has now been changed to remove the reference to Eco Complete. So this may be what people had been talking about when they mentioned the finer grade of Eco Complete. So far, this is my favorite of the three.

    I'm not sure how long the "Instant Aquarium" properties will last. But I will be adding seeded sponges and ceramic media from other tanks when I'm ready to add fish so I won't be going through a cycle of weeks. Since these TC cyperus helferi and the swords are small plants with small roots right now, I want them to be better anchored before adding cories - even though it will be the dwarfs. I want any other plants I add to get well anchored also. So I don't want to spend weeks adding ammonia, testing, adding, testing etc. while I wait for the plants to get established. I'm lazy, what can I say.

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    Sue, I'm excited to follow this latest build of yours! Thanks so much for (ahem starting a journal) documenting it.

    You have a lot to teach and I'm looking forward to learning more.

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