Thread: My First 75 Gallon Aquarium
11-18-2013, 05:07 AM #1
My First 75 Gallon Aquarium
Well the time is close at hand that I start with my Journal.
Today I got 50 lbs of "All Star" Pool Filter sand for my aquarium its a light tan in color and I got it for $8.95
I also got a sheet of blue insulation foam to make my 3D background.
11-18-2013, 05:12 AM #2
I found a really Great Excel Spreadsheet to keep track of everything really saves me a lot of programming to make my own but I will probably tweek it for my needs.
I put it up on my web in case anyone wants to download it http://www.proflooney.net/Aquarium/M...-Workbook.xlsm
11-18-2013, 05:42 AM #3
Ok now for the fish eventually
Top Level Fish
1: Carnegiella strata - Marble Hatchetfish
2: Carnegiella marthae - Blackwing Hatchetfish
3: Trigonostigma heteromorpha - Harlequin Rasbora
4: Danio margaritatus - Micro Galaxy Rasbora
5: Danio margaritatus - Micro Galaxy Rasbora
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11-18-2013, 05:46 AM #4
11-18-2013, 06:05 AM #5
Now my Mid Level Fish
1: Paracheirodon Axelrodi - Cardinal Tetra
2: Hyphessobrycon Columbianus - Colombian Red Fin Tetra
3: Hemigrammus Erythrozonus - Glowlight Tetra
4: Hyphessobrycon sweglesi - Red Phantom Tetra
11-18-2013, 06:27 AM #6
And Now for my Bottom Dwellers
1: Corydoras Ambiacus - Amazon Cory
2: Corydoras Sterbai - Sterba's Cory
3: Corydoras Sterbai - Gold Sterba's Cory
4: Baryancistrus Demantoides - Green Phantom Pleco
5: Hymenochiru - Dwarf African Frog
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11-18-2013, 06:27 AM #7
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11-18-2013, 06:37 AM #8
The other day I took my tap water in and these are the results they told me
Ammonia .5 or less
Nitrate No3 0-20 range
Nitrate No2 0-.5
Alkalinity abt 100
Ph 7.8 Alkaline
11-18-2013, 06:47 AM #9
Tonight I started to shape my 3D Background I will attach it with Rare Earth Magnets as this way my glass stays clean from silicone, it can be removed if needed for cleaning, or it can easily be removed and replaced with a different background if I ever wanted to for some reason.
I will drop the height some these first pics are just an initial layout.
I will take the bottom shape and layer abt 4 layers the same to equal the depth of my sand. this is 1/2 inch foam so I can give it a shale type look like you would see in some areas of jungle rivers (I got to see a lot in Thailand and Cambodia in the military so I have the idea in my head)
I will add a lot of little overhangs and caves for my fishies to hide.
11-18-2013, 06:54 AM #10
My little Helper Gizmo had to get his mug into the shot he is my 10 yr old American Eskimo. Behind him you can see my bag of sand, and the sand is leaning against my computer desk so you can see since i spend abt 16-18 hrs a day doing my cad work I can watch my fish all day. When I do more on it tomorrow I will do a wide shot so you can get an idea of where and how it will be with the computer in there.
Now I have one half of it with a wall and the rocks will taper in towards the glass. I then want to add 2 smaller formations on the other side with a gap between them for my filter stem that sticks down as I will be using a top mounted waterfall type.
In between the background now showing and the next one I want to hide but incorporate a LED bubbler.
the curving shapes of the rocks I figure will make a small current along the rocks as water is drawn towards the intake.
End of Day 1 of my Journal