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  1. Default Cycling Started on Both Tanks


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    The ammonia arrived today so I've started cycling! Both tanks are sitting at about 2-4ppm.

    I tested everything else just for the fun of it; Nitrite and Nitrates at 0ppm as expected, kH at 107.4ppm, and gh at 125.3ppm.

    pH was 8.2 in the 50 gallon (which is what it is out of the tap) but I'd tested it yesterday and it was 7.4 then (I assumed because of the driftwood). The pH in the 40 gallon was between 8.4 and 8.8. I tested after adding the ammonia and I think I remember reading that pH could vary during cycling so I'm assuming the ammonia is responsible?

    The driftwood in the 40 gallon is almost waterlogged and pretty much stays in place now. Will get a pic up when my camera battery has recharged.
    50gal - planned community tank - cycling
    40gal - species tank - 18 tiger barbs

  2. Default 40 Gallon Tiger Barb Tank Update


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    Here's a pic of the 40 gallon planted and filled:



    The driftwood still hasn't completely sunk and I want to move the aponogetum a little more to the left.

    And both tanks are now back to their pre-ammonia pH levels (8.2 for the 40 gallon; 7.6 for the 50 gallon).
    50gal - planned community tank - cycling
    40gal - species tank - 18 tiger barbs

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    very nice!
    30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, nerites & mystery snails
    15 g FW planted: crown tail betta, neons, snails
    90 g FW semi planted: Blood Parrots, severum, Jurupari, EBJD, congos, kribs, clown pleco, snails
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    No movement on the cycle yet for either tank (patience right?).

    Some of the plants aren't doing that great (mainly the aponogetum in the 40 gallon and the lilaeopsis in the 50 gallon). I'm considering upgrading the lighting on both tanks. The 2x39w fixture currently on the 50 gallon would move to the 40 gallon. The next level up for the 50 gallon seems to be a 2x96w T5HO fixture (yikes! that's a lot of wattage). Do you think this would be doable without running CO2 on the tank? Would be using root tabs, and dosing liquid ferts and flourish excel.

    I did look into LED lights but it's beyond my budget right now. MUST stop spending money on these tanks after this, at least until I actually get the fish...
    50gal - planned community tank - cycling
    40gal - species tank - 18 tiger barbs

  5. #25

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    Both these plants need some time to settle and adjust. As long as you didn't put the apo too deep I
    'd say give it a bit longer.

  6. Default 50 Gallon Community Update


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    Ladies and gentlemen, in their debut appearance at the 50 Gallon Community, please join me in giving a warm welcome to...

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    Nitrites!

    lol. Just the faintest shade of purple, not even 0.25ppm. But we're on our way.

    No movement in the 40 gallon as yet.
    50gal - planned community tank - cycling
    40gal - species tank - 18 tiger barbs

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    I love that piece of wood that you have in your 40. Both are going to be great looking setups.

    -S

  8. #28

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    On the 40g, might wanna try and getting the sand to slope a bit towards the back. Are you going to add more plants? Few larger pebbles around the base of the tree?
    Just suggestions of course but I always find that layouts with more height difference tend to be more interesting to look at.

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    Hooray for nitrites!!!
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    Quote Originally Posted by talldutchie View Post
    On the 40g, might wanna try and getting the sand to slope a bit towards the back. Are you going to add more plants? Few larger pebbles around the base of the tree?
    Just suggestions of course but I always find that layouts with more height difference tend to be more interesting to look at.
    The sand actually slopes a little towards the back left; hard to see from the angle of the pic though and because the wood and plants get in the way. In any case as that area will be the planted area you probably won't be able to tell once the plants grow in anyway. I'm hoping the crypts will fill in the area around the base of the wood in time, will probably get some more to help that along. I'll be adding some smaller pebbles/gravel between the pebbles and sand to smooth the transition but I'll be leaving the right/front half of the tank unplanted and open; kind of a diagonal slice of riverbank.

    Nitrites up to 0.5ppm on the 50gal; still no movement on the 40gal.
    50gal - planned community tank - cycling
    40gal - species tank - 18 tiger barbs

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