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  1. Default WadeWilson's Tank Journal


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    Hi guys,

    Thank you for the warm welcome to the forum!

    Seeing as I have so many things in my head that seem to pour out at any given moment in regards to my first tank set up I thought it'd be best to start a journal.

    So far I've bought my tank the juwel rio 180, which I got preowned at a bargain price of 150 including the cabinet, sand substrate, heater, light and hood and the ehiem pick up, not sure which model but I just know it's the biggest pick up they make 2010 2012.

    Being a juwel rio it has the black box to store the filter and heater in, debating trying to take it out using a knife as it's got all sorts of dirt caught between it and the side and back of the tank...
    But if I do this and succeed how could I remove the glue/silicon left on the glass safely?

    I did originally agree with the previous owners they were going to remove all the livestock they had in the tank and return to the store. I found a few snails in the first day which I kind of expected keeping the sand used previous.
    After a couple of days of the tank being filled, with untreated water I must add, a crayfish appeared..

    So now I'm planning on a complete substrate change to the black limpop sand(if anybody has any recommendations for any jet black sand as the limpop isn't exactly what I was looking for but needs to be Cory and pleco safe:) ) , doing so as to get rid of any more crayfish popping out on me and also the snails as more and more keep appearing lol.

    Im going to get a black background and use fake plants to get the colours that we agree on as a family, it is a family Christmas present, mainly for myself and my daughter but the other half has backed it all the way for us so she does have some say I guess haha..

    If I do successfully remove the filter/heater box I plan to change to an external 350 l/h filter as to have sufficient filtering for my full stock list. If unsuccessful I will just buy an extra internal filter to add to the current...

    Im out of funds for two weeks so I haven't yet got a master test kit, aqua safe, ammonia. But I have done my research and I'm planning a fishless cycle before fully stocking the tank as much as financially possible in one go.
    I've also checked my water quality via the local water company website and have come to terms with my hard water.

    My plan for stock is 12 guppy, 12 platy (maybe 24 guppy depending on the colours we can hold of at the time) 6 Cory julii which I'm aware will more than likely be a false julii due to rarity of the julii, and one flash pleco.

    I still need to buy some bogwood but will buy that soon as I find a suitable piece for our tank..

    I also plan to buy an air/light strip for the tank which I will buy an ehiem air pump to work with.

    Im pretty well planned out in all honesty but as I have time to um and ar about it that's what I keep doing lol

    For those who haven't seen, this is the tank I've purchased. The ornaments came with the tank and aren't in the final places the tank just needed to be filled to be safe to be in the living room. My little girl loves the tank and it's easier for my mind to know if she taps the glass the tank isn't going to fly off!

    Will keep you all posted!
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    Last edited by WadeWilson; 11-08-2014 at 02:32 AM.

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    I'm delighted to see you've started a journal!

    Quote Originally Posted by WadeWilson View Post
    Seeing as I have so many things in my head that seem to pour out at any given moment in regards to my first tank set up I thought it'd be best to start a journal.
    And that is as good of a reason as there ever was to start one.
    40 gal fw: 3 Platy; Cherry Barb; Neon Tetra; Rummy-nose Tetra; Red Cherry Shrimp; an Assassin snail
    live plants: 2 Lace Java Fern on dw; a Sword plant; a Moss ball; 2 bunches of Java Moss on rocks; carpet of Cladophora algae on dw

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    Heh thanks, best not to start hundreds of threads with one question after another, hey!

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    Quote Originally Posted by WadeWilson View Post
    Heh thanks, best not to start hundreds of threads with one question after another, hey!
    haha. True, that. However, hundreds of questions fit nicely into a journal thread. *grins*

    I have found the members here knowledgeable, helpful and very willing to share their experience and give advice.
    Besides being very friendly, as well. Enjoy!
    Good night to all.
    40 gal fw: 3 Platy; Cherry Barb; Neon Tetra; Rummy-nose Tetra; Red Cherry Shrimp; an Assassin snail
    live plants: 2 Lace Java Fern on dw; a Sword plant; a Moss ball; 2 bunches of Java Moss on rocks; carpet of Cladophora algae on dw

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    Congrats on the tank and the family project. It's amazing how many times the supportive folks on the "sidelines" develop strong opinions once the trips to the pet store start, LOL. I see at least two tanks in your future.

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    While I can understand wanting a "fully stocked" tank all at once, consider also that as you start to look around, you
    will see so many options available. So perhaps consider a less than full stocking in the beginning to leave some
    room for those fish you find later and just have to have and wish you had thought of in the beginning. Or else, start
    looking for where that 2nd tank is going to go!

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    Quote Originally Posted by RiversGirl View Post
    I'm delighted to see you've started a journal!

    And that is as good of a reason as there ever was to start one.
    Just remember there's alot of thread jackers around here
    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
    Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
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    Our next tank has already been agreed, but it has to be turtles lol.
    We did have two Cumberland slider turtles until just after our daughter was born, unfortunately due to an idiotic house layout it made trying to maintain the tank a complete nightmare. So when we move house in the next year or two the next tank we are going back to turtles, not sure which kind yet but I'm going all out with the proper turtle tank set ups they have. *grin*

    SueD - I did think this but after doing the research I have I am 100% happy with the stock I am going to go with for the tank, and due to my water quality I don't have many other options for a peaceful communal tank.

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    Removed the black box for the filter and heater now, released loads of dirt etc. Now to find me a silent external filter capable of upto 350 l/h :)
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    Oh, I thought the filter was going to be a PITA to remove?....glad you got it done, that'll make cleaning that corner much easier

    Over here, the AquaClear HOB filter are very popular, as are a few others...I'm not sure what brands ara available to you in the UK (?)
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