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10-17-2010, 10:24 PM #1
Booger's 75 gallon
Decided it would be a good idea to do one of these. I'm sure the tank will change a lot over time so it'll be cool to see how it all started. Anyway...
This is my first aquarium. I'm doing a fishless cycle with pure ammonia. Started on October 9th and nitrites are showing a week later. Will keep checking the water parameters every day and add ammonia when necessary.
Bought everything I needed at once, first hand. I wanted my first go at this to be smooth so I bought everything new. For my next project I will probably get a used tank and stand to save money. Most stuff I got online. The tank itself I got from Petsmart (Topfin brand). The aquarium stand comes from Petco online. It was incredibly easy to setup and looks great.
Gravel is Estes brand that I bought from a LFS. Got 75 pounds. I had been warned about buying fish from this particular store, but I figured it wouldn't hurt to buy other supplies from them. I also purchased some large stones there.
For filtration I went with the Fluval 405. I plan on adding another filter (possibly another 405) in the future once my fish get bigger. For now the one is enough.
Heater is a submersible 300W. It's doing a pretty good job at keeping the temp around 82 without running constantly.
Not doing live plants (at least for now). I want to focus on the fish first. Besides, I already blew well over a grand on the stuff that I already have.. and I haven't bought fish yet. Better lighting will come at a cost, so I'll just wait on that.
How 'bout some pics?
Lights on, tank light off (sorry about glare)
Lights off, tank light on
Work area that I created by cleaning out the closet
I decided I want to move the dragon to the right corner of the aquarium. I will also move the heater closer to the filter's outtake for better efficiency. Ordered some plants from BigAls that'll be used for the background/shelter for fish. Also I bought a very large piece of driftwood yesterday that I plan on using as the centerpiece (in place of the dragon). I may also remove the red gazebo and Buddha. Not sure if I like the look of them...
10-17-2010, 10:24 PM #2
Driftwood (will let it soak for a couple of weeks before I put it into the aquarium)
10-17-2010, 10:39 PM #3
That is by far the most organized fish closet I've ever seen. That driftwood is gonna look awesome in the tank.Originally Posted by i_am_511
10-17-2010, 10:44 PM #4
Look like you are doing it the right way; taking your time. Good luck with that tank.
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10-17-2010, 11:04 PM #5
Looking really good
Great looking set up so far.
I will love to watch this progress.
What type of fish do you plan to stock it with?Sailor
10-17-2010, 11:40 PM #6
I love your work closet! So organized. The tank looks so clean and new! Can't wait to see the drift wood in there!40 GALLON / 6 Black Neon Tetras, 6 featherfin rainbows, 3 Khulis, 5 Macculloch Rainbows, 3 Bosemani Rainbows
10-18-2010, 02:42 AM #7
Thanks all for the comments! As far as stocking, my plan is a community with the following fish:
4 green emerald cory
5 gold barb
2 dwarf gourami
5 threadfin rainbowfish
3 dalmation molly
Of course I'm open to suggestions...
10-18-2010, 02:44 AM #8
I'd bump up the number of cories to about 8, with cories the more the merrier. Also add a couple more rainbowfish and barbs. Why the lone guppy?Originally Posted by i_am_511
10-18-2010, 03:04 AM #9
0Originally Posted by Lab_Rat
10-18-2010, 07:27 AM #10
Thats a nice piece of driftwood, has lots of character.