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  1. #1

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    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


    Buckets



    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...

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    Driftwood (will let it soak for a couple of weeks before I put it into the aquarium)

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    That is by far the most organized fish closet I've ever seen. That driftwood is gonna look awesome in the tank.
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    Look like you are doing it the right way; taking your time. Good luck with that tank.

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    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?
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    I love your work closet! So organized. The tank looks so clean and new! Can't wait to see the drift wood in there!
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    Thanks all for the comments! As far as stocking, my plan is a community with the following fish:

    4 green emerald cory
    2 angelfish
    1 guppy
    5 gold barb
    2 dwarf gourami
    5 threadfin rainbowfish
    3 dalmation molly

    Of course I'm open to suggestions...

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    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?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lab_Rat
    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?
    I put together the list on AqAdvisor, adding and removing fish as I went along... guess the guppy got the short end of the stick there. But now that I think about it, I could easily add more fish since I'll be getting a 2nd filter. Good stuff.. thanks for the suggestion!

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    Thats a nice piece of driftwood, has lots of character.

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