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Old 06-03-2006, 12:48 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My mom got a 54g corner bowfront tank for mothers day and it has been sitting empty until Thursday, when we finally got the right substrate (eco-complete) with a strip of pool filter sand for the "beachy" area in, then filled it half up to get the filter running, only to find it had a crack in it once water started pouring out of it! We got it replaced yesterday and cwlodarczyk (Carl) hooked us up with some great plants to get us started, a bunch of Val, some crypts, some anarchis, and a bit of cabomba, plus then my mom bought an anubis as well as a few others (pictures for ID help will be coming!), so she planted those, we got the filter running and the tank all filled. today we moved over a small piece of driftwood (the other one we got still floats) with a java fern on it from her old tank and then I transfered my silver-tipped tetras out of my 29g (finally-they were terrorizing my neons) and they are happily swimming around the HUGE tank, as they are the only ones in there so far! Pictures will come as soon as I get a chance to tank and upload them!
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Old 06-03-2006, 03:06 PM   #2 (permalink)
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My silver tetras are horrible as well they have even killed eachother in my 29g. I have 6 left out of 9. I cant wait to see the pictures of your new tank.
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Wow, sounds like a great setup! Did you wash the eco-complete? Sometimes, they will cause a big cloudy mess in your tank. I think it has something about the way they package it.

I'm waiting for the pictures!
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Congrats! Good luck with the tank, you'll do great.
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We didn't wash the eco complete, we read that you shouldn't... It was pretty murky in there for the first day, and every time it gets stirred up when my mom re-arranges the plants it gets a bit cloudy, but it clears up pretty nicely. We are running an XP3 on it and it seems to be working great. We do have the carbon in, since the driftwood was leaching pretty badly (and floating) before we took it out to soak some more...

the silvers haven't been too bad, my neons just spent more time lower in the tank, but I have all 12/12 that we started with, they are just very active, which my mom likes. I'm just glad to have them out of my tank and to have new neons on the way! =)
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If they didnt kill eachother I think they would be a pretty cool fish. They are active and the males get a nice reddish orange.
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the silvers haven't been too bad, my neons just spent more time lower in the tank, but I have all 12/12 that we started with, they are just very active, which my mom likes.
That's great to hear that you didn't get any losses on the neons!

IMO, I think that the driftwood tannins looks great for the tank. Not only that, but it also maintains the water quality that is needed for fishes that like acidic water (Amazon) Also remember to remove the carbon when your tank is settled and heavily planted! The carbon removes stuff that the plants need in order to grow.

Good luck! It seems like your off to a great start.
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and to think that some mothers get vacume cleaners for mothers day...
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my mom's not really fond of the yellowish water, plus this gives the plants some more room to grow out to start for now. Plus it makes the water more acidic, which is a change from what they are used to, and if we were to do that, we want to do that slowly, and after they have adjusted to their new tank so there aren't so many changes all at once. They were just moved over today and are doing well. I thought they'd look small in the huge tank, but they actually look so much bigger! The male, a veil, is absolutely stunning! We also got some "spotted" cories today from All About Fish in Long Beach and they are in their old tank for QT. We were hoping to get cardinals as well, but it looked like that tank was coming down with ich... I'll try to get pictures up tomorrow
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sorry in advance for the bad quality of pictures...

the tank day one, still a bit cloudy and lacking a background:


female angel:


male veil angel:


male again:


plant id help? does anyone know what this is?


again, does anyone have an id on this? It reminded me of like a land plant, but I can't recall what that is called either...


another id help needed, although this one I'm pretty sure is also a terrestrial plant, so I guess it can survive both in and out of water...?


We had the driftwood in the tank, but it floats still, and we can't tell if the weights we have are actually lead or not (they are "spoon sinkers" from Walmart) and decided not to take the chance. It currently has about 4wpg and we just got our CO2 system yesterday so hopefully it will get set up soon so we don't have an outbreak of algae! The angels are much happier and so much more active, as are the tetras, and there's actually been a bit of aggression with the angels, probably because they can actually see each other now! Hopefully the plants will grow rapidly to give them more cover. The cabomba has grown probably an inch and a half already though!
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