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    What is and what should never be Crissytal's Avatar
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    40g Breeder

    Hey guys. I'm still alive. I've just been taking a break from the forum for a little while. I thought I would share my latest project. I've been working on getting a new aquarium up and going. I used to have several aquariums a few years ago, but lost interest in the hobby and sold all my equipment. I started missing my fish and decided to try again.

    Things are finally starting to come together. I'm far from finished though. I am going to add some java and fissidens mosses to the wood, along with some java fern and maybe a couple more anubias nana. I may move the stem plants around again and I'm not sure about the rocks. I'm pretty terrible when it comes to aquascaping.

    The tank is a 40g breeder with a modified Magnum HOT 205 filter. I've added some flexible clear hose to the output to act as a spray bar to cut down on the current. The spray bar runs the entire length of the tank.

    The lighting is a Coralife T5NO fixture. I believe it's 42 watts total. I'm noticing that I have some very dim areas, especially in the back (the fixture is centered on the tank). I'm looking at some options to add a bit more light. I haven't decided if I'm going to add a second Coralife or if I'm going to add something else. I'm on a budget, so the cheaper the better for me. I also don't want to have too much light, as I will not be adding co2. That's a concern as well, I don't want to end up with too much.

    The substrate is Black Diamond blasting sand. I ended up with two grits on accident, but it doesn't seem to be a problem. The driftwood is a large piece of mopani. I soaked it for a good 3-4 weeks. It's still leaching, which I expected. Eventually I will use carbon or Purigen to help remove the tannins.

    No fish yet. My fishless cycle is still going. The ammonia is being used up in less than 24 hours. The nitrites are still sky high even after two large water changes. I'm impatiently waiting. I'm looking at adding the following once everything stabilizes:

    2-3 Calico Bristlenosed plecos - I haven't decided on longfin or regular fin
    Endler's Livebearers
    6 or so cories - Haven't decided on what type yet
    2 Gold Rams - I haven't decided if I'm going to go with them for sure yet
    Cherry shrimp - Undecided, they will probably end up as fish food

    I haven't compiled a list of plants yet. Once I get a list together of what I'm supposed to add, I'll add it here.

    I also wanted to add that the background is indeed mylar. I put it on a few weeks ago and haven't done anything with it. I'm going to go with something else, it will be changed soon.

    Please forgive the photo quality. The aquarium is in the basement, and it's pretty dim down there.

    The tank as of right now:


    Left side:


    Right side:


    Filter:


    Spray bar:


    Let me know what you think. Criticism is welcome .

    Crystal
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    Nice tank!

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    Wow, thats beautiful. I cant believe that its filled with water.

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    very, very nice..... love that filter, do you know where i can get one just like it?

    (inside joke)

    On a serious note, love the setup Crissy. That driftwood, rock and substrate are an awesome looking combo.

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    very nice layout Crystal. you are very brave for tackling a tank of that size--- my wallet would not allow for it. so i take it that your substrate is completely inert with no trace minerals or substances for the plants to derive nutrients from? I would recommend getting some fertilizer tabs then--osmocote does fine too if you have that laying around.
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    Thanks Z!! I'll try to catch ya online in the next couple of days.

    dionae, thank you! It's certainly filled with water. I'm still waiting on it to cycle so I can finally add some fish. I'm impatiently waiting lol.

    Av, I know where you can get a filter just like it . I'm loving it. The spray bar mod did the trick. I still have a nice current, but I don't think it will be too much.

    amphirion, thanks! It hasn't been too expensive. I used to have a 55g. I think the equipment was actually cheaper for it...36" is an odd size it seems. I've tried to get everything on sale. The tank itself was only $40 new. The stand is an old wood table. I've been saving for awhile for the project. The blasting sand is supposed to be completely inert. It's safe for the environment and around water etc. I did a lot of reading on opinions regarding the Black Beauty before deciding to go with it. Quite a few people use it believe it or not. It only cost $16 for the substrate instead of spending $60 for the black moon sand. It was a risk I was willing to take. Thank you for the suggestion on the osmocote. Is there a certain flavor I should look for?

    Crystal
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    from what im getting from planted tank forums, osmocote plus is the way to go, though i cant find concentration perimeters. do keep it buried deep in your substrate so it doesnt interfere with the water column. for a more safer route, you can utilize aquatic plant root tabs (which have prescribed instructions) which are sold at your LFS. petco and petsmart should have them as well. i only mentioned the osmocote since im betting you already have it lying somewhere for your sarracenia or something.
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    Maybe contain the osmocote in meash baggies. Or it will float

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