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Old 03-11-2014, 12:21 AM   #1
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Hey all!

Wanted to start a tank journal for my Marineland 60 gallon rectangular tank (48x13x24). Not the best tank to have a planted tank with as it is so tall the light has to travel quite far and it is not very deep which doesn't give me much to work with depth wise. Anyway, bought it back when I was a tank newbie and didn't really know what I was doing or what I should really be looking for. That was about two years ago now. I really wish I would have gotten something shorter. Maybe someday.

I've just made a move up from Nashville TN to Toronto ON and have just restarted the tank/scape. Now I wouldn't call myself a good aquascaper by any means. Usually I just make up a plan while I'm planting. Not the best way I know but it is what I enjoy. And I feel like I am making progress in terms of appearance.

Equipment
Fluval 406 Canister
Maxi-Jet 900 Powerhead with Sponge Filter
Hydor Nano Circulator
Fluval Heater
GLA Inline Atomizer
20 LB CO2
Dual Stage Praxair Regulator
Fabco NV
Tetra Air Pump
Eco-Complete Plant Black (a few red rocks got mixed in somehow - not happy about it)
48" TrueLumen Pro LED 8000k x3

Fish/Inverts
Dwarf Puffers x6
Endler's livebearer x25
Red Ramshorn Snails x30 (and declining)

Plants/Scape
Large Piece of Driftwood (not sure the type)
Couple Rocks (not sure the type)
Water Sprite
Amazon Sword
Xmas Moss
Chain Sword
S. Repens
Baby Tears
Dwarf Baby Tears
Moneywort
Four Leaf Clover
Amaranth Redroot
Vallisneria Nana
Green Temple
Mini Spiral Val
Narrow Leaves Hygrophyla
(Some plants are in real small portions and I'm waiting for them to grow out to really make an impact)

Water
5 KH
6.4 PH when lights on
EI Dosing
50% WC/Week
Just got the CO2 dialed in and started dosing today (03-10-14).

Sorry for the lackluster photos. I'll have to try and get some better ones soon.
All opinions gladly received! Breeder box is temporary!


















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Old 03-11-2014, 12:39 AM   #2
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What is the second gauge on your regulator for? I've never seen anyone leave that on
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What is the second gauge on your regulator for? I've never seen anyone leave that on
It's a valve that just opens and closes. Bought the regulator used and it was already attached. Honestly I couldn't get the damn thing off! Adds length that I don't need.
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It's a valve that just opens and closes. Bought the regulator used and it was already attached. Honestly I couldn't get the damn thing off! Adds length that I don't need.
Oh okay, I always wondered what that was. I'm sure if you try hard enough it'll come off, sometimes it's just super tight from whatever they used (loctite etc). Sweet setup though
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Oh okay, I always wondered what that was. I'm sure if you try hard enough it'll come off, sometimes it's just super tight from whatever they used (loctite etc). Sweet setup though
Yeah someone definitely used loctite or similar on it.

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The second gauge allows you to turn the gas on and off without using the main knob. The main knob sets the pressure, the small one turns it on and off. It allows you turn off the flow and keep the pressure constant. it is used mainly when replacing the cylinder.

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Just wanted to post a few new pics of the tank. Added a few new plants. Not entirely sure of the names. I'm not much for names





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Looks great! The carpet is really coming along. How about pics or journals of your other tanks?
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Love the tanks! I really think the driftwood is a cool piece, great job!
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