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  1. Since one of these showed up in my car somehow during the dollar gallon sale i figured I'd document the build. 1st step assembled stand 1st question: my other tanks are mostly on stands i picked up at wallys and put a piece of phenolic over. Since this one is supposed to be exactly the right size should I do that again? And if so should/can I make it a few inches wider on either side to have a little shelf? 2nd pic shows tbe phenolic under a 20 long.
  2. I have a 40 breeder with 2 violet discus they are a pair I also have 1 L193 gold nugget pleco. The tank is pretty heavily planted new fluval 3.0 light coming in my last one died. I have a fluval 207 canister filter. I check my water every two weeks and everything is perfect. This is my college tank. The two discus and pleco are the only fish in there is that overstocked? I have two more years of college so most likely afterwards I would get a 125 but could the discus get to full grown and the pleco is already full grown and live in the 40 breeder? The second picture is an old one.
  3. I have finally got the time to set up my 40 gallon tank! It's going to be a bit hard to catch anything out of this tank but I couldn't resist trying to scape the tank. Super happy because this is my biggest tank so far! I scaped it with some Manzanita and Malaysian driftwood. Also used river rock because I just had it laying around. For the plants, I used crypts, amazon swords, java fern, java moss, crinum calamustratum, and some java moss. I tried to do a breeding tank so I chose the albino koi guppies and lemon blue eyed bristlnose plecos. Thanks for looking, tell me if I should add anything, I would really appreciate any feedback
  4. hey guys, i'm planning to do a 30-40 gallon long amazon biotope kind of aquarium and wanted some help with stocking ideas... i plan on having it heavily planted, possibly with some passive CO2 injection (Using Fluval 20g passive CO2 system, basically bicycle CO2 cartridges into an upside down cup) i plan on having 4-6 bolivian rams, 10-12 rummy nose tetras, a bristle nose pleco, and for a center piece, i'm thinking an Electric Blue Acara? i was also thinking of doing a decent school of oto's to help with algae when it gets there, but A.) i'll have a pleco and B.) i'm worried the acara would slowly eat them. any other ideas for a centerpice fish or other clean up crew? I also wanted some help with plant choice? i know swords are out bc of the pleco... any other good background plants that wont get destroyed? i do plant on some dwarf sag carpet, anubias, crypts, etc... also wanted to know if there are any readily available aquatic plants that come from the amazon, to make it as natural as possible. thank guys!
  5. Hi everybody! I'm going to get a 40 gallon tank really soon and I need some ideas for a scape for the tank. If you have any photos of your tank, please put some pictures of it here! Just need some ideas for a new scape.
  6. I fell in love with loaches and may have gone a bit overboard... Current 20g Long (heavily planted): 10 Strawberry Rasboras 15 Kuhli Loaches 3 Nerite Snails 1 Betta Pest Snails Would a 40g breeder be large enough to accommodate my current stocking level? Would I be able to add 10-20 more strawberry rasboras, 5 more kuhli loaches and cherry shrimp? I can go with a 55g but that would require a new shelving unit. Water parameters have been stable in the 20g, but I know I overdid it.
  7. Hey everybody I'm Zack. At present I don't have any tanks running but I do have plans to put together a hill stream river tank. I have already purchased the tank a 40 breeder at a petco $1/gal sale. I will be putting a river manifold in it to help with thedirectio al flow of the water. As far as filtration goes I know I will have a canister filter probably either a fluval 7 series or a sunsun filter from Amazon, I haven't yet decided if I want to try and do any anoxic filtration with a plenum and biostenosis baskets in the canister or if I want to stay more traditional and try the biohome ultimate filter media. I do plan on having live plants anubias sp. and java fern are all I've really come up with at this point that would do well in this kind of river rock and drift wood hard scaped tank suggestions are welcome. As far as lights I will be going with the fluval 36 inch plant light. For fish there will obviously be various hillstream loaches; I have also looked into some of the freshwater dwarf gobies such as the stiphodon sp. for higher up in the water column I am thinking white cloud minnows and pearl danios I would like to do some sort of invertebrate but besides bamboo shrimp idk what would do well in this type of cool water high flow high oxygen environment. Please let me know what you think I would love to hear your ideas on plants fish/invertrates and what I should feed them I'd also like to know the best way to encourage the algae and aufwuchs to grow on the rocks but not take over the tank.
  8. I finally have all my plants in place, appears that everything is growing and doing well. Tank is cycling and doing its thing. I am beginning to think of stocking options for this bad boy. Can't do anything right now, as I have guppies in QT till the first week of May at the very least. I am so torn, between what to do for cleaning crew. I love bristle nose plecos (hear they are messy/large bioload?), Khuli loaches, Hillstream loaches, Oto's.. ugh.. want them all LOL. I MUST have Corydora's (good ground clean up crew.. but so CUTE).. but this time I am going to order them them online so I don't run into the issue of having a difficult time trying to find the same ones to complete my group. I don' know which ones to get. I have peppered and albino in the other tank and want different ones for his one. Once I am done with the clean up crew, I want to move on to adding the rest. With all these plants, I need a clean up crew.. and a GOOD one! This set up.. the struggle with the wood was REAL.. I have put it together and taken it apart because it would not sit right, or looked weird.. ugh.. finding large pieces of wood has been very difficult to say the least. Then my LFS was having a hard time getting dragon stone, so I had to use some large pebble stones.. ugh. I got a shrimp thingy, and pleco cave just because..LOL.. Suggestions? FYI.. background is black.. but the lights make it look a bit bluish at night.. or from a cameras view
  9. I never thought I would come to the point of asking this question but here I am.. I have. A 40 breeder tank that's been setup for 2-3 months now. I added plants last week and am dosing easy green. The tank is not cycled which is fine. I'm going to transfer one of the sponges from the quarantine tank to the 40 whenever I bring the fish over. That leads to my next question.... what can I stock in it? I feel crazy asking this question because I have kept tanks for pretty much my whole life. But this time the tank is in the living room and is a centerpiece so I feel more inclined to pick stuff that attracts. For my schooling fish I have thought about guppies, ember tetras or cardinal tetras but if there's others that i should look at let me know. As for the amount I was thinking like 30-50? I'm not sure about other fish but for the bottom dwellers I would like to have a bristles nose and some corys of some kind. After the tank get good and established I also thought of the idea of introducing a shrimp and or snails also. I have done all this I'm saltwater before but never freshwater. I fact I find saltwater to be somewhat easier to pick what I want.
  10. Hi all, Finally got around to set up the newest version of my tank. I'm calling it 40 gallons, though by dimension it's 45 (36 inches long, 12 inches deep, 24 inches high). Hardware: 4-fan chiller (Petzilla) 100 W Heater (Aqueon) Air pump (AQQA) Fluidized moving filter (AQQA), 2 Heat/Cool controller (Inkbird) Planted+ 24/7 LED light (Finnex) Scape: Cholla wood (NApremium), 1 piece Mopani wood (Zoomed), 4 pieces Plant and shrimp Stratum (Fluval), 8.8 lb bag x 2 (more like 1.5 bags plus from established tank) Shrimp cave (Aquarium Co-op), 3 Plants (except for anubias and moss balls, all from Aquarium Co-op): Anubias nana (petite?) from established tank Cryptocoryne wendtii, 5 pots Cryptocoryne wendtii green, 5 pots Java fern wendelov, 5 pots Java moss, 1 mat Micro chain sword, 5 pots Moss ball, 10 Valisneria, 7 pots Water sprite, 2 pots Treatments: Fritz Complete water conditioner Easy Green fertilizer Parameters (Tetra EasyStrips): 1/15/21 Temp: 77.2 Ammonia: 0 Nitrates: 20 Nitrites: 0 pH: 7.2 KH: 0 GH: 300 I didn’t test the water on the first two days because I wasn’t sure how much the ‘dirt’ in the water column would affect the readings.
  11. I purchased a secondhand 40 Breeder for a really good deal. It had a taped on background so I didn't notice until I got home that it had a corner crack. I talked to the seller and got my money back but I still want to salvage the tank somehow. I have a rectangle of glass that is wider than the crack and as high as the back panel that I was planning to silicone over it and then run a bead of silicone along the crack on the outside of the aquarium. When I water tested it was barely weeping through the crack but would still rather be safe than sorry. I know in an ideal world I would replace the whole back panel or just use it for a terrarium. Is this a fool's errand or should it work? I have used squares of glass and silicone to cover bulkhead holes to great success but just want to do this right.
  12. Hi all just looking for some fun breeding options preferably something I can just colonize up in there was thinking of some corydoras or a new pleco to try other than bristlenose. I thought I may be able to try a nano fish above like clown killis to let breed in there as well I have some spare tanks to seperate fry, bu trust curious on some ideas that I could get rid of fry easily if I were to get a lot of breeding.
  13. Stopped by petco just to browse. Half price 40 breeder ended up in my car. Now what to do with it??
  14. Will adding 6 marble hatchet fish to a 40br with a Pearl Gourami, 5 corys, 5 blood fin tetras, 1 2in bush nose pleco, and 1 guppy be okay? I am running an aqua clear 50
  15. Hello I’ve had my planted 40 gallon for a while now. the plants for the past months have shown deficiencies of potassium, iron etc. so I took it upon myself recently to buy some Tropica Plant Care Fertiliser as well as seachem potassium. ive dosed the recommended dose for the past 5 days. I just wanted to know how long should i expect it to take for the fertilisers to take effect? Any valuable links with HQ info would also be appreciated. thanks
  16. Starred a 40 gallon and grabbed a used sponge filter from my main tank and added it also been using some aquavitro seed which is bacteria in a bottle would that cause a bacteria bloom ? Are they good thing to have or they mean something is wrong? Tested levels nitrate 10 to 15 ammonia and nitrite zero finish the 7 day dose tomorrow
  17. I have a 40 Gal. Breeder that currently houses 5 Paradise Fish and a Japanese Trapdoor Snail. My plan is to move 1 or 2 of the Paradise Fish to a different tank, and turn the 40 Gal. breeder into a coldwater blackwater biotope for the remaining Paradise Fish. For plants I'll probably add Nymphaea sp., Cryptocoryne sp., and Pistia stratiotes (and maybe Java Moss). For fish I plan on adding 9 White Cloud Mountain Minnows. Now for the hard part: finding a bottom dwelling fish for this tank... maybe Cobitis sinensis? They seem to occur with both Paradise Fish and White Clouds in parts of their range. Any other suggestions for bottom dwellers? Any other plants? Does it need another fish sp? Thanks.
  18. Aloha all, I think my tank’s finally ready for occupants. It’s about 40 gallons: 36 long, 24 tall, 12 deep. The tall plants aren’t as tall and full as I’d like but they’re getting there. I’ve got octopus on the way, so hopefully that’ll help fill out the backside a bit more. You can see the current set up in my Journal posts. The parameters have been steady at 75-77 degrees (though it will get warmer when summer gets here), 0 ammonia, 0 nitrites, 20 ppm nitrates, 300 ppm GH (my test strips top at 300 ppm so it might be more), 53 ppm KH and 7.2 pH. Based on the hardness and pH, I’m thinking guppies. I’d wanted to do goldfish originally but I have a feeling my water will be too warm and too hard. Do you have any suggestions? Because of where I live I can’t order fish from places like Aquabid or Aqua Huna, so nothing too fancy. I’m particularly interested in the ‘cleanup crew’ and would like to add neocaridina (?) shrimp after things have seasoned for a while.
  19. Hey , so for my bday coming up on Friday I have been given 2 40 gallon breeder tanks and I thought it is about time that I do a planted tank setup because I have had tanks my whole life ranging from a 150 to a 20 gallon and none have had plants so I have watched soo many different videos and tutorials on the best lights and plants and I stumbled upon you’re channel. I went to you’re store and I am actually going to order a few different plants. They are ammannia gracilis, bacopa Carolinia, stellatus octopus, micro sword, Anubis barteri, Amazon sword, and baby tears. So I looked into all those plants and saw how awesome they all looked but ultimately I am wondering what would y’all recommend for a light and also what would be the beginning steps for setting up the tank and also what type of substrate best would fit those plants. Basically like when I put the plant substrate in what next and what helpful fertilizers and root tabs I might need .
  20. Hi! I've been out of the aquarium hobby for about 25 years. Finally have time again to start again. I have a 5 gal tank with a betta. Chico is a platinum betta male. He is a fun guy! He has a little fin rot. But meds are on the way. He still zooms around the tank and is eating. My husband found me a 40-45 gal tall tank for Free! It was at a yard sale. We got it home started cleaning it up and stripping sealer. It is currently in process to be my 1st planted tank. I want to have a few Angels with some Rams a couple Corydoras eventually. I found your videos on YouTube and then checked out the website. I put in my 1st order over the weekend. I. Really excited to have fish again. I just wanted to thank you all at Aquarium Co op for giving me great information that really encouraged me to get back into fish keeping. Thank you!
  21. I'm setting up 40 breeder with leopard frog plecos and would like of have a livebearer breeding also but need ideas for warmer water livebearers and lower ph ? .
  22. Mike here, this is my 40G planted with CO2 and my guppies (55g). Just reset them up list move, still lots of work to do. Def gotta get a black background for the 55.
  23. Good afternoon, New to the group and have questions about new plants. I have a 2 year old established 40 gal long tank with approx 40 mollies, platties & tetras. I have Fluval Stratum partially in tank for my planted 4 Ludwigia Repens & 3 Water Sprite which is just wedged between lava rocks. The rest of the substrate is sand. Also have the Fluval 3.0 LED light & using Bentley's Settings from YouTube. The plants were growing just OK and nothing to brag about. I was adding Seachem Iron, Pottasium & Flourish every 3rd day. And just recently add CO2 injection. I re-arranged my tank to add more plants. I now have 4 Ludwigia Repens, 3 Water Sprite, 6 Brazilian Pennywoth & 12 Hornworts. I also have now your Co-op all-in-one fertilizer which I plan to use. My question is what do you think the light settings for these plants should be & how much dosing for the all-in-one should be used weekly. Sorry but reading some of your previous discussions on other threads is just confusing to me. Any feed back would be helpful Thanks
  24. I got a tank that is 36 x 16 x 18(D). How many plants would I need if I want to have a planted tank? Thank you.
  25. Currently need some help in figuring out the optimal settings for my 40 breeder that is heavily planted and is currently struggling with balance because of the lack of Nitrates based on plant growth, and I feel the strength of the Fluval is to blame HELP!!!!
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