ccurtis Posted October 23, 2022 Share Posted October 23, 2022 I recently moved from CA to TN. It took a while to find a place here in TN as the housing market is crazy. Ultimately, we found our little nest in the mountains. When I was in CA, I had a large 125g community tank and a 29g shrimp tank in my living room. I did not want to take them across the the country with me, so I sold them both prior to moving. This was tough for me as I really enjoy aquariums and I tend to use them as a stress reliever when I have bad days at work. In line of work I am in, there are more rough days than easy ones. The house we bought in TN is much smaller than the one we had in CA, but we really love it. With that being said, I am finally starting up a new aquarium in my living room. I found a guy selling a 7 month old 75g tank, stand, light, and canister filter on the facebook marketplace. He was moving as and did not want to take it with him (I know how that goes). He sold me everything for 450 dollars which frankly I think was an amazing deal. He had an juvenile albino bristlenose he didn't know what to do with, so I took it with me as well. Anyhow, today is day one on the setup. Things completed on day 1: Tank/stand were cleaned and brought into the house. Pea gravel from home depot (3 bags) were washed and added to the tank. This gave me about 3 inches of substrate. Filled the tank. (Yay no leaks!) Watched a few youtube videos on setting up the Penn Plax Cascade 1200 Elite filter, and got that setup and running on the tank. Added a heater. Ran to PetSmart (sadly, there are no mom and pop fish stores close by) and bought some water conditioner to remove the chlorine from the water. Added water conditioner. I know that the tank is not cycled yet, but I added the bristlenose to the tank. I figured it would be happier being that it was being temporarily housed in a jug on my kitchen counter. I will keep an eye on the parameters closely and monitor Ammonia and Nitrite levels during cycle process to ensure the fish is ok (adding fish before I am cycled is not a standard practice for me). Set up the aquarium light (Hygger smart light) and put it on a wifi timer. I will be placing an order to the coop soon to get plants and other items to complete the setup. Once the setup is complete and I am cycled, I will start to add additional fish. I want to document the entire process. 5 1 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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