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AllenIsbell
11-11-2012, 01:57 PM
Tank: 20 gallon extra-tall
Environment: Freshwater/planted
Filtration: Eheim Professional 2 2028 (Custom plumbing - see below)
Lighting: A couple of 26-watt CFL bulbs for now. (Still looking for some 6000Ks)
Substrate: Premium play sand.
Heater: Rena Cal Top Light 100w




So, I got back into wanting an aquarium about 6 months ago. I was set on building a marine aquarium. I changed my mind about 2 months ago. I wanted to first be in the habit of maintaining a box of water before venturing off into a more difficult field. Practice, basically.


A friend hooked me up with a 20 gallon extra tall with lid/fixture and a stand.


First things I did:


I cleaned everything. The stand came with reversible panels--One side wood, the other black. The wood side was out. I like modern, so I swapped them around to black. The frames on the aquarium are plastic, and had a wood design on them. I flipped the aquarium upside down, masked off the front, sides, and bottom, and painted the rear black. I'm a fan of black backgrounds.


I let the paint dry for 3 days in the garage before taking off the tape. While drying, I went to Lowes and picked up some PVC, sand, rocks, and other supplies to make my plumbing.
Rock: http://www.lowes.com/pd_224017-39243-123_4294728526__?productId=3561590&Ns=p_product_price%7C1&pl=1&currentURL=%2Fpl_Pavers%2BEdging%2BStones%2BRetain ing%2BWalls_4294728526__%3FNs%3Dp_product_price%7C 1&facetInfo=


Sand: http://www.lowes.com/pd_10392-286-111351_0__?productId=3006085&Ntt=premium+play+sand&pl=1&currentURL=%3FNtt%3Dpremium%2Bplay%2Bsand&facetInfo=


Then I rinsed the sand because I hate cloudy water as much as the next aquarist.


(I made a new Youtube channel because I realized that I wanted to make videos specifically related to fishkeeping)


I really enjoy helping people, so I made a guide if anyone is interested in learning how to rinse sand:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iBT-6l5l4p0


Next, I busted the rocks up . PAIN IN THE BUTT. THEY ARE TOUGH.


Took it all into my office where I took measurements for the plumbing. Did all of the cutting/gluing outside.


http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/C65A064E-B281-499F-AA99-8FD3959178B2-5811-000004747A347E5E.jpg


http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/C7BCE459-70EE-46C6-8553-DE0A0A147707-5811-00000475EEBABBA2.jpg


After that was said and done, I ran the water hose through the window and filled it up. When the water level was at about 25%, I leveled the tank. My tile floors must not be even because it was off a good bit. Primed the filter, and got the water moving. Had to add water after filling up the filter, of course. Added Jungle Start-Right to the tank to get rid of chlorine and cloromine.


After a couple days of making sure that there were no leaks and getting the temperature up, I went to Wal-Mart and bought a Platy and Molly to start the cycle. I also bought a pack of "Hardy Aponogeton Bulbs" to start my plant adventure. I acclimated the fish by floating the bag for 30 minutes and pouring a little tank water into their bag every 5 minutes for an hour. I know some people are against cycling with fish--I'm not. Sorry if that's offensive to anyone. I also got an airstone at this time. The fish lived through it with no problems or signs of distress.






After a week, I got an Apple Snail and a Red Flame Sword from Wal-Mart.


Made a timelapse video of the Apple Snail:
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=quA3h7FwXDA


http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/3FD11E01-1BFD-4BB4-9315-23A3CFF77515-5811-00000473D1108A6A.jpg


http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/7E4C737B-7F17-4FD4-9482-447B8DDFAEA7-5811-00000473D4384F7E.jpg


Waited another 2 weeks, and got some ghost shrimp and a male Gold-Dust Molly. (I can't get good pictures of the fish because they move too fast. I will post video updates of the tank instead.) Somehow the plant and airstone kept floating up, so I got some Eagle Claw eco friendly fishing weights and tied them on to the plant and airstone with fishing line (made of tin and aquarium safe based off of my online research).


A couple of days ago, I realized that my plant was growing pretty dang fast on a 10-hour-per-day light schedule. I propagated the Red Flame Sword to spread the greenery out a little. At this time, I was hoping I was doing it right. I just pulled them apart, tied and weighted the pieces together.


http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/DE834D59-CC24-4C7B-B2CC-E88C9C12156C-1272-000000480DA2A858.jpg


I have been doing 50% water changes weekly since I started this tank. Today I did a water change.


I just noticed that one of the Aponogeton bulbs have sprouted!


http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/F02636FE-6486-4C02-8906-C158E4E84E88-1272-0000004844B913A0.jpg


After noticing that, I spread the bulbs out so they don't use up each other's nutrients (if that's even an issue with them). These CFL bulbs are doing a great job of growing these plants. The new sprouts in the center of the original Red Flame seem to be growing at least 1/2" per day. Not sure about the longer ones. I do plan on getting some nutrients for the plants, though.

Video update:

I don't know why the video quality looks as bad as it does. It makes the tank look dirty.

I hope you enjoy it, anyway.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QCp8cLn_i4Q

AllenIsbell
11-11-2012, 01:58 PM
8 days... today!
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/ABD7337A-EB51-41B3-9659-868AC0E374E0-17806-000008F940ECCD0C.jpg


Quick update on the Aponogeton.


As you can see on the first picture I posted of it, it had just barely sprouted. With my lights on for ~10 hours a day, this is what has happened:


3 days after the first sprout
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/98769F43-2778-4B54-B76F-6170005DBAD5-17806-000008F9179D243E.jpg


5 days after the first sprout
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/AA40ED30-53F9-424A-9D05-F51E5D374B7E-17806-000008F91ADDEEBE.jpg


6 days...
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/58B0C0A5-B6BE-4036-98AA-36E8413C81F5-17806-000008F91D8A1201.jpg


7 days...
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/CB9F863B-4EA5-4432-8BDE-04E2F41A1F4B-17806-000008F920F2B643.jpg


8 days...
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/ABD7337A-EB51-41B3-9659-868AC0E374E0-17806-000008F940ECCD0C.jpg



I'm still not happy with the aquascape just yet. I definitely want to get some taller plants to help take your eyes off of the heater, air line, and plumbing.


UPDATE:


I removed the big vertical stone today because it was getting in the way of the Red Flame Sword.


I replaced the Eheim intake pipe/sponge with another intake I had kicking around.


I also relocated the other Aponogeton bulbs, hoping to have better luck with them.


Here are some pictures. And holy crap look at how much the Aponogeton has grown!


This picture was taken this morning around 9am:


http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/374F54C0-09C6-4ABB-9C85-87F6308A9AC3-19981-00000A73A3CBDB5C.jpg


This one was taken a few minutes ago:
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/BC089B9A-9E7A-48C5-A9A7-EB3DB7738041-19981-00000A739C609D58.jpg


Here is a full shot:
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/7E369CF8-7C4C-4AF1-B669-49FC2284D675-19981-00000A73A06DDC84.jpg


If anyone has any recommendations, let me know!

J.B.
11-11-2012, 02:36 PM
Looks good. I'd paint the DIY spray-bar black so it's a bit less obvious. Krylon Fusion is perfectly safe for painting items that you intend to use inside the tank.

AllenIsbell
11-11-2012, 06:14 PM
That is actually what I am going to do next. I'm going to make another one that agitates the surface so I can get rid of the air stone.

Demonfish
11-12-2012, 09:51 AM
air stones are a good way to circulate water in a really tall tank.

AllenIsbell
11-12-2012, 07:19 PM
Quick update.


I got some new bits for my Dremel. Diamond coated. With these, I cut a few holes to permanently mount my LED moon lights. Soooo happy with the results!!!


http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/BEA41A1F-D931-4FEC-886A-052C0115C6C3-3495-0000019962E2A6DE.jpg


I found out just how tight you can tighten these before the glass cracks :(
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/5343321D-5D76-403A-8DE2-EB568F29339F-3495-000001995E0B983A.jpg


But you can't see the cracks with the hood on!
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/B91D6848-C8F9-40E2-A069-AFF1A36C830F-3495-0000019959D78CF9.jpg


Sooner or later I am going to make an acrylic or plexiglass top that will ONLY have LED's in it. I've got to buy some more LED's and resistors before I do that. Gotta do the math to figure out how many I need for the .6 to .8 watts per gallon LED rule. It's gonna take a lot of them, but well worth it.

Here's a full tank shot:

http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/679402A5-F5DB-468F-9C8B-6F348FF11AD3-3495-0000019CA8706270.jpg

theebisonman
11-12-2012, 09:12 PM
Looking great

J.B.
11-12-2012, 10:23 PM
Can you provide some details on the LEDs? Source, price, color availability etc.

AllenIsbell
11-13-2012, 05:32 PM
I got everything from RadioShack. The LEDs are the RadioShack brand.

They have a variety of colors.

I used 3 of these:
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=3060980&znt_campaign=Category_CMS&znt_source=CAT&znt_medium=RSCOM&znt_content=CT2032233

And 3 of these:
http://www.radioshack.com/product/index.jsp?productId=2062559&znt_campaign=Category_CMS&znt_source=CAT&znt_medium=RSCOM&znt_content=CT2032233

The resistors came from RadioShack, as well. They are super cheap. It's best to buy a bunch of different ones when you go that way you can make sure you are going to be able to have the right about of resistance no matter how you wire it up.

I am using a 12v adapter that I had lying around. I think it went to a wireless router or something.

If anyone is interested in how to do this, let me know and I can shine some light on the subject.

AllenIsbell
11-16-2012, 06:12 PM
Another update on the Aponogeton!


All of the progress in these pictures is over about a 3 day period. The last pic with the fish were taken a few minutes ago.


http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/36F27FB3-1E5D-4D3D-B9E3-861B24D06CA1-16166-0000070CDE7328A9.jpg


http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/F6C0592F-7D70-402B-B48B-3574E7C4FE13-16166-0000070CE2659AD1.jpg


http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/DC1A5338-E494-483F-8DE0-B3E08FB020FA-16166-0000070CE8DCB6F1.jpg


I love that I was able to get both my my Mollies in a decent picture!

Butchhe
11-16-2012, 07:19 PM
Looks really good. I like the way you set up the LEDs.

AllenIsbell
11-16-2012, 09:59 PM
Thanks, man! I LOVE the shimmering effect that LEDs create.

AllenIsbell
11-24-2012, 10:53 PM
Another video update! Be sure to watch it in HD if your computer can do so!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wPUCql1mGTk

theebisonman
11-25-2012, 03:11 PM
Nice Tank!!!

AllenIsbell
11-28-2012, 05:15 PM
Thank you!

Jay Dee
11-30-2012, 05:29 PM
Allen, i always love your aquarium pictures.

Signed Shidohari aka Jay Dee

AllenIsbell
11-30-2012, 05:51 PM
Thanks!!!!



Okay, my Hardy Aponogeton has been growing a flower stem like MAD.


Wednesday I noticed this:


http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/6C6FA9AB-A6DB-480E-9E17-41B9C35BCCAD-26510-00000E8BA73FC260.jpg


The next day at about 5:30PM...SERIOUSLY:
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/281207FD-B266-4B74-A54A-5CEDBD4E0EDB-26510-00000E8BAADD9DDF.jpg


About 10:00pm that night...:
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/6418B43C-040F-4BDB-88E7-BBE6C6083C5E-26510-00000E8BAF43412B.jpg


And this freaking morning before work (lights off at night, only LED moonlights):
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/7B54F43C-E67B-4B69-B9CA-ACC62BE087F7-26510-00000E8BB46E050D.jpg


And right now:
http://i259.photobucket.com/albums/hh282/Iam99x/CE86E9F8-59C8-47AC-A010-1AFE59FEDD34-26510-00000E8BC53A6A8A.jpg


I am completely amazed at how fast that thing is growing, especially at night when the lights are off. It has literally blown my mind. I can't wait to see what the flower looks like.


Does anyone know what plant this is specifically? That would be some awesome information.

AllenIsbell
12-30-2012, 02:19 PM
I've skipped a few updates on this forum. Here is a new update video I did to get everyone back on track!


http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O5MM2NzJu9E

msheresy
12-30-2012, 04:25 PM
What the crap?

All live plants I buy do fine and grow nicely, except for those stupid bulbs. I have added three different packs of those and 1 of the dwarf lilly bulbs and I'm getting the slowest growth (if any) ever! I'm totally jealous that not only have they grown for you, but it's flowering!?!


Any suggestions?


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AllenIsbell
12-30-2012, 04:41 PM
Sorry to hear that! It took mine a few weeks before they did anything, and only one out of four of them actually sprouted. At first, I had them all planted under the sand. Gave up on that, and sat them all on top. A few days later...I got a little sprout. It's grown like made from there on out.

Lil Fish
12-30-2012, 08:45 PM
What the crap?

All live plants I buy do fine and grow nicely, except for those stupid bulbs. I have added three different packs of those and 1 of the dwarf lilly bulbs and I'm getting the slowest growth (if any) ever! I'm totally jealous that not only have they grown for you, but it's flowering!?!


Any suggestions?


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take the bulbs and wrap in a wet paper towel place in a glas jar with a lid on it,sit it in a widow that get sunlight.
It will "germinate" <- sp? : start growing roots.
remove and plant in tank but dont bury the bulb "rhizome"

msheresy
12-30-2012, 09:04 PM
take the bulbs and wrap in a wet paper towel place in a glas jar with a lid on it,sit it in a widow that get sunlight.
It will "germinate" <- sp? : start growing roots.
remove and plant in tank but dont bury the bulb "rhizome"

Do I have to buy new ones or can I pull the ones out of my tanks?


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Lil Fish
12-30-2012, 09:59 PM
Do I have to buy new ones or can I pull the ones out of my tanks?


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not sure on that, yours could be smooshy "rotting"

might be worth a try, would waste anything but a lil time and a paper towel.

AllenIsbell
12-31-2012, 04:13 PM
take the bulbs and wrap in a wet paper towel place in a glas jar with a lid on it,sit it in a widow that get sunlight.
It will "germinate" <- sp? : start growing roots.
remove and plant in tank but dont bury the bulb "rhizome"

We learned that method in horticulture when I was in high school. Thanks for reminding me!

msheresy
01-01-2013, 02:31 PM
We learned that method in horticulture when I was in high school. Thanks for reminding me!

Yeah, tell me about it! I was a biology major..... :-)

AllenIsbell
01-02-2013, 05:11 PM
I am actually selling this aquarium if anyone is interested. Here is my craigslist ad for it:

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/atl/for/3517511886.html

AllenIsbell
01-08-2013, 07:26 PM
Well, everyone. This aquarium is gone. I got some goodies to move my saltwater build further along!

Here is the last video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RAk-Au5Z_uk