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    Default JOBBER's 75 gallon - South American Amazon Basin Theme - Wild Discus

    (have something in the works at the moment, mind as well jump the gun and get a journal started while there's free time...STAY TUNED)

    A Start to a New Beginning - Amazon Basin Theme


    CURRENT SETUP:

    • Tank: 75 gallon (48x18x21)
    • Substrate: Caribsea Instant Aquarium Sunset Gold
    • Filtration: Rena Filstar xP4, Large sponge filter
    • Filter Media: Seachem Matrix, Filtration pads. Oyster shell
    • Lighting: Marineland Double Bright LED
    • Heater: Hydor ETH In-Line Heater 200w
    • pH Monitor: American Marine Pinpoint
    • Powerhead: Tunze Turbelle Nanostream Pump - 6025

    PARAMETERS:

    • pH = 5.5
    • Temp.: ~30.5°C
    • GH: ~3 dGH (~50ppm)
    • KH: ~1 dKH (~15ppm)


    FAUNA:

    • Corydoras Robineae (Mrs. Schwartzi's, Bannertail Corydoras)
    • Brochis Splendens (Emerald Corydoras)
    • Hyphessobrycon pulchripinnis (Lemon Tetra)
    • Hyphessobrycon copelandi (Copeland's Tetra)
    • Hemigrammus rhodostomus (True Rummynose Tetra)
    • L134 Peckoltia Compta (Leopard Frog Pleco)
    • Crenicara punctulata ('Checkerboard' Cichlid var.)
    • Symphysodon aequifaciatus aequifaciatus (Putumayo Royal Spotted Green Discus)
    • Symphysodon Heckel (Nhamunda Blue faced Heckel)

    FLORA:

    • Echinodorus Amazonicus (Amazon sword)
    • Vallisneria nana

    FURNISHINGS:

    • Manzanita driftwood
    • Natural River Rocks

    Additional CO2 Source:

    • Metricide

    Dosing:

    • NPK Macro-nutrient mix
    • CSM+B Miconutrient mix
    • DIY Root Capsules
    • Seachem Prime
    • Seachem Equilibrium
    • Epsom Salt
    • Kent's Botonica Humic and Tanic Acid
    • Amy's Ketapang Almond Leaves
    • Almond Catappa Bark
    ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
    • Frequency of Water Changes: Twice per week (as at March 1, 2013, will increase in future)
    • % Water change: 50%+
    • Estimated cost of setup (not including livestock): $750+
    • Estimate weekly maintenance time spent: 2 hour
    • pH from the tap: 6.8
    • "Tank influences/inspirations": (South American theme: 2wheels2, tony1928, luke78, josephl, mykiss, charles, killifishkerry) (Tank simplicity: crazy72, bunnyrabbit, davej)
    • Fish purchased from: Fantasy Aquatics, Canadian Aquatics
    • Equipment and supplies purchased from:J&L Aquatics, BCA member, ebay, Ken's
    • Aquatic plants purchased from: Amazon sword from Fraser Aquariums in 2000, Val nana from Fantasy Aquatics
    • Type of food you feed your fish: Earthworm pellets, shrimp pellets, NLS, Freeze-dried blackworms, frozen bloodworms, live bloodworms, red wrigglers, ibunch of other ken's stuff
    • Water test kit used: API master test kit, GH/KH
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    Last edited by jobber; 03-16-2013 at 09:03 PM.
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    love the drawing! can't wait for more progress!


    just a heads up... i've got a ton of rock lying around i can just give you if you want it... and I also have lots of vals and a ton of java fern when you're ready to go!
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    Day 1:

    Progressing at a snail's pace but managed to move the tank and stand into place. Just wanted to thank Gary, Tony, Dave, and my brother for helping me move this from ninez place. If I was well, probably could have done it all myself . But wasn't as strong as Dave who managed to move the stand all my himself.

    The tank at it's former residence at ninez. Thanks again ninez, great guy to deal with and great transaction experience. Everyone I have dealt with on BCA have been great to date.


    And now.....and so it begins....first the stand tight into my room.



    On the tank rests on the stand beautifully.




    And at 3:30am, finished uploading the pictures to end the previous journal and to begin this journal.

    Fish are all being housed in their temporary tank. Unfortunately, a bit of a oversight on my part with regards to the length of the canister filter's tubing. Let's just say I'll need to run to J&L's tomorrow morning to pick up a brand new one that'll reach far enough into the tank. Through it all, to save the bacteria in the canister, I placed all three trays of Seachem matrix from the canister filter and into the rental tank, placed an airstone underneath and just relax.

    Plans for tomorrow:
    -go J&L, pick up new tubing
    -replace xp4 tubing
    -install all equipment
    -fill the tank
    -dump the prepared tanic water
    -let the tank water gets to the temp. I want
    -dump fish straight back into the 75g

    -go look at fish at the LFS
    -and eat lunch

    So until tomorrow.....
    Last edited by jobber; 02-19-2013 at 11:04 AM.
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    Wow. That's a lot accomplished in 1 day. Great start.
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    Nicely done. Are you planning to have pancake fish in the tank or 1000 cardinals?

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    I heard it was going to be an L46 breeding project.
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    Glad we could help you on your journey. Have you ever considered just using clear/black vinyl tubing?

    Can't wait to see your tank develop. This is the best part of any tank project.
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    Quote Originally Posted by jobber View Post
    -go look at fish at the LFS
    -and eat lunch
    my favourite part of every day


    Cant wait to see the tank come together!
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    Looking forward to how this one turns out, your 33g looked awesome
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    Quote Originally Posted by 2wheelsx2 View Post
    Wow. That's a lot accomplished in 1 day. Great start.
    Took awhile for me to get going after the tank was brought back. I was on beast mode. Day 2 (today) wasn't as much to do. Picked up some things, took a break and visited the LFS and had lunch.

    Quote Originally Posted by charles View Post
    Nicely done. Are you planning to have pancake fish in the tank or 1000 cardinals?
    Thanks Charles, mmmm....pancake fish, some green onions seasoned with some herbs, touch of salt...

    Cardinals...probably more like [(1000/100)1+2]2. I think rummies would also be nice too....the possibilities...

    Hey, I'm going to show as much patience as I can, I've told Gary awhile back that I'm lucky I had a small tank and can't shove anymore fish from Charles. Times have finally changed...for the bigger. You got my email....let's make it happen my friend.

    Quote Originally Posted by 2wheelsx2 View Post
    I heard it was going to be an L46 breeding project.
    Funny. Very funny! har har. It could have been but going towards another direction. Breeding fish is boring. I'll nature do it's course.

    Quote Originally Posted by monkE View Post
    my favourite part of every day
    Cant wait to see the tank come together!
    haha. LFS and lunch: Item checked off the list.
    it's taking it's time. Takes quite a lot of time and water to fill and empty the tank...give me some downtime to upload stuff.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sploosh View Post
    Looking forward to how this one turns out, your 33g looked awesome
    Maybe it'll be a bit of a surprise. Always great to just keep people guessing but post lots of pictures. Thanks for the kind words. Got bored of the 33g, got what I got out of it. Keep your eyes out, going to be a lot of pictures for this setup.

 

 
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