Silver Lining - Alex's 96l (Planted)

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  1. fish.com1

    fish.com1 Member

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    Well, my rooms being decorated this weekend after a slight accident with some plant substrate and test solution...

    So after it's done i will be able to set the tank up again, so i am now in the process of buying all equipment, after saving for what feels like half my life :rolleyes:

    Anyway the specs are

    Tank
    80*30*40
    96 litres, juwel rekord 96 (internal removed)

    Filtration
    2*Tetratec ex700 with eheim and tetra media
    ebay glass lily pipes

    Lighting
    18w T8 juwel daylight tube
    6 hours for first six weeks then rising to 8 hours

    Heating
    Hydor eth 200w
    25c

    Substrate
    Oliver Knott Naturesoil normal and fine versions
    tropic white sand

    Fertilisers
    DIY Tropica plant nutrition+ daily

    C02
    Most likely DIY liquid carbon

    Hardscape
    Seiryu Stone

    Plants
    Bolbitis Heudelotti
    Eleocharis acicularis
    Veriscularia dubyana

    Maintenance
    2 50% water changes every week for the first six weeks, then moving on to 1 25% water change each week

    I have spent around 4 hours cleaning the tank and removing the filter etc this week. As i said i have just started to buy the equipment, and hopefully should get a delivery or two tomorrow :D.

    Here is the cleaned tank
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    Excuse the england badge wallpaper :oops:

    Thanks for looking
    Alex
     
  2. samc

    samc Member

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    Re: Alex's 96l low light Iwagumi

    ill look foward to seeing what youve in mind :D if you could id put another tube in if possible
     
  3. fish.com1

    fish.com1 Member

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    :D

    two deliveries today heres what came

    Tetratec filters
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    Unboxed
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    Filter media
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    Aquascaping tool kit, dispenser bottles, storage containers, cleaning brushes and aqua ties
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    Inside tool kit
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    Digital timers from argos
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    seiryu stone
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    I'm excepting the external heater anytime soon also :)

    cheers
    Alex
     
  4. Superman

    Superman Member

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    Re: Alex's 96l low light Iwagumi

    Ahhh, new tank setup. That's the best bit!
    Enjoy.
     
  5. REDSTEVEO

    REDSTEVEO Member

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    Yeh, New tank setup. Great, its not the doing it that gets you its the waiting.

    Patience is a virtue 'my a£$%e.

    Steve
     
  6. Dan Crawford

    Dan Crawford Founder Staff Member

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    Re: Alex's 96l low light Iwagumi

    It looks like your all set, i bet you can't wait! Get the paint brush out pal and hurry them along LOL
     
  7. a1Matt

    a1Matt Member

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    exciting times for you :)

    word of warning - I bought some of the same timers from Argos and one of them worked fine for a few days then started switching erratically. Hopefully you will not have the same problems, but thought I would mention it so that you can keep an eye on it.

    On the bright side I have a tetratec filter as well (ex1200) and love it :D
     
  8. glenn

    glenn Member

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    what brand is the aquascaping tools kit and where did you get it from?
     
  9. fish.com1

    fish.com1 Member

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    Thanks Clarke

    Cheers steve, I agree the waiting is the best part :)

    :lol:
    Yeah i'm looking forward to it, i've been planning this since christmas!

    It's all painted up, but the floors being fitted on tuesday :rolleyes: , so i'll have to wait a few more days
    I bought the digital ones because the clockwork ones kept ticking loudly, so I hope these don't do the same :lol:

    Good to hear about the filter :)
    It's made by aquarium gardening, and it's from aqua essentials

    http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/index.php?main_page=product_info&products_id=35
     
  10. LondonDragon

    LondonDragon Administrator Staff Member

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    New tank nice :) looking good some far (equipment wise hehe) I have been using those timers for a while and they are fine, I have 6 of them and so far no problems, AE sells some which are identical.
     
  11. fish.com1

    fish.com1 Member

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    Cheers Paulo, glad the timers are ok.

    Just ordered the naturesoil and tropic white sand from aqua essentials. How are you finding the natuersoil Paulo, I know your using it in your shrimp tank :)
     
  12. LondonDragon

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    So far so good, but I don't have much in terms of plants here, all low demanding and only dosing TPN+, so can't really compare, the fine version looks great though in terms of plants I could not say to be honest, and haven't done any tests to the water parameters.
     
  13. fish.com1

    fish.com1 Member

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    Thanks Paulo.

    The warehouse aquatics delivery came today. The hydor external heater and some hikari foods came in the parcel

    External heater
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    Unboxed
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    Hikari foods
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    Thanks for taking a look :)
    Alex
     
  14. fish.com1

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    Well a bad day today, I went to raise funds for the tank at game, I took 9 games, three games for the playstation2 (need for speed carbon, juiced, star wars 3) and six for the wii (mario and sonic, ssx blur, simpsons, table tennis, battallion wars 2, fifa 08), to trade them in for cash. I got offered a measley £25 for them all! :twisted: I was hoping for double that at least, so I told them (in my head :lol: ) to naff off! I'll try and sell them at school, I know i'll make more than £25 there :rolleyes:

    And to follow that, the naturesoil and sand had come today, but no-one was in to sign for them :( , so were going to collect them tomorrow from the post office.
     
  15. fish.com1

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    Turned out it was the lily pipes that we missed yesterday so went this morning to collect them from the post office. Then when I got back the Naturesoil and sand had arrived :)

    Lily pipes - inflow

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    Lily pipes - outflow

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    Naturesoil in 10lnormal and 3l fine versions

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    Tropic white sand 9kg

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    Oh and i forgot to mention yesterday, my rooms finished so me, the tank and the equipment are all moved back in :)
    The lino was fitted on tuesday (bargain, only £13.99 a square metre!) and i moved back in on tuesday evening.
    Heres some photos of my room if anyones intrested:

    Bed
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    Desk
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    Door
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    Tanks, Tv
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    I need to wash the sand and scrub the rocks, so hopefully tomorrow i will get the tank set up with hardscape :D

    Thanks for looking
    Alex
     
  16. Vito

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    Re: Alex's 96l low light Iwagumi

    Hey Alex, Nice setup so far, I am curious as to why you went with 2 TTEX700 instead of one TTEX1200.
    Regards to the game trading, Game offer mere peanuts for trade-ins, in my experience Computer exchange (CEX) are far more generous than any other retailer, and you can get prices online so your not disappointed at the store.
    I'm a big fan of iwagumi and I can't wait to see this one up and running.
    All the best!

    Vito
     
  17. Lisa_Perry75

    Lisa_Perry75 Member

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    Looks really good, I bet you can't wait to start! Can't believe thats a boys bedroom though - its tidier than mine!!!
     
  18. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    I just noticed the open PFK on your desk... Nice one!

    I'm looking forward to seeing this one progress. :D
     
  19. fish.com1

    fish.com1 Member

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    Hi Vito

    I went for the 2 ex700's because the ex1200 just wouldn't fit in the cabinet, and if one failed at least there is another to keep the tank running :)

    Thanks for the advice on the trade-ins, i'll have a look at Computer exchange :)

    Thanks Lisa, it's not so tidy now, :rolleyes: theres boxes, rocks and lots of random fishkeeping gear chucked all over the place:lol:

    Cheers George :) shame to see the great planted tank series ending, it was a great read :)

    I'll hopefully be setting up with substrate and hardscape tomorrow, can't wait :D

    Cheers
    Alex
     
  20. fish.com1

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    No hardscape today i'm afraid, :( but i'm all prepared for tomorrow :)
     

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