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Setting it up



The stand was not in very good shape and needed some cleaning. I also put a shelf in it to keep things a bit more organized.

I also used my DIY method of attaching the stand to the wall in case of earthquake. http://www.kokosgoldfish.invisionzone.com/forum/index.php?/topic/88234-diy-earthquake-brace-for-tank-stand/page__fromsearch__1

I ordered a fluval 405 filter, but decided to return it and make do with the Power Filter 3 and the fluval 204. This will provide 465 gph, which should be enough given that one of the filters is a canister.


I've never set up a canister before. Luckily the guy I bought it from showed me how to do it. I set it up about a week ago and ran it on the old tank with some old media mixed in with the new. I hope this will jumpstart the cycle a bit.


Then I placed the tank on the stand and got ready to fill it.


The HOB filter didn't work at first, so I had to take it all apart and start it up again. Luckily it started on the third try. It's pretty noisy right now. I hope it gunks up quickly and gets quieter soon. The fluval is quiet and seems to work like dream. The brown saucers are the planters where I'll put the plants.

I added Nutrifin Cycle and some ammonia to feed the cycle. I hope to get good test results in a few days and move Fluffy over to the new tank on Monday. New fish on Tuesday!!!! (if all goes well)

Full tank shot:


Thanks for watching!


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  • Regular Member

How awesome!

Now maybe I am wrong, but considered you have seeded the filter with used media, and it is a 55 gallon tank, I would think that it would be fine to add Fluffy now (after removing the added ammonia).

He will not produce a lot of waste since he is only one fish, and you could move all the old media over to the new tank which more or less equals an instant cycle. :)

Of course you will have to watch when you add new fish and keep a close eye on the parameters at first!

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  • Regular Member

The ornament is super cool - it looks like a outcropping of crystal and has led lights inside that change color. I can hardly wait to surround it with plants and turn it on!

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Ammonia was 4.0 this morning. I may have added a bit much last night. Anyway, will wait till I get 0,0,0+ before putting Fluffy in there. Plus I have some planting to do tonight, and I don't want to stress him out too much.

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  • Regular Member

It already looks great! And when your plants are in and growing it will be even more gorgeous.

I'm really enjoying your blog. And it will be fun to watch and read as you add the new fish and plants.

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