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  1. I like what you did with the moss balls! My goldfish doesn't eat java fern, anubias, cryptocorynes, or sword plants (unless they're babies). He DOES eat Brazilian pennywort, elodea/anacharias, and duckweed. Your mileage may vary of course. Some fish will just eat everything, sadly. I hope you find some plants that work out, though! Planted tanks are awesome.
  2. I definitely agree that two filters is preferable to one, and you'd have no problem getting to the 10x filtration that way. If you do decide to go with the Marineland filters, look into adding additional media of your choosing so that you have the larges surface area for your beneficial bacteria possible. If you do that, I don't think a sponge filter would be necessary. That's a good point about the filters fitting: The rim of your tank might be different from other tanks even of the same size, so definitely check out which filters will fit.
  3. If you're already doing buckets, the best way is to treat each individual bucket. But if you have a python or similar, and you want to add your prime all at once, you add enough for the whole tank at the beginning before you start adding the water back in. When it's very hot out, I have been known to add enough for a quarter of a tank, wail till it's a quarter full, then add enough for another quarter, wait till it's half full, etc. this is because prime can bind up the oxygen in a tank, and there is not too much oxygen in warm water to begin with. But I think this process is not particularly necessary, just something I do because I'm like that. Edit to add: if you get the tiny bottle of prime, you can add drops of prime at a rate of two drops per gallon. This is how I do buckets, when I do it that way. I just refill this bottle from one of the big bottles of prime when it runs out.
  4. Oooooh. I'm sure your new tank setup will be beautiful!
  5. Looks awesome! You will make its inhabitants very happy.
  6. That fish is adorable! If I had floating plants, I would snuggle up into them too.
  7. They look great! Glad to hear they moved well!
  8. She is a lovely fish! Thanks for sharing the pictures.
  9. That is a great idea with awesome execution. And I love the photos, as always.
  10. You can also get glass 46 bow fronts, which you might also want to look into. There is nothing wrong with acrylic, but I would not get that tank, personally. Here's why: the opening(s) on the top of the tank is/are smaller than the tank itself. I am not sure about the configuration, as I have not seen one in person. But, the more aquarium supplies I buy, the more I convince myself that I really should just buy my things to be as compatible as possible with as many other items as possible. On this tank, for instance, you would be limited in your lighting choices and possibly also limited in your filtration choices. Which is not to say that the acrylic is bad or anything. It looks like a really nice tank. But I don't want anyone to go through the frustration of being extremely limited in options without being aware of it first. Either way, it will be beautiful and you should definitely post pictures.
  11. I always love pics of spicey, when I get to see one. Thanks for posting some!
  12. I hate those cut em yourself plastic things. I find that we get along better if I just don't use them.
  13. I use it for plants, and it is really nice for that purpose.
  14. Because I like the kinds of fish that would never win anything in a fish show, the fish themselves are usually the last consideration on the list. My wait list is really more like my waiting to get all my equipment together list. Once I can afford that, the fish is hardly a drop in the bucket. Like koko, though, I also have a hunt list. But it's longer than I have room for, so... I guess it is also kind of a wait list.
  15. I also like the jager heaters, but there are many types of good heaters out there. A lot of people here really like a kind called Aqueon pro, I think? These heaters have a light that says they are on and a separate light to indicate that they are heating.
  16. I would agree with replacing the bottom pane altogether. I don't think, were this my tank, that I could trust another kind of repair.
  17. That is so cool! I am super impressed by homemade stands.
  18. The actual wires are the hanging kit that goes with the light fixture. Here is a link to both the light fixture I bought as well as the hanging kit. The light I have is the 48" freshwater and the hanging kit is down at the bottom there under "Suspension Hardware."
  19. Thanks guys. I am pretty excited to move on at this point and possibly get some new fishes, which is pretty much the whole point of this whole excursion, and a point that has been kind of lost of late.
  20. When I bought my water changer, I just bought the part that attaches to the sink, and not the tube. But I purchased the marina aquavac, because the part that attaches to the sink is metal. Anyway, do some looking around on amazon (which is where I got mine) and I'm sure you'll find something.
  21. That's really good information. Does the same hold true for stands that have a full table top? When I was shopping for a stand for my 40, I was going to pick one up that was good up to 90, so I could upgrade without buying a new stand. I think a lot of this just has to do with the construction of the particular stand. If you take this one, for instance, you can maybe see what I mean. It comes right out and says you can put a 55 (approx footprint 12x48) as well as a 75 (approx footprint 18x48). I think the reason this stand is so flexible about tank size is the way the underneath is configured. Because it has those shelves in the middle of the stand, with the doors on the outside, it probably has supports at 1/3 and 2/3 of the way across the tank, which means the surface as a whole is more supported. Lots of other kinds of stands are more or less unsupported across the underside of the top surface, with almost all of the support around the edges. I might run into trouble putting a 55 on a 75 gallon stand with this kind of construction. You can probably get away with a lot more if the tank you are putting on a given stand is much smaller than the tank that the stand is designed to hold. In those cases, the stand is constructed to hold a whole lot of weight, and you're only putting a fraction of the weight on there. Unfortunately, these are all just things to keep in mind rather than absolutes, though. The only way to tell for sure about a particular stand would be to consult someone who can calculate the load on various parts of the stand and whether or not those parts can handle that load. And most of us are not up to that task.
  22. After a lot of thought, I've decided to put my dream tank project on hold somewhat indefinitely. I am going to sell the tank I have now and get a largeish, normal one in its place. I am thinking 75 gallon, which has a very similar footprint to the current one so I know it will look great in the spot I have picked out. This was a really hard decision to make, as I've put a lot of time, effort, and money into this, but it's gotten to the point where it's overwhelming and no longer fun. I did know that this would be quite a process--I didn't name my blog what I did for nothing. And I tried my best to mitigate the demands on my time by getting as much as I could finished before I bought a house. But there were some things I did not take into account. I didn't realize just how many ongoing battles I would have to fight just to get it set up, and I didn't realize how much effort I would actually want to put into doing things to my new house, taking time away from the aquarium. Both of these are things I could have planned better for. But also I've had a lot of family obligations lately, which of course are most important, and I find that I just don't have the time or energy that I thought I would have for this project. In addition, because this whole project has become so overwhelming, I'm not enjoying it anymore. I really liked putting together all the DIY parts that I was going to put into the tank, but I've reached a point where I work and work and don't really see results, and it's very discouraging. I've entertained the thought of giving up on the hobby altogether at points in this process, but I know that's not actually what I want. I just want a nice big tank I can sit back and relax and enjoy, and that's nowhere in sight with this current setup, sadly. I didn't permanently modify any of the parts of the canisters I have already bought, so I can just reconfigure those as normal and they will be more than up to this job. And the light I already have will work great, also. So this should be a fairly easy transition. I will lose out on almost everything else I've put into this, but it's a learning experience and I have learned quite a bit! And maybe someday I will have tons of time to put into a dream tank again.
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