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  1. I bought this rock yesterday while I was out looking for decorative things to put in my house. I thought you all might like to see it. :D

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    I was really excited to find it as I've never happened upon goldfish art before! Everything else I've found I've had to order.

  2. I don't mind the substrate tangent. :)

    Here is what I did to install it:

    I turned off the filters and the heater. Then I removed all the plants and put these in a large storage container full of water. I removed my goldfish and put them into a 5 gallon bucket. I put my two baby plecos into a two gallon bucket so they wouldn't be harassed or stressed by the larger goldfish. At this point, my 75 was missing maybe 20 gallons of water used for the above containers, but I left the rest of the water in. I then raised my canister intakes, and dumped the bags of substrate directly into the tank, generally flattening the substrate out with my hands to stir up dust and bubbles. Then I drained the rest of the water from the tank, down to as low as I could with my submersible pump. The pump has a large sponge prefilter that helped it to not suck up my substrate. In this way, I managed to lightly rinse the substrate without having to actually rinse it. :) I then planted my plants and filled the tank back up using a cup for the end of the hose so the substrate wasn't too disturbed. After the tank was full I added back in my fish from smallest to largest, mostly just to give the plecos time to find a place to hang out before I added the goldfish.

    The tank was mostly unclouded after about an hour and completely unclouded by the next morning. I do still really like it. It doesn't seem to show much of anything in the way of waste. The piggies clean up the food pretty quickly. It does have a few tan to rose pieces in it, but from your discussion with Shawn this might be irrelevant now. :) I wanted a dark substrate but I have heard good things about the Eco Complete red also.

    I hope that answered all your questions.

    Thanks for all the info! I think I will go look at the black today because I called around and no one here has red and on-line I only found it in 25lb bags which is way too much for me. I am tempted to mix my earth tone natural gravel with it if it at all has the lighter pieces like you described. If I rinse well ahead and add in 5lbs and mix it with my gravel I probably won't even have to take my fishies out. At least I didn't when I added the gravel, I just did it a little at a time and mostly they kept chasing it thinking it was food.

    Here is a picture of my substrate that I think is pretty indicative of all the bags I received. It is a natural product though so I imagine these things vary.

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  3. Hey Courtney, are you still liking your substrate? I have been thinking of trying this one as I like the size of the grains and the color too. A few questions, did you rinse before hand? Is your water cloudy from it? Does it show much waste/food? Were you able to leave your fish in? Are you still happy with it? Enough questions? ha ha

    I wonder how it would look if mixed with the very small amount of gravel I have? just to add some earth tones to it.

    I don't mind the substrate tangent. :)

    Here is what I did to install it:

    I turned off the filters and the heater. Then I removed all the plants and put these in a large storage container full of water. I removed my goldfish and put them into a 5 gallon bucket. I put my two baby plecos into a two gallon bucket so they wouldn't be harassed or stressed by the larger goldfish. At this point, my 75 was missing maybe 20 gallons of water used for the above containers, but I left the rest of the water in. I then raised my canister intakes, and dumped the bags of substrate directly into the tank, generally flattening the substrate out with my hands to stir up dust and bubbles. Then I drained the rest of the water from the tank, down to as low as I could with my submersible pump. The pump has a large sponge prefilter that helped it to not suck up my substrate. In this way, I managed to lightly rinse the substrate without having to actually rinse it. :) I then planted my plants and filled the tank back up using a cup for the end of the hose so the substrate wasn't too disturbed. After the tank was full I added back in my fish from smallest to largest, mostly just to give the plecos time to find a place to hang out before I added the goldfish.

    The tank was mostly unclouded after about an hour and completely unclouded by the next morning. I do still really like it. It doesn't seem to show much of anything in the way of waste. The piggies clean up the food pretty quickly. It does have a few tan to rose pieces in it, but from your discussion with Shawn this might be irrelevant now. :) I wanted a dark substrate but I have heard good things about the Eco Complete red also.

    I hope that answered all your questions.

    Lookin' good, Courtney. You have beautiful crypts, I'm curious to see how their growth will change now that they are in substrate. They should get big and spread, with any luck. Can't wait for updates. :)

    Thank you, Amazing Dan! I am thinking my crypts will be happier now that they can spread out. They were by far the most root-bound in their containers. I will keep you posted for sure. :)

    Looks awesome! We're going to need before and after pictures of those plants ;)

    Thanks! I am planning on taking a picture of the tank each week to track the progress. I am excited to see what, if anything, happens with the plants. :D

  4. Don't tell me to cover up my barebottom! :rofl :rofl :rofl

    Courtney, I have always been a fan of your tanks (and fish), and I look forward to seeing the developments of this new look as well. Already, it looks lovely. :)

    I would never order you to do anything with your barebottom! I fully support you in whatever decision you make. I took a full tank shot Thursday night and I'm planning to take another one every Thursday for a while, per your request. :) I don't have very fast-growing plants.

    It looks great Courtney! I can't wait to see it as the plants grow and fill in more too. :)

    Thank you very much! I am really excited to see the plants do well. I hope they do!

    Gosh Courtney, it's beautiful. Exactly what I would like once I get the new tank/lighting figured out.

    Thank you! I love this tank; it's so relaxing to look at.

    very pretty hun, i liked it before and i like it now too :)

    Thanks Helen! I like it both ways too but fiddling around is fun and I bet my plants will like it better this way. :D

  5. I would just turn it off, dump out the water, take the intake tube out, take out the plastic plate over the impeller, and remove the motor from the bottom, and the impeller from it. Make sure you don't find anything that shouldn't be there, then put it all back together carefully. I find this will solve most problems.

    Make sure when you turn it on that the intake tube is fully over the plate on top of the impeller (the little lever is all the way toward the + side). You can turn it down afterward, but this will help get your flow going properly.

  6. Is the bottom of the tank completely flat? Most glass tanks here don't need support because they aren't flat on the bottom, so the glass wouldn't rest on a stand anyway -- only the plastic rim touches the stand.

    To build on what Shawn said, you can actually damage a glass tank of this build type by "supporting" the bottom. What does the bottom of the tank look like?

  7. Love it!

    What type of crypts are in your tank and where did you get them?

    Thanks! The crypts on the right in front of the rock are wendtii, I think, and the ones in the middle-left are undulata. There are tall ones in the back right that are spiralis, I think. Remembering these things is not my strongest talent. :) They all came from Planted Aquariums Central.

    Looks great! Just wondering, how is the eco complete different from regular sand? Is there a different ratio of material in it?

    It's a lot bigger than sand. Not gravel-big, but definitely not sand-small. It's a volcanic rock, I think, which makes it hold on to nutrients better than other substrates. Other than that, its benefits are basically color and size.

    Courtney, I'm loving the look! I can't wait to see how it fills in. :D

    Thank you! I am really excited to see if the plants can stretch out a little now!

    It looks really good!!

    Thanks! I am glad it turned out as well as it did.

    Looks great!!! I cant wait for you plants to grow like crazy now ;)

    ME NEITHER. I am so excited! :happydance

  8. Looks great! And love the plecostomoose too!

    Thanks! :rofl The plecostomoose love you too!

    Your tank looks great! Keep us posted on your "big plants"!

    I prefer my bottom to be sparkling clean, thusly, it shall remain bare! :booty

    I definitely like the barebottom for cleaning purposes! But I also like plants. It was a dilemma, for sure.

    Looks good :)

    Thanks!

    That looks great! I'm considering going planted when I upgrade. Looks so nice! :)

    I love how the plants look. Definitely recommend it. :D (And since my problem with land plants is that I always forget to water them... this works out great!)

    Looks terrific! I do like the looks of that substrate . . .. :hummm

    It seems like a pretty good substrate so far. I did have to buy a LOT of it for this tank, and it's not cheap, though.

  9. It looks great!

    Here's to us barebottom girls covering up :alc

    :P

    Thanks! I will admit that looking at your substrate helped brave me up for putting in mine! :D

    Everyone looks happy! Haha in the last photo I couldn't even see your pleco for a moment! :rofl Beautiful setup. :D

    Thank you! Everyone does seem happy, which is a relief.

    I LOVE it!!!!!

    Edit. What is the tall plant on the right?

    Thanks! The back right plant is some stems of hygrophila corymbosa, I think. Definitely hygro something!

    Woot woot! I hope it works out!!! How deep is the substrate?

    It's about an inch deep in the front and 2 and change inches deep in the back.

    This looks very nice! The eco complete sure has a nice color to it, and at least the plecos seem to love it :D

    Thank you, Fang! The plecos do seem pretty okay with life, though I bet they will feel happier after the lights go out tonight.

    looks great! I am also contemplating covering up my barebottom :wacko:

    It's definitely a big change! If you do decide to do so, post some pictures!

  10. I put substrate into my 75 gallon tank today! This is kind of a big deal for me, as I've never had a goldfish tank that wasn't barebottom before. But, I decided I really wanted big plants, and to get big plants, I needed room for their roots to grow. So... substrate! I chose Eco Complete, for the color and the size.

    Here is a before shot!

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    And here is a picture of the immediate after.

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    Some more pictures after some more of the dust and bubbles had cleared.

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    One of my plecos has decided to dig himself a little fort right here. There are better places to hide, but I think the plecos will find them at night and are more or less hunkering down at the moment.

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    This is where the other guy is hiding out:

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