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Green Phantom

Discussion in 'Planted Aquarium Journals' started by Zikofski, Jun 10, 2014.

  1. Zikofski

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    i have decided to name this tank and project Green Phantom
     
    okay so i know its been a while, and for those who have been following my Cabinet project, thank you for my patience but i now have the tank set up and ready [​IMG] [​IMG]  i am taking it slow, trying to get everything right first time this will be planted before i get fish so i won't be doing a fish less cycle as such as it will be a few weeks to a month before i get fish i want to concentrate on plants first. now i have the tank setup and my general scape done with rocks and wood so far i am happy with it. so i shall stop chatting and get on with the pictures.
     
    firstly the tank 88L of Joy filter and co2 all hocked up i just need to get some timers for the lights and solenoid.
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    so what i do first, i filled it slightly only about 1cm worth of water and then i added my substrate, honestly i didn't clean it before hand i am going to do that in the tank it self as i don't really have anything to clean it with as yet
     
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    now i am not sure if this is going to be enough sand i hope so, its not particular deep but i shall see how i go with planting but it is 14kg of Seachem Flourite Black Sand lovely looking substrate dirty but looks lovely
     
    so filling the tank i used my garden hose attached to my kitchen tap, i have no outdoor water outlet [​IMG], and yes this sand is very very dirty
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    once i emptied the tank a couple of times and messed around with the sand a little i got to a point where i could actually see things i did do a video to show how the flow around the tank was, the dirty water was actually very helpful for this part as i could see if there was any dead spots and to see the direction and strength of the flow i will try to upload this video in a couple of days.
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    now i bought 10kg worth of rock from AE, was largely disappointed with them tbh, way to big kinda gave me 3 large pieces instead of 10 smaller pieces that i was hopping for but i got my trusty hammer out and broke them up into a few smaller pieces but i kept some big and some small i think they look alright now i got my wood from a local LFS a private one not to keen on the shop it self fish stock low no plants and didn't look like a good shop tbh but there wood was good in my eyes so i nabbed a few pieces i tried to use some paper before my tank arrived to kinda give me an idea what i was going to do but i didn't work very well but you get the idea of it
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    thats it for now, il see how the water settles in the morning and i need to get some bromo blue solution from somewhere so i know get the co2 sorted before i add plants so i may get the plants from AE next week but the plants i shall get well i won't know as i will be buying this
    http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/mixed-box-10-pots-for-a-70l-tank-p-5095.html
     
     
    thnx for reading and il keep you updated
     

     
  2. Ninjouzata

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    Looks great so far, even with the cloudiness! Can't wait to see how this turns out :)
     
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    Awesome! Keep posting a lot of pictures! :D
     
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    Lovely so far, keep up the good work
     
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    Nice, i just know this is going to turn out awesome!
     
    Can't wait to see this as it turns out!
     
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    There is finally water in it :) can't wait to see how it turns out.
     
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    This is going to be awesome. I already envy this tank. I have the same substrate. I believe they discontinued the Black sand here. The new version has a new bad design which allows you to rinse the sand before removing. But man they are costly!
     
  8. Zikofski

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    thank you all so much :) i hope its going to be as good as you make ot sound, well an updatemy bromo blue arrived yesterday, and i got my co2 up n running leaving it on for 24h with lights of to get co2 up stable and algae free ready for the plants that i sha buy on monday, tank has cleared up a little more since my last pic so il get a pic of it tonight along with a pic of my drop checker to confirm its lime green so watch this space next week tursday/wednesday for plants :D
     
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    Looks good mate. Can't wait to see the finished product
     
  10. daizeUK

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    Nice to see the cabinet you worked on finally getting used!  Are you out in Oz right now?
     
  11. Zikofski

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    thank you, and no i am back here in the uk [​IMG] okay so here is the tank at the moment
     
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    and here is the drop checker does everyone think this is lime green enough? i did get it more greener but i think it was teetering on yellow so i toned it down a little
     
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    and this is the flow within the tank sorry this is an old video so is still cloudy
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  12. daizeUK

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    As long as you have no livestock, go full yellow! :)
     
  13. Zikofski

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    no no my plan is to have livestock eventually :p haha after a month 
     
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    Yes of course but until then full CO2 will help your plants to settle in - you can always decrease teh CO2 once they have settled in :)
     
  15. TallTree01

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    I like it Zik! :)
    Darn though, I can imagine cleaning the sand from the inside was a nightmare.
    Can't wait to see it planted up. :good:
     

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