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    Great tank.
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    it looks incredible, now i have dreams of wood work and building......... oh dear



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    Just a quick update. Ordered CO2 system and waiting for it to arrive. Cycling tank now. Heaters and filters are holding their own, but tank is fighting a brown diatom (I assume) outbreak. I have a few tetras in there while it cycles. Probably going to go with a few Angelfish when it matures. Looking forward to planting it, too. At work now but more pictures soon.



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    Looking good so far =)



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    First photos of the wet aquarium...

    Here are some early shots of the aquarium as its going through the initial cycle. Checking chemistry everyday. Its been one week and I think tonight, the ammonium just started to climb. Planning small water change tomorrow, then more waiting as nature takes its course. I've got a nice mix of tea colored water from the tannins and a brown diatom bloom and with a fair amount of cloudy "white smoke" in the water. The wife is less than impressed with the water color so far...see what you think.

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    I feel more like I do now than when I got here...



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    Cycling...

    Nothing like sitting around watching bacteria grow. About 1 week into cycling and not many changes in chemistry noted yet. I'm sure the tetras are eating and making ammonia, but its still is barely detectable. No nitrites or nitrates yet. So far they are active and seem happy! The tanins have settled down some, and I think I'm through the first diatome bloom. So its mostly been feeding the fish, checking the chemistry every few days, and some housekeeping chores.

    One of the original goals for my light hood was for the light rack to be both adjustable in height and to lift up for easier access during maintenance. With the relatively low ceilings in the basement, I knew such a short hood would limit my access somewhat. So I spent some time replacing the wooden blocks with some lengths of chain. The new system allows me to raise and lower the height by adding or removing lengths, plus its attached to the top lid, so the front of the light rack lifts up when the top is raised. Maybe the pictures describe it better.

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    New "adjustable chain" system - lid down
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    I also worked on some plumbing. I received 3 new sets of Eheim quick disconnects and plumbed them into the 3 pump circuits. Now the pumps, heaters, and CO2 reactor can be completely isolated and removed for maintenance. If something goes out of service, I can keep the loops running. A little jumbled, but here's my left sided Eheim 2217 with the inline heater.

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    Finally, I received my CO2 system from greenleafaquariums.com. I'm clearly no expert, nor do I yet have a single plant in the tank, but for what its worth, here's how I've got it set up now.
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    pH meter seems to be working, and the solenoid does shut off the CO2 when the target pH is reached. Based on my kH, I have a CO2 concentration of 23 ppm at my goal pH of 6.8. We'll see how things work in practice when I add some plants but theorectically...

    Wish me luck.
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    very impressive!



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    That stand is gorgeous. Great job.



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    Planted the 125!

    Visited the LFS today, and came away with a smattering of plants for the 125. We talked about the pros and cons of cycling first then planting versus a "silent cycle" with a small amount of fish and a good amount of plants. We picked out a bunch of hopefully easier starter plants to get things going, understanding that reworking, moving, and trying different things is in the works.

    Plant list is:
    1 - red ozelot sword
    2 - java ferns
    2 - jungle vals (vallisneria gigantea)
    6 - italian vals (vallisneria spiralis)
    1 - anubias congensis
    2 - anubias coffeefolia
    1 - hygro sp.

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    Its a first attempt, just happy to have live plants in there. We'll see how it goes from here.
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