Photo #4 - This Is An Old Oceanic 30 Gal. Mirror-backed Hex ...

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Photo Caption: This is an old Oceanic 30 gal. mirror-backed hex tank, which I re-sealed. Yes! I did, and it doesn't leak! I read Diana Walstad's book on dirt tanks and this is my first attempt. It's doing pretty well, I think. The tank is 24 in. deep, so lighting was a problem. Finally I settled on a clamp lamp made for warming chicks, and used a 5850K spiral CFL, 100 watt equivalent. I do 25% water changes weekly, and add potassium and phosphorus. 5 long finned danios, 1 Siamese algae eater, and 1 female betta. I discovered that the betta eats snail eggs, greatly reducing the population! Oh, and no added co2.
fish tank picture - Update on the acrylic tank...using the "siesta" method..lights on for 4 hrs. then off for 4, then back on for another 4 hrs. Seems to cut down on algae a lot.
fish tank picture - another close up
fish tank picture - Close up of the acrylic tank
fish tank picture - This is an old Oceanic 30 gal. mirror-backed hex tank, which I re-sealed. Yes! I did, and it doesn't leak! I read Diana Walstad's book on dirt tanks and this is my first attempt. It's doing pretty well, I think. The tank is 24 in. deep, so lighting was a problem. Finally I settled on a clamp lamp made for warming chicks, and used a 5850K spiral CFL, 100 watt equivalent. I do 25% water changes weekly, and add potassium and phosphorus. 5 long finned danios, 1 Siamese algae eater, and 1 female betta. I discovered that the betta eats snail eggs, greatly reducing the population! Oh, and no added co2.
37 gallons planted tank (mostly live plants and fish) - 37 gallon acrylic tank, planted without co2, just trying to get the right balance of plants and fish. 25% water changes weekly, dosing with potassium, phosphorus and Flourish Excell weekly. Recently upgraded to a 36 in. LED plant light that's dimmable. I've found full power is too much light. Substrate is a fluorite type product and coarse sand.

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State: Illinois
Country: United States
Description: 37 gal. acrylic tank
Advice: Keep trying and reading!
Fish Kept: Siamese Algae Eater, Black Neon Tetra, pachypanchax sakaramii- an endangered killifish from Madagascar.
Corals/Plants: swords, crypts, wisteria, anubia,others I don't know
Tank Size: 37 gallons

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