Tank upgraded to 45 gallon.

TazednConfused

Hello all, I have been bitten by the upgrade bug. I started this hobby with a 10 gallon which grew to a 20, then a 30. Now I am at this new 45. My wife is starting to think I’m crazy. I wanted different substrate since I’ve tried Aragonite, works great at maintaining high PH, not so great for some plants. I’ve tried PFS, works great, plants do ok with tabs but a pain to gravel vac & some bits like to turn dark brown & did I mention & pain to gravel vac! For this round I headed off to Home Depot & I found this black gravel. It was $7.00 for 30 pounds. It is extremely dirty. I took me a few hours of washing about 8 cups at a time. I washed 1 1/2 bags worth which filled up a 3 1/2 gallon bucket. Some of the red pieces are actually clay I think or something. I thought they were rocks at first until I dug my knife into them. I tried to remove the bigger red pieces since I don’t know what they really are. There is no data on the manufacture’s site. All the other dark stones are real stones & are not painted. I scraped the **** out of them & they are truly dark in color.

This is still a work in progress, I got a Fluval 407 on the way. A Hygger 36” 24/7 LED. A new 200 watt heater & finally a Python water changer!!! For now my 207 is running keeping the tank safe. Today I am going to black out the back using some black poster board so you don’t see the wall, wires & tubes. I checked the water parameters after it has been running for 13 hours. PH at 7.5, Ammonia spiked a little to .25 but there is Prime in there. I will update when fully complete. Now I have to clean out the 30 gallon & list it for sale on FB.
 

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