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I figured it was about time to start a build thread. So here goes nothing lol. My tank is processing ammonia within two days so I should be able to add fish soon, I hope.

My stocking plan is:
2 Honey Gouramis
15-20 Exclamation point (least) or Chili Rasboras
8-10 Panda Cories
A bn pleco
A mystery snails
2 Nerite snails
MTS

Here's what the tank started as and how it looks now:
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The little rocks are just kind of thrown in there at the moment, I'll have to try to see how they look best.

This week I will be getting new plants. I currently have brownie phantom buce, java fern and crypt wendtii. The java fern and crypt are looking kind of rough, I'm hoping they pull through but I'm doubting the java fern will. I'm adding ludwigia repens and deep red, dwarf sag and hornwort.
 

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I love your plan! My vote is for chili rasboras! Pandas are my favorite cory. Good luck with the tank, and keep us posted! What substrate are you using?
 

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Looking very nice! I need to do a bunch of work to my own 29 gal. I like the rock formation with the wood on it, is that Dragonstone?
 
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RainBetta said:
I love your plan! My vote is for chili rasboras! Pandas are my favorite cory. Good luck with the tank, and keep us posted! What substrate are you using?
Thanks! I really really want the exclamations because they're even smaller than the chili's, but they're also really expensive lol. Originally I had a mix of CaribSea Eco Complete Planted and Carib Sea Sand, but this weekend I took a strainer with super small holes and filtered out all the sand from the eco complete, added more sand and some of the very small pieces of eco complete came threw with the sand.
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Looking very nice! I need to do a bunch of work to my own 29 gal. I like the rock formation with the wood on it, is that Dragonstone?
Thank you! It is dragon stone
 

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It looks beautiful! I love your set-up! My vote is for the Chili rasboras as well but the least rasboras look cool too. Good luck and keep us posted!
 
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My plants came in today! Thanks to MD_Plants! I’m hoping the hornwort grows fast because it needs a little more to fill out the right side. I think I’m also going to get another red crypt wendtii to go with the brown one on the right to help fill it out
 

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Very nice tank. I do not have the scape eye I guess.
 
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Very nice tank. I do not have the scape eye I guess.
Thank you! What do you mean you don’t have the scape eye?
 

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Thank you! What do you mean you don’t have the scape eye?
I don't know. I am a very even person, meaning things have to look even, if you know what I mean. If there is a plant on this side, there has to be on on the other side, so everything looks purposely put there. Plus I have crypts that look horrible and today with my water change am going to take them out and throw them away. I have a mix of fake and real plants but the real plants are minimal. Am getting more but still. The fake plants look pathetic. Your scape looks real like it could be in an ocean or lake, mine looks fake.
 
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I don't know. I am a very even person, meaning things have to look even, if you know what I mean. If there is a plant on this side, there has to be on on the other side, so everything looks purposely put there. Plus I have crypts that look horrible and today with my water change am going to take them out and throw them away. I have a mix of fake and real plants but the real plants are minimal. Am getting more but still. The fake plants look pathetic. Your scape looks real like it could be in an ocean or lake, mine looks fake.
Don’t throw away your crypts! Most of them melt and lose all their leaves before bouncing back. Make a thread with pictures of your tank and I’m sure people will help! If you have an Instagram, check mine out. (@ValerieAdamsss) I have a post of how far this tank has come, it took me 3 months to get it like this! I just looked at a lot of pictures and tried to work with what I had

Keeping my fingers crossed tonight! If everything goes right, I should be able to add fish tomorrow! Eeeeeek!!

Yesterday, I was figuring out how to dose my new ammonia, I think I only dozed about 1 ppm last night before I went to bed. I checked when I got home from work today and it was back to 0,0,40. I dosed ammonia back up to 2 ppm tonight so as long as it’s 0 when I get home tomorrow, I’ll be adding my bn pleco and maybe a few cories! (Opinions on that?)

I’ve been cycling for 3 months! I really hope this is the end lol
 

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ValerieAdams said:
Keeping my fingers crossed tonight! If everything goes right, I should be able to add fish tomorrow! Eeeeeek!!

Yesterday, I was figuring out how to dose my new ammonia, I think I only dozed about 1 ppm last night before I went to bed. I checked when I got home from work today and it was back to 0,0,40. I dosed ammonia back up to 2 ppm tonight so as long as it’s 0 when I get home tomorrow, I’ll be adding my bn pleco and maybe a few cories! (Opinions on that?)

I’ve been cycling for 3 months! I really hope this is the end lol
Contrats! I just got my eco complete in the mail today (-finally!-) and am hoping that mine cycles pretty quickly! I heard densely planted tanks cycle quicker...? Good luck with your tank! Keep us posted as you add fish
 
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Yayyy! I’m cycled. Guess who’s acclimated right now?

Right now my tank is staying at about 74F, should I try to get it to 72?

BottomDweller for my plan, what do you think temperature wise?
 

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ValerieAdams said:
Right now my tank is staying at about 74F, should I try to get it to 72?

BottomDweller for my plan, what do you think temperature wise?
Anywhere from 72-75f should be fine.

I actually try to vary my tank temperature through the year, i think it's more natural for the fish. If you want you could keep it at 75f for a couple of months in summer and at 72f for a couple of months in winter and keep it at 73-74f for the rest of the year. Obviously it's not what most people do and it's not necessary but it's what i do.
 
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Anywhere from 72-75f should be fine.

I actually try to vary my tank temperature through the year, i think it's more natural for the fish. If you want you could keep it at 75f for a couple of months in summer and at 72f for a couple of months in winter and keep it at 73-74f for the rest of the year. Obviously it's not what most people do and it's not necessary but it's what i do.
I'm going to try to get the pandas today, how many do you think I should add?
 

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I'd say 5ish. How many do you plan on adding total?
 
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I think 8? is a good number. Maybe 10, I'm not completely sure. If it turns out that my bn is stunted (I think she may be, she's over a year and only 2-3 inches), then maybe more
 

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That sounds great! 8-10 seems perfect
 

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The only honey gourami I've ever kept practically tore several hatchetfish apart and I can't help wondering... are you sure it'll be ok with the tetras?
 
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The only honey gourami I've ever kept practically tore several hatchetfish apart and I can't help wondering... are you sure it'll be ok with the tetras?
Are you sure it was a honey gourami? That's so strange! They're supposed to peaceful gouramis and most people keep them in groups of their own kind along with other fish
 

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The only honey gourami I've ever kept practically tore several hatchetfish apart and I can't help wondering... are you sure it'll be ok with the tetras?
That doesn't sound right..... are you sure it was a honey? They are sometimes mistaken for thicklipped gouramis. Red honeys can be mixed up with dwarfs sometimes. Honey gouramis are totally peaceful and sociable.
 
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