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Nicholas41



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PostSubject: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Tue Jun 07, 2011 5:41 pm

I wish I could start with the history of my fish experience, but I have had over 5 different tanks in the past and all were unique. Over the past five years I have had many variety of cichlids, community and tropical fish. Now onto the important part of this thread... My current tank!

My current tank is a marineland 56 gallon tank that I purchased at petsmart as a combo (stand, tank, glass top)



The black cabinet has a tinted glass door and is the perfect height for my rena XP2 and can house an XP3



Luckily I had plenty of help the day I was setting it up Very Happy



I set it up hastily with more than 2/3s of the water coming from a larger tank, and used mechanical filtration from the same established tank to help speed up the process.




After a week and a half I had the tank up and running perfectly !



I placed my old honduran red point and my parrot fish in the tank. They breed together and within a days time she had laid eggs Very Happy



Sadly they had to leave after a while because they weren't even in heat and were beating up my red tail sternella and queen pleco. So I brought them into a store and bought 6 new fish!



I bought honey sunset gouramis!!!




When I have more time I will attempt to post better quality pictures of my gouramis soon and picture of my plecos when they come out at night!







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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:55 pm

Looks good! I'm looking forward to pics of the plecos!! nice thread

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Tue Jun 07, 2011 7:55 pm

Names for the fish? poke

Let me guess: Gourami #1, Gourami #2, ... jk. conflicted

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Tue Jun 07, 2011 10:26 pm

I'm looking forward to getting some good photos of them too! and the gouramis might have to go namless. lol

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Tue Jun 07, 2011 11:31 pm

Nicholas41 wrote:
and the gouramis might have to go namless. lol

Awwww, come on! Show your fish some love! love 2

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Tue Jun 21, 2011 1:45 pm

New pictures of the gouramis!





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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Tue Jun 21, 2011 5:15 pm

These pictures are much better Wink

I love how their top fins are that neon blue color!!

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Tue Jun 21, 2011 6:30 pm

Yeah the look great with the extra light on my tank! In the second to last picture the two of them nipped at each other and that's why I was able to catch his fin up like that lol.

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Wed Jul 27, 2011 7:18 pm

Tank before make over-


New decorations for the tank-


Tank after make over- Very Happy


Unfortunately my plecos got beat up in my moms tank (she housed them for me for a year when I got out of the fishy business. I will post some pictures though

Red tail Sternella (sadly missing most of his top fin)


Red tail and Queen pleco trying to hide in the new plants


Last but not least my Green Phantom Very Happy





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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:05 pm

Looking good! Cool

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:11 pm

Yeah I just wish their fins would grow back but thanks Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:22 pm

Give them time...

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:24 pm

Its been two months... I'm not a patient person. Corals grow to slow to... lol grumble

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Wed Jul 27, 2011 8:35 pm

This hobby requires patience, so get used to it tease

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Wed Jul 27, 2011 11:54 pm

Stress coat and coral frenzy is what I heard. Clapping

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Thu Jul 28, 2011 10:16 am

You heard wrong no no

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Thu Jul 28, 2011 11:33 am

Lol Rolling Eyes

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Fri Sep 09, 2011 2:06 pm

Ohhh I have such a love for plecos, yours are beautiful!! I just have some bristlenose, but they're just so neat. Very cool tank too!
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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Fri Sep 09, 2011 7:59 pm

Thanks Ashley! They looked much better when their fins weren't torn up, hopefully they will heal Very Happy

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:40 pm

Want to see some big plecos, just go to the pond by the School of Music and you will catch them cleaning the turtles backs.

There are some that are over 2ft. long in the hillsborough river. I've seen them cleaning the algae off the boat ramp by Fowler Ave and I-75.
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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Fri Sep 09, 2011 8:47 pm

schudini wrote:
Want to see some big plecos, just go to the pond by the School of Music and you will catch them cleaning the turtles backs.

There are some that are over 2ft. long in the hillsborough river. I've seen them cleaning the algae off the boat ramp by Fowler Ave and I-75.

That reminds me...

You guys probably didn't get a chance to see them, but the pond had two cool, unique fish. One was an albino catfish that was about 34" long. The other looked like a Pacu and was only 14-16" long, but was very tall and thick. When it swam around the lake, it produced a "bow wave" similar to a boat wake even though the fish was underwater (it had to be close to the surface to do this though). Looked really cool cause you could spot the fish just about anywhere in the lake.

Then people started fishing in the lake. Both fish disappeared. anger


Back on topic, your tank looks cool Nick.
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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Sat Sep 10, 2011 10:07 am

I've never seen the Pacu or albino catfish, but I have seen the giant plecos! Very Happy






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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Sat Sep 10, 2011 4:41 pm

In the last picture he looks like a monster trying to drag the turtle down. lol

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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Sun Sep 11, 2011 4:19 pm

What's funny is I have spent hours and hours at that pond (my first degree was fine art), but since I rehabilitate wind birds.. all I did was stare at the feathered visitors instead of the scaled ones!! D'OH!! A shame about the missing fish, I wish fishing there was not allowed :/
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PostSubject: Re: Nick G's 56 Gallon freshwater tank   Sun Sep 25, 2011 9:53 pm

So I bought two angels from MW closing in on two months ago. Sadly they both had been hit by electrical currents from the previous owners Co2 system, so they were five dollars a piece. They were both doing good, and three weeks back for no apparent reason the seemingly healthier one died.

But here are pictures of the star of the tank!






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