My new 40 gallon

LittleGoldSnail

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Dec 7, 2019
Hey guys! Wanted to let y’all know about my new tank. It was a deal on Craigslist, it was $45 and the guy threw in bunch of live plants and some sand. I set it up last week and it’s been a process of getting things put together. I’ve got pics of the setup.

Got it cleaned up and on the stand0C5BB00E-1589-4874-95B3-4258AFB9E939.jpeg
Put sand in and scaped it.A10E0EF2-D38A-4E34-99E8-2415A3E360FF.jpeg
Filled part way, checked for leaks5B9CECD2-C242-4283-BACA-873D4B444335.jpeg
Filled all the way (with temporary DIY filter while I waited for my filter to come in the mail).524B9B3F-7772-47FE-8C00-233D37C69610.jpeg
Tank cleared up a bit later, put a background on it.899E4332-269A-4897-882B-CDFE374BB465.jpeg

Then this is what it currently looks like. I’ve now got my aquaclear 50 running on it (and it’s doing a nice job) and I’m planning on throwing in a large sponge filter also. Heater is keeping it at 76-78°. Tank is cycling right now. I can hardly wait! Already seeing nitrates cause I seeded it with some cycled filter media from the 10 gallon. Have to wait till it can cycle 2-3 ppm of ammonia out in 24 hours before it’s ready for fish.5A1C61B1-F693-4C2E-A2A7-0690EE2B2748.jpeg

Now I’m thinking about stocking. I’m planning on all my aquatic snails going in this tank and adding a pair of oranda goldfish (which I will update y’all on that when I get them). I’m super excited!

@Yetidog37 you should see this.
 

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LittleGoldSnail

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Added snails! My rabbit snail, 3 mystery snails and a nerite. I don’t know what I’m gonna do about fish. Family doesn’t want me going to the LFS to get fish for it cause are trying to spend as little time in town as possible, but I have to pay an extra $30 or so to get the fish I want shipped to me (overnight live ship). Sigh... I don’t know what to do. I may end up having to wait till next month to stock it.

Here are pics of the snails in their new tank. F4DA9037-F6E1-4DA6-8CB1-7D138DF18CE1.jpeg03EB4B5B-70A5-44BA-8CE6-40A7C1775A89.jpegD145F12C-A50B-4087-A2E3-41B108A919F6.jpeg
 

LittleGoldSnail

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Sponge filter is in. Planning on getting fish on Tuesday. LFS says they have white pearlscale and ranchu goldfish. I think either 2 ranchus, or three white pearls, haven’t decided yet. I’m super excited! I’ll have to get that floating hornwort out before I get fish (goldfish will totally eat that), but hopefully I can leave the crypts and java moss in (I’m hoping they are established enough to withstand getting tugged at and dug at by goldies).

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LittleGoldSnail

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I got fish! They are super super adorable. 1 baby red and black oranda and 1 baby ranchu. Just brought them home yesterday.

So far I think the names are Coda (the red/black oranda) and Bomber (the red/white ranchu).

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LittleGoldSnail

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The ranchu is still shy so he’s hard to get pics of (he swims to the back and hides behind the driftwood when he sees me). Hopefully he’ll warm up in a few days.
 

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