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Hello everyone

My new tank coming soon

- Tank size: 120g 150x65x50
- Filtration: Sump
- Return pump: Hygger 2650 gph
Heater 2-300w

DIY aquarium background I made with paint

Any suggestions or help?

First: I already painted my backgrounds with Vynil paint and let it dry for 5 days, I put it in water with fish and they look fine, I was worried it could be toxic for them but no, they look fine I have them in my sump, until the whole background is ready, any help or suggestions will be really aprecciated.

For the sump don't I'm not so sure what media pliz help? And what if light goes out, I'm worried it could be a disaster,
 

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First of all, thanks for your answer:

- Substrate: White Sand
- Light DIY Leds with, blue, white, and pink for plants going to add some Anubias Nana, and Java Ferns maybe

Thanks for the Info ill check those Websites and grab more info.
 

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Fish:
African Ciclids
- 3m 9F Msobo Magunfa
- 3M 9F Gallireya Reef
- 2M 8F Cynotilapia Afra Haro

2 Plecostomus Blue Phantom and another pretty

Too many fish or not. Or only 2 species?
 

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Beautiful job @pakach61 , very well done!
Thanks a lot i really love the job i did to the background, it look almost like a real one, but im changing the fish, they are all hybrids by the way, and sadly i will have to remove them, and get 8 afra jalo reef, and 8 msobo magugna but cant find the msobo yet. Only the afras. Plus i want a clown plecostomus or a blue phantom
 

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Diatom buildup is what happens initially. Your new sand and rocks haven't been coated all over yet with a coating of 'bio-slime' (beneficial bacteria). This can take a few months for those little guys to coat and seal everything off - making it harder for the diatoms to get access to all of that silica. The green algae takes a bit more time to get going, but I agree it is a bit more pleasing and natural-looking to the eye. Do you have good lights that will promote the growth of that algae on your rocks and background? (Odd - a dedicated aquatic plant keeper, offering advice on how to grow MORE algae!).
The green algae will positively respond to pretty much the same stuff that live plants do. ;)
Thanks a lot friend (Auballagh), i guess ill wait and let everything until the green algae comes out.
 
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