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Geektom’s 135g Adventure

Discussion in 'Journals' started by geektom, Aug 17, 2018.

  1. Tim Harrison

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    Wow, that is huge. Love the stumps :cool:
     
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    Thanks!

    Each side is made of of several pieces- I am really happy with how they came together and look forward to covering them with moss and plants.
     
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    Also looking forward to seeing how you plant them ;)
     
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    Or a snack for the Arrowana.

    They have very large mouths, and are prolific hunters. I had about a 30 incher many years ago.
     
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    Yes, I was joking about the stocking.

    My real plan is to center the tank around a group of Bolivian Rams. I will also add some rare corys (orange laser, if I can find them) some flashy red schooling fish like Serpae tetras, and maybe a smaller fancy pleco like a gold nugget or phantom.

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  7. geektom

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    Ok! Getting even closer!

    By the end of today I should have all of my equipment except for the new regulator I ordered from GLA. I will spend the afternoon/evening pulling the plants from my existing tanks to clean and trim them to get ready for transplant to the big tank.

    Visiting my favorite semi-local store today for some plants to fill in the gaps of what I have. I shouldn’t need to buy too much.... Aha ha ha ha ha! Who am I kidding?

    Decided to add more swords and anubias than I originally intended. They will fill in the medium-light areas well, and it has been a while since I kept some.

    I will be using a back-up regulator I have until my new one arrives.

    Barring a major issue, tank should be fully planted tomorrow!

    I am a little nervous because I am right up against leaving town for 5 days for work- but as long as there are no issues with the filters, there really is nothing for me to do once it is planted.

    Please Lord- let there be no issues with the filters!

    I have some media from the existing filters bagged and ready to be added to the FX4’s.

    CO2 will be blasting away; starting with the lights on for 7 hours at 65% intensity. Really hoping to avoid algae problems with this size tank!

    More pictures to follow!
     
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    Great job, would love to see it planted.. It would be a pleco heaven with all this wood..
     
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    Thanks! I am getting started in about an hour. Took me *forever* to clean, trim, and prep the plants from my 20g and 29g. Took my eyes off them for just a couple of weeks to get the big tank ready... lesson learned.
     
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    Yeah I know what you mean, left my small tank for what it was for a while when i was busy with the big one.. It got infested with BBA so much that I had to tore it down, cleaned it, moved it upstairs it and made a new scape a week a go.. Also with red lava rocks btw :)
     
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    Ok!

    It felt like it took forever to plant, but after years of waiting, my big dream tank is finally planted and running!

    I am sure I will find a ton of things I don’t like as it goes in, but right now I am in love.

    The middle is all stem plants, so it will fill in as they grow.

    It is a little hazy from the bubbles, sorry.

    No one will accuse me of being “Amano like”, that is for sure- but what can I say, I like my tanks a little wild and wooly...

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    It looks amazing!
     
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    Almost 24 hours later, still hazy. I think the FX4’s are keeping the fine dust from the sand flying around.

    This video is more effective at showing the depth and the “books and crannies”, but it still looks better in person.

     
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    A tad yellow. I soaked the wood for a good long time, but it’s a lot of wood, so to be expected.

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    That looks great man. Very nice!
     
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    Thanks! Coming from you that is a real compliment!
     
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    Ok, 8 days in: first water change- things are proceeding nicely. Water is clearing, minimal bacteria/diatoms so far on the driftwood. Not too worried about cycling, because of the copious amounts of plants and media moved from existing tanks. Staying with just the root tabs for the first month to help keep the algae in check.

    Added 5 guppies, 5 Amanos, and 5 Oto’s to keep it moving along.

    Ran into a small snag with the CO2- the splitter I bought has stopped working. I *almost* got the GLA regulator with two bubble counters, but I chickened out at the last second. Now I will have to try using a T-section to get CO2 to both sides of the tank until I figure out something more permanent. I only have one for regular air-lines, hopefully it will be ok under the 35 psi my regulator puts out.

    Anyway- here are some new pics!

    The “most inconveniently placed stem plant collection” is starting to grow:
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    Some detail shots of all the nooks and crannies:
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    My favorite tunnel:
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    Side view of the open swimming space behind the stump:
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    FTS:
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    Well, it’s not pretty, but I don’t detect any leaks, and I am getting nice fine bubbles out of both sides.

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    Holey Smokes been out of town and didn't see these pics.

    Wow, you have got a LOT going on there. Very well conceived and presented.

    Very, very nice......and ambitious too!

    Looking forward to seeing where this goes from here. Keep the updates coming.
     
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