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Insanity Fair

Discussion in 'General Plant Topics' started by Pumpkinate, Jun 23, 2011.

  1. Pumpkinate

    Pumpkinate Prolific Poster

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    Photos from yesterday, full tank shot:

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    LHS:

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    RHS. Note the pump was switched off to demonstrate the pearling:

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    Also starting to get fish in. C sterbai:

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    Praecox Rainbows:

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    With the 125cm front-to-back dimension the fish movements look more natural than most tanks, you see the fish swimming in all directions rather than "up and down" the tank:

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    This is an awesome thread! I'm so gonna sub this one. Just an amazing project and scape! Can't wait to see it all grown in. You must be pumping loads of CO2 into it? Nice!!!!!!!
     
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    Wow, I want to say "this is way too much work" but, seeing a tank like this come into its own must be an experience like no other...
     
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    Where do you live I wanna come see!!
     
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    Cheers Jerry for your enthusiastic response. Yes, loads of CO2... cant give you a "BPS" because it's like a storm going on in the bubble counter.

    [QUOTE="Q";74546]Wow, I want to say "this is way too much work" but, seeing a tank like this come into its own must be an experience like no other...[/QUOTE]

    It was a lot of work but I do enjoy the DIY stuff anyway. I really had to build this tank because I want to build a really big one in a few years and I would not want to go into a mammoth project without feeling experienced with this type of build.

    Australia
     
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    That is the most incredible part of this project, that is just a test :eek:
     
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    I second that emotion!

    Great job on all aspects and it looks very healthy so far....

    It must be great with those dimensions.. I now have a 6x3' and it nicer than normal tanks. Yours must be a joy to watch!

    Best of luck with this one and the next.

    We all await developments...

    What are your fish plans????????????????????????????????
     
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    I love how on the LHS you have an actual tree trunk for hardscape.

    Also, the pearling is awesome.

    The whole project is awesome.

    Kinda small though, I give you that, you HAVE to make a bigger one :p
     
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    What a lucky fish that live there, I could be sitting there for hours just to watch the tank. A whole project that prepared well and you have a great DIY skill. Thanks for sharing.
     
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    Very nice!! I don't know if you're finished planting yet, but the tank could use a nice focal point, maybe a group of Aponogeton bolivianus.
     
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    Apologies everyone, I've been tied up with other stuff the last few months.

    Yes, but I'll likely get a few years out of this tank itself first.

    Yes, I find fish behaviour looks more natural in this tank than my previous aquaria. Currently there are:
    SAEs
    Bristlenose
    Praecox rainbows
    Threadfin rainbows
    C. sterbai

    I want to keep it lightly stocked as I feel that is more natural. The rainbows and bristlenose breed regularly anyway.

    Cheers, it's true, every time you get a bigger tank after a while you could do with an even bigger one!

    Thanks mate

    I'd love A. boivinianus but they don't seem to exist in Australia anymore.

    For a while I had a red lotus:

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    Here it is flowering after dark:

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    Unfortunately I couldn't be bothered trimming the floating leaves and decided it had to go. Also, the C. wendtii were too tall at the front so a few weeks ago I got in and rearranged everything:

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    It now looks like this:

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    The C. wendtii are at the back and the C. costata are in the centre front. I've also put 4 or 5 Aponogetons in, although only one is large enough to show on the pictures.
     
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    I also had to get a larger CO2 cylinder, the other one was not lasting long:

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    "Honey your drenched have you been swimming in your fish tank again"?

    "Fraid' so"

    Wheres your snorkel! :D

    I feel larger pieces of driftwood would give a much more better feeling of depth, however I appreciate finding driftwood large enough to do this difficult. Good project I hope to see more! by larger driftwood I mean larger in size, not necessarily heavy driftwood but thinner, branching out driftwood with some moss and anubias tied on :D

    Seeing some discuss and a few thousand neon or cardinal tetras in there would look stunning also
     
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    I've been following this for a few months and it's just a sight to see every time!

    Too bad you didn't keep the lotus as they gave you a nice pop of red. The aponogetons look nice but I would add more. Maybe some swords??? A large group of them would look amazing! Love the fish too.
     
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    incredible! this is just such a cool build.
     
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