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Old 09-03-2007, 02:08 PM   #21 (permalink)
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That's settled then...... moving on. Advice is worth exactly what you pay for it anyways.....

Adding the maintainence for a new 180g tank to what I had been doing previously bumped up the workload by 400%. Anything that could help was (and still is) a big deal to me. Adding a 215g planted tank to your already-existing waterworld will probably increase your workload by 20%. No big deal. You clearly have different goals & expectations that me. No problem with that!!!
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Old 09-03-2007, 02:26 PM   #22 (permalink)
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It's not that I don't appreciate, it's moreso a misunderstanding... I have hardly introduced myself, described my background, nor my full intent with the tank. I may not take every piece of advice offered, but know that I will indeed consider each item.

Luckily, those other tanks are done on paid time however my interest in them is little to none currently. As I have said before, as long as something has my interest it will have my commitment, which is why I am looking to go above and beyond, rather than something that will just barely satisfy my interest.
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Old 09-24-2007, 10:02 PM   #23 (permalink)
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Presening... THE BAMF (Big Ass Mother Fishtank)



Sooo...

-Heat cable was laid
-Wood placed. There are 5 pieces, arranged to form one.
-Fluorite/Gravel was added
-Lights up ontop, 220W CF + 120W Fluor.

Aaand...

-Need about 4 more bags of Black Fluorite (too colourful atm)
-My Amano shrimps are reproducing well. I have hundreds of mini-dust-like fry + 3 gravid
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In other news (not the right place for this, but I figured Id show off) my lobsters have bred.



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Old 11-16-2007, 08:37 PM   #25 (permalink)
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Well, just to raise the dead... I've just this minute filled the tank. After not being able to locally find someone at this time to supply me with bulk plants for the beast, I decided to go ahead and fill it anyways and fight off the algae blooms and/or wait it out rather than depend on stem plants or otherwise to do the work.

On Sunday There is a large reptile and Aquatic Expo. I'm a regular vendor at the expo for my chameleon business, but this is the first time there will be aquatics available. Maybe I can pickup or find someone to sell me some dirt cheap plants.

As far as inhabitants, right now I'm considering Altum angles. Yes I realize they are fragile, and I also realize to expect losses. I'm thinking I'll start with twice the number I want to end with and have them solely in the tank (for fish) while I treat them for parasites and sicknesses.

On the other hand, that red and blue cloud of cardinals does seem an attractive choice.
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Old 11-16-2007, 08:53 PM   #26 (permalink)
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And like a bad omen, All at one, two MASSIVE (maybe... 100 pounds) peices of wood just released from the bed and floated forcefully to the top, colliding with the glass lid and knocking out one of my nice Oceanic fluorescent fixtures, which now will not turn on.

GREAT START! BAH!
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Old 11-17-2007, 06:41 AM   #27 (permalink)
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Not good! Hopefully it's just the bulb that's out. Maybe an electrical connection became dislodged? If you need a good quantity of plants, send me a PM. I'll be doing a big trim soon.

The wood will probably require a couple of weeks to loose its buoyancy. I'd love to know what equipment choices you've gone with. Keep us tuned!
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Old 11-17-2007, 11:39 AM   #28 (permalink)
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Most of the wood has already been used in tanks for a long long time, but they have time to dry out. And one of the two pieces that hit the top even has a good sized piece of slate attached to it, but the slate has never bee quite enough to sink it, but I was sure it was lodged in well. The other one is the piece on the right side, it actually touches the top even while buried, so I figured it would stay, but instead it rotated and the left side portion came up ans hit the top. I had them weighted down with gravel and stones as well, but the buoyancy and the bubbles being released was just too much!

I'm going to have a look at the light now. As far as the choices for filtration, I'm going with what I have. The only thing I have bought for this tank has been heat cable and the substrate.

-Substrate Heat Cable (200 Watts)
-8X Bags of Fluorite (4 Black, 2 Dark, 2 Regular)
-4X Bags of Gravel
-220W Compact Fluorescent
-120W Linear Fluorescent
-Fluval FX5
-2X Fluval 405
-Aquaclear 110 Powerhead


For now, no co2.
I also need maybe 4-5 more bags of gravel to build more up at the back and to create more of a dynamic landscape as opposed to the traditional flat, or slightly slopped back.

The Fluorite is fantastic. Best substrate I've ever used if even for only substrate and not for hardcore plants. Very natural looking. I have no idea how those dummies are rinsing theirs, with all their trouble and complaining, but I did mine with no hassle and I the water in the tank during filling was clear as a bell minus the tannin from some of the new wood. (I like tanin stained water, especially with the more traditional south American fish).

Well I'd be happy to get plants from anyone I can. Help is greatly appreciated and you've been more than welcoming to me. However I do live above the border near Toronto, in Canada- so that may complicate things. If there are any well known Canadian Forum participants here, maybe I can get a hold of them. we always get slapped with tax and brokerage as soon as we bring things over the border.

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Ah, being in Canada does complicate it quite a bit.
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Old 11-17-2007, 12:45 PM   #30 (permalink)
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I curse it about every time I buy something from beyond.
In the long run, I think we are all happy even a hundred kms from the border. No offense!

But any CDN Aquascapers, would love to get in touch.
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