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post #1 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-11-2010, 08:19 PM Thread Starter
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103 gallon tank *RESCAPE*

Hi Everyone,

This is what my tank used to look like, I had playsand as a substrate with various cichlids and barely any plants , Got tired so I did some research and decided that it was time for an overhall.

Attached is a before pic, then after and a few fish shots

Stocking list -
11 red eye tetras ( going to get rid of, they bite my hygro )
11 rummynose tetras
5 bosemani rainbows
2 long fin angelfish
11 various danios ( going to get rid of )
10 or so Peppered corydoras
5 khuli loaches
1 albino ancistrus
1 rainbow shark
8 platys
2 Kribensis
7 Otos
7 Hillstream loaches

I think thats it

Can you guys please also help me identify a few plants that are attached

Tank is going to be low-medium tech.

I am pretty new to planted tanks, so dont be too judgemental on my "scape" and Im in South Africa so its kinda hard to find things here.

New specs -
Tank dimensions - 59 " x 21 " x 21 " ( tank was custom made )
Lighting - 2 x T8 21w LED's ( T8 only referring to diamter, not normal flourescents etc. Dont know what equivalent they are to T5s )
Subtrate - 1st layer; Vermiculite, dolomite, potassium chloride( sprinkled like in MTS ), 2nd layer - Partly mineralized garden soil, 3rd layer - Pool filter sand ( cap )
Filtration - Sump, Lava rocks, purigen, bio balls etc. ( 2500 lph pump )
Co2 - None yet, Might go DIY.
Ferts - High fish bioload

Oh and please excuse the blue silicon, had some bad ich experiences, any ideas how to change it back to normal?

Please be gentle on me! just a 15 year old you know

Oh and any advice comments Welcome! really want this to be a good thread

Oh and I set up the tank about a week ago, just adjusted things a bit now thats why the water is cloudy, will post all the fish and plant pics tomorrow, School tomorrow

Oh and heres a list of what I think the plant list might be ( correct me, excuse sp aswell )
Vallisernia Gigantea
Vallisernia
Vallisernia Spiralis
Cardamine Lyrata
Amazon Sword ( dont know type )
Amazon Sword ( dont know type either, but its different )
Anubias Barteri
Anubias Nana
Java Fern
Java Fern Windelov
Java Fern ( different leaf shape, not sure of name )
Cryptocoryne ( dont know species Sorry! Will correct soon )
Hygrophyla Polysperma ( possibly )
Christmas Moss
Java Moss
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post #2 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-11-2010, 09:04 PM
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Love the new look!!!

210 g - Empty right now
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post #3 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-11-2010, 10:09 PM
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love the low stand. very nice

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I thought i was lucky to have my 150g about 4 feet away from my bed... but yours is literally next to your bed! Lucky!

Looks great- and i agree, the stand is awesome. I'm 15 also (almost 16).

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post #5 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-12-2010, 05:08 AM Thread Starter
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@ MikeS Thanks!

@ TeamTeal thanks! but I cant take credit for it, A local Aquarium supplies guy built it for me.

@ AzFishKid Thanks, I've seen your 150! and Im turning 16 in January .

Well heres the tank just before Im leaving for school, since its 6:00am in SA , well anywway I think its cleared up abit ( Soil settling ) Will post some close ups this afternoon.
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post #6 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-12-2010, 06:05 AM
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Very nice! Very attractive arrangement. Beautiful angelfish.
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post #7 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-15-2010, 07:57 PM Thread Starter
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@ Aquamom thanks Do long fin angels grow to the same size as normal angels? I heard the tend to grow longer ( vertical ).

Sorry for the late pics guys, Got pretty busy in the week and when I got home was very lazy

Well anyway here's some shots that arent cloudy, Can someone please help me identify the crypts, the 2 different kinds of swords and is that stem plant bacopa monnieri? ( sp soz )
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@ MikeS Thanks!

@ TeamTeal thanks! but I cant take credit for it, A local Aquarium supplies guy built it for me.

@ AzFishKid Thanks, I've seen your 150! and Im turning 16 in January .

Well heres the tank just before Im leaving for school, since its 6:00am in SA , well anywway I think its cleared up abit ( Soil settling ) Will post some close ups this afternoon.
Tank looks awesome. I am also in the process of turning a 55 gallon cichlid tank in to a planted one. I'm turning 16 in June
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post #9 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-15-2010, 08:32 PM
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Nice looking tank man. Bedside is the best place for tanks,I think.

And oh yea I just turned 15 today

ok. No I didn't.
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post #10 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-15-2010, 08:36 PM Thread Starter
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Some more pics, couldnt fit all in 1 message?
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post #11 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-15-2010, 09:12 PM
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Only one suggestion: You might want to opaque the back of your tank so the wall vent/thermostat behind it isn't seen through it. Aside from that, it's very inspiring.

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The crypts will be easier to identify once they get bigger and show more telling leaves. I'm guessing they're wendtii green, but I could easily be wrong.
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post #13 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-16-2010, 06:52 AM Thread Starter
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@ VadimShevchuk

The cichlids constant biting and harassing really stressed me out. Is it the same for you?

@ Aquamom there is non vent behind the tank, theres just a bedside lamp that rests on it And the black background is spray painted on.

@ Sharkfood Thanks, but since I bought them they have been putting out dark green, reddish leaves, in the petshop they were green?
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I'm wondering what that rectangular whitish boxy thing is that I see in the third picture down from the top (the one just below the empty tank), that appears through the back of it? Is that a component of your filtration system? To me, it looked like a wall vent or thermostat. Since the back of your tank is spray-painted, that must be part of your tank system. Just curious as to what exactly that is ...

Your plants are beautiful. It's a lovely, lovely, tank.


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post #15 of 20 (permalink) Old 10-16-2010, 02:19 PM
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Very nice looking tank!!
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