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post #16 of 71 (permalink) Old 07-31-2011, 05:02 AM Thread Starter
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More pictures, these are the best I've been able to manage so far...






the tiger lilies I got seem to be doing well so far.
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post #17 of 71 (permalink) Old 07-31-2011, 05:12 AM
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love the gourami brilliant color patterns =)
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post #18 of 71 (permalink) Old 07-31-2011, 06:04 AM Thread Starter
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thanks! his/her name is lucy and I've had her over a year now. Scared of the camera so its hard to get good shots.
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I love the fish you have in there. Plus your layout is nice and clean.
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I love the fish you have in there. Plus your layout is nice and clean.
thanks, I'll be adding zebra loaches and either cherry or odessa barbs when I get some extra money. I'm also considering doing away with the sand area at the front and doing more dirt and gravel. then planting some sort of foreground plant.
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That last set of pictures really look nice. Upgrading your lighting made a huge difference.

Once I get my tank back into shape (needs another big trim), I should have you come over and snap some shots of my tank.
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That last set of pictures really look nice. Upgrading your lighting made a huge difference.

Once I get my tank back into shape (needs another big trim), I should have you come over and snap some shots of my tank.
I can give it a shot.
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nice tank, has it only been set up for a month?

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Update 8/10/11

Got 5 Zebra Loaches added them to the tank last night. Cherry or Odessa barbs will be the only other fish species added to this tank. Which I get will depend on my wallet. Odessa's are around 5.25-5.50 and Cherrys are around 1.50-1.99 so big difference when you are talking about a school of 7-9

Monday night I built an adjustable stand for my lights. I still need to paint it but I will go ahead and share pictures of it. All the pieces I had on hand so this DIY project was free and it only took me a couple hours.

I plan on replacing the ugly clips with some silver chain at some point, but for now it works as is.




This shows the construction I used to provide stability to the stand.


I drilled holes through the wood using a paddle bit at 2 inch intervals. The lights can be adjusted to sit almost directly on the tank up to 1 foot above the top of the tank.
I used an old adjustable curtain rod as cross bar to hold the lights. Adjusting is as simple as pushing the two pieces of the bar together so the ends come out of the holes and then extending the rod back out when in the next desire position.
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nice tank, has it only been set up for a month?
2-3 months now....correction it was 2-3 months at the first of July, so I guess its been 3-4 months now.
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The light stand looks nice. The lights are much higher than they were clipped on the back. You might want to move it down to get stronger light.
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Hey, you have my favorite fish! Is he a powder blue dwarf gourami?

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Hey, you have my favorite fish! Is he a powder blue dwarf gourami?
no, i believe he is the flame dwarf gourami...I remember having trouble at the store picking between the type I have and the powder blue variety.
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The light stand looks nice. The lights are much higher than they were clipped on the back. You might want to move it down to get stronger light.
I've gotten way more BGA since I got 3 lights and upgraded the wattage. So I was hoping having them higher would reduce those outbreaks.
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I see... so when do you want to come over and take some nice shots of my tank for me?
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