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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-01-2012, 01:43 PM Thread Starter
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Red face Magnum Opus 50G

I made this tank in 2010. I didnt have even a single thread to show in my statistics so posting this old tank here. It has been dismantled though.

dimension - 36x18x18 inches
substrate- contro soil with prodac fondo vivo, ADA nile sand
light- 2x 15 W t5 ,4x 18 W pll 6500k
filtration-dolphin c-1300
decoration- Some driftwood and locally collected stones
Cryptocoryne Albida
Cryptocoryne Balansea
Cryptocoryne Blasii
Cryotocoryne Ciliata
Cryptocoryne Cordata
e. tennelus.
e. parvula.
e. vivipara
blyxa japonica
jf narrow leaf
jf neesle leaf
j f phillipine
windelov fern
riccia flutains
java fern

Contro Soil....

Here's the hardscape plan...


I wanted to make 3 separate tanks- Nature/ Jungle/ Iwagumi.
But due to financial crisis, combined all of 'em in one

Completed layout...


Hardscape completed...

Island with rocks...

On the wood-
2. jf narrow leaf
3.jf needle leaf
4. j f phillipine
5.windelov fern

now to make jungle At the back, 6 varieties of crypts come into picture...

my tennelus carpet ...

my samll pressurised system....
thanks once again to rocky sir...

just added a swordtail molly to start up the nitrogen cycle

And this was the tank after 3-4 months

this was my tank in may...

n now my tank looks like----

with a school of congo tetras...

they nibbles a lot ...


And here are some pics of a DIY arrangement I made to shift this tank to another place as I was changing my apartment.


I kept a piece of plywood on the frame and called some friends to help me. We were on third floor and there was NO lift
Afterwords they robbed me and drank a whole barrel of beer

There is no such sad sight like a dismantled tank
Used to keep P. Scalers in the tank.

Some more of of my creations-

My breeding pair-

My 8 feet Discus Tank -

I would like to tell you that the magnum opus was my first planted aquarium. Since then I am trying to learn more and more on planted stuff. I'll be starting my next scape in this august once I reach USA for my grad studies.
Hope you have enjoyed a lot
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post #2 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-01-2012, 01:52 PM
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Love the planted tank. Filled in nicely. Those discus are great too.
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That was awesome!

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post #4 of 5 (permalink) Old 05-01-2012, 11:47 PM
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That's a cool look into the timeline of your tank. Also like above I like the discus.
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post #5 of 5 (permalink) Old 06-16-2012, 07:52 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks people.
And now I'm preparing for my other tank

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