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post #31 of 95 (permalink) Old 05-02-2013, 11:17 PM
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Sorry to bring up an old thread, but I was searching for Dwarf Sag and this came up. The Dwarf Sag I had grew to about 8-9 inches, so Dwarf in that sense was a giant misnomer. Once it established itself, it grew very fast.

Any updates on how the office came out?
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post #32 of 95 (permalink) Old 10-13-2013, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Actually, I'm just now starting to build my office, lol. Life gets in the way pretty easily, and the office and tank went on the back burner. Now that I've got the ok from the wife to start my office, I'm gearing up! I'll revive this thread again in the next couple months as I build the base, hood and lighting.
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post #33 of 95 (permalink) Old 09-20-2014, 11:48 PM Thread Starter
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Revival time!

After hitting another year of snags, I'm finally able to get going on my tank!

Got going on the base this afternoon. Here's a pic:



Hoping to line the inside, put in shelves and finish the outside tomorrow, then stain and poly next weekend. After that I'll get going on the hood. Still going with CFLs with steel reflectors and some blue moon light LEDs. Not sure what direction I'm going with plants and fish, though. Leaning toward real plants with some simpler fish... we'll see.
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Hey, good to see your thread revived. Looking forward to seeing further posts on your progress - keep it going!

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Very nice! I have a similar tank to set up in the next month.

Question: Did you use plans for that base, or design it yourself?
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Sorry to bring up an old thread, but I was searching for Dwarf Sag and this came up. The Dwarf Sag I had grew to about 8-9 inches, so Dwarf in that sense was a giant misnomer. Once it established itself, it grew very fast.

Any updates on how the office came out?
You're correct, Dwarf Sagittaria can get up to 12" tall which is why it's comical to name it "dwarf" when it gets tall lol.
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post #37 of 95 (permalink) Old 09-27-2014, 12:33 AM Thread Starter
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Question: Did you use plans for that base, or design it yourself?
I designed it myself. It's not that hard - you just have to make sure that all your cuts are very, VERY straight and that you check that every piece is at a perfect 90* angle before sinkling screws into it.

Here's a pic with the inner liner:

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post #38 of 95 (permalink) Old 09-28-2014, 11:11 PM Thread Starter
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Got the oak ply on today. Next weekend will be trim and sanding.

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Finished the trim and doors a couple weekends ago, onto the hood today.





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I admit that I skipped a page but if you are still looking for a cichlids that would work, I advise not to follow the normal cichlid advise. Too many give up too quick when they read the horror stories about cichlids.
I find several that work okay with planted tanks. My favorite is a combo of rainbow cichlids ( herotilapia multispinosa) and Ellioti cichlid with various catfish and clown loaches.
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The stand is beautiful! What color are you going to stain it?
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post #42 of 95 (permalink) Old 10-29-2014, 11:10 PM Thread Starter
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I admit that I skipped a page but if you are still looking for a cichlids that would work, I advise not to follow the normal cichlid advise. Too many give up too quick when they read the horror stories about cichlids.
I find several that work okay with planted tanks. My favorite is a combo of rainbow cichlids ( herotilapia multispinosa) and Ellioti cichlid with various catfish and clown loaches.
I'm actually still looking at getting some clown loaches... they have such a cool look!

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The stand is beautiful! What color are you going to stain it?
Honey oak, like this:



My den/home office is all a combo of honey oak and cherry (one mahogany piece that I'm still refinishing).
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Finished the hood today! Next weekend I'm hoping to fill the nail holes and imperfections, sand, stain and poly.





After that, it's lighting, plumbing, substrate and... drum roll... PLANTS! My goal is to get the parameters under control by the first of the year and introduce fish soon after.
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LOve honey oak=) are u staining it or are u just going to put a semi gloss coat and call it a day? I used Birch and stained it then did about 4layers of semi gloss =) cant wait to see your finished result all put together with plants and fish=) MIne should be done by the end of this month at the latest XD dream tank almost complete
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LOve honey oak=) are u staining it or are u just going to put a semi gloss coat and call it a day?
Thanks! I'm going to stain it and do a semi gloss poly (prob 3 or 4 coats).
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