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post #91 of 107 (permalink) Old 10-26-2012, 01:14 AM
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OMG a 4x5 version of this? W O W......
Cannot wait and see how it turns out!
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post #92 of 107 (permalink) Old 10-26-2012, 01:38 AM
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I think you could use a tad more driftwood.

Other than that - this is absolutely stunning.

Correction, it is absolutely stunning, but that is what I would do with it.
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post #93 of 107 (permalink) Old 10-26-2012, 01:54 AM
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It seems this idea of a really big and broad riparium setup is popular. You guys should consider some of the big and robust and unusual plants, such as Lasia spinosa. for this kind of planting and a really dramatic effect.

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post #95 of 107 (permalink) Old 12-09-2012, 03:08 PM Thread Starter
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here are probably some of the final photos of this tank before I get the monster puddle in motion in January.
It's astounded me the growth I've had from this tank having gone from high tech tanks to this. I've always had crystal clear water, rarely any plant deficiencies at all and the inhabitants really seem at home in this set up.
As my friend said the other day when over, it's like a true piece of nature in my house which has given me the kick to try as well with the bigger one. ( which is even bigger than I originally was going to go :-) now 5ftx5ft ;-)

Here's a few tank shots from today









And a few of its inhabitants.... Peculiar though that I've some reason ended up with two small yellow shrimp in here....excuse the brown moss which has now gone ( it was over shadowed by emerged plants)

Mysteriously appearing yellows





There's also a black shrimp in here too but is near impossible to take a picture of.



My fave bee shrimp which sadly passed away for some unknown reason the other day.... All tank stats were fine :-(



I think it was partially due to a much bigger water change in prep for some crs that were being put in. Any thoughts???


Another peculiar patterned shrimp


One of the male paro's


And my favourite pic at the moment is of my male choccos in breeding season the colours are fantastic




I've seen some amazing breeding behaviour over the weekend and even spotted a female with what appears to be a mouthful of fry so fingers crossed she survives with her babies. I've got no chance of catching her and putting her in a small tank with the amount of growth in it.

Just like to say a big thank you to all the feedback everyone's given me on this tank so far. I will continue to give little updates until I begin the big one soon.

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Make sure you link to it. As this was my favorite tank on TPT! Amazing job.


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Make sure you link to it. As this was my favorite tank on TPT! Amazing job.


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Thank you MABJ, it's my fave tank out of all my previous high techs.
Definitely will link to my new journal when it's started too. Just in the process of building a lighting rig for the new one.


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post #98 of 107 (permalink) Old 12-11-2012, 12:13 AM
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Trying to conceive where I would fit a tank like this lmao. It would be a terrific centerpiece to a modern living room/office. You'd just have to change the riparium plants a little. This really gives a natural feel to the inhabitants.


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Trying to conceive where I would fit a tank like this lmao. It would be a terrific centerpiece to a modern living room/office. You'd just have to change the riparium plants a little. This really gives a natural feel to the inhabitants.


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Lol I didn't think about space when I originally did this one, which sadly now has been stripped and taken down and is now on show in a local fish shop.

The new build has started on the bigger one which ill link to very soon when I start up the thread .

Just like to say thanks to everyone who contributed to this journal. I hope the next one can be as good. Settled for a 4ftx4ftx40cm high...
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It'll be great . I'll be following. Be sure to link it.

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Wasn't going to post, but came back after I realised just how awesome I thought this was.
Sweet look mate !
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Incredible tank, my friend!! Simply brilliant!

I look forward to following the new set up, eagerly! It sounds almost exactly like the dimensions on my tank, give or take a few inches on the height! Very cool! I'm interested to see how you will use the space.

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I look forward to seeing the new setup!
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