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post #61 of 262 (permalink) Old 09-12-2012, 08:54 PM
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...I happen to have had a wild Idea... I can simply take down one side panel, build the same tank next to it and silicone them together.
Actually, this is not a bad idea, but you would have to awfully fast to keep the water from spilling out when you remove that panel.
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This tank is sweet!!

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Actually, this is not a bad idea, but you would have to awfully fast to keep the water from spilling out when you remove that panel.
First u build the second part, then u empty current tank n glue the one panel to the back

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So at this point i think i'll rename this tank My Frankenstein...
Ive completely rebuilt it.. super secured it with metal brackets... never-mind the aesthetics, safety comes first. Spent about 22 hrs straight building it..
So voila, finally thats what it looks like!





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do something cool with the middle of the tank. put plants on top or even better, do a working waterfall with plants around it! there are endless possibilities and you should really tAke advantage of the middle. don't think of it as a non aesthetically pleasing sort of thing. everything has potential!
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African cichlids need high ph and salt in their water to be happy and healthy which doesn't work well with most plants, should probably use a different type of fish.
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African cichlids need high ph and salt in their water to be happy and healthy which doesn't work well with most plants, should probably use a different type of fish.
Hey thanks for ur advice !
I used aragonite sand that raises the Ph and the plants i have in this tank are just a very few n they arent really aquatic plants, moresore foreground plants that in my tanks manage to survived underwater. I keep this tank at ph:7.6-7.8 since i had it as a 54 gallon. So far they seem okay but i'll keep checking just in case

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do something cool with the middle of the tank. put plants on top or even better, do a working waterfall with plants around it! there are endless possibilities and you should really tAke advantage of the middle. don't think of it as a non aesthetically pleasing sort of thing. everything has potential!
I made aterfall before in this tank but the noise keeps me awake all night ! I will try to prolly add plants etc... orchids... dunno...add a massive twisty branch n plants around it
Alright im all over the place with ideas.. lets just let it run for a few days.. get some more cichlid that Im supposed to pick up tomorrow n relax after this exhausting project!

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awesome tank!
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tank you!!

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Lots changed.. new decor, added in some java moss and java ferns



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That's a fantastic tank, but I have to admit - it scares me. A seam in the middle, electrical devices just inches from water, a stand that looks it was repurposed.

I hope it works out and brings you joy for many many years.
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That's a fantastic tank, but I have to admit - it scares me. A seam in the middle, electrical devices just inches from water, a stand that looks it was repurposed.

I hope it works out and brings you joy for many many years.
That's why it's my Frankenstein..
I made sure it would be indestructible n stands strong on a leveled floor.
Ive made engineering mistakes at first but took it down to re-strenghted it all !

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This is really inspiring... what was they plant with purple flowers you had in the first version?
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thank youuuu!!!
the plant was a seasonal flowering sorta tulip.. now in the living room

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