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post #76 of 92 (permalink) Old 04-18-2008, 07:58 PM Thread Starter
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Just a few updated pictures, I've been playing with my son's little digi cam today while he's still at school.

There's some things I want to change, but won't be able to until we upgrade the lights on our 55 gal Cichlid tank. The sword plants and many of the crypts will be transfered over to that tank, and then I can let places fill in where they need to so that there's not quite as much "collectoritis" going on. I also want to change the position of the driftwood pieces (again!), as I can't even see the wood underneath the peacock moss. I know it needs to come further forward as well.
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Some nice looking plants you got there!

Collectoritis is hard to get over. The first step is admitting you have a problem

Looks like a well put together assortment of plants to me, kudos!
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Just to update what this looks like now since it's been forever since my last update. We've since gotten a new digital cam and Tim's been playing with settings on it today. It still looks "off" in the colorations to me, but we are working on it. I have 8800k bulbs on their way, and I really wanted to take a photo of how it looks now compared to what it will look like.
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stunning, love the transformation process
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Gorgeous tank, how many Raasorbas do you have in there?
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post #81 of 92 (permalink) Old 03-08-2010, 04:42 AM
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what sand is that? and i like the tank

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I have between 40 and 50 rasboras, I believe. Would like to expand on it to be around 60. They are so darn hardy....

It's just plain ol pool filter sand. If given the chance to "start over" I would have chosen a good substrate instead of just an inert one, but it doesn't give us any problems with regular gravel vacuuming.
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I have pool filter sand too, at times I wish I would have added some laterite underneath, but it does ok. I have had my rasorbas for over 4 years now.
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Well, we are back at it after a couple of long years of decline in the tank. Our co2 supplier, which was out of town, stopped Saturday hours. Working 40 miles away made it impossible to get over there during their business hours. The only plants that survived were the crypts and vals.

We recently found a different supplier for the co2 in the town where we work, making it so convenient for us! Plus their prices are less expensive, so that's a bonus.

We also changed out our substrate to black blasting grit. I am so happy with it! The color is a huge improvement to the looks of our tank. We have been getting in plants and I am about satisfied enough to just let it grow in. I do have some downoi coming, plus some frogbit for the overflow chambers to add matter and suck up excess nutrients.

*Photos by tama_drummer73 - Sony A33, shot with a Sony 18-55 lens* Settings were set to the following: On the full tank shots, the camera was set to 1/125 on the shutter, ISO 400, focal length @ 24mm. On the up close fish pics, the shutter was set to 1/250, ISO 1600, focal length @ 45mm. No flash was used.
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Not much of an update, just some growth. I took these pictures tonight, so they aren't nearly as good as when my hubby does.
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Nice setup! I hope I can make space for a big tank like that someday.
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Thanks! Today has been a freakin disaster. Hubby woke up to the sound of the pump "whooshing" and found water on the floor. We have taken out all the fish and plants. Will be taking out substrate shortly to evaluate WTH is leaking. Hopefully it is a plumbing connection as it is a drilled tank and not the tank itself.

Had to run outside to grab a container for the sand, and naturally my feet are wet. Only like 15 degrees out there this morning!
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Sorry to hear about the mishap, hope it works out. This is m first time seeing this tank and I must say it is really nice, you've done a nice job with it, having a big tank myself I know it can quickly get overgrown and crazy, but yours is so nice and relaxed
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The tank has a nice big crack in the bottom of it. For the life of us, we can't figure out how or why it happened! We have the sump to use as a temporary home for the plants and fish, at least. Gonna stick a shop light over it, will be about 2 wpg, so won't be running c02 on it. Ordered the replacement tank already, but won't be shipped where we can pick it up for about a month since we have to get it reef-ready. (We are kinda locked in to how we have things already as far as placement of the overflow chambers and whatnot.)

On a bright note, I move our huge synodontis catfish and my mean bugger of a flying fox in to the African Cichlid tank. (Now he is getting a taste of what he's been dishing out!)

Tim is going use this time to rework the plumbing more to his liking since we have the opportunity.
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Good to hear there was a bright side, you guys suffer any damage to your home? Also since you get to redo the
Plumbing just remember there is no such thing as overdone when it comes to plumbing
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