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post #1 of 93 (permalink) Old 05-15-2013, 06:48 AM Thread Starter
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New house, new tank. 240 gallon adventure

It's been a while since I've been on this forum, (posting from an iPad, last time I posted here, IPads didn't exist) but I've been through many aquariums over the years, but I am particularly excited about my most recent project.

I moved roughly 75 fish, 25 lbs of driftwood and wildly large growth of regular and thin leaf java ferns (2' Tall, 1-2' across each), java moss by the pound, a few emerged bacopas and riccia to round it off.

I phased through the "tech" tank a few years back, and found that I just didn't enjoy the dosing and co2 regimes. I resorted eventually to heavy planting, low light and letting nature do its work in my 125.

The new tank is a 2'x2'x8' layout. I am building the stand and canopy (currently in use, but no molding) at 40" tall stand, 4"x4" uprights, and an 18" canopy finished in oak.

Tank specs as it sits: 240 gallons
Fluvall FX5 filter
4 x finnex ray 2 7kK fixtures
~14 bags of Eco Complete substrate
75 assorted fish

Will add pics tomorrow. This system has been running for 1 week, filter, 2 bags eco complete and wood transplanted from 125 gallon.

Hope you enjoy the process as much as I am.
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post #2 of 93 (permalink) Old 05-15-2013, 03:56 PM Thread Starter
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Here are a few progress shots, and some from this morning.

Fish:
Platinum angels 3 adults
Clown loaches 2@7" ea
Kribensis
Rummy nose
Cardinals
Black neons
Julii corydoras
Ottocinclus
Siamese algae eaters

Planned additions within 2 months:
3 more platinum angels
75 cardinal tetras
10 julii corydoras



Office is not set up yet so I could not properly edit the photos, will take better shots in 2 weeks or so when we are fully moved in.

http://www.flickr.com/photos/94208305@N00/8741753838/

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Nice! I hope to someday own a tank of this size!
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Thank you. It is a strong 4 man lift to move. Make sure you have a crew!

Just planted the Pygmy chain swords, still need a lot more to get the carpet that I am after.

Anyone have any recommendations for large, low tech tank plants? Ease of maintenance is key (strong roots, high temp tolerance 79F)
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Could not resist: 12 baby platinum angels I call the "Mini me's"!

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Re: New house, new tank. 240 gallon adventure

Those Java Fern are enormous, my gosh!!!

I am sure some anubis would work well

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Beautiful angels! And they look terrific with all the java fern.

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post #8 of 93 (permalink) Old 05-23-2013, 06:43 AM Thread Starter
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Well, as sometimes happens, the new fish have issues!

Seems that both Discus and Angelfish are quite succeptible to fungal infections after transfer into my tanks ( maybe from the large amount of wood?).

Treating the whole system with Maroxy(wonderful anti fungal btw, only slightly effects biofilter over 5 day treatment), lost two baby angels thus far.

Cleaned up and planted my Bacopa Madagascarensis(sp?). Will post we photos once fish are healthy in a few days.
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Wowsers! beautiful tank.
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Houston, we have a problem....

At roughly 2am Saturday morning, my aquarium front glass cracked, from bottom right corner to 1/2 distance to top center brace, all the way up.

This cracking sounded like a shotgun blast. Gallons of water began flooding the living room as the nightmare continued.

I happen to be quite lucky in many aspects:

I am in the industry, so I had everything I could possibly need to address the issue on hand, including my able and amazing wife to assist with leakage. We were home, the aquarium is on tile, and it cracked rather than exploded. Tank was drained properly and all water cleared within 1 hour.

I have designed and set up hundreds of aquariums, and have only heard of this happening first hand a dozen or so times. I have personally had a dozen aquariums, 5 gallon and up, fw fish only to full reef with refugoum offsite. I must say that it is a traumatic event to say the least.

The stand and aquarium are still both perfectly supported, level and square, so I have no clue at this point as to why, 2 weeks in,
this would happen. Being a holiday weekend, I will begin the warrantee/replacement process tomorrow AM on this Visio tank.

Lost only 6 small schooling fish out of ~100 inhabitants who are all happily vacationing in a 60 gallon aquarium for the time being.

I am hopeful to be back in full operation within two weeks time, will keep updating.
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Sorry to hear that. I hope everything works out for you!!

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Damn thats crazy that happened! I hope everything works out for you!

I was going to say that the clown loaches weren't too good of an idea, since they will probably start picking off the cardinals as they grow in size. But clearly this is the least of your problems at the moment.

Also, clowns like to be in schools of 3 or more, and you definitely have the real estate for them, and they'll get huge in there.

Cardinals will be food though, imo.

God speed with getting your tank fixed, looked great before hand! Love those angels and that Java Fern is ENORMOUS!
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So jealous of you... someday, just someday.
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Thanks for the thoughts, they are picking up tank tomorrow, to inspect for replacement. Just a bear to move.

I have kept these clown loaches for 7 years, and they are not fish eaters. They are grub/worm/snail eaters (bottom facing mouths). I have kept these cardinals for 3.5 years with only losses to age/tumors.

Will send pics once its back in place.
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Sorry to hear that. Crazy.
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