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125 Gallon Never Ever Ever Finished PHOTO OVERLOAD

I know Most people don't like videos, but its much easier then trying to sort out the pictures by date
http://youtu.be/a1BLOELFGKw

Warning, This tank has been set up since last July and I'm not good at going backward, so things will be pretty patchy. I will keep better update from here on. May remember some tid bits and fill in.

Tank started here




A 55 gallon high tech, totally over grown. Had hardly any problems with it, generally looked great and I had to switch it all out. The new tank has given me a few head aches.

The 55 gallon went on to a 125 gallon 6 foot which I couldn't pass up it was such a great deal.


Here's a good photo of the stand me and my dad (my dad) built. I did paint it though


tank went through the whole green faze (wish I had of kept some for daphnia)


I set the tank up very quickly, Play sand (from the 55) things went very well, but I decided I wanted to do it differently after seeing all the great tanks on here so...








The reason patience is such a good idea, but I lost 0 fish in the change over and everything turned out okay. Still an all day job, dirting an established 125 gallon. Capped with playsand

This tank has gone through many many changes, if you watched the video you know Lots of plants in and out, but I am finally deciding on a much simpler tank.

Tank inhabitants are
Congo Tetra!!!!!!!
Bumble bee gobies (would not recommend these guys for a community tank. I love them, but have a hard time making sure they get enough to eat. They may get their own tank soon.
Peppered corydora, most bred by me
Bristle nose plecs. Long finned and short finned albinos and regular short finned. I have 9 in total (it's a long story)
Cherry Barbs again most bred by me
Otocinclus (my babies)
Siamese Algae Eaters
Bolivian ram
Kuhli Loaches (again possibly not suited for community life but doing okay!)
One female Betta, Ice
And...... To fill out the tank, baby congos!!!!!!!!!! Bred them myself, waiting for them to grow out. Its taking forever.

This tank was started as Co2 injected, 20 lbs tank, regulator, inline diffuser the whole shebang, then I changed my mind. I want the tank to be as self sufficient as possible so the C02 has been gone for about a month. Everything is doing okay so far, thanks to the dirt!

Here it is before the latest rescape, the wood and rock work has been removed.


Here is the current look, and some of the inhabitants.

Elvis, biggest Bolivian Ram


Bad pic of ice. She's an awesome little fish. Excuse all the bba

Plecs enjoying watermelon.



Fat little plec

A Bee in comparison to a small plec. Bees are very small

Another cutie


Beautiful Female congos with the blandest male congo (he's doing okay with the ladies though)

Corydora

The congos, a while back when they were younger

A bee. These guys have actually spawned in the community tank! Gonna take them out and bred them later so I can save the babies.


Please watch this video for my best male Congos!! (Babies are gonna be even better!!)
http://youtu.be/owlXLNtrAqw

And tank as of a few nights ago.


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That is an absolute amazing tank and you should be proud. I hope to see more of your tank!
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Thank you so much. I love taking pics so will probably update a bit

Your 55 looks really good as well
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Very nice! I love all the different looks you've had including the 55. I have to move my 55 into my new 120 soon so it is nice to see your success!


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I never thought about feeding watermelon to my plecos before. That's really kinda cool.

The bees are adorable, you're lucky they bred. Hopefully you can save the fry.
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Great looking 125 and fish!

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Thanks.
I try all sorts of things with the plecs, the watermelon was by far their fav, the other fish even nibbled at it
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Haha oh my! Nice fatty you have here!


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I'll have to try watermelon. I know my plecos love cucumbers.

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Tank got a bit of a make over, well a full make over. Can't show it yet, not good enough to show. It looks bare and sad at the moment, but the fish are happy with all the extra room..mostly. And I am happy with the way it is going to grow in, if it does.
Lets just say, corner to corner, I will soon have six feet of carpet. Hoping things fill in a couple months.
Here's a sad looking picture, just so I have a picture. That's the right corner by the way.
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To add, that weird stick thing in the left front corner, is my home made veggie weight. haha works but is sad. My homemade leafs look much better.
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Did a major rescape a few weeks ago. The biggest resacpe I have ever done. Not sure even yet how I feel about it, but since I sent out most of the plants to other hobbyist, I'm stuck with what I have.
I think when the carpet grows up, I will be really happy with it. It is the type of scape I have been wanting. I am much more for the calmer scapes, rather then the overly planted types.

First picture, this is what it looked like just BEFORE the rescape. Quite nice actually, now that I see it, but living with it was getting tiresome.


Here it is now. Good, bad or ugly?? I like it more, but I do miss the plants a little. Once the carpet grows in I will be much happier.


Tell me what you think!
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