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post #1 of 87 (permalink) Old 03-13-2004, 09:33 AM Thread Starter
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Ok... What a freakin week it has been!. I got the 135 gallon setup, on a stand I just built and stained... I emptied the 90 gallon tank and transfered all the fish into the 135...I rebuilt the 90 gallon and started to re-arrange my living room (I have to replace the carpet following the massive leak in the 135).

So here is the view of my fish room when you first walk in. There will be more tanks in here shortly... but this is how its progressing.



Looking right you can see some of the plants I am starting to fill this room with. There is enough ambient light fromteh fish tanks that I can grow almost anything in this room. The plants also help keep the humidity down, I rarely have to water them.



Here is the 90 Gallon tank. This tank is 3 feet wide, 2 feet tall, and 2 feet deep. It is currently lit with 7, 3 foot NO T8's (5000k 98CRI bulbs). Filtration is just a simple Aquaclear 300. I may supplement this with another 300 later, but for the time being this tank will only house a pair of Kribs untill the fire eel moves in.


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Sorry about the cloudiness.... I "just" filled it... I know the tank arrangement looks a little sparse.. but when the tank clears and I can show you how it looks with the rest of the room and the plants.. it will make sense.
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LOVe the driftwood in the 90 [yes, I can see it ;-) ]. When it clears up, the sand and wood combo should look really nice.

Have you considered having a thin piece of painted plywood cut as a backdrop instead of the sheet? I find that pieces of hung plastic sheet tend to cheapen an otherwise lovely tank's look.

I like how the long pieces draw your eyes across the 125 gal.
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I can't wait till I'm old... so I can get a BIG BIG BIG tank...


No offence to all you rich adults. Hehe
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heh.. I'm 25.. and I dont make that much.. heh.. I just love my fish..
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that is a fantastic tank.
i like the idea of having lots of house plants in the room as well.
i have to agree that i can't wait to get old and rich too!

although, i doubt it happens on a teacher's salary!

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LOVe the driftwood in the 90 [yes, I can see it ;-) ]. When it clears up, the sand and wood combo should look really nice.

Have you considered having a thin piece of painted plywood cut as a backdrop instead of the sheet? I find that pieces of hung plastic sheet tend to cheapen an otherwise lovely tank's look.

I like how the long pieces draw your eyes across the 125 gal.
I am building custom backgrounds for both tanks, its just taking a little time... ;-)
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What an awesome sanctuary. Part of the reason I like my tanks so much is because of the warm, humid air they produce in the winter (cuts down on the nose-bleeds). If you close the door to that room and close your eyes, you'll be in the Amazon .

And Kris is right...keep it up with the house plants. Very nice.

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I found a 12" Fire eel in my neighborhood that is up for sale. I'll be picking him up this week!
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That'll be one lucky eel.
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I aint seen any fire eels around my shops in quite some time... thought they were extinct... LOL
Strange critter but he should make a nice hme in the wood.
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Do you use co2 on any of your tanks?
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Not at the moment.. but I have in the past.. and I will again... I just havent spent the money yet on getting the system I want as I have many other rather important things on teh go.
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The 135 is looking mighty fine, Gareth! I like the driftwood arrangement from that angle.
The 90g looks fantastic, though! I love that driftwood, especially with the corner arrangement and the open space in front. It's too easy to overcrowd a tank with plants and hardly leave any room for fish. That's going to be a gorgeous tank when it's mature!

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Thanks :-) Its coming along :-)

I wanted lots of open space in the 90 gallon as the fire eel (or ornate polypterous) will require a lot of room. I was thinking about adding some Bush Perch or a butterfly fish as well....
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