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125 South American nature aquarium

Haven't had anything in a long time on here! I'm in the process of breaking down my fish room due to no time to take care of all the tanks and decided to go with one large 125 as my single "pretty" tank. After a long day of working on it yesterday, I finally piled everything into the tank in a format I'm happy with for now, used what plants I had left in my stock to fill it, but hopefully will be getting more this weekend or the next to make things a little more unique. But anyways enough babbling here's the synopsis of the set up info and pics of the settting up!

Lighting:
2 36in 3 bulb odyssey t5 fixtures
1 48in coralife fixture
with bulbs including:
6700k
10000k
Colormax
And some actinic leds

Substrate:
Safe sorb clay

filtration:
Eheim 2111
Ehiem 2113
Mainland hob
And a no name power head

Heating:
2 200 watt tetra heaters
1 300 watt I don't remember heater

Co2:
5 lb co2 tank
ap aqua reglator
Diy needle valves
With 2 fluval diffusers

Plants:
Limnophila aromatica
Myriophilium filgree
Java fern
Java moss
Anubias nana
Echinidorus tenullus
Baby tears
Blyxa japonica
Narrow leaf micro sword
Rottala colorata
Crypt spiralis
Crypt wenditti bronze
Crypt sunset
Crypt balense
Crypt parva cross breed
Water sprite
Hygro compact
Hygro sunset
And two others I can think of

Fauna:
1 Philippine blue angel
3 Platinum blue angel
3 Blue blushing angel
6 Various other angels
1 Checker board Discus
6 German Blue rams
6 Oto s
1 Chinese algae Eater
Kribensis pair
1 sae
2 rummy nose tetra
5 green corys
6 albino bristile nose pleco

Going to be selling most of the angels except for 4 and moving my other two Philippines down to the tank, and adding in a couple more discus and get a school of tetras going.



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The initial plan sketch:



Once I was done with the hard scape I added in the many hundred of stems of plants and set up the heating and filtration:



Then I took half the cycled water from my fish room and filled the other half with tap then the wait began to let this puppy clear up:



Slowly it became clear but finally when I got home this afternoon it was pretty much clear so I added the fish back in!



Let me know what u guys think and sorry for the crapy cell pics! I will try to update mire frequently for this puppy.
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Very nice tank, I love the hardscape! I've always wanted a 100+ gal Amazon tank like scaped like that, it looks very natural.

It will look especially good when you get some more discus in there and that school of tetras...I'll definitely be watching.

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HARDSCAPE IS AWESOME!! It looks very natural. I cannot wait for the plants to fill in. You need a huge school of tetras, I see you only have 2 rummy noses, get those about 40-50 more friends and they will school and be awesome. good job man.

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nice stones you got there. are they called river stones? for your filtration, i think it's a bit small compared to the no. of fishes you have esp. the discus and angels.
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Very nice tank, I love the hardscape! I've always wanted a 100+ gal Amazon tank like scaped like that, it looks very natural.

It will look especially good when you get some more discus in there and that school of tetras...I'll definitely be watching.
yea its going to be a little while before i get the discus, but once i sell my other left over fish from the fish room i will be getting the large school of rummys, and maybe cardinals.

but ether way i have also been wanting to do this tank for a couple years now and finally found a good deal on the tank to do it. and thank you!

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HARDSCAPE IS AWESOME!! It looks very natural. I cannot wait for the plants to fill in. You need a huge school of tetras, I see you only have 2 rummy noses, get those about 40-50 more friends and they will school and be awesome. good job man.
i cant wait to see this guy fill in always the best part of an aquascape! and thank you!


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nice stones you got there. are they called river stones? for your filtration, i think it's a bit small compared to the no. of fishes you have esp. the discus and angels.
i actually got the stone from a local beach that sees a lot of waves, prepped them the day before. but yea the filtration is low for now, while i still break down more tanks, im going to be taking my other larger ehiem and putting on there once i get the other tank down. but for now water changes and maintaining water quality will suffice. but thank you for the imput always appreciated!





as far as an update goes hopfully i will be taking a ride up to a freind of mine online plant store and do some nice trades and going to be working at a LFS next week so going to be getting lots of perks through that as well.
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I like it a lot but I have one minor critique. Some of the stones are set in the substrate and look very natural. Others are sitting on top of it (for example - the big one on the right - below the discus) and don't look natural at all
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Well I did that because of the natural aspect all stones don't sit in the ground but I do see your point I'll change that soon probably
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Gorgeous. Absolutely amazing hard scape.
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Tomorrow I'm going to take some actual professional pictures finally I've been slacking to much for this tank
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Great looking scape! I agree with the others that it has a very natural feel to it. My only suggestion has nothing to do with the actual scape — I'd move those heaters that are in front to the back so they are out of view.
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I had those there when I set up the tank to heat up the tank quicker haha, been to lazy to move them lol
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update time!

so first news is finally got the job at my LFS, so i can order anything i want now!

and second is i took some nice new pictures with my real camera not my damn phone. got a bunch of copland tetras from petsmarts sale for a dollar ea. hopefully going to be getting a new filter as well seeing as we got some big boy canisters in at work that need to be referbed. to get the proper filtration on the tank before i start getting discus. but still need to sell most of my angels no buyers yet :/

but here are the pictures:

_DSC1088 by marioman72, on Flickr

_DSC1116 by marioman72, on Flickr


_DSC1090 by marioman72, on Flickr

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