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Old 09-24-2012, 08:45 PM   #1
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Default Turquoise Castle Aquarium

This is my very 1st aquarium. I have always loved fish and admired every fish tank I walk past.

In January I decided to go ahead and plan a Non-aggresive Tropical Community Aquarium. It has been quite a learning process, but I am happy with my progress so far.

I have always loved castles. I loved one castle online and then saw it used for a great price and couldn't resist. It was only when I picked up the castle that I realized just how big it really was.

I then had to plan the aquarium around the castle. Not bad for me, because I really do love the castle and had a large space to put the aquarium.
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Old 09-24-2012, 08:54 PM   #2
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That's a great piece. The only thing I'd recommend is moving it more off center to give better visual flow to tank. Think of all the best movie shots of castles; the ones that grab are where you have a long view *ending* with the castle. Open areas on both sides diminishes the impact.
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Old 09-25-2012, 03:14 AM   #3
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That's a great piece. The only thing I'd recommend is moving it more off center to give better visual flow to tank. Think of all the best movie shots of castles; the ones that grab are where you have a long view *ending* with the castle. Open areas on both sides diminishes the impact.
YES! like this!!!
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Old 09-25-2012, 05:08 PM   #4
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I think I will start planning with the Castle on the right. That way I have more room to work with plants.
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Old 09-25-2012, 09:43 PM   #5
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I have been looking at inspiration pictures and feeling very disgruntled. I didn't think my huge castle was going to fit with the plants. Then I had an idea.

I am going to make it an Enchanted Forest. Now I am excited.

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Old 09-26-2012, 05:46 AM   #6
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I like this picture as a jumping off point.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:25 PM   #7
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Default Background

Next I put on a background. Now that is a lot of turquoise!

Oh and we added a ship for my son and a turtle for my daughter.

To make things a little easier we made a side for my son, a side for my daughter, and the middle for Mom. They each help with the decisions for their side of the tank.
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Old 09-24-2012, 09:25 PM   #8
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Great castle ! I agree with the above poster .... You could make a "hill" at the back right corner and place it on top and have a carpet plant coming down the hill .
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lol looks great I know the feeling my last tank is full of dinosaurs and volcanoes...maybe put the blue gravel under the ship to simulate ocean and a hill with carpet under the turtle. that will look nice.
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Default Building a stand

We then had stands built to hold the aquarium weight. A friend is a builder and had recently built a saltwater wall aquarium in his house. I figured that he was definitly the right person for the job. I am so happy with how the bases turned out. We had doors made, but haven't installed them yet.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:41 PM   #11
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Default Adding live plants and water

At this point I still really didn't know anything. I added plants and water. We let everything settle in and then had the water tested. It turned out that it took a lot less time to get the tank going, so we added fish fairly soon after.
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Old 09-24-2012, 10:44 PM   #12
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Default Our first 3 fish

These poor little guys were so small in the big tank. They must have liked it, because they exhibited mating behaviour on Day 1. On Day 2 they spawned.

I had no idea what to do. I managed to hatch some eggs and they lived for a few days. Next time hopefully I have more knowledge to help them survive.
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Great castle ! I agree with the above poster .... You could make a "hill" at the back right corner and place it on top and have a carpet plant coming down the hill .
Love that idea. Might have to move the heater.
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I love the perfect dream feel to it. The colours blend perfectly for the kind of thing you would expect to see in some kind of fantasy utopia.
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Old 09-25-2012, 01:10 AM   #15
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Default Baby

Our little 1cm baby has really grown. She is about 3cm now.
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