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Old 07-04-2010, 03:09 PM   #16
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Your tank is starting off very nicely! Good job. I can't wait to see it with the rest of the plants and fish.
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Old 07-04-2010, 03:42 PM   #17
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that hardscape is sweet! keep us updated. please.
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Old 07-04-2010, 05:54 PM   #18
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sweet can't wait to see this one finished, what type of rainbows are you going to put in it?
There will be quite a few different species from my old tank, Boesmani, Kutubu, inornata, western australian (red tailed), but the major one will be my tribe of breeding M. Aru II which were discovered by Heiko Bleher in 2007. I was very lucky enough to find a breeder in Europe. I only breed my fish outside the main tank as I do not want hybridisation. Having said that no fry have ever survived in my main display tanks even though heavily planted.

I also have a group of 10 Puntius denisoni some of whom are fully matured at 6". Also have a school of P. lineatus (striped barb) and B.histronica and striata loaches.

later in the year i hope to be able to get hold of some Glosolepis dorityi "Jaigum" from a breeder in Europe.
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Old 08-14-2010, 07:38 PM   #19
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The hardscape is something you dont see to often. Makes want to go out and start collecting
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Old 08-14-2010, 11:12 PM   #20
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Hardscape is really nice. Hopefully you have a couch in front of that tank. Why didnt you go for a rimless tank? It would be expensive but it is a dream tank.
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Old 08-15-2010, 05:47 AM   #21
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Everyone's got it right: that hardscape is amazing. It's your dream tank, and the dream tank for most everyone on this forum. I'd be blown away seeing that in somebody's house. And fantastic wood.

I wouldn't mind seeing an update...
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sensational, my imagination senses are tingling!
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One of the coolest hardscapes I've seen in awhile. Look's like a little slice of nature.

It also makes want to go fishing for some reason...lol
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I second all the admirers. I'm excited to see this fill in! Subscribed!
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this is awesome! going to follow this thread
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Old 09-04-2010, 11:55 AM   #26
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Here is an update at 2 months, things have been growing slowly, i was expecting the hairgrass to carpet by now. It is growing at least.

The right tree stump is not looking as good as the left at the moment, although the photo does not really do it justice. I have been pondering whether to see how things develop or just remove it. It is meant to be a supporting structure to provide balance to the main tree.

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I would leave the second stup in there. Without it the empty space would be much too big! You have your light mounted extremely far away from your tank. Are you trying to reduce light levels that much? If you had it closer, the hairgrass should carpet better as well.
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Do you have any fish in there?
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Its getting better every time
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Old 09-04-2010, 03:13 PM   #30
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I would leave the second stup in there. Without it the empty space would be much too big! You have your light mounted extremely far away from your tank. Are you trying to reduce light levels that much? If you had it closer, the hairgrass should carpet better as well.
Hi Vanessa,

The light units are only 10" wide over a 36" wide tank, part of the reason for raising them that high (18") in order to get a good light spread. I tested with a PAR meter and at 50% lighting (half the tubes on) i get 23-40 at the bottom and around 100 at the top.

30-40 is good at substrate level, so yes I am a little on the low side at the exreme front an back and that is where most hair grass is.

Full lighting however is too powerfull to have it on full time. I might do so for 1-2 hours in the evening, but PAR is 35-60 at botton but 200+ at the surface.

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Do you have any fish in there?
I intended to, but I wanted the hairgrass to be more established. There are a dozen fish fry in there though. I did not realise my Rainbows had bred in the holding tank where the plants were waiting. So the eggs hatched and now i have 12-15mm long Melanotaenia Aru II fry. So thats another reason i have not put the adults in quite yet.

Within the next month some more fish will be in there.


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