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Old 09-08-2010, 06:42 PM   #1
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Default 125G Tomb Raider Petrified Wood Anubias Garden- evolution pics p.1! New vid 8/19/15

NOTE- all pics are in this first post to make it easy to see the evolution! Videos at bottom of post. I now call it "My 125G Petrified Wood Freshwater Reef" for longevity and simplicity!

Wanted to share my tank as Ive purchased the Anubias Petite and others here. Plus its a little different than most...

I should clarify all of this with-
I have always been consumed with creating a freshwater reef. Ive done salt water reefs for over 20 years but I no longer want that level of maintenance. I only have 2 tanks now- this a and a 60 gallon which is just a trash tank/hospital tank for this one. This tank is still my favorite of all time, reefs included!

Its inspiration was Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom... then the large slab of petrified wood I bought made it feel more OG side scrolling platform games. Then once it started to develop it leaned towards Tomb raider and as the Anubias roots grow out- its really lookin legit!

Ive planned this tank for 15 years but never found a statue/bust that didn't look cheesy... Then my friend in Africa sent me the one you see here that I grew the Java Fern head dress on. That triggered the entire change (as this tank was a reef tank up until June. I had needed to change to freshwater for a while... the bust made it come together)

Then a few weeks of eBAY rock shopping and 800 dollars later... (though 1/3 of that was shipping!) Voila! I sold my reef tank for good money (just the contents) so I had more than enough to cover start up!


The UPDATED (07/28/2015) current stock list-
13 Dwarf Blue Crayfish (Cambarellus Diminutus)
10 Khuli loaches
1 candy stripe pleco
30 Neon Tetras
1 Farlowella Acus/Vittata - labeled Acus at purchase but probably Vittata (one of the coolest fish ever...)
10 panda corys
2 Chinese Hill Stream Loaches (Beaufortia kweichowensis)
3 Red Gobies (Sicyopus Exallisquamulus) and YES they eat shrimp LOL! My current favorite.
3-4 HUGE amano shrimp
2 Bumblebee gobies- living mostly off live cherry shrimp! Best color Ive ever seen...
a bunch of ottos
a boatload of cherry shrimp
a few other species of shrimp I forget (tiger, the brown ones LOL, others I can't remember!)
a boatload of Malaysian trumpet snails
a few freshwater clams

Note on stock list- notice thats not a large bioload for a tank of this size. I think current recommended levels are too high in general. Just a thought.


Day after reef switch

sand, anubs and Harlequin Rasboras (I later decided against them)

first batch of rocks, more plants


tier added, gully dug

more plants

the full 200lb lot of petrified rounds added (on top of the prior pics- yep 200 more lbs...) and end of rock additions, hill built

addition of Snow Bengal kitten and ADA 60F for him (hes sleeping on top cause I covered and hes annoyed!)...



Crappy iPhone video- current as of 4/17/12

New crappy iphone video- 3/6/13

New crappy 720p video- 8/19/15

Last edited by whitepapagold; 08-26-2015 at 06:28 AM.. Reason: underwear gnomes
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