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Old 01-21-2011, 05:57 PM   #1
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Perfectly Accurate South AmerAfricAsian Biotope! *(Updated Pics 4/10-First Page)*


Someone gave me the idea to just post my updated pic at the beginning. So this is it. I'll have some new ones soon as the sword growth is FAST!



First, I want to say hello to everyone as well as thank you to those who have posted all of the invaluable information that I've been cramming into my tired, swollen brain!! I think back to when we had just the library for information!!

Anyhow, this project started over one year ago when my brother-in-law "screwed" me. He gave me a 45 gallon tank, oak stand, canister filter, and 250 watt heater for FREE!! After agonizing for a few months over what I wanted to do with it, it hit me...I need a new tank, stand, filter and heater! Through searching and researching I've pieced together what's below. I have a plan and I'm trying to work it.

I'm looking for any and all input!

My South AmerAfricAsian Biotope

Equipment List
Oceanic Rimless 57 Gallon "breeder" 36x18x21
Aqueon Stand with a 6" raiser
Catalina Aquariums 36" 4 bulb custom fixture (Set up to allow 1,2,3,or all 4 lights on)
-will be adding LED blue strip to it for neato-nightime effect!
Sunsun canister filter-370gph with UV light
300watt Hydor In-line Heater
GreenLeaf GLA Co2 regulator
65mm Atomic Diffuser
10# Co2 tank

Aquascape
3x big bags of Amazonia AS I
Manzanita branches and roots (too many to fit in tank!)
"Emerald Bay Boulder" Rock from local rockery
-Still not sure I can use it. Any Geologists who can help?

Planned Flora
Lots of Vallisneria Spiralis and Nana *Maybe Cyperus Helferi- Asian, but looks similar and grows slower*
Several Swords of medium to large size
Lots of Micro Swords for the patchy, grassy effect.
*maybe* Anubias Nana on manzanita
*maybe* Java Fern on manzanita
*maybe* Fissidens Fontanus or Riccia Fluitans on Manzanita
Some other South American native plants...

Planned Fauna
2-4 German Blue Rams (few months post-maturity)
15-20 Cardinal Tetras/ Neon Tetras
1 Neon Dwarf Gourami (currently in small tank)
10 Algae Shrimp/Amanos?
*maybe* several Galaxy Rasboras
*maybe* a few Endlers LB's


Currently, I'm waiting on few last bits and pieces from Orlando @ Green Leaf and then it's build time!

I'll post some pics of what I have and what I've done. I don't have any pics of my lamp set up from Catalina but I'll get a few.

Tank, Stand on riser, and Manza for effect.


The Riser


You get the idea



More to come...
Thanks for reading!
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Old 01-21-2011, 07:54 PM   #2
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No worries about your stand riser not being sturdy enough

I think you will capture the pure essence of the South Amerafricasian biotope.
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Old 01-21-2011, 08:11 PM   #3
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Sounds like the textbook definition of South Amerafricasian to me cant wait to see more pics
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:26 PM   #4
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Ya, over built it is! The riser weighs more than the stand!

It was my original inspiration to have a South American Biotope. But some of the non- SA items I either already have or I'm possibly not willing to live without.

Anyway, a few more pictures (probably not ones anyone is waiting for).

These are my rocks. I thought they looked great! They're kind of emerald green when wet, but I'm starting to see some rust after they've been wet. Back to the drawing board for rocks.

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Rust on your rock is a good thing, not bad.
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:49 PM   #6
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Googled this : "Amerafricasian" and the ONE and ONLY result is :

Perfectly Accurate South AmerAfricAsian Biotope! - [ Traduire cette page ]1 message - 1 auteur - Dernier message : Il y a 3 heures
First, I want to say hello to everyone as well as thank you to those who have posted all of the invaluable information that I've been cramming into my.
http://www.plantedtank.net/.../12613...merafricasian- biotope.html



My planted tank http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/myTanks/2076-Pri.html
My Cichlid tank http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/myTanks/2075-Pri.html
My DIY project Journal http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...y-project.html
My Betta Pico http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pl...nted-pico.html
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Old 01-21-2011, 09:51 PM   #7
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Very cool! Thank you Pri! You completely made my day! You need any Manzanita?

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You will send me some?


My planted tank http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/myTanks/2076-Pri.html
My Cichlid tank http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/myTanks/2075-Pri.html
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Rust on your rock is a good thing, not bad.

Really? Talk to me. Help! I love this rock! Except that its not "river" smoothed. I figured Ore in the rock isn't good!

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Sure! You cover shipping to Mauritius (no idea where that is). I collected too much of it. I figured once I was done setting up the tank I would sell/trade for plants. But I had no idea until a few minutes ago that I created a word. I mean...in hind-sight it's understandable; it had just never crossed my mind!

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Rust on your rock will likely lead to minimal leeching of Fe into your water. Its a fert that is dosed to your tank and wont have a bad effect at all. People put rusty nails in their substrate for the same effect.
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Sure! You cover shipping to Mauritius (no idea where that is). I collected too much of it. I figured once I was done setting up the tank I would sell/trade for plants. But I had no idea until a few minutes ago that I created a word. I mean...in hind-sight it's understandable; it had just never crossed my mind!
Mauritius is far away from US!!!! In the Indian Ocean...Shipping cost a lot....When I buy something from US on Ebay I pay twice the price cause of shipping!

Just Googled it to figure out what you were talking about...And yes you created a word !....I'm subscribed and will be following your project...
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And for some reason the French in your first post didn't register!

Well, my offer stands. Don't know if it's worth it to you!?

Thanks Chad!

I did the Vinegar test and there was no visable sign of "fizzing". However, there was an incredibly faint sound of "rain on the roof" if I held my ear right up to it (ear touching rock!). You still think it's okay?
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This is one image that comes up with a google search for Mauritius...



I WILL BRING YOU THE MANZANITA! Tell her to stay where she is!

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Well, my offer stands. Don't know if it's worth it to you!?
It worth to you...I'm telling her to stay and wait for you and the manzanita!!!

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