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Old 12-02-2009, 03:16 PM   #16
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Very nice, love the tank. What kind of wood is that and how did you get it to stay that way? Really love the tank!
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Old 12-02-2009, 03:40 PM   #17
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The wood is from Jake (badcopnofish) here on TPT. Several months ago I asked him to send me a big box of wood with various sizes. It's nice to have lots of spare pieces laying around for projects. The wood on the left is 3 individual pieces. 1 on the ground with anubias attached. The other two start behind the rock in the corner.

The middle piece just rests on the planter box, the upper piece is held in place with zipties attached the the PVC that feeds fresh water from the filter into the cave. This isn't the best pic, but you can kind of see the outline of the 2 zipties. I superglued a piece of java fern to the lower ziptie to hide it once it grows in. Even in person, it's hard to see the zipties unless you know where to look.


On the right side, there is basically 2 pieces. The smaller piece (in blue) appears to come forward over the rock like a root. The second piece (in green) is a very large piece that splits three times with 2 of the parts appearing to grow straight up. You can see it best in this older pic just after setup.


Here's today's pic for comparison.
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:01 PM   #18
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I decided it was time for a name change on the tank/thread. My son and I were sitting around one day wanting to name the eels. Big Worm was the first thing that popped in my head. If you have seen the movie Friday, then you probably recognize the name reference. This was a hard one to explain to my 10 year old son but he thinks it's funny so it stuck. We are still tossing around ideas to name the second eel.
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Old 12-02-2009, 04:16 PM   #19
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Wow! Sweet tank. love the moss.
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Old 12-02-2009, 08:18 PM   #20
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That's looking great. The platies look good in there. Do you worry that the eels might eat them?
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Old 12-20-2009, 03:30 AM   #21
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How could I miss this one. Great tank dude and definitely a rare choice of fauna
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Old 12-20-2009, 04:22 AM   #22
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Great job! You really did a nice job of placing the DW and plants and it looks so natural. Do you see the eels much or do they hid alot?
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Old 12-20-2009, 05:30 AM   #23
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I would have gone with Big Perm!

Do you find your eel to be shy?

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Old 12-20-2009, 08:12 AM   #24
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doesn't that eel burrow?
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Old 12-20-2009, 12:12 PM   #25
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Thanks for all the positive comments!

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That's looking great. The platies look good in there. Do you worry that the eels might eat them?
I'm not worried about the eels eating the adults. I put the platties in the tank for breeding purposes. The eels mainly eat live food, but it needs to be small (for now) so fish babies work very well and I don't have to constantly buy live food for them.

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Great job! You really did a nice job of placing the DW and plants and it looks so natural. Do you see the eels much or do they hid alot?
The eels stay hidden most of the time. They do come out in the early morning while we get ready for school when the house lights come on.

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Do you find your eel to be shy?

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They're not too shy. The skinnier, darker one spends more time in the open. Big Worm stays in the cave a lot. Both are very active when the lights first come on. They swim around for about 30-45 mins before disappearing into the cave for the day. Here's a video I took of them swimming around.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ls0a4kJHNAs

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Yes, they burrow. I'm glad the plants had a chance to establish before I added the eels. Here's a quick pic.
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Old 12-20-2009, 12:28 PM   #26
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Your son's voice in the background of the video is great! Very excited!

The tank is very neat! I look forward to watching it grow in.
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Old 01-12-2010, 11:35 AM   #27
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they usually hide when scared. their obviously very happy in this tank because he provided a very good home for them. i hate when people come to my work and buy them and try to put them in like a 10 gallon tank with blue gravel and all that jazz.

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kudos on the unique tank! you've got great ideas.
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:16 PM   #29
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kudos on the unique tank! you've got great ideas.
Thanks.

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they usually hide when scared. their obviously very happy in this tank because he provided a very good home for them. i hate when people come to my work and buy them and try to put them in like a 10 gallon tank with blue gravel and all that jazz.
I did my homework for quite a while before I even started to design this tank. Even after the build, I waited a couple months before adding the eels.
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Old 01-12-2010, 05:20 PM   #30
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What a great tank.

What do you think about putting a nice sword in there as a focal point? Maybe on top of the cave.
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