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Old 07-05-2012, 10:54 PM   #136
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How dare you call this a bucket of mud? I was expecting to see some ghetto plastic bin type thing… Lol
My thoughts exactly. Your little slice of idyllic paradise oughtn't be called a bucket o'mud, even in jest.
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Old 07-07-2012, 08:50 PM   #137
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Well, I've got a whole bunch of new plants and hardscape cluttering up my room, but still in two minds about whether I'm going to redo it :lol:

Got some lovely new fish yesterday (Sawbwa resplendens) which have really brought the tank alive. I should point out at this point that as there's someone home almost all the time now the fish are getting a lot more supplemental feeding, so I'm not convinced the tank is really self sustaining any more. Certainly still low input though.

My macro kit is at work at the moment so just a couple of quick snaps. I'll try and bring the macro rig home this week and get some of the danios and loaches as well.



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Old 07-14-2012, 11:45 AM   #138
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All change! After a rather intense afternoon and evening yesterday of unplanting, fish catching, water emptying, substrate separating, hardscaping, hours of replanting and finally refilling and restocking, I now have a... er, bucket of cloudy soup :lol:

Here's a little teaser whilst we wait for everything to clear -

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Old 07-14-2012, 02:07 PM   #139
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I think stephenpence's testicles would have been a small price to pay for keeping the old setup

New scapeis very dramatic, it will be interesting to see it mature.
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Old 07-16-2012, 10:31 PM   #140
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it looks amazing! and time for an update?
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:59 AM   #141
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Will update as soon as the damn water has cleared - even with daily 90% water changes it's taking forever.
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:07 PM   #142
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daily 90% water changes it's taking forever.
Ouch!
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Old 07-17-2012, 03:42 PM   #143
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Don't think I should've read this thread on my payday. Think I have to do some negotiating with the fiancée tonight. Very impressive, Tom. How long had you been running aquariums before this? I feel like this is more advanced level stuff and I'm still in beginner mode.
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Old 07-17-2012, 05:06 PM   #144
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Will update as soon as the damn water has cleared - even with daily 90% water changes it's taking forever.
I'm gonna guess you had tons of sediment in the substrate which is probably why it's been so cloudy. To be sure you should probably do some ammonia and nitrite testing to ensure all is well. Love the fish btw.
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Old 07-17-2012, 08:34 PM   #145
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It's not named "Bucket O' Mud" for nothing! lol
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Old 07-19-2012, 10:17 AM   #146
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Sloooowly getting there - stopped water changes and just waiting for the last bits to settle out. Problem with a tank that's 3 feet deep is even a little bit of murkiness renders the back invisible. Off on holiday on Saturday, so probably no updates until next weekend I'm afraid.


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Don't think I should've read this thread on my payday. Think I have to do some negotiating with the fiancée tonight. Very impressive, Tom. How long had you been running aquariums before this? I feel like this is more advanced level stuff and I'm still in beginner mode.
This is only my second tank really. I had a 90l which I ran for about a year before having to give it away when I moved.
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Old 07-19-2012, 11:01 AM   #147
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Have you considered using a couple 10 or 15 minute cycles each day with a small UV filter? I think a cycle an hour after lights on and a cycle an hour before lights off could make a noticable difference. Even if only for use after swamping the tank?
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Old 07-19-2012, 01:44 PM   #148
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hi Tom, which lens you use with the GH2?
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Old 07-25-2012, 05:55 PM   #149
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Wonderful set up -- trying to find an aquarium with those dimensions, where did you purchase from?
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Old 07-25-2012, 10:10 PM   #150
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thats a very nice set up you have there
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