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Old 10-04-2012, 05:50 AM   #76
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Wow, this is stunning! What a showpiece!
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Old 10-04-2012, 08:55 AM   #77
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Just finished reading the whole thread so far. Wow what a journey. As others mentioned, I love how when you wanna do something you just do it. It has yielded quite the showpeice. I hope it all holds together strong. =)
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Old 10-04-2012, 11:33 AM   #78
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This is one of the most interesting builds I've ever seen. I actually really like the look of the metal brackets for support. Gives it an almost industrial feel. You should think about building a new stand for it like the one hydrophyte did here: http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=85748
That would look sweet! Anyway, great looking tank!

Oh and I've kept African Cichlids for almost 15 years on and off. Salt isn't necessary. And In fact I'd recommend against using it. These aren't brackish or salt water fish. They are fresh water. The only time I've ever used salt in a freshwater tank was to help combat disease (old school way of doing it). Just keep the pH right (your substrate should handle that with no problem) and give them lots of rocks and hiding places (their native lakes don't have much vegetation), and you can keep them happy and healthy!
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:21 PM   #79
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Simply BRILLANT !!!



What I appreciate the most is how you challenged the conventional 'rules of tank and stand construction. I'm always inspired when someone follows through on a vision creating it themselves.

I'm very much about pushing the envelope and experimenting in the hobby, this build is truly impressive.

Well Done!!!
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Old 10-04-2012, 12:55 PM   #80
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You're crazy! Good job.
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Old 10-04-2012, 06:56 PM   #81
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I like it! My question would be, where do you hide the equipment?
what equipment ... no no need for anything...
kidding...
got a fluval filter running in the back but well hidden, and the main chamber is bellow.


the stand holds wonderfully since ive adjusted the levels. its strong on 8 legs. and honestly because of the middle seam, there's no way im making another stand and moving the tank. it would risk destroying the whole structure.

thanks so much all for your nice comments, i really appreciate it, you're like my biggest inspirations cuz i know how hard we all work on making the best our of our hobby.

im aware this tank is unconventional, the look isn't refined, there's metal n overloads of silicon allover, but the life inside of it is really coming
what's let to it's evolution? lots id say. water needs to become transparent rather than yellowish, once the wood stops leaking. the java ferns n moss cover some wood, need to find some round seashells for the left side where all the seashells are.. and add more fish !!






i sorta created two sides one it to acclimate at best all the variety of cichlids i got.. i know the jewel cichlid like some vegetation n wood, then some prefer just rocks n seashells as in the African river , so by doing this i can host a larger variety of fish.



so shortly will add more fish, stay tuned!!

Thats the view from bedside.. What a pleasure to wake up to !!
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Old 10-04-2012, 07:06 PM   #82
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This tank keeps progessing into something even more amazing all the time. Love the scape with the DW looking to be rooted into the rocks you have set up. Makes my tank look like a GloFish tank haha.
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:29 PM   #83
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I do not recognize much from the first iteration of this baby, but the one common theme seems to be an awesome place to be a fish in. Nice job!
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:40 PM   #84
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A very original and beautiful scape, I love the mix of aquatic and terrestrial plants in the same layout. I'm sure the fish are more than content....keep up the good work
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Old 10-23-2012, 07:53 PM   #85
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This is so amazing. Two thumbs up, and bravo
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Old 11-02-2012, 10:55 PM   #86
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Hey Guys/Girls

Ive not update for a lil while now. Was nothing really so interesting asides a lil ick outburst haha...
I got some new fish now, even one female about to have bbs I think. I've also added plants, which my fish dont eat! Probably because i feed them way to generously.. yeah I know they all got fat bellies.. haha... its just so adorable to watch them eat..
The water is clear also Finally!!! Like what 2 months later? lol...
Got 2 cat fish of an unknown genus, but I will add pics here bellow so you can guess what these fish are all.. I know i got many cichlid hybrids, I dont mind having them, they pretty as any pure breed ones. Also got a lil weird one.. Anyhow, here's pics that will speak for themselves!

My lil weird one!
New seashells all over
Right side of tank
Left side of tank
Cat Fish or something.. Got 2 like that
Lots of fat fellas
New Jewel Cichlid
Red Peacock,Jewe, And Labs
My First venustus, there a bigger one in the tank, and the dominant boss of the front of the tank.. fat n authoritary
Full view of the massive Frankenstein tank haha..
Yellow Lab in the seashells
On the right pregnant gal
Dominant Jewel Cichlid
One of my 4 yellow labs
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Old 11-05-2012, 10:49 PM   #87
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I've got some new fish and no idea the names of em.. and my baby girl still holding eggs.. Told clerk at pet store I had a pregnant cichlid in the tank, he said here, let me show you how to squeeze eggs out n proceed with this situation.. i went like, Guy all is gonna b fine, I'll wait till she spits em out.. Seriously no way in hell im touching a fish especially not to squeeze out eggs lol...
Hmm asides that, plants aren't getting eaten at all, wohoo ! And all is well!





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Old 11-05-2012, 10:55 PM   #88
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I'm liking the "chaotic" arrangement of the hardscape, good job
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:19 PM   #89
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Oh thanks !
It looks like I dumped it all in there but really it was meticulously calculated hahaha!
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Old 11-05-2012, 11:34 PM   #90
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Ummm....did you really put a 50 gallon tank (about 400 pounds of water/stuff by rough estimate) on an Ikea Lack table? I weigh about half that and I wouldn't dream of sitting on one of those.
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