Spyke's 120g Iwagumi(ish) planted African Hap tank.....WHAT?
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Old 03-18-2011, 08:07 AM   #1
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Spyke's 120g Iwagumi(ish) planted African Hap tank.....WHAT?


Oh yes boys and girls, finally got all my poop in a group for this tank. So I started to work on the scape tonight and was happy with what i came up with...I was going for more...clustered rocks like a cliff face at first, but didn't have time to collect those types of rocks, so found these on the side of the road...sweet...and started working and came up with this, I know the one on the right is a little laid down too much, but i need a flat surface for haps to spawn on...i will go into specs later but here's just a few

120g tank
2 64w shoplights (1 now)
river jack gravel with floramax underneath
flora- jungle val, phillipine java ferns, anubas, crypts of many kinds...so there will be no carpeting plants unless i have great success with all the others growing out of control
oddysea cfs 7i filter...awesome! it's huge! for only 89 bucks!
oddysea 500w heater
and i'll do fauna later when they actually go in and plants a going strong.






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Old 03-18-2011, 08:28 AM   #2
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Nice rocks!Found by the road you say? Lucky...I wish the snow would melt enough so I could do some scavenging myself! (my last attempt at collecting branches resulted in being trapped knee-deep and swimming my way back out, collecting tons of burs along the way lol but I digress)

I think the jaggedness of the rocks looks really cool. What kind of plants are you going to put in it? I'm not too familiar with "African Hap..."
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Old 03-18-2011, 02:11 PM   #3
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you might want to throw some mild acid on thoes rocks and make sure they don't react. they look like limestone.

vinegar would work...
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:10 PM   #4
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African haps are large open water african cichlids...so now they will have more room..
I already made a list of plants...but here. jungle val, java ferns (lace and phillipine) anubias sp., and crypts.
so basically low light, easy to grow plants

it could be limestone...it probably wont be all that reactive , but i'll check, even if it is, the fish will love it, and the val and ferns will be fine too.
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:38 PM   #5
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looking really good so far. Even though you don't want to do a carpeting plant a carpet of HC would look so amazing especially with that hard scape.
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:41 PM   #6
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The stones look great. Very nice job on the scaping.

You should consider painting the stand. That plywood look is so dated.
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:45 PM   #7
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yeah...hc would be too small to root in those large pebbles. but i might do something like a carpet of crypts would be cool..but expensive. or something a little cheaper and good in ok light like dwarf sagitarius....anywone have any good suggestions for medium light , medium height ('6) carpeting plants.
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Old 03-18-2011, 03:48 PM   #8
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you are telling me!!! lol

it was given to me for FREE, at my work(pet store) so i got the tank to fit.
One day i'll paint it black to match all my other tanks.

might do the handles now though...they are old yucky broze or something
I might update with a sweet modern handle...or somthing like a vintage fish, octopus, or crab shaped knob that i've seen before.
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African haps are large open water african cichlids...so now they will have more room..
I already made a list of plants...but here. jungle val, java ferns (lace and phillipine) anubias sp., and crypts.
so basically low light, easy to grow plants

it could be limestone...it probably wont be all that reactive , but i'll check, even if it is, the fish will love it, and the val and ferns will be fine too.
Ohh! Haha, sorry I missed that, I got distracted by the pictures short attention span!

I think a crypt carpet would look really nice. It would give a more jungle-y kind of look. And a free stand! Can't complain with that haha
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Old 03-18-2011, 05:18 PM   #10
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Looking good, looking forward for updates.
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Old 03-18-2011, 09:20 PM   #11
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gracias....may fill in a few days...or tonight!
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Old 03-18-2011, 10:17 PM   #12
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You might wanna move that rock all the way on the right in a few inches. If you leave it right up against the glass its really hard to clean the glass where the rock is which can cause a permanent algae spot. A mistake I made in one of my tanks...

Otherwise the tank looks great.
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Old 03-23-2011, 01:14 AM   #13
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whooo...it's filled and cycling with a few haplochromis compressiceps fry got about 10+ juncle vals in there and 2 ? crypts.
it's a bit cloudy for now... but pics will come soon when things clear up.

and that odyssea cfs 7 filter is sweet!
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Old 09-05-2011, 03:46 AM   #14
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here is a pic...finally...omg
i love my fishes in here.

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Old 09-05-2011, 04:26 AM   #15
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That's a lot of fish, no problems running just the single filter??? It's been a while between updates!!!
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