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Old 02-16-2015, 04:25 PM   #1
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The father-in-laws tank


Me again! I thought I'd show you what I've been upto this weekend... I still can't believe how good this is lol

So, I've been following a few aquariums on a 'popular online auction site' and I came across this tank:



Doesn't look good does it?

It had a bid at 0.99 so I told my father-in-law about it and he started bidding. Long story short, he got it for 79! We got it home and it was a complete MESS!!

We cleaned the inch of dust and cobwebs from the stand. It looks brand new... not even a scratch on it.
We emptied everything out of the tank. There were countless dead snails and some 7 day feeding rings that had been buried in the substrate and turned to mush.
The back of the tank had been painted blue and looked AWFUL. We decided to scraped this off (this took over an hour)
The filter is a set of 4 sponges that were clogged up with so much sludge that water could barely flow through it. We cleaned that out. New carbon bags in and one of the 4 sponges was replaced.
Motor (impeller) was cleaned and it runs probably 10 times better now.
The lighting was cleaned and it actually lights up the tank now (unlike before)

Phew! what a renovation job this was!

So... for 79... what did we get? Well...
  • Juwel Rekord 800 tank & cabinet with inbuilt wier, filter and heater and lighting hood
  • 20kg of aquarium gravel
  • About 6 large plants
  • Large 100l bucket, small 10l bucket and a 25l water container
  • a 3 canister RODI system with connectors
  • 5kg of green/black rock
  • 5kg of driftwood
  • 4 point extension socket with individual switches
  • timer socket for the light
  • a bag full of fish medicines (still sealed and in date)
  • various fish foods with juwel automatic feeder
  • CO2 reactor and diffuser plate (with some CO2 bottles too)
  • siphon, nets and sponges
  • 5kg of crushed coral
AND
  • 1 5" golden gourami
  • 1 5" flash plec
  • 3 dwarf gouramis
  • 5 corys
  • 2 rummynose tetras
All of this is 725... we got it for 79

It took about 4 hours to get it all cleaned (with 3 of us working on it) and then another 3 hours to get it aquascaped and get all the fish in.

WELL WORTH IT!!

Anyway, that's it for this post! I love reading posts like this from other PlantedTankians and thought I'd share the success haha I thought it would be cool to show what can be done on an extremely small budget

I didn't get pictures because we had to get it all done as quick as possible because the fish were hanging around in a large bucket. I'll get some pictures of the tank added when the fish have settled in (they're in low light atm until they get used to their new home)

Current fauna:
  • 3 dwarf gouramis
  • 12 neon tetras
  • 6 corys (2 bronze, 2 albinos, 2 leopards)
  • 5 otos
  • 10 bladder snails
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Old 02-16-2015, 04:44 PM   #2
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What an incredible deal! Way to go!
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I'm not sure because the stand might jet out and encompass the tank, but it looks like the tanks edges are not in contact with the stand?

EDIT: nevermind, the sun hitting the screen so I couldn't tell the stand does jut out.
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What a steel. The stand alone is worth more than that here in the US.
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I'm not sure because the stand might jet out and encompass the tank, but it looks like the tanks edges are not in contact with the stand?

EDIT: nevermind, the sun hitting the screen so I couldn't tell the stand does jut out.
Yeh it's an official cabinet for this aquarium so I trust it.

As for the renovation... I've got a pic of it! Enjoy



When the plants start growing and filling the tank then it will look pretty good! In a few weeks the tank will be dosed with leaf zone ferts and the lighting will probably be replaced so that it has a better light to support the plant growth.

Today my father-in-law went out and got some cherry barbs and ember tetras. I had a closer look at the fish and the stocking is at the limit now. It probably overstocked but only just. The corys and dwarf gouramis are really small so the tank isn't as full as it sounds. It's his tank and I don't want to take control of it so don't pester me and tell me there's too many fish .

It's getting 25% weekly WCs and everything is being monitored closely so I don't see any problems. There's also plenty of room for them all and lots of hiding spaces to break line of sight. When the plants start growing this will get even better for them. The gouramis occupy the top of the water, the corys along the bottom, the tetras and barbs in the middle/bottom and the otos on the walls. Overall, they all have their own space and plenty of it.

I'll get pics of the fish when these new additions have acclimatised.
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