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Old 06-27-2014, 02:23 PM   #1
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Planted Cichlid Work Tank


So my boss likes aquariums, and gave me the go ahead to set up a tank at work. This will be a cichlid tank (right now I'm growing out electric yellows), with dark granite rock work. Anubis, java fern, Vals, and amazon swords will make up the plantings, and will be potted where possible. Everything except water changes will be automated, and I'll have moonlights as well. My big concern is that all it currently has is a single 48" T8. Any thoughts or concerns on that?

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Old 06-28-2014, 05:57 PM   #2
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I'm not so sure plants plus cichlids (at least Africans) will be ok. I know my Africans shift do much sand and rearrange the scape so frequently no plants would ever last. I had some giant hair grass in my tank originally but they never stayed long enough to get rooted.

I think your going to need more than a single t8 as well but to be honest most of my experience has been in high light co2 tanks.

Should be cool if it works out though!


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Old 06-28-2014, 08:52 PM   #3
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Stick with fast growing stem plants. I've got a community tank with endlers, bkack skirt tetras and breeding CONVICTs. I get so much crap for that tank because people don't understand different fish have different personalities. My convicts don't mess with any plants or other fish.

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Old 06-30-2014, 01:18 PM   #4
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I'll be potting the plants that need it to avoid the sand issue. Due to the 8.4 im keeping the water at I'm very limited in plant options. I have a dual T8 fixture I might try and use. Glass tops first though as the hood on there only supports a single.
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A single T8 won't cut it. Try a T5NO fixture
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:49 PM   #6
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you sure those lockers can support the weight, it looks cool as hell as a stand but I don't remember them having support beams or anything running through them.
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Old 06-30-2014, 01:57 PM   #7
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I'll plan on increasing light then. Lol yes they can. They are all welded with heavy gauge metal. Already filled and tested over a weekend.

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Old 06-30-2014, 01:59 PM   #8
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oh you put wood supports in as well. good deal looks good cept the Carolina blue color
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Old 06-30-2014, 02:36 PM   #9
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Hahah that was temporary as no end was in place. I spray painted them satin black inside and out. The foam was the only thing I had issues with. Tried it without and it stated creaking halfway full as the lockers arent perfectly flat on top.
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Old 06-30-2014, 06:33 PM   #10
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Picked up some egg crate and a new quickcrete sand. 100lb bag of screened light colored sand for $7.
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Old 06-30-2014, 07:46 PM   #11
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After 10 minutes of rinsing.
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Old 07-02-2014, 03:32 PM   #12
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First decent picture I could grab of the yellow labs.

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Old 07-02-2014, 05:44 PM   #13
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Should of got red zebra cihlids.
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Old 07-02-2014, 08:03 PM   #14
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I had one. Didnt like the orange. Might add some peacocks or demasoni to the mix.
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Old 07-03-2014, 06:48 PM   #15
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Painted black back, sand substrate. Ready to fill.

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