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Old 09-12-2008, 04:10 PM   #1
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Fluval Osaka 155l Journal


I broke down my 12g Eclipse yesterday and moved everything to the new Fluval Osaka. I really like this Fluval tank. It's a great package and a good looking tank. My driftwood is still soaking but hopefully that can go in today. This is going to be a low-light/low-tech tank.

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Old 09-15-2008, 03:46 PM   #2
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Old 09-15-2008, 03:57 PM   #3
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The tank and stand look gorgeous. That's an interesting look with the substrate. Are you going to try to keep plants out of the black sand and just concentrate your planting on the sides? What are your plans with the driftwood?
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It's a very nice start. I think you need more height with your hardscape though, since the tank is so deep.
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The tank and stand look gorgeous. That's an interesting look with the substrate. Are you going to try to keep plants out of the black sand and just concentrate your planting on the sides? What are your plans with the driftwood?
Thanks! Not necessarily... I have a few plants in it now in the back. I do plan to keep the front open though... I have a perfect piece of driftwood for the tank. That is why the back left corner is empty. That's where it will go. It is soaking now. We tried to put it in yesterday but it shot to the top of the water so fast.... I may go look for a piece of slate today to anchor it.
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It's a very nice start. I think you need more height with your hardscape though, since the tank is so deep.

My driftwood goes almost all the way to the waterline. I just gotta get it to sink.
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Can you run it through the dishwasher without any chemicals? That's worked for a lot of people.
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Can you run it through the dishwasher without any chemicals? That's worked for a lot of people.
I've run it in the dishwasher 3 times on the hot cycle and it still shot to the top like a torpedo... I'll probably try sticking it to a piece of slate with some marine epoxy tonight...
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I had to do that for the wood I put in my 75 gal. It was a very large piece of Cypress. I cut several long pieces of fishing line and arranged them under the slate and siliconed the slate to the bottom. Then I filled in with AS, positioned the wood and tied it down. I tried to untie the string, but the wood still wants to float after 3 months.
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I had to do that for the wood I put in my 75 gal. It was a very large piece of Cypress. I cut several long pieces of fishing line and arranged them under the slate and siliconed the slate to the bottom. Then I filled in with AS, positioned the wood and tied it down. I tried to untie the string, but the wood still wants to float after 3 months.
I think the piece I have is gonna be just like that. It has waterlogged considerably but it is no where near staying sunk... I'll just use the slate. It will be a little tougher to get it situated since my substrate is already in there but hopefully it wont be too bad. I'll post pics tonight.

It's only been 5 days but my plants are loving this T5HO light. The hygro and my stems are growing everyday.
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Nice start! I agree it'll look really great once there's some height to the hardscape, but yeah, some DWs just don't want to stay down. The piece in my 5.5g came attached to a piece of slate, I tied it to something else for a different arrangement and when I was rearranging the tank recently it STIL Lwanted to float (it's been in the tank over 8 months!) So anchoring might be the best option Where are your fishies hanging out in the mean time?
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Old 09-15-2008, 06:25 PM   #12
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Nice start! I agree it'll look really great once there's some height to the hardscape, but yeah, some DWs just don't want to stay down. The piece in my 5.5g came attached to a piece of slate, I tied it to something else for a different arrangement and when I was rearranging the tank recently it STIL Lwanted to float (it's been in the tank over 8 months!) So anchoring might be the best option Where are your fishies hanging out in the mean time?
This is one of those pieces. I expected it to stay down but when I took my hand off it went flying. The only fish in there are 4 Corys and 4 Harlequin Rasboras. The Corys are too busy playing in their new mansion to worry about hiding I think. They have been all over the place. There are a few little hiding places where they can chill though. There is a "cliff" on the back side of that rock that creates some cover and they like it in the little forest of stems behind the rock. I need more plants too though... Waiting to get the DW in before I get any more.

What amazes me is the water clarity with this canister filter. My Eclipse filter system in the old tank was just not up to the task...
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Well my slate ended up being flagstone so the driftwood didn't get to go in last night. It is still soaking and I'm going to run it through the dishwasher a few more times tonight. Hopefully it can go in soon. Here are a few pics since the water cleared...



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I've seen fluval osakas in the store and loved how they look so modern and simple. Nice choice and good luck with the tank!
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Very sweet tank! I love the clean concept and contemporary look.
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