Well.. I finally did it... I tore down the 135 gallon to move it a mere 100 feet. I hated to do it, but it had really, really fallen apart during the move. So here we go, a fresh start... This time with Slate again.
Lets start with the fishroom view;
45 Gallon, 90 Gallon, and the 135 Gallon. The 20 Gallon is to the right of the 135.
In the fish room I have the 45 Gallon tank which will be arranged with 2 pieces of wood and several stones forming an island in the center of the tank. A stone heap with wood protruding from it towards the top of the tank. Grassy plants will be planted around the island leaving the ends of the tank open.
Alternately, I was debating about running this as a filterless, or extremely reduced filtration tank, filling it with moss, and raising shrimp. There are many idea's... Including making it a river tank for hillstream loaches (Like I've been talking about for 2 years now)
The 90 Gallon is currently my Loach tank, however the clowns and striata's will be moving ino the 135 Gallon with the bala's and pleco's that are currently housed in the 45 gallon.
The 90 gallon tank, in all its lackluster.
Not much to say aout this tank yet.. I have ratty plants I am trying to recover in a low light tank. The swords are growing fantastically, and I have even propagated 7 baby plants from dying parent plants. The babies are growing like gangbusters and should replace the parents plants soon. Many of my plants did not survive the move... However I think I can recover almost all the swords and crypts.
Here is the 20 Gallon tank. I moved all of my small fish into this tank to give them a rest from fighting with the bigger fish for food.
The 20 Gallon tank, small tank for small fish.
So here it is.. the 135.. Mind the murk.. it is only 2 hours after it was filled. The 135 Is going to house My original CLown loaches, plus another 5-6 new ones, my original 2 Bala Sharks, plus another 3-4 new ones, 2 largeish pleco's, 3 Botia Striata's, and a red tail black shark. I might toss in a school of barbs... But I am not sure yet what type... Golden Barbs or Tiger Barbs are toppin gmy list at the moment.
Left side of the tank; Although it would have been nice to have a terrace on this side as well, I opted to go for
the enclosed tunnel system. I may redo this later if I decided I don't like it, but we'll see how the fish use it. I
really like the wood arrangement on this side though, so I think it will be permanent.
Right side of the tank; I enjoyed making this terrace, it masks several pieces of lose white PVC that can be used
as caves for the fish. Due to the positioning of the pipes under the gravel, the fish will have to constantly dig
them out to maintain them.
Under the wood and slate pile on the left, there is a tunnel structure built from white piping. There are 3 entrances, and are mostly hidden from view by the slate. The entrances are small enough to preven the pleco's from entering, but large enough that the clowns can retreat into them if they need to get away.
Sorry about the crappy picture quality.. I was in a rush tonight.. not much time these days to spend on this...