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post #1 of 38 (permalink) Old 03-14-2007, 10:52 PM Thread Starter
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Zulu's 125 low light

Got a tank essentially given to me this last weekend.




those aren't scratches, just dirt.



It appears to be large. :P


Sadly it didn't come with a stand. Home depot was able to save the day, tho;







Home depot also provided a few 50 lb bags of playground sand



Sadly I did not wash it, and got bored, so cranked up the hose... this resulted in some dust.



Also... lifting a 125 gallon by yourself is tough... I'd recommend not doing it. Perhaps find someone to help... I was impatient, but luckily didn't have sweaty hands, so there was no dropping involved . I added some floss to this canister designed for "100 gallon" tanks... only been in for about an hour, but the water seems to be clearing up slowly.





And there's also the huge UV sterilizer in the corner



Altho a tank this size would make for a gorgeous planted setup, I'm going to keep this low tech and cheap. Java moss, java fern, that's it. I was pondering adding one or two cichlids and using the other tank as food, but, who knows. I put a paradise gourami in there while it cycles and it seems awfully pleased with the swimming space I'd like to let it grow in a bit (which will take a long time with java moss & java fern...), but idunno... I'm pretty impatient. We'll see.

* there are three layers of wood on the metal stand, so it's not just the one thin layer that you see. Lots of malaysian trumpet snail hitchhikers came with the new pieces of wood, too.

[edit] I've also got cool water ripple lighting effects, as tho I were using metal halides.
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wow

this has to be the best looking well thought out plan for an aquarium ever.
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this has to be the best looking well thought out plan for an aquarium ever.
haha, my threads are always "lets do stuff and see what happens!" - if you can find my old nano thread it was a good laugh
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cool, that's where the driftwood went from your 30!
I see it used to be a reptile tank(heat pads)
have you given any thought to discus, or maybe rainbows?

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is playground sand safe to use?
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Yes, you're supposed to wash it first, that's why Zulu's tank was cloudy to start. it is very cheap and effective.

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If ever there was a planted tank that was dying for two, giant oscars, it is this one . I use lights like that on smaller planted tanks. If you bought the daylight "white" variety in the highest wattage possible (for the light fixture), you might have a shot.

And I hope you drank the bottle wine after you finished

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i hope you didn't put that huge tank on particle board. that could be very messy =] looks like it'll be a sweet tank though wish i had someone give me a 125
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cool, that's where the driftwood went from your 30!
I see it used to be a reptile tank(heat pads)
have you given any thought to discus, or maybe rainbows?
Yeah, when I saw those at first I was worried, but the original sticker was still on the side, and the glass is insanely thick. Heater pads are gone.

Discus are pretty, but, fragile. I personally find rainbows ugly *hides*


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If ever there was a planted tank that was dying for two, giant oscars, it is this one . I use lights like that on smaller planted tanks. If you bought the daylight "white" variety in the highest wattage possible (for the light fixture), you might have a shot.

And I hope you drank the bottle wine after you finished
They're both "150 watt replacements", which is as bright as they offer. I'm using the 4100k instead of the 6500k bulbs just as the color looks better with the white-ish sand.

Hrm... perhaps the wine is why I got lazy and turned up the water pressure :P



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i hope you didn't put that huge tank on particle board. that could be very messy =] looks like it'll be a sweet tank though wish i had someone give me a 125

1000lbs on a thin layer of particle board would be exciting for about 10 seconds. :P
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How about a south american community, or SA cichlid tank?
that's a great setup for eartheaters(geophagus whatever)

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Lol I use those lamps (two of them) with 100w equivelants in my 5.5g!!! Good luck!!!
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hey zulu, where'd you get the cascade canister?
i love cascade, much better than tetra or any of the cheaper brands.

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hey zulu, where'd you get the cascade canister?
i love cascade, much better than tetra or any of the cheaper brands.
I went to buy an enheim at my local FS, but they were closed :-\, so went and got this steal at petco

I am leaning towards SA cichlids right now, that said it would be nice to have little fish in the tank, make it seem even huger... Idunno. I'm going to the local FS now to get some other goodies, so I'll checkout the stock.
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How much was the filter? i love it.
How about a south american community with rams, apisto's, tetras, cories, etc.

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How much was the filter? i love it.
How about a south american community with rams, apisto's, tetras, cories, etc.
$130 after tax. More expensive than everything else in the tank put together :P - barely more expensive than the little enheim in the 30.

Put some monsters in it today :P



There's also a wee pleco.
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