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My 150 gal. - Alot of pics.

After almost a month building the stand and hood from scratch, I finally able to set up my 150 gal. Was set up on Labor Day weekend - so it has been running about 2 weeks. Still tweaking on a few other stuff. I plan to make this set up as completely maintenance less as possible.

Plants - anubias (quite a few varieties), bacopa, Hygrophilia, Cryt, Java fern (lace) and some Java moss.

Fish - 16 German Blue Ram. a dozen of gold Rams and 10 Otos.

Shrimp - I put about 100 CRS when I first set it up....but can't them now. Oh well fish food.

10 - T8 - 32 watt fluorescent lights power by 3 electronic ballasts. 2 in the center are OD.

Hood - homemade with oak.

Stand - home made with oak.

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What kind of tank is it?
Can you take some pics of your canopy?
You did an awesome job on the woodworking. How about a shot with the doors open?

I just finished my stand for my 90. I already want to build another one!

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The tank is a 150gal acrylic - 60 x 24 x 24.

Here some shots on the hood and stand. Frame are just 2 x 4 and 3/4" cabinet quality oak plywood.










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Shrimp - I put about 100 CRS when I first set it up....but can't them now. Oh well fish food.


100 CRS (Crystal Red Shrimp) as fish food?

I hope you meant RCS (Red Cherry Shrimp).
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Ooooops..........yeah they are the Red Cherry Shrimp. They did their job for the first 2 weeks cleaning up the tank I got them for free anyway....
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Looks good. Did you use soil master select?

I really love seeing diy'd stands. We should try and organize a thread with everyones diy stand as a resource for people who want to build one for themself. I know it would of helped me alot.

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100 CRS scared the S!&t out of me. Good thing it wasnt.
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Yes.....The SMS charcoal/grey color.

Today...I put together an auto top-off for the tank and the sump. I use 2 float switches for the tank (one as a backup) and one float switch for the sump. Instead of regular relays, I decided to use solid state relays......they are more reliable.

Also built that snail guards from scratch.

The solenoid valves is completely in their own section - away from all the electrical connections. The water connection (quick connect) is outside the box. BTW, the box is from a sprinkler timer that went poofed on me.

I know I can use the box for something

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so many t'5s lol, i like all your rams, and they should eat small cherrys btw.

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dont you think 2 weeks is too soon to add all the fish you have added? Hopefully you dont have any casualties.

Nice looking tank though
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so many t'5s lol, i like all your rams, and they should eat small cherrys btw.
Actually, they are T8 - 32 watts bulbs. Yeah they did eat those RCS.

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dont you think 2 weeks is too soon to add all the fish you have added? Hopefully you dont have any casualties.
Yeah..that's true for most aquariums.

But this is a full planted aquarium. The water is crystal clear with bubbling oxygen and injected CO2. I change 25% of water every week. So my guess the tank is fully cycle. The plants help and accelerate the cycling process.

BTW, I did a water change this morning........Guess what....A pair of the Gold Rams spawned. Not a big clutch...probably around 100 eggs or so. I never breed these guys before, so anybody knows what to do next. OR should I just leave in there ?
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if you leave them in there they'll probably get gobbled up. My angels spawn every week and their eggs are gone within an hour or so lol. They do make a nutritious snack.

Where did the spawn? is it on something you can easily remove? If so, you can remove whatever they spawned on to a small bare bottomed tank with a used sponge filter and water from the original aquarium. You might also want to add a drop of something that inhibits fungus growth because eggs are prone to fungus. Throw a heater in there too so it's the same temp as the original aquarium.

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They spawned on one of the anubias leaves. I can just clip the leaf and move it. Unfortunately, I don't have any other tank set up.

I guess I have to just leave them in there. Will be prepared next time.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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I love your Rams! They are my favorite.

Mine actually spawn in my substrate usually and the pair will get very aggressive when defending them. My poor mystery snails take a beating if they venture near the eggs.

Just leave the eggs in there, they will defend them. Wigglers will appear soon and turn into fry, once they are free swimming you'll want to take them out or else they will be snacks of the other rams in the tank.

Last time mine spawned, the male chased away the female once they became free swimmers and I neglected to take them out of the tank. Needless to say they were gone in the morning, I suspect the female but I'm not sure.

If you keep your PH around 6.5 - 7.0 and your water temp around 80-82 they will spawn frequently.

Good luck, your tank is beautiful!
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I love Rams too! I was in a similar situation with my rams except they spawned on a rock. I removed the rock and went out and bough a 5gallon and a sponge filter. The fry hatched and only 6 survived...but i attribute that to the fact i didnt have the appropriate food. Anyway Im happy to have my 6 and they'll soon be big enough to put back into my 55g.

Your tank looks great..those are some lucky fish!
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