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My first planted tank, 75g lots of pics (updated 2/2)

First fish tank as an adult, actually. Its a 75g I bought used. I've been researching and preparing for about 2 months now. I'm going to post a lot more details over the next week with pics of all the projects and stuff, but here's a pic I took tonight after I got everything planted and running. The sponge filter is only temporary to seed the cannister. The rocks on the wood on the right are temporary, keeping it from floating off. First fauna will be 5 SAE's tomorrow and 5 ottos about a week later.


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Wow. Amazing. I want to do that now. Im liking the stone "cliffs"


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First, I got the tank because my wife thought the cat was bored and needed something to fill his time when we were gone during the day. He does look bored...


So here is the virgin tank. Not really virgin, we bought it used. The stand was originally stained but we sanded it down and painted it black to make it fit in our living room better.


After a lot of research we decided we liked the looks of the concrete backgrounds we saw. Ours started like this. If you look closely on the second pic you can see the holes where the spray bar and filter intake are located. Can't see them at all in the tank!




Here is a shot after putting concrete on. I roughly followed these instructions.



The waiting has sucked. It took about a month from start to finish on the back ground project. I had to have the concrete special ordered at Home Depot.
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Wow that was lots of hardwork! Effort commended!

Since it's just starting up, it's inevitable the plants are few at the moment. I see great potential after you add in more plants.

On a caution note, the pebbles above the bogwood on the right looked dangerous (especially if you are rearing fishes). Maybe it was used to weigh the wood down, but perhaps you could place the pebbles at the foot of the wood instead?

Will be looking forward to the growth and update of your tank. Keep it going!

PS: Your cat looks like a lion!


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Wow!!! Friggin awesome!

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Wow! Nice start. What did you use to piece the foam together?


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Thanks guys!

I put 5 SAE's in there this afternoon. 4 of them run around like spazzes. 1 of them hit the water and went straight to work munching on stuff. Hopefully the others will learn from him!

Here's a shot of the canopy I constructed. I posted a thread with details.

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Wow! Nice start. What did you use to piece the foam together?
Glad everyone likes it! I used silicone to glue the stuff together and a box knife to carve it up. I did lots of carving on the very back and almost none on the side. If I ever do another I'll do something in between the two. A lot of the detail is lost to the cement. One thing I would do is eliminate the straight lines of the wall. I think it would make it look less artificial.

I plan to have discus at some point and wanted to keep the front pseudo-bare bottom (just a think layer of sand) so cleaning would be easy and also so the fish would have plenty of room to swim. The wall was an easy way to keep plants confined.
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just watch the hardness & Ph.. Concrete tends to boost those.


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Awesome job on the rock work. Haven't seen a tank like this in a while. keep us updated.

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I'm really glad everyone is enjoying it as much as the cat and I are! I checked pH and hardness (KH and GH) daily for a week against controls and nothing changed. I'll still be checking them weekly for the next month or two.
The sponge filter will come out next wednesday

Here is another pic now that the water has cleared up.





The fish don't seem to mind the cat. They come up to the front of the tank when he's there.
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Is the sponge filter in there to cycle the tank? Thats not a permanent fixture is it?

This is a cool tank though...I have seen the DIY for these before. Would be a sweet cichlid tank.


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The sponge comes out next week.

My latest addition:



I think its an L177, what do you guys think?

As you can see, I've had a bit of an algae bloom on the concrete in the back over about the top 1/4 of the wall. The SAE's are keeping the plants relatively clean but seem to ignore the back wall.

I'll be adding 5 oto's pretty soon to help these guys out.
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If that is a gold nugget or golden spotted pleco, I have been informed by multiple sources that they are rather aggressive when it comes to plants. As I have heard they will tear plants up.
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