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40b african biotope

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I've got some congo's, some kribensis, and a syndontis already in my 125g. And since I want to completely redo that tank, they need to be re-homed. So what better a place to house them, permanently, than an african biotope... or something as close as I can get.

Right now I've got two pieces of driftwood in place, about 100lbs of sand to pour in, and plants to buy.

Plants I'm planning on:

Bolbitis
Anubias
Dwarf Hairgrass

Keep is simple, keep it low light/tech.

The idea is to place the bolbitis in the back left, and left, wrapping around the wood a little.

Hairgrass will be planted all around the wood itself, hoping to keep the foreground and far right bare of plants.

Anubias, will end up all over the submerged wood.

I think some rocks would work really well for this layout; but I haven't found much locally that I really like. I'll keep an eye out and will fit them in when I've a chance.

Here is the tentative wood layout.



I'll probably be tossing the sand in this evening and getting the filter hooked up. Bolbitis will be purchased this week and go in.


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Not an exciting update. Just a shot of the aquarium in its final place. Sand goes in today, and hopefully I can get to Lowe's today to pick up components to make my own python.

Unfortunately I don't have the luxury of having a water hook up right here, and I don't think my wife would appreciate me cutting a hole in the wall to the bathroom right on the other side.



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Sounds nice, but I think the Congo tetras are going to miss the swimming room they had in the 125! I like African biotope's, so I'll be watching your progress on this one.
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They definitely will. But I think they'll be just fine in here. There are currently nine of them, 4 kribensis, plus three juveniles that are half inch + and a syndontis. Too few for the 125; but I think just right for the 40b.

Sand, rocks, and light. The newer goal is to fill in the back and leftish area with african fern and stuff the rocks with anubias.



time to fish out my sun sun filter and see if the tubing and everything reach/fit well. tomorrow i'll hit up lowe's for any tubing I may need and get it filled up.


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That looks great so far!
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That looks great so far!
Thank you.

I've filled the tank and placed what little anubias nana I still have into the tank. I need a ton more to get the desired look. However, I'll be picking up african fern tomorrow evening. Once those are in I can move over some of the red tiger lotus bulbs I have in my main tank.

Then I'll get to selling off a bunch of crypts and blyxa to pay for a bunch more anubias





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I really like how that looking. I just picked up a shelf like that and 2 40b as well. What type of light are you using?

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I really like how that looking. I just picked up a shelf like that and 2 40b as well. What type of light are you using?

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Thank you. Lighting is a buildnyled.com fixture. It's dimmed most of the way, but the color temp is still brighter/whiter than I'd like.


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Any updates on the African biotope??? Lookin good so far!!

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Any updates on the African biotope??? Lookin good so far!!

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sure. The congo tetra tore through my anubias nana petite. Just placed an order with a member here for a large amount of african fern.

Once the fern is in I'll find another source for a bunch of anubias nana petite and dwarf hairgrass to continue planting.

I want to pick up a couple of bushfish and butterfly fish to complete the fauna list once the tank is fully planted.

so, not much of an update. I've been self employed for the last year, so I often feel guilty spending money on this tank; but I just won a large contract. This tank will get wrapped up over the next month or two, and my 20g long will get the dirt treatment with a few asian plants and fish.


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No madagascar lace?
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No madagascar lace?
never been a huge fan


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