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post #1 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-02-2015, 10:31 PM Thread Starter
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65 Gallon SE Asian "Nine"

Goodnight Sweet Prince. RIP 2/2017



-Rimless 65 Gallon Mr Aqua
-DIY Birch Stand
-2x Finnex Planted Plus 48"
-Eheim 350
-Dirted Substrate (Indoor Sunshop Seattle house blend)
-Regular Gravel Cap
-In-line Co2
-EI Dosed

-River rocks
-Malaysian bogwood

-C. crispatula balansae
-C. Wendtii Green
-C. Wendtii MiOya
-C. Wendtii Tropica
-C. Lucens (xWillisii)

-16 Kryptopterus vitreolus - Glass Catfish
-1 Sewellia lineolata - Reticulated Hillstream Loach
-10 Clea Helena - Assassin Snails

Laying out the hardscape and pondering


Building ADA style stand, double layered .75" ply


Tank Purchased!


Leak Testing


Slid to corner of room out of foot traffic


Dirting with soil and clay balls


I feel like the most common dirted tank question is: how deep do i dirt?
answer: not very deep.


Capped, Conga Rock brand natural color gravel. Its got a great grain size.


Hardscaped. I'm going for a rootball effect here. In a natural braiding stream, the outside edge of bends can commonly undercut trees until enough large woody debris and rock builds up to stabilize the slope. When these trees fall into the river, their rootballs leave a sizable hole, which scours further and provides excellent habitat sheltered from the open flow of the stream. Imagine this is the rootball with the main stem of the trunk tipped over out of view to the the back right. The river has reclaimed the hole and filled in, burying half of the tree. Maybe it conveys that... i don't know... i like it either way.


Planted up. Crispatula in the back and to one side, how original!
Some might have cringed at the thought of a tank directly inside of an east facing window. Don't worry, i got you. I lined the bottom pane of these living room windows with static cling 98% UV shade. you'll notice its a lot darker after this point. The top pane still lets morning light into the room, but doesn't hit the tank.


Going through the usual dirted tank period of brown water.

A little Clearer on week 3




Week 6 growing in nicely, added Glass Cats. Assassin Snails need to get off their butt and do some work.





Anyway, that's where we are. I'll post updates and leave cheat page numbers in the OP when we get there.

Thanks for looking!


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post #2 of 31 (permalink) Old 09-03-2015, 12:02 AM
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Nice dude, I love the driftwood layout

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dig the scape
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I love this. Can't wait to see the crypts grow in.

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Nice picece of wood!!
Interesting combination of livestock!! I think u wanna get more close to natural stream?
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Your layout is great! This should grow in very nicely.


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Standard 55 gallon club... We need one of those.
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Already a very cool tank, love the hardscape

Will be following along
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really love your setup

I feel like it'd look even better with a group of schooling/shoaling fish. If you're going for an Asian river theme, maybe some cherry barbs or zebra danios? http://fish.mongabay.com/biotope.htm...0Asian%20River

I'd also say you could probably use some more plants to avoid algae outbreaks, but at 6 weeks in, it looks like you're running strong
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really like your setup!
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I'd also say you could probably use some more plants to avoid algae outbreaks, but at 6 weeks in, it looks like you're running strong
I agree, but i'm waiting for the mid ground crypts to go in before i re-assess space.


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I think you have a really nice combo of wood, smooth stone, and gravel.

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Will be following the progress on this. This I think will fill in really nice and that hard scape looks great


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I was pondering what kind of rasboras to put in here, and then i won some boraras brigittae at the local aquarium club meeting. I was hesitant at first because they're so tiny that they'd look odd it a big tank, but they're very active. Planning on building up a nice shoal of them this weekend.

I also added a frosted background by the same manufacturer as the film i have on the window. If anyone uses Gila window film for a background, do yourself a favor and google window tinting with johnson's baby shampoo. The first time around i tried to get an even coverage with just water, and it wasn't' happening. Second attempt with the johnson's mixtures worked like a charm.


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looks great!!!

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very nice. cant wait to get me a rimless tank
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