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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-20-2016, 11:46 PM Thread Starter
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Odd Pleco tank driftwood project.

This very-slow 80 gallon build.
48x24x16H.
Driftwood at the store always gets me dreaming of a build.
Plecos, rasboras, corydoras, Anubias varieties and possibly nerites.

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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-21-2016, 01:02 AM
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Love the concept. There's always a lot of beautiful plecos to choose from. Any particular plants your going to use, and why?
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Wow. I'd love to find driftwood like that in any store! I may as well look in the lumberyard, some of the twisted 2x4's have more character than a lot of the DW I've seen in the past few years.

Interested to see what plecos you choose. Lots of options with a tank that size.


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plants to use, and why?
I was going to start simple with thick Anubias varieties.
Anubias barteri var. nana also, because it worked well before with the same group of plecos.
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Wow. I'd love to find driftwood like that in any store! I may as well look in the lumberyard, some of the twisted 2x4's have more character than a lot of the DW I've seen in the past few years.

Interested to see what plecos you choose. Lots of options with a tank that size.
L200 green phantom at about 6 inches.
L190 Panaque nigrolineatus about 6 inches.
Two snowballs at 5 inches.
L240 4 inch Vampire.
L75 at 4 inches.
L114 at 4 inches.
Two cory cats and possibly even the small habrosus species.

As for something off the ground, the rasboras school in just the right current or when they are nervous.
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Holy cow, the Cube pops!!
Can't wait to see what you do with the 80 gallon.

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Slow build.

Fish, plants and algae doing what they do.





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That's a beautiful fish room. The pleco tank is coming along nicely.


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Very nice! I've always had a soft spot for plecos. Sometimes, I feel like they're under appreciated. Glad to see a dedicated pleco tank!
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Yeah they are cool... I went from having 3 to 14.
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Thanks for the complements.
This forum is full of good stuff.





2 of 3 Silver Dragon Gobies .



Silver Dragon Gobies love food.











Rasboras below.



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What lights are you using (on all your tanks I mean)?
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What lights are you using (on all your tanks I mean)?
They look like the Kessil A160WE Tuna Sun.

http://www.kessil.com/aquarium/Fresh...0_Tuna_Sun.php
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What lights are you using (on all your tanks I mean)?
A160WE Tuna Sun. Kessil
All are on lowest settings.
40Watts each on high.


They are whisper quiet but not quiet.
At times, they need to be shop-vac'd sometimes from the dust.

I did not like the Kessil chain link "controller".
I was not for me.
The ease of dialing the standard "dimmer" style is so nice.

I would recommend. A160WE.
As for the proper spectrum for what I am doing, I have no clue!?
I make things look nice, but take my advice with some thought that I'm really a huge noob here.

I try to add pics to keep some interest.




There is a little 30 gallon of bumblebee gobies and Kuhlis on the floor under the internet TV on the wall.
It is going to be an 48"x24"x16" -80gal.
It has 2 Kessil A160WE lights.

The board was completed yesterday for that tank to sit on.
We need to shim up the stand as well, and toss the tank from the floor up onto the stand.
Farlowella cats are in 2 of the 3 tanks.

Sumps are next.
That 30 on the floor was supposed to be the sump of the 80.
Instead were trying to just do a standard 80 with some poret HMF style or hydro sponges as we have currently.








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An added 20 gallon sump top off helps keep everything to stay normal for 2 weeks, if needed.

*top off robots are a must have.

40 breeder sump with 20high top off.
Open doors nice and clean and modern looking.
Sump lights are all you need for a quick view.



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