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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-23-2006, 04:01 PM Thread Starter
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The Cheapest Natural Aquarium

The cheapest natural aquarium was my dream for last 40 years. I found it, I have it, and want to share it with you.

I have been keeping fishes from an age of 10. I am 56 now. I was never rich and always wanted something beyond my means. An aquarium does not involve construction cost alone. The cost of maintaining them (that does not include your personal labours which is paid by your achievement) is also a huge drain.

Free lights in a high lighted aquarium are so easy. Just make an opening on an appropriate southern wall (if you live in the northern hemisphere) and project a RCC shelve 6” more than the floor depth of the aquarium you want and the length and height according to your desire. Cover the floor with a granite/glass sheet, the three outer sides with 3” brick work. Use 1.5” ‘polyutherene foam’ to cover the three outer walls before building your aquarium. Raise the height of the outer three walls good 3’ and have them glazed with glass panes.

Natural sunlight will make your aquarium a well lighted one. No electric bills. No timer switches. Free for a lifetime. Grow your plants naturally and have the best light for the most natural colour your fishes.

My neons and rainbows are glorious.
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post #2 of 4 (permalink) Old 11-27-2006, 03:59 AM
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I've got a 5-gallon tank on and east window that enjoys a lot of good light in the morning. A 13-watt compact flourscant keeps it lit in the afternoon and early evening. Fish and plants seem to be doing well. Wish I had more sun for my other tanks but unless I open a really big hole in the roof, that's not happening

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OK I gotta see pictures of this thing!

Starting back into the Hobby!
Setup my 55g with 108w T5HO and co2 and augmented pool sand. Converted from Fish only.

Planing a 65g Tall done right from the start using Tom Barr's Non-Co2 Method now I just need to figure out the lighting!
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but unless I open a really big hole in the roof, that's not happening
And you're waiting to do that why?


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