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Not the best pictures but it gives some idea of the layout.



Current inhabitants are 15 ghost shrimp, five leusistic (golden?) white clouds, 2 peacock gudgeons. I'm not sure what to place orders for next. I'm thinking an XL sword for the back right corner, Madagascar lace for the back middle, some glosso for the shadier portion of the open water and an XL (~20 plantlets) red wendtii to be split apart and distributed in the mid ground with the crypts already in place. For fish I can't decide where on the list to start. Here's the list of fish I plan to add earlier on:
Purple passion danios (3)
White clouds (20)
CPD (6-10)
Pygmy corys (6-10)
Dwarf flame gourami (1-2)
American flag fish (2-4)

The rest of my list will trickle in as I don't trust them nearly as much as those above, with the exception of the barbs and baddis.
 

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Slowly and steadily coming together. I've been having a terrible time keeping my temps up on the system. I'm running ~1100w of heater between the three tanks and sump and have been barely maintaining 74f. A couple of times I've tripped the GFIs at night drastically dropping temps as well. Today's task will be to insulate each tank in foam on three sides. Not the best picture but shows some progress:

 

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Did you get those LED lights from DealExtreme.com? Let me know if you did and if they grow your plants very well. I purchased 4 for my 125 I set up, but found the lights to not grow plants all that well and ended up putting my Dual CF light back in. They do provide a great shimmering effect within the aquarium if you have surface movement, but just not real good for plants.
 

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I purchased mine from VVME. They have a local warehouse and a 1 year guarantee which in my experience with cheaper Chinese LED wares is priceless.

They are doing a great job for me; those quoted in the picture above are only 10w units over ~10g cubes so I consider it low light and have planted up with mostly crypts in those tank, but they are growing out pennywort fine as well as some small swords.

I have very similar larger arrays over my 100g and they work great for plants - I built my panels for high light terrestrial plants and they worked wonders. I have tested the spectrum and they check out pretty well: (tested with an RGB biased camera)

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New Electric Catfish - I had been babying this guy for weeks at the shop and just had to take him home with me. I have plenty of larger tanks for him to transition to.



This is my other recent adoption from the shop. Great eater and no one wanted him. I call him my Half Dome Angelfish ;)

 

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Quite a bit. He's a voracious eater and goes after anything that enters his cube - including my fingers. This last cleaning I got away without any shocks but the week before my arm was tingling for 15 minutes after he hit me twice. I've been feeding him night-crawlers; around two a week. I'm sure he'd gladly eat daily but I'm in no hurry for an enormous dangerous cat and he's keeping nice and fat as is. I must say he's very lazy.
 

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Video update of most all of the tanks and a breakdown of my weekly fish routine. Tanks in order of initial appearance: 5g killi tank, 5g killi tank, 3g reef tank, 29g goldfish, 5g shrimp, 3g shrimp, 20g cobra endlers, 75g grow out, 55g sunfish, 40g community, 100g community, 65?g divided, 10g guppy, 29g shrimp.


Clean tanks around the 8:30 mark.
 
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