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Category: Tropical

Author: piggo64 (3:50 pm)

I decided to build my own stand after much research, You Tube is great for this!

I picked up some kitchen doors off Fleabay for 5!, I will use these to face the stand....

The tank itself I got from Fleabay (again) it measures 72"x24"x30"
It is made by ND Aquatics from 12mm glass with a double thickness 10mm base. It weighs around 400 lbs!

The water will weigh around 800 kilos (approx. 1500 lbs)

Still can't decide what to keep in it !
I have always wanted to keep Discus again after a 15 year break, but I am also tempted to set up a Mbuna style biotope...Decisions , decisions...LOL

Filtration - wise I have a trusty Ehiem 2217 that I am very happy with, although any suggestions as to others would be most welcome :)

The other option I am considering is a sump. I have a juwel 50 gallon that I could use, again any suggestions for a return pump would be much appreciated.

The tank is pre - drilled two drains and one return...


I have moved the stand into the living room at last!

Now I must get to work building the sump...

Looks like I have my work cut out!!
Category: Tropical

Author: Eiskalt (12:40 pm)
We've bought a used,250L Juwel Rio tank. Cleaned and cycled it. We started with 5 Black Phantom tetras and 3 Platys. One female was already pregnant. So now I have two fry in the hospital tank. The rest must've gotten eaten. Unforutnatly when we got the Tetras there was a 4:1 Male to female ratio. So we bought some more girls for them :) That seems to have calmed them down a bit.

Then we got some White Sailfin Mollies and some rainbow fish and Peppered Corydora. A day later the Molly had fry! LOL! So I've only rescued a few and the rest have had to become dinner. I don't have the space to keep them all. However, if anyone knows where or how to sell them or if it's possible to take them to the LFS for credit or trade, then let me know

Lots of live plants. Currently waiting for a few more plants to put at the back of the tank. Also have some Yamato shrimp and 2 Red Cherry Shrimp.

They all seem to be doing well and no fighting. Though the Rainbow fish and the Mollies seem to play tug of war on the Algae wafers. The Rainbow fish seem to like schoaling with the Mollies and the Platys. They are lovely fish. So underated.
Category: Tropical

Author: Superfish (4:50 pm)
Just got them a few hours ago:
-1 Corydoras sterbai
-1 Corydoras alinos
-1 Ancistrus
So excited!!!!
Category: Tropical

Author: dbawldy (2:27 pm)
Ok first time blogging so here goes...

Day 1: preparation for the arrival

So excited for tomorrow starting to get impatient recieving a juwel rio 400

to allow room for the tank I have moved the Juwel rio 125 from the corner around to being flat against the wall

hoping it wont be to shabby as will be having the tanks overlapping slightly in an L shape fingers crossed pictures to follow on day 2 :)
Category: Tropical

Author: Fishlady (7:46 pm)
This project is now on hold for a while as the tank I was going to use is now a fast flowing set up for Jon's White Cloud Mountain Minnows and Hillstream Loach.

I'm loving it: WCMM are much under-rated and I'm finding them to be very attractive and active fish.....I knew my procrastination on the Betta tank must have a purpose and now I know what it is
Category: Tropical

Author: Fishlady (1:22 pm)
Well I managed to kill my first lot of daphnia. I'm not sure how, but they were very sluggish on arrival and though they rallied, I'd lost them within 10 days. I think I overfed them.

I'm starting again with a slightly different approach; reusing the container I received with the "starter kit", but this time I've put sand in the bottom, added a mini sponge filter and intend to put some MTS in there as well as the daphnia. To avoid the possibility of a problem with the daphnia supplied last time (seller has had some poor feedback lately), I'm going to buy a bag of live daphnia from an LFS and use them to start the culture. At least there's less chance of them getting too cold or otherwise being damaged in the post.

The microworms, however, have taken off well and I've been harvesting small amounts for a few days. I'm using a small paint brush to wipe around the sides of the container where the worms congregate and then rinsing them off into the Ember Tetra tank. The Embers are very keen on them!
Category: Coldwater

Author: Judgegeo (11:13 pm)
So. What a nightmare of a move!!

All was going well until it came time to move the filter, all hell broke loose. First the primer broke out.. then the cheap plastic spray bar snapped. I got to the local MA for almost bang on 6, and purchased and EFX300, which is oh a much higher build quality than the APS I was running.

This lead to a slight problem, which I posted about on the forums. I had a BIG raise in nitrites. So carrying countless buckets of water (did a water change at 11pm, waking everyone in the house up..). All seems well now with nitrites back to 0. Can only assume while the filter wasn't working so good the bacteria went into a dormant state, and have now awoken.

Had a slight play with my stock.

I did have;

1 Opaline Gourami (three spot)
2 Kissing Gourami
6 Cherry Barbs

I now have;

1 Opaline Gourami
1 Red BN Plec
12 Cherry Barbs

I know the plec isnt best suited for my hard water, but I couldnt resist when I saw him in MA.

Next up will be the Lake Kutubu Rainbow fish who will add a bit of colour to the tank.

Anyway - an update photo from this morning. Will take one tomorrow when the new barbs have settled in.

Category: Coldwater

Author: Judgegeo (11:13 am)
Reflectors arrived and fitted.

Tank is now half filled, brought up to temp, awaiting transfer of fish and water from current tank. I've run a filter over night with some fine filter wool to try and pick up any dust that's left over from the gravel.

I used 2 different sizes of stone. The bigger of the two is from Unipac (which I am fairly disappointed), the smaller is the pets at home own brand.

Category: Coldwater

Author: Judgegeo (9:43 pm)
Blog to show development of my new tank.


Current progress;
Tank + Cabinet (maidenhead aquatics)
T5 Lighting Controller 2x39w (ebay)
T5 Tubes (from lampspecs - cheaper than "aquarium branded")
APS 1000EF UV (from current setup, fully cycled)
APS 300W heater (again from current setup)
3D background (included with tank purchase... apparently worth 120)
2x resin bogwood (from the range)
25kg Unipac black aqua gravel (going to get some sand aswell)

2x reflectors (in the post.. somewhere. As soon as these arrive I can start putting things together.)
Co2 kit (going to purchase next month when funds allow. http://www.aquaessentials.co.uk/easy-aqua-twin-guage-regulatorsolenoid-p-6179.html for use with a fire extinguisher)
LED Night lights

Pictures to follow tomorrow.
Category: Tropical

Author: Fishlady (4:17 pm)
My daphnia culture kit arrived today. I was worried the daphnia may not have survived as it had been posted 5 days ago and it's been so cold, but fortunately they were alive, though somewhat sluggish on arrival. After they'd been in their permanent set up for a few hours they were much more lively, which is encouraging.

I received a plastic container, a bag of live daphnia and some food pellets. I filled the container about half-way with a mixture of fresh dechlorinated tap water and water taken from one of my tanks. I acclimatised the daphnia just as I would fish by floating the bag and introducing some of the tank water every ten minutes for half an hour and then tipped the daphnia into the tank. I added a food pellet and piece of Java moss from one of my tanks so now I need to wait and see if they reproduce.

Here's a photo of the daphnia in their container:

I checked on the microworms too, and though I can't tell for sure if they're even alive, I think they are as there are areas on the surface that look kind of glossy. It should take about two weeks to see a big increase in numbers, but at least they don't smell at the moment!

Here's a photo of the microworm culture. You can see the mashed potato around the edges, but the main focus at the moment is the area with oatmeal as that's the medium they arrived in:

I'm housing the cultures in the cupboard under my Roma 90, and have a clip-on light in there to provide illumination for the daphnia. I'll be putting the shelf back in so I can run my brine shrimp hatchery in there too.

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