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LukeC LukeC
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Re: Project Tank Move. #31
mini update! played around with some rocks (using purple slate as its a good structure and inert)

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taken with just the red and blue leds on hence the weird 3d effect! Will turn of the red at night, so will have a tranquil moonlight effect...

Planning to have the rocks where they are. I then have some smaller slate pieces to add getting smaller to the left to create a flow.

I'll be using play sand as the main substrate.

For plants: in the foreground using plastic grass, anything else would just get eaten. Also some of the grass will be around the bass of the rocks to break up the transition.

Mid ground to the middle left will be some crypts - these will be planted in shallow terracotta saucers that can be hidden with the sand so should look seemless. Will fill with plant substrate then a wire mesh to stop the fish nosing around. Over the top of the will be some fine gravel.

Annubis will be tied to the large rocks as well as some moss . The slate is good as plenty of cracks for the roots. (the moss may or may not survive the attention of the fish but worth a go anyway!)

For the background using giant Val in the top left hand side. Same method as per the crypts but have a rectangle terracotta saucer. should grow to top of the water and then fan out a little
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Re: Project Tank Move. #32
Excellent, the new filter media came today!

Biohome Ultra. Very good looking media. 3KG filled the top 3 trays nicely.

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The bottom tray is now filled with coarse foam and the second from bottom with layers of medium topped up with fine.

How terribly exciting right....
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Re: Project Tank Move. #33
Well it's exciting to us fish keepers
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Re: Project Tank Move. #34
Huge progress today. Possible mile stone reached... GF just said "oh its starting look rather good ..." She even listened to me for 30secs on the benefits of the new filter media afore getting that uninterested glazed look....
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Re: Project Tank Move. #35
Keep these updates coming! Love watching a tank coming together....

This time last year I was setting my 600l beast up, it can a little while for it to mature and "bed in".

My GF was the same, didn't really like it at first but now she loves it.
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Re: Project Tank Move. #36
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Huge progress today. Possible mile stone reached... GF just said "oh its starting look rather good ..." She even listened to me for 30secs on the benefits of the new filter media afore getting that uninterested glazed look....


You're getting somewhere then! She's bound to come round to your way of thinking sooner or later
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Re: Project Tank Move. #37
She is expecting a very nice bottle of red wine tonight!

Ok taken an hour or more to get the pipes sorted. Very annoying job but think it set up ok .

Time to start the arduous task of washing 40kg of sand.... really not looking forward to that job!
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Re: Project Tank Move. #38
My first tank from 2 1/2 years ago!! Seemed so big then as well.

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Setting it up as a q tank today and getting first two new friends as well.

Also need to start washing the sand. It's bloody cold outside . Not looking forward....
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Re: Project Tank Move. #39
Q tank up and running ! And now have its first occupants.

A lovely black lionhead and a red/brown orlanda.

Both seemed to have settled in. I'll pot the two crypts into terracotta pots later today

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Re: Project Tank Move. #40
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Also need to start washing the sand. It's bloody cold outside . Not looking forward....


Good luck - it was around this time last year I was stood outside in the freezing cold washing sand for my tank to replace the gravel - I remember thinking "the things I do for these fish!"