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My tank entitled "ROOTS" :)
Old 10-10-2012, 01:01 PM   #1
 
My tank entitled "ROOTS" :)

first of all, i wanna say thank you to those who helped me(i cant name you all, but you know who you guys were), answered my PMs and questions here in the forums regarding tetras, discus, driftwoods and even mango trees!! ive been to fresh, then to marine, then to salt FOWLR, then im back to fresh again.. this is my attempt to create an amazon biotope with no plants set up.. (if i do plan to put plants, il make sure that they are plastic ones) its not yet done, but i know i got the "look" that i want, so all i need now are the fishes

stocks will include: (not yet final on the number, but will surely get these fishes) suggestions?
20pcs penguin tetra (currently have 10)
40pcs rummynose
20pcs cardinal
6pcs albino cory (currently have 3) (i know there are better cories out there, but they contrast best on my substrate)
6pcs platinum angel fish
**will add weekly and depending on what fish is available


tank specifications:
100gal main tank (in-wall)
black river sand
driftwoods (duh)
(also planning on putting talisay leaves to add amazon effect)
two barrel wavemaker(forgot the specific brand)
t5 lighting (different colors, depending on my mood when im about to sleep)
70gal sump
-10kg+ ceramic rings
-different types of filters
-rio hf 17 return pump

the sump (i've organized this already, this picture was messy, its all in order now lol)


the tank "Roots" (sorry, you can see through my confort room ;p haha!)
normal t5s effect


attempting the biotope color by mixing different lighting effects (also planning on putting talisay leaves to add effect)


playing around with the lights


any comments, suggestions or questions will be answered and appreciated, cant wait for the platinum angels.. again, thank you for all the help :)

**also, i dont know if this is on the right forum/thread, so i hope the MODS will move it if its wrong, thanks :)
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:20 PM   #2
 
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That looks amazing! Will you be adding any type of background to it? I can't wait to see it with vegetation/leaves in there.

Great job
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:21 PM   #3
 
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That looks amazing! Will you be adding any type of background to it? I can't wait to see it with vegetation/leaves in there.

Great job
no, its made to be see through :) cause i wanna look at my tank when i take a dump in the morning ;p haha! the plan is just to place dried leaves on the substrate :) any plants will be plastic.. :) thanks!
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Old 10-10-2012, 02:58 PM   #4
 
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Oh.. ummmmm... errrrrrrrr..... I think I do see a toilet in the background :blush:
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Old 10-10-2012, 03:47 PM   #5
 
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I like the setup, can't wait to see it in action. . . um. . . just as long as I don't see anyone on the pot in those shots, lol! Have you considered doing a true blackwater effect, rather than using lighting? I know you can buy blackwater 'tinctures' that will give the water that tea-coloration, along with the added benefits of tannins. Just curious! When are the angels going in? It looks great!
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Old 10-10-2012, 05:29 PM   #6
 
OMG. Lol
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Old 10-10-2012, 07:07 PM   #7
 
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I would suggest no plastic plants, they will look artificial, but leaving it authentic with just the wood. This is what most of the streams are like in the Amazon. However, I would have floating plants, lots of them. You could cover the surface with Water Sprite, Amazon Frogbit, Brazilian Pennywort. All authentic, and these would handle the water quality issues that live plants do, while keeping the lower aquarium free of plants and authentic. Almost all Amazonian forest fish occur in such habitats. Vegetation is usually confined to overhanging or floating marginal, which is very important. This also helps to further shade the light.

I would caution on the fish combination though. Platinum angels are said to have beeen derived from the gold phenotype, which of course was from the original wild Pterophyllum scalare. They attain 6 inches and will naturally consider linear characins as food. The cardinals and rummys might not fare too well. The disk-shaped characins are better choices.

I do like the aquascape with the wood "branches," very true to Amazonia.

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Old 10-10-2012, 08:38 PM   #9
 
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Love it! I especially like the lighting in the center pic. Can I ask why you have a wavemaker? The fish in your list are calm water fish.

I just picked up an armload of branchy driftwood at an auction. I'm excited now to add it to my angel tank for a similar look to yours.
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Old 10-11-2012, 12:33 AM   #10
 
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I like the setup, can't wait to see it in action. . . um. . . just as long as I don't see anyone on the pot in those shots, lol! Have you considered doing a true blackwater effect, rather than using lighting? I know you can buy blackwater 'tinctures' that will give the water that tea-coloration, along with the added benefits of tannins. Just curious! When are the angels going in? It looks great!
haha! il be posting that on a different website if someone is taking a shower or a poop
im just waiting for the driftwoods to do its natural course of action :) and adding leaves will help too :) it will be black water soon! angels will go in after all the tetras have settled in.. im buying all the tetras first, large ones.. and a medium sized angels, so that the tetras wont get easily picked if ever.. thanks!
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