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Old 05-20-2013, 07:15 PM   #41
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Well, it appears that the office tank project just came to a screeching halt.

The gravel was nasty but not as bad smelling as I thought it might be... It was deep and had a muddy bottom to it. I filled a five gallon pail with the stuff.

We cleaned the sand, the tank and set it back in place. Then I tipped the pail to pour the wet sand out. I kept it very close to the bottom but the sand shifted and came out all at once.... CRACK!

The sand was not wet enough to pour... It looked it. No big deal except it is Victoria Day and everything is closed or I would have just gone and purchased another tank and finished up.

Meanwhile the station manager decided that we just won't replace it. While I could easily push the issue and just go ahead and replace it and set it up I am sure it would upset someone's ego... probably not worth the eventual hassle but I am also certain I will be blamed for the lack of tank when that was not my decision. Nw 20gallon tank= $30. Maybe another time.

So the fish are in a heavily planted pail might now waiting for their transfer to the store... which was the plan for them anyway. I was looking forward to getting the red lizard whiptail cats in too.. I wonder if they will fit in my home tank....

On the bright side, all the plants are going home so my heavily planted tank is going to quickly become a jungle. That second sword is going to be tough to squeeze back in.

C'est la vie.

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Old 05-20-2013, 07:35 PM   #42
 
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Bummer! :( I can't believe the sand cracked it, that's crazy. I hope no one blames you, it was an accident and you were totally willing to replace it. At least all of the fish got out of there and will hopefully go to better homes :)
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Old 05-21-2013, 06:29 PM   #43
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Maybe I shouldn't have posted so quickly.

Back in business. I picked up a 25 gallon tall (18") today. It's not the 22" tall like at home so it will be very manageable... actually easier to work in. No fish to worry about as they all went back to the store today. Jaysee was right, it IS much easier to catch fish when there is no water.

Sand is clean, I expect to put the sand in gingerly tomorrow, fill and plant in preparation for fish.

I need to look up miniature Mexican lobster as I saw some of those today and they would work very well in this tank. They apparently only grow 1.5", are fully clawed and just look so fun. I need to confirm the store rep's opinion first. They are very seasonal so this is a decide quickly or loose the opportunity this year thing.

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Old 05-21-2013, 10:20 PM   #44
 
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YEEESSS!

I am SO HAPPY you decided to go ahead and get another tank, I can't wait to get pictures of it all planted, and to see what you end up stocking it with.

Those are the orange ones, right?
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Old 05-22-2013, 07:13 AM   #45
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YEEESSS!

I am SO HAPPY you decided to go ahead and get another tank, I can't wait to get pictures of it all planted, and to see what you end up stocking it with.

Those are the orange ones, right?
They were pretty red. I figure that they will be of a similar temperament as cray fish and that they really won't be great tank mates to other fish and even other "lobsters" so I will past for just regular shrimp.

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Old 05-23-2013, 10:38 AM   #46
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Here are the next few stages of development at the office.

Pic one is the substrate in mid dig out. It didn't smell as nasty as I thought it would, that was a bonus.

Pic two is the interum tank setup... really just a place holder as I didn't want the space taken up by anything else while I sorted out what was happening regarding the broken tank

Pic three is the first stage of the final setup as I dropped in some sand and plants just to give the plants somewhere to live right away.

It's getting there. Without fish I can take my time with the setup at least. The filter media is just floating in the front... that is not a decoration. Next, more sand, water change, add more crypts... lots of stuff to do.

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Old 06-04-2013, 07:01 PM   #47
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I forgot that the picture I left was so cloudy, ill fix that tomorrow. I've added duckweed, sand, the water is clear and the tank is now full. Today I picked up a plant that I put on hold a week ago and four more small and medium crypts. The held plant is the most expensive that I have bought yet, $25, but it consists of a double sized group of java fern on a single rhizome, a bunch of java moss, a bit of algae and a piece of driftwood. These are all well established and attached to the driftwood and the drift wood is a cool tripodal shape... pictures tomorrow. If I added it up separately ($6 + $6 + $6 + $15) then figured in the time it took to set it up and how long it has been growing, I wouldn't think to complain about the price.

Funny though, I commented to the store rep that the plant has been there a while... he mistook that I was about to try to haggle the price, I was only commenting that it was well established.

Red lizard whiptail catfish will be in next week. I really didn't want to put the catfish in so soon, I prefer them to be last but I might not have a choice in the timing, hence the extra plants and duckweed now. The filter was left wet but everything else is new.... Which leads me to wonder about plants that come from fish stocked tanks, which all of the ones in there are. They must come with established fauna in addition to being plants that already have an affinity for ammonia. No matter, as I have more duckweed in reserve if I find that I need an extra ammonia sink.

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Old 06-07-2013, 07:12 PM   #48
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I managed to get a moment to take a shot today, it's been rather hectic at work lately.

The new driftwood piece is sort of to the right with the java ferns... it's not very clear due to the reflections. I see the sword is looking rather thin, needs some ferts.

I haven't really decided on the layout completely yet, everything is just plunked in to keep it wet. The backdrop needs to be put on, get rid of the light coloured wall in behind. It looks so briht compared to the home tank... seems so blah.

The snails are zooming aorund scouring the plants... maybe I need to add some food for them.

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Old 06-07-2013, 07:36 PM   #49
 
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1000000xs better than before! It looks absolutely lovely, and it's only going to get better.

Is that just a weird reflection or are there plants in that HOB?

Has anyone commented on it? I'm soooo happy you decided to take on this project!

Any final decisions made on stocking?
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Old 06-07-2013, 08:40 PM   #50
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Thanks.

Funny that you should ask about plants on the filter. I am planning on getting some java moss to establish on the filter, sort of a final stage filtration.... even though I don't think it will really do anything more for the water, maybe just get some small emersed plants for interest sake. But no, no plants in there yet. It's a trick of reflection as the angle I am on with the camera has the layer of duckweed reflecting off the back wall of the tank and it is more noticeable with the slightly darker backdrop of the filter.

Red lizard whiptail catfish are arriving at the LFS next week. Silvertip tetras soon thereafter. Cherry shrimp, which will be introduced at the same time as the tetras only because both will be small so the shrimp might survive longer with smaller fish.

I'd put one more shoal in but it's only a 25 gallon.

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