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Old 09-10-2012, 12:26 AM   #11
 
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John this is so NEAT!!! How do you go about making something like this, even? I can't wait to see it in a planted tank, it's going to be something different, that's for sure!

You know I have soft water, so I'm not really going to be much help with stocking. . . hmmm. . .

have you considered rainbow fish? Or some glass cats would be really cool in a tank like this! Barbs, Dannio, Killifish. . . and of course live-bearers are always an option for a tank with harder-water. . . but I KNOW you really want that Puffer tank - have for some time, right?

Keep us posted, please? I really am excited to see what you do with this one!!!
Well Jes with a little imagination and time its not that hard to make. I started with a piece of Plexiglas then I siliconed some foam to it to build it up some. From there I used Great Stuff foam and formed the layout. Once I got it they way I liked it I glued sand to it. When it was all dry I completely sealed the whole thing with 2 coats of epoxy.

I was talking to Izzy in chat earlier about fish option not sure what I am going to do as of yet but I know my water sucks!!! That's about all I figured out!

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so THIS is what you do when you're on vacation, eh??? Fantastic!
Well I actually started on this a couple of weeks ago but with my works schedule as you know I just hadn't had much time to get it done. I did actually manage to get it done this week. I didn't really work on it that much on vacation as my daughter was glued to my hips LoL soo I spent most of my time with her since she doesn't get to see that much anymore.
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Old 09-10-2012, 12:31 AM   #12
 
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Jes what do you know about Killies? Izzy was no help with them I ask she said "nothing" :p was my answer to her. LoL
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:01 AM   #13
 
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Jes what do you know about Killies? Izzy was no help with them I ask she said "nothing" :p was my answer to her. LoL
Yeah, pretty much nothing! I only know what I've picked up through general reading - I've never looked into keeping them myself. . . you'd have to do a ton of research, but off the top of my head (and it's 2am, don't quote me on this!) I 'know' that. . .

There are many different species, and they're usually SUPER colorful. Most of them are tiny little things, but some are much bigger, and can even get up to the 3-4 inch range. They have a bad rep because many of them are notorious for being 'annual.' These are the ones (I think) that come from Africa (and would prefer a softer water type anyway). The annual type die off every season when the waters recede, leaving eggs to hatch when the rains come again. But there are some that come from Florida and thereabouts that are NOT annual and are fine with harder water - even brackish (kind of hang around in the same areas as mollies, which is why I came across them when I was reading, lol). Most of them are actually considered easy to breed and keep, and many of them are considered 'hearty' fish! There are several different types that are tank-bred for aquariums (from what I've read, not too long ago nearly all were wild-caught, but this isn't the case anymore). I *think* they tend to like to eat algae, so yay for THAT! You might want to look into the American Flag Fish? For some reason I *think* this ones of the ones that I've read about from Florida and harder-waters. In general they're REALLY GORGEOUS!!! Super brightly colored, and even the annual ones are very easy to breed, so even if you chose to get that type, it'd be a lot of fun (I think) to see how many generations you could keep going!
Ummmmm. . . I know Killi means ditch in. . . Dutch, I think?

Yeah, you'd need to do some research here, but it'd be REALLY NEAT to have a Killifish tank, neh? I'd be super-jealous, anyway!!!

Again with the livebearers. . . have you ever considered Endler's? Personally, I swoon for all those bright colors! You'll figure it out. . . it'll be awesome!
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:10 AM   #14
 
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Thanks Jes! Though what you have just said I already knew. I looked into them some though not a lot because of their colors. They are super gorgeous fish!!! When I ran into them needing softer water I gave up and stop looking.

LoL Izzy asked me the same thing about livebearers. I do like Endlers but they would have to be a pure strain and those are not cheap! Like $50 for a N strain Class A male! I don't like mollies or guppies what other Livebearers are there???

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Old 09-10-2012, 01:20 AM   #15
 
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Yeah, didn't think I'd be able to help you much with the Killi, but it may well be worth looking into again. I KNOW there are some that are okay in harder water, just not sure which ones they are!

Swordtails and Platies are live-bearers and very bright and beautiful! If you went with Endler's (jealous!) remember that while it's true that the pure strains are expensive, they'd pay you back with babies. . . livebearers WILL have little ones, so you'd end up with quite a few more than you started with if you wanted to - and with THESE fish (as opposed to many of the other livebearers) you could quite probably turn around and sell them without any trouble.

What is there not to like about Mollies! They're so SWEET!!! And some of the varieties are stunning. :P You leave my Mollies alone. . .

I'm thinking of a fish. . . and I can't remember what it's CALLED, but I think it'd be perfect. I have the image in my mind, but can't come up with the name. It's driving me nuts!!! I'll letcha know if it comes back. For now I really should be in bed!!!
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:27 AM   #16
 
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AHHHHH! THAT'S IT!!! Scarlet Gem Badis. . . These are one of my FAVORITE fish, but I can't have them. . . there are LOADS of hard water options! I don't know WHY everyone insists on falling in love with only the softies!!!
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:40 AM   #17
 
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You know I have never seen Scarlet Badis in person but they do look pretty in pics! I would love to have Endlers at that grade but can't see paying $75 plus for just 2 fish. So in reality that's not going to happen. No offence Jes but I have NEVER like the looks/shapes of mollies! Platies and Swordtails mmmmm... Yeah LoL ok So tons of hard water fish what are they? LoL
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:41 AM   #18
 
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This is my hardest part about keeping fish! Figuring out what to keep and my options!! LoL
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:46 AM   #19
 
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Yes, I KNOW! It IS hard to decide.

Um... there are enough hard-water loving cichlids out there from Rift Valley to fill every hard-water tank imaginable! But you want small shoalers.

You know what would be COOL!!! Though your tank is big. . .I've always been enamored of the idea of starting a small tank for the teeeeensy tinsy shell-dwelling cichlids. They're just so CUUUUTE!

But what's wrong with RAINBOWS??! Gah, they're LOVELY -and so many different types! Don't they like harder water?
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Old 09-10-2012, 01:54 AM   #20
 
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Shell dwellers are awesome! Rainbow fish you know I don't know what kind of water they live in but do know some can get up to or close to 5"
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