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post #1 of 8 Old 09-10-2010, 10:07 PM Thread Starter
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Saying goodbye to my 37 Gallon

Well, I sold my 37 gallon tank today. I've moved all the fish into the 55 living room tank except the BN who went into the bedroom tank.I was sad to see it go but I was willing to sacrifice it to make room for the 6 footer. The 55 living room tank is a little crowded right now but once the 135 is set up (hopefully next week) I'll move my big pleco (Hershey) and the Congos into it. Getting excited to get that monster moved into the house. It'll be nice to get my garage back. lol

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post #2 of 8 Old 09-10-2010, 10:53 PM
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135g! Awesome! Can't wait to see it all set up.
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post #3 of 8 Old 09-10-2010, 11:52 PM
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I am so excited for you. That is going to be a blast to set up, isn't it? I can't wait to see it.
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post #4 of 8 Old 09-11-2010, 12:16 AM
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I'm happy for you too! Knowing you I expect great things from this tank.
Are you going to do a build thread? I think you should!

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Actually I've been working on a 3D DIY background for it but had been waffling back and forth on whether to use it or not. There's going to be some big fish in this tank and I really didn't want to take up too much of the floorspace. The background was about 3-4" thick. I got it all done and decided to try to see if I could install it without having to silicone it in. That way in a year or so when the fish were mostly full grown (we're talking big boys about 12-14") I could just pull it out without the hassle of scraping all that silicone off. Some people had had success doing this by having it fit real tight under the lip of the tank rim and wedging the bottom in with rocks and substrate with no problems. Others had said they couldn't get it to work without gluing the BG in. So I did a wet test today. Wedged it in, used some big rocks and wood at the bottom and began to fill the tank. As it was filling I could see how awesome it was going to look. But at about the 3/4 full mark disaster struck. The bottom of the background kicked out pushing all the rock and wood with it. Kind of freaked me out thinking about what if this happened when there was fish in it. Fortunately nothing was damaged. Styrofoam is super buoyant and I knew then that if I wanted to use it I was going to have to silicone the sucker in real good. But I decided to scrap it at that point. Good thing I had painted the back of the tank black first just in case it didn't work out. Too bad as it looked real nice. But maybe some day I'll try it again on another tank.

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135 Gallon - Angelfish Community
75 Gallon - Odd couple (Polleni/Angelfish)
55 Gallon - African tank
20 Gallon Long - QT
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post #6 of 8 Old 09-11-2010, 01:48 AM
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I am envious of the 135 gallon
I tried someting similar with styrofoam back ground in a tank with Red devil ,Leporinus,and Jaguar. Like you I used stones at the bottom but the stones I ended up using were Very large and although they worked to help keep the background in place,, I did not forsee that the cichlids would begin pecking at the back ground and I soon ended up with all kinds of bits of styrofoam floating about in the tank.
I removed the background and painted the back glass black.
At first, the 3D was pleasing, but the fish simply began to tear hell out of it along with wrestling with the filter intakes when they weren't scuffling with each other.
I ended up decorating the tank with very large river stones and large driftwood pieces and the fish seemed to enjoy the enviornment.
I wish you the best on your new tank !

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post #7 of 8 Old 09-11-2010, 10:09 AM
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I'd love to have a 6 footer.Maybe I'll convince my wife one day that I "need" one.Can't wait to see it.

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post #8 of 8 Old 09-11-2010, 06:11 PM Thread Starter
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I'd love to have a 6 footer.Maybe I'll convince my wife one day that I "need" one.Can't wait to see it.
I had been watching CL for quite awhile for a 125 that I could afford. Always tons of 55's for a great price but the bigger tanks were few and far between and too much $$$ for my budget. Then this 135 came up for $150 but it was just the tank and stand. But I went ahead and snapped it up. I already had a filter and a spare 200W heater. I bought a 2nd filter and heater, glass tops and lights from Drsfostersmith.com and Big Al's (they've both got some good prices) and a couple bags of playsand. I already have some big rocks and a nice piece of Manzanita wood plus some smaller wood.

1077, those cichlids can be buggers, can't they. lol

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75 Gallon - Odd couple (Polleni/Angelfish)
55 Gallon - African tank
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