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post #31 of 48 Old 10-27-2010, 01:50 PM Thread Starter
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oh really? i wonder how you solved the issue.. dont forget the deadline is Sunday!

Ok bear, I will take some pics tonight. Thanks.
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post #32 of 48 Old 10-27-2010, 01:51 PM
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i know i am a pain in the back side ....LOL

Back in the Game!!! Live Bearers in a 40 Breeder
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post #33 of 48 Old 10-28-2010, 02:09 AM Thread Starter
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Hi all!
I'm finally happy to share with you my latest pics. If you remember the last pic was about a month ago
and I wanted to add even more foliage. I've had few upgrades along the way as well and I'll explain them in detail below.


While adding the devil's ivy plants in the two bamboo poles looked sufficient, I wanted more because they look nice! So, I had an idea to use the water bottle and hook that behind the vase.

STEP 1- Use an empty water bottle. I'm using the 500mL Poland Spring bottle.

STEP 2- Cut the bottle in half. I used my Swiss army knife.

STEP 3- Made couple of holes using one-hole punch and cut a hanger to make the hooks.

STEP 4- Add water and devil's ivy in the bottle. I hooked mine in the bamboo pole used for lighting.


I bought a brand new filter made by Red Sea called "Deco Art Nanon Filter" because I felt
that Penn Plax Smallworld filter just did not perform well.

I had another issue after I purchased this filter, because the distance between the filter and the water
level was high, the water splashing was very loud and I had trouble sleeping!! So, I used my leftover
bamboo pole and attached it under where the water was falling from the filter. I can't even hear the
water splashing anymore. As you can see from the pic below, I drilled couple of holes and used suction

No more water splashing!

What would DIY project be without unexpected problems, right? Well, my vase tank started to smell like
sewage because the water inside the bamboo poles had no place to go... While I was cleaning the tank
one day, I accidentally pulled the airline tube attached to an airstone and saw the bubble inside the
pole. When this happened, I had an "A-HA!" moment!! I could make the water overflow using the
airstone inside the poles. I had to upgrade my air pump from 10g to 40g, so I get more power for the
overflow. Pics below...

Three airstones inside the bamboo poles.

I also added Hydor Pico Evolution Mini Pump to help water flow.

Water overflowing.

Mini pump.

No more sewage smell.

Ok, now for the fun part! I'll be adding up to date photos of the tank on my next post! Thanks for reading.
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post #34 of 48 Old 10-28-2010, 07:30 PM
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Looking good! It looks like bamboo would make a great looking in tank filter..... soooo many ideas and so little time and money to follow through, can't wait to see the final pictures!
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post #35 of 48 Old 10-31-2010, 07:45 PM Thread Starter
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Here are my final shots!

I now have 9 White Cloud Minnows. I called them "Cloud 9" haha...

Decorative stones from Ikea
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post #36 of 48 Old 10-31-2010, 07:55 PM
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That is awesome!!! I love it!
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post #37 of 48 Old 10-31-2010, 08:33 PM
wow dude, thats awesome O.o. especially love the bamboo reeds with ivy and water coming out of it...
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post #38 of 48 Old 10-31-2010, 09:08 PM

To all who wonder: I can spell, I just am still getting used to using my new iPod touch and my fingers still need to figure out where the keys are.
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post #39 of 48 Old 10-31-2010, 10:08 PM
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I absolutely love it! Now I am going to be on the look out for really big vases at the thrift stores. LOL About how many gallons of water does it hold? The little fish look really happy in there home.

Kindest Regards,

Keeping fish its not a hobby it is a passion!

I have a 55 gallon, 40 gallon, 29 gallon, 20 gallon tank, 5 gallon , and a 2.5 gallon all with real plants.
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post #40 of 48 Old 10-31-2010, 10:14 PM
i think we decided 6 or 7 right?

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