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post #641 of 828 Old 03-27-2013, 08:01 AM
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Resubscribing to this topic again. It stops notifying me whenever I clear my cookies. I guess I'll stop cleaning cookies anyway, they're delicious.

From what I gather... you've snagged the 125gal?!
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post #642 of 828 Old 03-27-2013, 08:53 AM Thread Starter
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SPOOOOKS!!! I missed you!

Yes. . . there is a (filthy) 125g tank sitting in my basement right now just waiting. . . So exciting! It's hard to be patient, but will be worth the wait. A tank that size requires a bit of remodeling to be properly placed, lol.

Most recent video of the current tank is on page 53 somewhere, if you want to see it in action!

I agree. . . cookies ARE delicious, and both of you need to get back to being active on here so you don't miss all the fun ;) We miss you both being around, anyway! *hugs*
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SPOOOOKS!!! I missed you!

Yes. . . there is a (filthy) 125g tank sitting in my basement right now just waiting. . . So exciting! It's hard to be patient, but will be worth the wait. A tank that size requires a bit of remodeling to be properly placed, lol.

Most recent video of the current tank is on page 53 somewhere, if you want to see it in action!

I agree. . . cookies ARE delicious, and both of you need to get back to being active on here so you don't miss all the fun ;) We miss you both being around, anyway! *hugs*
D'awww thank you! I love watching your videos and staring at your photos hahahah, it's such a stunning aquarium. I can't wait to see what you'll do with the 125!! I bet it'll be amazing.
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post #644 of 828 Old 03-27-2013, 10:44 PM
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Going all black sand on the 125 chesh?

what about a mixtures?!?! separated by plastic bendable borders so it wont mesh and you can hide it with rocks! :O! :O! :O! :O!
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post #645 of 828 Old 03-28-2013, 08:40 AM Thread Starter
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I'm pretty sure I am, but I suppose I won't know for sure until the time comes.

I've used pool filter sand, play sand, and a couple different types of gravel. . . I'd like to try a dirt tank just to see, but at this point, I'd go with the Tahitian Moon Sand, I really like it best in my limited experience with substrates. I like the heaviness of it, it's easy to manage, maintain, clean. . . and the fish seem very comfortable with the dark sand beneath them, which I also like. I'm pretty convinced that the TMS is one of the reasons I get such good colors out of them.

I did think about trying something like a separated mix, but decided that in the end I'd probably end up hating it. If I could find shades of brown that would allow me to do natural looking and subtle gradual shade changes, while still keeping on the darker side as a whole, I would try it on a smaller scale to see if I liked it. At least that way if/when the different sands mixed, it would be fine. But I can't find sand in the darker/medium browns that would work with that aesthetic, and I don't prefer the lighter sands available to me. The stark black of TMS mixed in ANY way with the very light tan/white sands that I've used ends up salt-and-pepper eventually (like in my QT tank) and I can't stand it! I'd hate to have to redo the ground in an established 125, easier to stick to something I already KNOW I like!

I do think I'm going to try to use the borders to help me maintain the slope that I have in my other tanks. In the 55, it stays fairly well because of all the root plants holding it in place, but I could always use a bit of extra help. Especially with my crazy rams digging baby pits everywhere!

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post #646 of 828 Old 03-29-2013, 03:19 AM Thread Starter
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Thank you!



Jen, thank you! These plants are just. . . inspiring!



I really hope I don't kill them!
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Why don't you go for two different colours of sand... Light in the middle and then a raised darker area at either end? That can easily be achieved and fish love it because it helps to create territories.
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post #648 of 828 Old 03-29-2013, 08:36 AM Thread Starter
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Welcome back, Snaps!

Good point about territories, I didn't think about the sand that way before. . . I like the idea of separating the edges out - and you know I like my slopey sandbed. Hmmm. . .

For now I'm still going with the theory that the sands will inevitably mix. Even if I had an effective barrier method, the my beautiful little earth eaters will see to it :) and I'll be really sad to have sand speckled light and dark. I really do wish I could find some shades that would blend well - I feel like I could do so much more if my options weren't so starkly opposite - black and nearly white. I also intend to keep the overall tone of the substrate on the darker side, as I feel it lends the fish confidence and strongly influences coloration - most especially in the rams. I'd love to encourage a 'natural' mixing between two or more areas, but it would have to be sands that would also look good (to me) when mixed up entirely - and I haven't been able to find anything that would work with that in mind.

I do create 'natural' territories for the rams inside the 55 already using rocks, wood, plants - and even the leaves. And for the loaches, I have added in an area where the sand bed drops away and the older leaves are left to disintegrate. It's impossible to get a photo of, because it's behind and slightly beneath the large rock to the right of the tank, also as they prefer - but I can see it in person, easily reach it for cleaning, and they really seem to be enjoying it!

Along these same lines, I've gained enough of an understanding of all of the fish I have to be able to pick out some distinct preferences, and intend to use what I've learned from them to the best of my ability to scatter little 'havens' for each type of fish throughout the larger tank. For example, the Rams are very visual with their territories, and will always choose an area that is guarded on as many sides as possible (including above) by plants, driftwood, and rocks - but with a sandy 'floor', while the loaches like to feel that they're tripping through a forest, with plants low to the ground or layered, 'natural' dips in the substrate, gaps between stones, and leaf litter (hoping I'll be able to do something wonderful for them in the larger tank with the dwarf Sag that Termie is going to send!). The Tetra prefer an open area for swimming, uncrossed by driftwood or plants, and with the feel of a solid bank behind them to lend security.

As new creatures are added to the larger tank, I'll be making changes to the 'aquascape' with their preferences in mind as I come to understand them (betting the gourami are going to teach me which floating plants are the 'right' ones). I'm really looking forward to getting something in the 125 that is ideally suited for those who will be living there, as well as being aesthetically pleasing to me.
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You should totally turn it into a Library Tank. ^_~ That would be so cool if such a one existed! Oh wait...Aherm.

I love your planted tank of awesome...I'm slowly trying to turn mine into a super planted tank. >>; I love my plants.



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post #650 of 828 Old 03-29-2013, 11:40 AM Thread Starter
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heehee, close to it! Our goal is to turn the room into a library/fish-room, so I'm on the right track :)
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