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post #1 of 26 Old 02-09-2010, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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Talking Got my 39g+ running!!!!

HEY THERE, JUST THOUGHT I'D POST A COUPLE OF PICS OF SETTING UP MY NEW BABY!

GOT SUMP FITTING PERFECT IN CUPBOARD!



GOT TANK BACK FROM LFS (HAD CAMBERS REMOVED AND OVERFLOW ADDED!



MOMENT OF TRUTH, THE SLOWEST MOST NERVE RACKING - HOPING THE SUPPORT YOU MADE HOLDS!!!



PRETTY AINT IT?




NEXT UP - DECOR AND PLANTS!!!
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post #2 of 26 Old 02-09-2010, 02:14 PM
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looking very nice,
i look forward to watching it grow,

when you set up a new tank,hide an extra
sponge or two behind some decor,that way you have
something seeded for you next filter.
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post #3 of 26 Old 02-09-2010, 03:45 PM
I love that it's a centerpiece in the room. indeed very nice. I often wish I could see the back of my tank (the shrimp hang back there) but I have to press my face up the wall very awkwardly to get a good view

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post #4 of 26 Old 02-09-2010, 08:58 PM
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Awesome. I never considered using counter top for a stand. Good call. It's thick too and wont bow.

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post #5 of 26 Old 02-10-2010, 11:54 AM Thread Starter
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planted tank today!!!

went to the beach also to find a nice piece of driftwood, found this one but had to weigh it down with a brick! I'll be attaching some java fern on the upward piece!

So far in tank:
4x cherry barbs
4x lemon tetra's







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post #6 of 26 Old 02-12-2010, 12:20 AM
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looks gorgeous!

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post #7 of 26 Old 02-12-2010, 12:22 AM Thread Starter
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OKAY! UPDATE ON STOCK!

4XCHERRY BARBS
4XPRISTILLA TETRAS (NOT LEMON TETRA)
4XSILVER TIPS
4XCHECKER BARBS
4XGLOW LIGHTS

THERE'S A BEAUTIFUL BUTTERFLY FISH AT THE LFS I WANNA GET MY HANDS ON, BUT I'LL LET THE TANK
MATURE A BIT FURTHER FIRST!

I KNOW THAT DWARF GOURAMI'S ARE MORE PLACID THAN THEIR COUNTER PARTS, WOULD A PAIR BE SAFE!

AND LASTLY, A WORD OF THANKS TO 'BYRON, ANGEL, IAMNTBTMAN& FROGHERDER FOR THEIR HELP ON SETTING UP, RESPECT DUDES
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post #8 of 26 Old 02-12-2010, 08:19 AM
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LOVEEEE to see this tank up & running Nice job there! Few more plants; let the existing one's fill in oh yea that'll look ssooooo pretty as a "divider" between livingrm & kitchen there - NICE!!!!

Keep the update pictures coming I love to follow progress of tanks

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post #9 of 26 Old 02-12-2010, 07:08 PM
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That's looking good, nice work there. And thank you for the "thanks", you're most welcome.

I do have a suggestion on your stocking. All fish mentioned are shoaling fish that live in groups and will be more relaxed and thus less stressed (= healthier) in larger groups. I would say minimum 6 or 7 of each. This is not an issue for your 39g.

By "butterfly" do you mean the African Butterfly fish, Pantodon buchholzi? Or (as I rather suspect) the dwarf cichlid, Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, called various common names like blue ram, common ram, butterfly cichlid [there is also an African fish similar that is coommonly named Butterfly, just for more confusion--common names]. With any of these, water parameters are more of a concern; they are soft, acidic water fish. Do you know your tap water pH and hardness? The fish listed so far are somewhat adaptable except to extremes, but these "butterfly" species are much less so.

One last comment on the brick, I would place it sideways (lengthwise)so it is not completely on the wood. The reason I say this is not for looks but for stability. I can see it toppling off the wood quite easily. And did you thoroughly boil the wood? If it has been in seawater it will have salt in it which is not good for plants or some of the fish you mention.

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That's looking good, nice work there. And thank you for the "thanks", you're most welcome.

I do have a suggestion on your stocking. All fish mentioned are shoaling fish that live in groups and will be more relaxed and thus less stressed (= healthier) in larger groups. I would say minimum 6 or 7 of each. This is not an issue for your 39g.

By "butterfly" do you mean the African Butterfly fish, Pantodon buchholzi? Or (as I rather suspect) the dwarf cichlid, Mikrogeophagus ramirezi, called various common names like blue ram, common ram, butterfly cichlid [there is also an African fish similar that is coommonly named Butterfly, just for more confusion--common names]. With any of these, water parameters are more of a concern; they are soft, acidic water fish. Do you know your tap water pH and hardness? The fish listed so far are somewhat adaptable except to extremes, but these "butterfly" species are much less so.

One last comment on the brick, I would place it sideways (lengthwise)so it is not completely on the wood. The reason I say this is not for looks but for stability. I can see it toppling off the wood quite easily. And did you thoroughly boil the wood? If it has been in seawater it will have salt in it which is not good for plants or some of the fish you mention.

Byron.
DO YOU THINK THIS WILL LOOK BETTER? THE BRICK WAS TOO MUCH OF AN EYE SORE!!!



OH JA, AS FOR THE BUTTERFLY FISH, IT AIN'T A CICHLID. IT'S A SLOW MOVING BROWN COLORED FISH. I SAW IT YESTERDAY FACING ME IN THE TANK FISH IT'S FINS EXTENDED. LOOKS JUST LIKE BUTTERFLY WINGS. I'LL TRY GET A PIC, ALTHOUGH ALL MY PICS ARE CRAPPY WITH PHONE CAM.

I THINK I'LL GET A FEW MORE 2X EACH FISH, ALTHOUGH THEY DO SHOAL WHEN THE MOOD STRIKES THEM! THEIR COLORS HAVE REALLY COME OUT AFTER TWO DAYS - THEY MUST BE SETTLED NICLEY!
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