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Canadian Fish 05-09-2012 12:13 PM

On my way to getting my dream aquarium...
 
We have a 20, 35, and 2 x 55 gallon tanks. Today we took the plunge and put a 6 foot, 125 gallon tank with stand on layaway. It will be our last tank.

http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/7586/p1050716p.jpg

It'll take a couple of months for me to pay off the tank, stand, heaters, filter, etc which gives me plenty of time to figure out what kind of substrate I want, whether or not I am finally going to try live plants, and what kind of fish to keep. Actually, i'm not even sure what kind of filter to get yet.

Our current tanks are very colorful and artificial looking (think Vegas, tacky but entertaining) as you can see in these pictures:

http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/2870/p1050706t.jpg
http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/8882/p1050707.jpg
http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/8779/p1050704v.jpg

I'm thinking I would like the new tank to look more natural. We're going to use it as a room divider in our basement so it will be visible from both sides of the tank, we won't be using a background. So far I'm leaning toward some Balas, Barbs, and Loaches, if the tank is big enough.

Can't wait to get the sucker home and set up! Going to be a long couple of months. My 3 year wedding anniversary is July 18 and I'm hoping to have it then, as this is my anniversary gift.

CinBos 05-09-2012 12:48 PM

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Originally Posted by Canadian Fish (Post 1074848)
We have a 20, 35, and 2 x 55 gallon tanks. Today we took the plunge and put a 6 foot, 125 gallon tank with stand on layaway. It will be our last tank.

http://img35.imageshack.us/img35/7586/p1050716p.jpg

It'll take a couple of months for me to pay off the tank, stand, heaters, filter, etc which gives me plenty of time to figure out what kind of substrate I want, whether or not I am finally going to try live plants, and what kind of fish to keep. Actually, i'm not even sure what kind of filter to get yet.

Our current tanks are very colorful and artificial looking (think Vegas, tacky but entertaining) as you can see in these pictures:

http://img19.imageshack.us/img19/2870/p1050706t.jpg
http://img444.imageshack.us/img444/8882/p1050707.jpg
http://img7.imageshack.us/img7/8779/p1050704v.jpg

I'm thinking I would like the new tank to look more natural. We're going to use it as a room divider in our basement so it will be visible from both sides of the tank, we won't be using a background. So far I'm leaning toward some Balas, Barbs, and Loaches, if the tank is big enough.

Can't wait to get the sucker home and set up! Going to be a long couple of months. My 3 year wedding anniversary is July 18 and I'm hoping to have it then, as this is my anniversary gift.


Your going to enjoy it. Mine has been up and running for 4 weeks now. Started planting and adding some of the fish I wont. Check out my tank, it may give you some ideas if you are going the natural route.

doki 05-09-2012 12:57 PM

planted tanks are definitely more rewarding i don't know if this may be too much but soil would be the way to go i got a lot of good information from this channel.
Dustinsfishtanks - YouTube

Termato 05-09-2012 01:00 PM

I only wish I could have that right now lol

Geomancer 05-09-2012 01:10 PM

A 6 foot tank would be the minimum for Bala Shark, you would need to get at least 5 of them.

As for fish that can go with them, they would have to be large enough not to fit in their mouths.

However, these guys do not work with most plants. About all you could have is Java Fern (it tastes bad to fish). Most everything else they will eat.

AbbeysDad 05-09-2012 02:54 PM

Jealous!

Keep us posted on progress.

SinCrisis 05-09-2012 05:56 PM

So awesome. I would def recommend live plants, natural aquariums, esp large ones, really give off that slice of the outdoors feel. Like looking through a window into a different world.

Jayy 05-09-2012 06:02 PM

Congrats! I wished I had the room=money for a 125. I think going planted along with playsand for substrate would look great!! As for fish, you can fill it all kinds of colorful and interesting schooling fish. Just my opinion.

Canadian Fish 05-09-2012 06:04 PM

I just finished reading about Java Fern, and it sounds like a great way to try live plants for the first time. My LFS carries a bunch of plants, i'll have to check next time I'm in and see if the Java Fern is one of them.

As far as playsand goes, is that harder to maintain than the typical sized ornamental colored substrate I have in my current tanks? I hadn't really considered going with sand.

CinBos 05-09-2012 06:05 PM

I would say go with cichlids. If large, go Central American or South American,. If smaller go with Africans =, Dwarf Cichlids, or even Rams. Whatever you choose, have fun with it. Can wait to see the whole process unfold, it was exciting for me to just get mine up and running, and now I'm beginning to add all the fish I truly want in it!


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