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Sanguinefox 07-08-2012 09:50 PM

150 Gallon Bichir Tank (Upgrade from 75)
 
I spoke about it in my other thread and it has happened. The 75 gallon tank is now gone (went to a new home) and in it's place I have a 150 gallon tank. I do have progress pictures.

I started out the day getting up really early. A friend of mine showed up and helped with moving the animals and getting everything ready to get cleaned. Afterwards another friend arrived and together we were able to muscle the tank out and clean it. It was a several hour wait for my brother to show up with his company van. We made the switch and then tore apart the living room to choose the best spot for the new tank.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y98...n/IMG_0564.jpg

Here it is before anything was put down.

After that I put my pipes in that will serve as hide spots for the bichirs. Later on I removed one and relocated Queen's old hide spot as I figured I may as well use that instead of a pipe. There are still three separate hide spots.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y98...n/IMG_0565.jpg

Here you see us getting into putting the sand down. My friend there was helping sculpt and level the bottom:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y98...n/IMG_0567.jpg

This is a close up shot of the royal retreat (Queen's pipe)

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y98...n/IMG_0569.jpg

We added water by threading a garden hose through a window we opened up and now we are waiting for the silt to settle or get rinsed into the polyfilled bio bags in the filters. The other person you see is a friend who helped a lot with the moving of things.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y98...n/IMG_0580.jpg

That's all I have for now. I cannot take any good photography or video until the tank clears up. I sure picked a bad day to do this (100 degree weather) but it's done.

Now that's the good news. There is some bad news. Apparently while the fish were waiting in their tubs two of my yoyo loach discovered a hole in their cave (I didn't know it was there). They swam in and got stuck and died. I didn't find out till later when we were netting them and they were missing. I searched all over but it didn't strike me until too late that maybe they found a way inside the cave. I'm a big softie. I cried...it breaks my heart because I could have prevented this if I had thought things through.

The other two are doing fine...but I know they won't be happy by themselves. So I'll have to at some point increase their shoal. I will see if I cannot bring four home so they have a group of 6. I will update things as the tank clears and I continue/finish any tweaks. RIP two Yoyo Loaches...it breaks my heart for this to happen. I really wanted to see all four of you cavorting around the tank and enjoying all that space. :C

Varkolak 07-08-2012 10:12 PM

aww poor yoyos, but I love your stand for that tank

Termato 07-08-2012 10:41 PM

That must have taken ALL day to break down your tank, move it, help break down the other ladies tank, move that, and then set this thing up! What work. I like the stand on that tank.

Did the sand you put over the PVCs stay there? I was thinking you could always try putting MORE sand there lol. IF that doesn't work just find some nice rock!

I can't wait to see it once it has settled.

Sanguinefox 07-08-2012 10:55 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Varkolak (Post 1146566)
aww poor yoyos, but I love your stand for that tank

The stand...I like it to some point. There are some things that should have been done with a different material. There are plants to further reinforce the stand.


Quote:

Originally Posted by Termato (Post 1146611)
That must have taken ALL day to break down your tank, move it, help break down the other ladies tank, move that, and then set this thing up! What work. I like the stand on that tank.

Did the sand you put over the PVCs stay there? I was thinking you could always try putting MORE sand there lol. IF that doesn't work just find some nice rock!

I can't wait to see it once it has settled.

Well the ladies tank was already broken down when we got there. It was still an all day affair getting everything done and the room put back together. I still need to tweak the layout (will do that when I have better visibility). I can shore the sand up better though...it's going to be a WIP for a bit.

That said all three bichirs are definitely very happy with the new bigger tank. :3

Termato 07-08-2012 11:54 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Sanguinefox (Post 1146636)
The stand...I like it to some point. There are some things that should have been done with a different material. There are plants to further reinforce the stand.




Well the ladies tank was already broken down when we got there. It was still an all day affair getting everything done and the room put back together. I still need to tweak the layout (will do that when I have better visibility). I can shore the sand up better though...it's going to be a WIP for a bit.

That said all three bichirs are definitely very happy with the new bigger tank. :3

Yeah I feel you, on mine though I'm just going to let stuff grow and not touch it for a while.

I'm glad the bichirs are loving their new home.

Try and get a few more plants in there if you can, it will help with the cycling / seeding issues of the new tank :D

Varkolak 07-09-2012 02:48 AM

Ya the plywood center shelves are a turn off but they can easily be painted or covered up with cloth

Sanguinefox 07-09-2012 10:10 PM

I will probably find some cloth to put over the ugly plywood. That said the tank has cleared up enough to take some progress shots and get some input on the current layout.

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y98...n/IMG_0597.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y98...n/IMG_0600.jpg

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y98...n/IMG_0596.jpg

And video:


I hope to have better video soon. Tank seems a bit bare but so far all the fish like it. Queen has found her retreat and stays in there where she feels safe. The two senegals are no longer bickering/nipping. In fact there has been no aggression at all between the three bichirs and they are a lot more relaxed and less likely to spook when you come near the tank.

The two loaches seem to be okay so far. They act a bit silly as usual.

Sanguinefox 07-10-2012 10:12 AM

Well a bit of really good news. I talked to the pet store I originally got my Yoyo Loaches from and they do have a separate tank with older Yoyo's that they can sell. This pleases me to no end that I can increase the shoal size with similar sized fish.

Yay first good photo:

http://i3.photobucket.com/albums/y98...n/IMG_0607.jpg

Eventually that ugly log is going to go. I will find something much nicer to replace it.

Sanguinefox 07-10-2012 12:49 PM

Alright I've got some better video now:



Chesh 07-10-2012 08:09 PM

Fox! I've been waiting for this post since Sunday morning - you snuck it in and made me track it down!!!

First of all, *whew* Took a lot of work to get it where it is, neh? Thank God for friends and family willing to lend a helping hand on a project as huge as this one - even so, you must have been exhausted by the time the day was done. I can't imagine moving and setting up a tank that huge!

That said, BRILLIANT!!! This tank is off to a great start, it looks like everything and every creature is settling in nicely very quickly - It is very obvious that the bichir are super happy with their new digs. I'm so happy for them, and for you. I can't wait to see how you tweak things, and how everything goes as it grows in.

I'm really so so sorry to hear that you lost two of the loaches. I would have cried, too - they were wonderful little guys, and I know how you loved them. However. . . it makes me glad to hear that you were able to find more bigger ones to bump up the size of their shoal. They'll be so very happy with their new friends, and with so much space to be silly in all together :)

I AM relieved to hear that everyone else made it through without a hitch. I think you all had a stressful day - but it was so worth it in the end :) Everything is looking good, and I can't WAIT for a shot of the elusive Queen. . . what must she be thinking about all of this hullabaloo!??


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