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verbosity 01-08-2008 07:56 AM

New log for my 125G FW
I've already posted a few post about this. But they where all question related. This will be the post I update with pictures of changes and what not.

This is a 125G All Glass Aquarium.
The stand is by all glass as well. The stand was oak flavored, but has been re-stained to a cherry finish.

It's current inhabitants are:
2 Bala Sharks
2 Blue Gourami
10 Serpea Tetra
1 Chinese Algae Eater
1 Mystery Snail
? Ghost Shrimp

There is 100 Watts of lighting.
2 300Watt Heaters.

Filtration is a Fluval FX5.

I bought 72 pounds of slate rock from a local hardware store. I did the vinegar test and barely got any bubbles. I have boiled all the slate for at least 10 minutes. (More like nearly boil my stove didn't get quite hot enough to make such a big pot boil)
I plan to get more rock. To support all of this rock I have egg crate 4 feet wide and 1 foot deep on the left side of my tank.

The tree root was bought at my local fish store. It came fish tank ready. I had to cut off some of the long leads to make it fit in the tank.

I have a piece of drift wood I found. It has been in a fish tank before but may have been the cause of some guppies dieing. Consider only two guppies died while it was in there... and the other 8 died in a totally different tank I doubt it was this piece of woods fault. I was able to boil most of the wood. Only about 5 inches in the middle escaped being boiled. For now I have the wood being held down with large rocks in my old 55 gallon tank with 10 gold fish. If the gold fish make it, it will probably become a fixture in this tank.

This tanks inhabitants are temporary. I will be taking all of them to the pet store eventually. I plan to make this tank an African Cichlid Tank.
The Tank

Close ups.

The driftwood with gold fish.

herefishy 01-08-2008 11:44 PM

Nice looking tank. Looks like the fish will have plenty of room to grow.

willow 01-10-2008 03:15 PM

very nice tank, i shall enjoy watching it grow. :)

Holly 01-10-2008 09:33 PM

It looks great!! I think I might go and rearrange my stone now :lol:

verbosity 01-21-2008 04:41 PM

Alright, I've got cichlids!!
Now despite me wanting mbuna's I didn't have much choice on them even though I was willing to travel 2 hours to find some. But I did come home with cichlids. The fish store help me pick them out. Forgive my spelling.

5x Flame Tail Zebra
1x Albino Zebra
2x Yellow Lab
1x Pleco
1x Psuedo Elongatus
2x Yello Fimi Boreliyi
1x Hap Electra
1x Juli Malerie
1x Hybrid (Mystery Cichlid :))

I know the pleco is not a cichlid.
I also know that one of them is not from lake Malawi, it was in a tank with other Malawi's though and he was doing fine.

I added crushed coral to my filter to keep the ph high (it usually gradually drops)

My water is cloudy right now. I figure it is from the crushed coral. I tested a day after I put these babyes in and all my numbers are in the good. No Ammonia :)

verbosity 01-24-2008 01:53 PM

My pH has been getting low, so I replaced my substrate with about 80 lbs of pool sand and 40 pounds of live cichlid sand.

I had a fish die. The albino I believe. The rest seem to be doing quiet well!! YAY.

Ihave some more drift wood ordered and should be on its way already.
Here are some more pictures.

crazy4fish 01-24-2008 02:03 PM

awsome fish! i think it looks better with ciclids. wat did you do with the old fish?

verbosity 01-24-2008 02:32 PM


Originally Posted by crazy4fish
awsome fish! i think it looks better with ciclids. wat did you do with the old fish?

I sold them to the pet store. Received $30 store credit for them.

TrashmanNYC 01-24-2008 11:59 PM

Looks great.......but the driftwood might be whats lowering the pH........

verbosity 01-25-2008 01:51 PM

I think the drift wood would have an effect.. but truthfully I think the tap water would lower in pH just by sitting there.. I'll have to test this theory out.

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