125 Amazon Tank Photo Journal
just documenting my tanks progress, so please enjoy the pics.
DIY 125g stand and canopy w/ marineland 125 tank
filtration.....twin emperor 400's and fluval fx5
lighting.......twin 96W AH Supply PC's on single ballast w/ 10,000K bulbs
cooling.......DIY mini fan from Skycraft Surplus
heaters......twin Stealth 200W's
timer/pwr....Coralife single digital and Leviton power strips
backround...exterior black paint
substrate....white play sand from Home Depot
rock...........Tennessee river rounds from Pebble Junction
wood..........grapewood and unknown
flora..........Jungle Vallis [to be planted]
9 silver dollars [8 in QT]
5 silver hatchets
2 marble hatchets
1 clown pleco [to be removed if possible]
1 whiptail cat
2 spotted coris
1 glass cori
1 bolivian ram
2 ghost shrimp
fauna[to come]......1 whiptail cat
3 to 4 glass coris
6 bolivian rams
10 to 15 small tetras of some sort [may not have room]
I've made a trip to the Amazon once, snorky. It's not that clear. lol
Nice tank, and set up. Are plants in the foreseeable future?
oh man i wanna go some day. yeah i know it's pretty muddy, but that doesn't do much for the home aquarium,lol.
should have some plants on the way in a few weeks. i'm thinking potted jungle vals from arizona gardens...assuming i can hide the pots. not sure if they'll do well in the sand, even w/ the peat underneath.
I actually made my Amazon a blackwater tank. Not being a purist by any stretch of one's imagination, having "safari'd" to the Mecca of South American fishdom, I couldn't stand having my water THAT clear. lol I added some hard woods, teak and oak, some blackwater extract and Voila!!! (that's french by the way) my tank was at least closer to being Amazonic.
If one ever makes the trip to the Amazon, I must recommend that you make sure the expedition goes to the Rio Negro and it confluence with the Amazon. The difference in water color is pronounced. And the mixing of the two waters is amazing. Quite a site to see.
It looks very pretty Snorky, but I'm confused. Is this the same tank you were working on before with the slate, foam, wrong silicone fiasco? Just curious....don't want to bring up bad memories for you.
well dern mon. i'm suprised i hadn't found that in my research, or maybe i did and forgot intentionally. but...gotta have the plants and the silvers can be replaced w/ something else. or perhaps i can find room in a non- planted tank.
[/quote]Not muddy, per se, but dark from vegetative decay and roiling from current. Just a heads up on your stocking: the silver dollars will view the Vallisnerias as a salad bar. Would keep a bunch of them if they were such plant lawnmowers. View them as vegetarian piranhas, you get the idea. Though it chaffs me to say it, because I do only well-planted tanks, if you want to keep silver dollars, the plants should be silk. Sheesh. And you should stock up on Romaine lettuce (only Romaine), leaf spinach and other leafy vegetables in the produce isle at the grocery store as for optimum health and color of your SD's, they gotta have the greens.
i would have included the shot originally, but i didn't want to make confusion. i have multiple threads running on my 2 -125 tanks.
i have seen the 2 rivers mix on that BBC show 'amazing amazon'. good show and some great habitat info.
[pardon the baby birthday stuff]
oh...no bad memories...only learning experiences and new things to conquer!! let's call it a "bittersweet victory"
Thanks for clearing that up for me! Wow....what a nice set up with two huge tanks in your room!!! Wishing you better luck on your continued decoration adventures. :D
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