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RSVBiffer 02-09-2014 02:49 AM

Amazon Blackwater Creek
 
Currently cycling a 210l (nett) Amazon Blackwater Creek biotope. A few pictures of the setup below. Attempting to make maintenance as easy as possible (let's see how it turns out :lol:)

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willow 02-09-2014 08:31 AM

hello and welcome,and thanks for sharing pictures :-D
have you also made the backing yourself ?

RSVBiffer 02-09-2014 12:17 PM

Thanks Wllow. The background is a DIY job made from polystyrene sheets siliconed together and then carved with a metal foot file and then coated with an epoxy pond paint and sand sprinkled on the wet surface and allowed to cure.

The finished effect is shown below and is ready for planting up. Hopefully the plants will be delivered this week and then it is a case of just waiting for the cycle to complete. Fish (hopefully) will be going in at the end of February once I have adjusted the water hardness etc.

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Olympia 02-09-2014 01:07 PM

WOW. That is beautiful already. :shock:
Good job!

willow 02-09-2014 06:33 PM

loving it the more i see,that wood in there looks amazing :-D
and nice bike too :-)

pennyls9332 02-09-2014 10:50 PM

i cannot express how much i adore custom built cabinetry for fish tanks!!!! this is beautiful and im sure once the plants get in it will be amazing

RSVBiffer 02-11-2014 01:38 PM

Thanks everybody. The 'cabinet' had to match this floating shelf type thing that I did in the other alcove (This was the one restriction I had placed on me....couldn't get the fish side to float though :-?).

Some good news and bad news but more good news

The good news
Cycling is complete and can now start adjusting the chemistry of the water by adding RO over the next couple of weeks. Will keep the filters ticking over until the fish are added with the addition of Biomature every third day.

The bad news
The plant supplier was a real let down. Ordered them a month back and should have been with me within two weeks maximum (nothing special, just Swords and stuff). The first week...nothing but will be next week, the second week...the floating plants, Densa and Pennywort, third week...nothing as Chinese New Year, fourth week...no Swords would you like some Sagittaria Pusilus instead? Huh! Lost patience and had a refund.

The good news
Found aquariumgardens.co.uk which looked promising so I emailed them. Unfortunately they didn't have everything in that I wanted (although I did amend the shopping list a tad) but would get them in stock by Friday if I ordered and would ship them Monday! Excellent service and should be here Tuesday. Keep your fingers crossed......

rsskylight04 02-11-2014 02:42 PM

Awesome tank and cabinet. Absolutly beautiful. I really envy people like you who can craft beautiful objects from simple materials.
Good luck with everything and fingers crossed for timely delivery of your plants.

willow 02-11-2014 03:15 PM

nothing worse than being let down.
hope the new plants arrive in good order.

Luriol 02-11-2014 09:59 PM

I can't wait to see how this turns out


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