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bearwithfish 12-21-2010 07:06 PM

bears flash back adventure
so some of you know me and other do not but i have chosen to leave the world of saltwater for now as i do not feel i was as ready (in many ways) as i first thought..... so i am starting this thread with the intent of returning to fresh water with a new set up.. infact i am going to be finally building my dream tank
a 72 gallon bowfront
cichlid tank...
i am in negotiations now to trade my salt set up for the tank and start the build process and then on to cycling etc....
again this is to reserve a spot for my picture diary of the new tank

bearwithfish 12-21-2010 07:41 PM

so at the risk of jinxing the deal i think i just finalized the trade for the dear tank!!! i am getting the 72 gallon ! i am so excited i could get sick LOL ... man i sound like a little kid!!

james7139 12-21-2010 08:20 PM

i almost got a 72 gallon for free, :(

Romad 12-21-2010 08:57 PM

Oooooh nice :P

Glad you're excited about it. Keep us posted.

bearwithfish 12-21-2010 09:07 PM


Originally Posted by Romad (Post 539910)
Oooooh nice :P

Glad you're excited about it. Keep us posted.

oh yeah more excited than coming to the decision in the first place LOL but hey if you gotta make changes make em BIG and enjoy them right?

badxgillen 12-21-2010 11:58 PM

:cry:no wine before its time:cry:

jeaninel 12-22-2010 01:21 AM

Welcome back to the freshie world, Bear. Congrats on the new tank. Are you going with American or African cichlids?

bearwithfish 12-22-2010 07:04 AM

still very undecided ATM.... my plan as of right now is to get the tank in on sunday 12/26 and start cleaning it and getting it ready to do all the DIY things first... 3-D back ground, filtration (if its drilled then a wet/dry, if not i am considering a DIY canister plan i have been playing with), i am keeping my reef lighting so i need to decide on if i want to trade them out for a double bulb deal for this tank or just keep them (i think they may be a bit much though LOL), then i want to really consider my substrate.... i am considering a natural brown small pebble type or a black sand still not decided on much LOL..... i am sure on only a few things 1) fresh water and 2) take my time and get it just the way i want it ... no point rushing ans getting things half the way i want and half the way i dont!! (see saltwater taught me something).....i am looking for great color though ..... i am thinking with a dark sub and a good looking Background that some fish with yellow, blues, reds and greens would be really nice.. and since this tank is a monster (in my world any way LOL) i have a bit of room to play with the stock.... i am also sure that i want them all from the same area ..... the more i think the more i lean towards African but still not sure which ones...

bearwithfish 12-26-2010 09:22 PM

soooooo the new tank is here i need to get the pix up tomorrow,
so far the tank has been cleaned using 60/40 mix of vinegar and water
razor scrapped all the nasties out
found a few issues that i expected as i cleaned i thin k i hit the seal and created a small leak which means A) it was damaged to begin with or B) it was damaged in the move to here.. either way i rather find out now and replace the seals (i prefer to re-do them on any used tank any way)....
also the tank is not drilled the way i thought it was sooo that needs to be re-figured..... not really sure what my plan for that is yet as the hole (and bulkhead) is at the top of the back glass.. (i was hoping for a bottom hole).... i could use some thoughts here and will post in the DIY section as well my question is will a high over-flow work in a fresh water set up to a wet dry? should i still try to do a dorso style or get more creative in my task? i could just say to heck with it and plug it up and then go with a canister filter but i am not sure yet

i am just glad its in front of me so i can work out plans with it in my face to run ideas out instead of it being a big mystery......

willow 12-27-2010 01:48 PM

please don't forget the pictures bear. :)

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