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Mating Slinkys 08-26-2007 05:36 AM

Setting Up The New Tank!
 
Right, here's the promised photo log of the setting up of my new tank...

It's a 200l, 100cmx45x50 (you folks can use the new calculator to get that in your preferred system!)

The whole reason for getting this tank (apart from MTS...) was because My two Angel fish needed a 3rd (and hopefully final) home, along with Brian the plec (who will almost certainly need a bigger one in due course - yay!)

So Brian and the angels are going in, and i'm gonna see how many times i can change my mind as the what else will be whilst it cycles. (suggestions if you feel like it?)

First things first, build the cabinet, unusually it had all the necessary bits in it, so it wasn't to tricky to do!

http://fishforum.com/userpix/1834_Bits_2.jpg

So i got it all set up, but empty in the spot in my living room where my 35g used to be. (on a side note, it's surprisingly hard to move a half full 35g tank even just round the corner into the next room!)

http://fishforum.com/userpix/1834_empty_2.jpg

Then it's time to add the decor, fun part. I thought i would go for a black substrate, as i had intended to do that on my last tank, but got a bit sidetracked by sand. So i thought with black gravel, and a bit of wood and some slate would do the trick...

http://fishforum.com/userpix/1834_waterless_2.jpg

And then all there is to do is to fill it up with water and see what it looks like!

http://fishforum.com/userpix/1834_sorted_2.jpg

I'm quite pleased with it so far, although the plants it has in there are the rubbish plastic ones that come with the tank as place holders till i plant it properly. And if you are wondering why there appear to be stones balancing on the wood, it's to keep it down till the vine wood soaks up enough water to stay sunk. If it still tries to float i'll wire it down to the bigger rocks with fishing twine.

I realise the whole decor scheme is quite low, only using the bottom half of the tank, but i plan to use something like wisteria, or another tall plant to fill up the background and give the fish somewhere else to play.

I'll keep you all posted as to how it goes, and any comments or suggestions are most welcome!

jones57742 08-26-2007 05:56 AM

Lookin Good MS!

TR

cullens089 08-26-2007 09:30 AM

looks good

tophat665 08-26-2007 09:59 AM

Sweet set up! I might even leave the rocks on the wood.

beetlebz 08-26-2007 12:28 PM

nice grab slink :D coming right along!

Mating Slinkys 08-26-2007 04:14 PM

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I might even leave the rocks on the wood
Yeah, i might do that, although i'd have to affix them, as they are quite precariously balanced and i don't want to find my fish buried under a rockslide! I'm not sure though, as it does look a little odd. I've got a bit of a bacterial bloom going on in there at them moment so it's all a bit cloudy, but as soon as that's cleared itself up i'll get some better pics up.

Thanks for the nice comments, i'll keep you posted as to when it gets itself nicely cycled, hopefully it won't take too long with the stuff i'm using in it!

tophat665 08-26-2007 11:03 PM

I've read that grapevine tends to kick off this white mucusy crud for a while in a tank, so it might be that rather than a bacteria bloom.

Lupin 08-26-2007 11:07 PM

Cool setup.8)

Mating Slinkys 08-27-2007 05:21 AM

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I've read that grapevine tends to kick off this white mucusy crud for a while in a tank, so it might be that rather than a bacteria bloom
Might be, but i did soak the wood in the bath for a good couple of days before it went in the tank (i have a shower too, so i don't smell...) And the stuff Im using to cycle the tank is Bio Mature bacteria food combined with Cycle bacteria stuff. Since Bio mature consists mostly of ammonia and a bit of bacteria, and the Cycle is a condensed bacteria dose i suspect a bloom. It seems to be fading today too, so i'm hopeful that the cycle is getting under way.

comando489 08-27-2007 07:52 AM

what else will you put in it other than the angles?


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