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Darkwater
04-11-2017, 09:59 PM
Going with that jungle theme yet againhttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170411/1c5e33fb3ac1933d9bb3a5546a1676b9.jpg

RiversGirl
04-11-2017, 10:03 PM
Pretty setup. I can see why you say it is your favorite.

Darkwater
04-11-2017, 10:10 PM
It's getting there I'm thinking some trailing plants over the edges of it with possibly some orchids growing out the top fed from the tank via the suspended trickle filter I made [emoji16]. My garden outside has been somewhat neglected [emoji23]

Slaphppy7
04-11-2017, 10:16 PM
Get a dark background on that tank, something simple as black "poster board" fastened to the back outer glass, and it will look even better than it does now :22:

Darkwater
04-11-2017, 10:20 PM
I'm painting a background for it at the moment. I'll post a pic when it's done. It's only been set up a week. 2 weeks ago it housed Boris my red bellied piranha

Slaphppy7
04-11-2017, 10:30 PM
Looking forward to seeing your DIY background.

Darkwater
04-11-2017, 10:38 PM
Most things I do with my tanks are diy nowadays. With the exception of the lights and one tank co2. I really do love my fish [emoji846]

Slaphppy7
04-11-2017, 10:48 PM
Most things I do with my tanks are diy nowadays.

Looking forward to learning more. :ssmile:

RiversGirl
04-12-2017, 12:52 AM
Looking forward to learning more. :ssmile:

That goes for me too.

mermaidwannabe
04-12-2017, 01:21 PM
Boris is a good name for a Piranha. Where did he go? If you ever get a female Piranha, you can name her Natasha.

Nice tank. I was wondering why it had no lid, but then you explained about wanting plants that trail outside of it. Just be sure the fish you have aren't jumpers. If you decide to keep dojos, all bets are off without a lid.

Darkwater
04-12-2017, 01:42 PM
I actually have another piranha named lil Doris who's only 4 inch. Need more before I can keep them together or it will be dominated by Boris who's about 9 inch now. I'll post pics of them when I get home.

Darkwater
04-12-2017, 01:44 PM
And no jumpers in there. Most active fish are rummy nose tetra who stay in the bottom to middle strata. Only guppies up top in there.

Boundava
04-12-2017, 01:59 PM
Tank looks good, can't wait to see new pics with the painted background. Nice assortment of fish in here too.

mac
04-12-2017, 09:18 PM
Tank look really cool. Once the background is added, everything will pop so well.

Really excited to see another DIY member.

Darkwater
04-13-2017, 09:18 AM
Thanks mac

Darkwater
05-05-2017, 09:45 AM
Well after listening to advice I slightly changed the tank layout and put up a black background while I finish my diy one. Looks good I think. Good call. What you all think?https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170505/1058fc18e4a735e293220d211c4e8589.jpg

Boundava
05-05-2017, 12:14 PM
OOOhhhh DIY background, have any pics of that?

Lol, your tank looks great BTW, love where the DW is and how you added depth with the rearrangement and the black background. :thumbupleft:

Slaphppy7
05-05-2017, 12:16 PM
Much improved with the black background. :22:

mermaidwannabe
05-05-2017, 12:46 PM
Some dark and mysterious shadows in there now that the black background is on it -- giving it the truer look of a tropical jungle. The substrate shows up better, too. Love the new arrangement.

DIY backgrounds are fun to do. I made original aquatic collages for both of mine. Imagination is the limit, there ...

Darkwater
05-05-2017, 01:38 PM
I tend to arrange my tanks dependant on the needs of its inhabitants as I learn. They tend to just turn out nice as they evolve. It's got a really crude waterfall experiment for plant growth and algae production to feed the fry and guppies I don't tend to feed the fish much. More feed the tank. I do small water changes every day rather than large ones with aged and treated water. Not started the background yet as I've been really busy. Made a start on an angelfish tank background with card from a box and permanent marker that had half dried out and experimenting with cut outs on a nano, same thing.https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170505/b3fec3cac1450bd40d20bbe3febd1eab.jpg[/IMG[IMG]https://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170505/f75b6c9022807fe57518c78a9e59c502.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170505/116a916c2926b9db97f0b94f353beda3.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170505/6998f7f24eff57822113367660cd4a3f.jpg all need to be much darker. Thanks for the compliments. Diy is the way forward. My trickle filter water fall is crude and I'm gonna remake it once I've ironed out all the kinks but it works better than the eheim external and the u4 fluval put togetherhttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170505/d5e97d12411c4e2c891b5fea7f10bc89.jpghttps://uploads.tapatalk-cdn.com/20170505/af3bf9a2896dd079aa0d8e72aa88795f.jpg

mac
05-05-2017, 09:00 PM
Diy is just about the only way of you dnt want a second morgage in nz.

Well done

Darkwater
05-19-2017, 07:23 PM
Thanks mate. Yeah that's pretty much how I got into the diy side. Plus I'm a qualified plumber so that help a lot. Besides I find a lot of the decorations for sale are overpriced garbage. Just my opinion [emoji52]

mac
05-19-2017, 07:57 PM
A plumber ae? ? Do you find plumbing parts to ve hard to find in USA. here they a mixed between plumbing shops which shut to early to even get to. Building supply shops and electrical shops.

Slaphppy7
05-19-2017, 08:02 PM
He's in Britain, mac....in the USA, plumbing parts are readily available

mac
05-19-2017, 08:40 PM
Thanks for correcting that they Matt.

Go on rub a salt in the wound.

Slaphppy7
05-19-2017, 08:48 PM
LOL....look at these sites

http://www.coburns.com/

http://www.mooresupply.com/

mac
05-19-2017, 08:51 PM
Stop it that's torture. More the prices are torture.

Darkwater
05-19-2017, 08:54 PM
I have all sorts of odds and ends lying around in my lab/inventions/jamming room. Don't work as a plumber anymore just tinker with fish tanks and such. Comes in handy. I use bits of everything not just plumbing gear. Best algae scraper ever. Referees cards. You know the red and yellow ones they use to ref soccer. Takes it straight off without little scrubby jerky movements needed. Use em for my piranha tanks. They don't like it when you scrub the tank to vigorously. Yet I rarely want to put my arm in for too long. He starts lining himself up. He's pretty tame but he's still a piranha. Not the cleverest of fish.

Darkwater
05-19-2017, 08:59 PM
Not hard to get at all by the way. Plumbing parts I mean. Just they're getting stricter on regulating tradespersons over here. Get rid of those dodgy tradesmen who cause all sorts of problems. But I go by the premise of why buy parts when I can make em. Something to do to kill the boredom

mac
05-19-2017, 09:03 PM
I had a mate go to London a while ago. She use to always be pro nz. And every time I use to say how Ozzie and USA were better apparently were where more advanced.

With in a week of being their we were just dirt and third world. Which is pretty true.

Really cool your able to use your trade to work in the fish room for you.

As for fish lots of teeth and arm in a confined space. Hmm yeah I would prefer the chain link arm guards out butcher's use.

Darkwater
05-25-2017, 09:27 PM
Not necessary if you watch their behaviour. Piranhas have body just like people. You just have to keep an eye on em. Piranhas are actually really timid and skittish. Boris is a big fairy boy lol

Darkwater
05-25-2017, 09:27 PM
Body language even