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verbosity
01-08-2008, 01:59 PM
This is a 125G All Glass Aquarium.
The stand is by all glass as well. The stand was oak flavored, but has been re-stained to a cherry finish.

It's current inhabitants are:
2 Bala Sharks
2 Blue Gourami
10 Serpea Tetra
1 Chinese Algae Eater
1 Mystery Snail
? Ghost Shrimp

There is 100 Watts of lighting.
2 300Watt Heaters.

Filtration is a Fluval FX5.

I bought 72 pounds of slate rock from a local hardware store. I did the vinegar test and barely got any bubbles. I have boiled all the slate for at least 10 minutes. (More like nearly boil my stove didn't get quite hot enough to make such a big pot boil)
I plan to get more rock. To support all of this rock I have egg crate 4 feet wide and 1 foot deep on the left side of my tank.

The tree root was bought at my local fish store. It came fish tank ready. I had to cut off some of the long leads to make it fit in the tank.

I have a piece of drift wood I found. It has been in a fish tank before but may have been the cause of some guppies dieing. Consider only two guppies died while it was in there... and the other 8 died in a totally different tank I doubt it was this piece of woods fault. I was able to boil most of the wood. Only about 5 inches in the middle escaped being boiled. For now I have the wood being held down with large rocks in my old 55 gallon tank with 10 gold fish. If the gold fish make it, it will probably become a fixture in this tank.

This tanks inhabitants are temporary. I will be taking all of them to the pet store eventually. I plan to make this tank an African Cichlid Tank.
The Tank
http://img292.imageshack.us/img292/6282/bigtankfn6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Close ups.
http://img244.imageshack.us/img244/1374/tankcloseupsej8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

The driftwood with gold fish.
http://img134.imageshack.us/img134/2636/driftwoodco4.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

KcEE
01-08-2008, 03:36 PM
Whoa!!! That's nice! 125G! Awesome! Can't wait to see it when it's complete!!! As in with the new stock. Good luck!!!

Incredulous_Ed
01-08-2008, 08:14 PM
very beautiful!!!!!!

hpt84
01-08-2008, 09:29 PM
Beautiful tank. I guess with 125g you can still put a lot of cichlid in there. Which cichlid do you have your mind on?

fins_n_fur
01-09-2008, 06:07 AM
Great looking tank! I like what you did with the slate and the tree root. Nice job! :19:

snipers_den
01-09-2008, 06:33 AM
very very nice.......that piece of drift wood is completely awesome looking in your tank !!! good job..keep us all updatedthumbs2:

verbosity
01-24-2008, 07:56 PM
http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/4606/cichlidssx8.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img216.imageshack.us/img216/1364/tankyh6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

Alright, I've got cichlids!!
Now despite me wanting mbuna's I didn't have much choice on them even though I was willing to travel 2 hours to find some. But I did come home with cichlids. The fish store help me pick them out. Forgive my spelling.

5x Flame Tail Zebra
1x Albino Zebra
2x Yellow Lab
1x Pleco
1x Psuedo Elongatus
2x Yello Fimi Boreliyi
1x Hap Electra
1x Juli Malerie
1x Hybrid (Mystery Cichlid :))

I know the pleco is not a cichlid.
I also know that one of them is not from lake Malawi, it was in a tank with other Malawi's though and he was doing fine.

I added crushed coral to my filter to keep the ph high (it usually gradually drops)

My water is cloudy right now. I figure it is from the crushed coral. I tested a day after I put these babyes in and all my numbers are in the good. No Ammonia :)

verbosity
01-24-2008, 07:57 PM
My pH has been getting low, so I replaced my substrate with about 80 lbs of pool sand and 40 pounds of live cichlid sand.

I had a fish die. The albino I believe. (It is the one that is above the V in the rocks that looks albino, can anyone tell me what it is from that list above? The rest seem to be doing quiet well!! YAY.

Ihave some more drift wood ordered and should be on its way already.
Here are some more pictures.

http://img81.imageshack.us/img81/8356/fishtankwithsandcs3.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img227.imageshack.us/img227/9724/cichlids1ts6.jpg (http://imageshack.us)
http://img208.imageshack.us/img208/5673/cichlids2ai9.jpg (http://imageshack.us)

fins_n_fur
01-24-2008, 08:01 PM
Nice to see the tank with fish...they look great!

sailor
01-24-2008, 08:20 PM
Great looking set up, I really like your substrate and the drift wood looks great. The only thing with drift wood is that you will have a continuous battle with your ph levels dropping. A consistant ph level is a must for keeping your fish healthy and stress free. I would reconsider the drift wood in a african cichlid tank, it is better suited for south american cichlids etc which prefer a lower ph.

squirt_12
01-24-2008, 08:25 PM
awesome tank and awesome cichlids :thumb: thumbs2:

Demi ^_^
01-25-2008, 12:51 AM
Nice! It looks like their is tonnes of activity in that tank :)

shockshockshad
01-25-2008, 01:20 AM
Very nice! The colors on the cichlids are really pretty!

doug z
01-25-2008, 01:33 AM
Sweet piece of driftwood!

Where'd you get the rock (slate?)?

~Erik3.8.07~
01-25-2008, 01:47 AM
very, very nice setup :c7:

verbosity
01-25-2008, 12:17 PM
Sweet piece of driftwood!

Where'd you get the rock (slate?)?

My LFS wanted $6 a lb for the slate. My local hardware store wanted $0.20 a lb. I got it at my LHS and broke it up with a hammer and chisel to make the piece thinner. I also boiled them in a large pot to get them sanitized. That is about $20 worth of slate.

doug z
01-25-2008, 08:38 PM
Good idea..

I'll have to see if there's any decent slate to be had where I am..

Rue
01-25-2008, 10:34 PM
Nice!!! It looks wonderful!

StarBelliedSneetch
01-30-2008, 07:27 PM
awsome tank and fish best of luck

jbeining75
01-30-2008, 07:29 PM
Nice tanks. That makes me want my 120 even more....awwwwwww

Kristin
01-31-2008, 12:24 AM
Wow! Beautiful setup, fish and I love the wood!

NickFish
02-01-2008, 06:10 AM
very nice! keep us updated!

Ty
02-01-2008, 06:49 AM
If you dont mind me asking, how much was just the tank, not the stand or anythign.

verbosity
09-03-2008, 02:15 PM
I really don't remember how much the tank was.
The lights, stand, tank, glass tops, and hood all cost 1600.

Kayla-Bug
09-03-2008, 11:20 PM
Wowzers that's a nice tank !!

Dixie
09-12-2008, 05:20 AM
Gorgeous! I love the drift wood too but I bet it is what's lowering your pH. I just put a tiny piece in a 10g. holding/fry tank. I'll keep an eye on the pH in it and see what happens.

verbosity
09-12-2008, 10:27 AM
There is no longer drift wood in this tank.
The tank has different rocks as well. And a mixture of sand with pool filter sand and cichlid sand.

The sand looks great, not so much for rocks (I just don't have enough).

Gemstone
09-12-2008, 02:46 PM
greatt bring me somet setup you have there *wonders if father christmas might bring mesomething similar if I am especially good this year...*

Gemstone
09-12-2008, 03:14 PM
great setup you have there *wonders if father christmas might bring mesomething similar if I am especially good this year...*



(sorry...posted and went away...only saw mistake when I got back...)

oldhead
09-12-2008, 04:29 PM
Love the aquascaping, nice job!

verbosity
09-12-2008, 05:25 PM
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verbosity
09-12-2008, 05:26 PM
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Dixie
09-15-2008, 05:09 AM
It's looking really good but here's my suggestions and questions lol.
Could you move that box with the 2 tubes down to the end and get another tall plant just like the one you have and put them in front to hide the box? I really don't think the plant looks right being in the middle anyway and 2 would do a good job of hiding the box and hoses. Painting the back glass black would look cool too and hide the cords. I love how you have the sand deeper on the one end and I know this sounds crazy but I love the pewter looking hardware on the doors of the cabinet too. Looks great with the cherry finish. The fish are gorgeous too. Great tank. Oh it could use some more rocks. Maybe a big pile mounded up on the left end of the tank. Are those LED lights in the lid? Blue Moonlights? Is it the only light in the tank? Sorry so many questions and I hope you take my suggestions with a grain of salt. It's just what I think would better it in my opinion but looks great the way it is.

verbosity
09-15-2008, 10:37 AM
Hey,
The plant's main purpose it to keep the floating food from going straight to the sump.

I need a lot more rocks in this tank, I totally agree with you.

Painting the background black would require me to take this tank down for a rather long time. So this isn't likely to happen, but I have often day dreamed about doing it.

In the picture were you see the BLUE Wide LED's if you look on top of the aquarium you can see the other lights. They are really bright, each hood holds two bulbs. I think the bulbs are 60 watts each. So I have 240 Watts for the entire tank. Considering it is not Saltwater, nor do I have live plants, I have a lot of light. The BLUE led's were purchased from Ebay, they do a really good job of lighting the entire tank during the night. Much better the the LEDs that have come with some nicer lights I have purchased over the years.

:)

This tank is due a major make over...

sbodi4d
09-16-2008, 02:53 AM
You could do what I did and buy some black poster board and attach it to the back. My tank looks much better now. Oh, and the poster board is flat black too.

verbosity
09-16-2008, 01:43 PM
You could do what I did and buy some black poster board and attach it to the back. My tank looks much better now. Oh, and the poster board is flat black too.

I've thought about that, but what happens when it gets wet?

Dixie
09-19-2008, 07:53 AM
hmmm maybe black felt would work too for the background. I don't think (but wouldn't swear to it) that if it got wet, it wouldn't leave a water mark on it like poster board would when it dries.

I don't think it needs a major makeover. It looks pretty good to me. I'd just move that filter thingy with the hoses down the side as far as it would go and put fake plants in front of it to hide it. Rig up something for a background, add a few more rocks and I think it would be gorgeous. The sand is really great and I bet those lights are too so there's not alot to makeover. It's already a great tank. I'm always seeing something in my tanks I want to change or rearrange.

tanks4thememories
09-21-2008, 02:32 AM
I've thought about that, but what happens when it gets wet?

Its:
- waterproof
- high quality
- double sided and
- relatively in expensive.

http://www.pennplax.com/Pages/Aqua.pages..../AquaNewProd2.html

Cat.NO.DB320 = 32" X 50 foot roll...lol catalog number on the one I have
Not sure where you can find it by the inch.

http://www.pennplax.com/Images/AQUAscans/Double-back%20new%20products/DB320-front.jpg
Deep Blue Sea
(Side 1)

http://www.pennplax.com/Images/AQUAscans/Double-back%20new%20products/DB320-back.jpg
Midnight Sea
(Side 2)

GeneralGoldeneye
09-21-2008, 03:44 AM
What kind of sand are you useing in the tank. just a question in looking to fill my 75 gal with sand for my cichilds

verbosity
09-22-2008, 03:41 PM
What kind of sand are you useing in the tank. just a question in looking to fill my 75 gal with sand for my cichilds

I have a mix of sand in this tank.
about 1/4 of it is pool filter sand. 100lbs (tan)

The rest is cichlid sand that is black and white from the store and comes with bacteria already living in the sand. It's like 25 dollars for a bag which I think contains 20 lbs of sand and water??

I really thought the pool filter sand would ruin the rest of the sand with looks, but you really don't notice it.

verbosity
09-23-2008, 01:41 PM
I added a piece of drift wood that I suspect might still have some tannins. If it turns my water brown it will be plucked it. I also added some fake plants, so that my next batch of fry will have a chance.

I did not add any more rocks. Some were buried.

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verbosity
09-23-2008, 01:42 PM
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verbosity
09-23-2008, 01:43 PM
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Sharon
09-23-2008, 02:45 PM
WOW!!! I love the tank...especially the Clowns...Are they OK with the Mbuna? I'd add more rockwork, though, as it's much appreciated by this type of cichlid.

angelcakes
09-23-2008, 03:10 PM
that is an awesome looking tank:19: :19:

tanks4thememories
09-23-2008, 03:44 PM
Looks Great!!
How big is that pleco? He looks gorgeous!!!

verbosity
09-23-2008, 04:55 PM
WOW!!! I love the tank...especially the Clowns...Are they OK with the Mbuna? I'd add more rockwork, though, as it's much appreciated by this type of cichlid.

The clowns love the mbuna :) Hehe. They have had their moments, but do nicely fending for themselves.. The clowns are really active in this tank. They didn't come out much at first.

I plan to get more rocks. However, I recently moved and have no idea where the local rock stores are.


that is an awesome looking tank:19: :19:
Thanks!


Looks Great!!
How big is that pleco? He looks gorgeous!!!

He's a little shorter then the height of my tank. :c1: I'm not sure. I know the lady I bought him from didn't want me to take him home a five gallon bucket. She made me buy a cooler. That way his tail won't be bent.. I've had him almost a year now. He usually keeps his tail bent when he is stuck on the glass.

Tolley
09-23-2008, 05:44 PM
Very very cool. I would get some more clown 6-8 would look very good.

tanks4thememories
09-23-2008, 08:34 PM
The clowns love the mbuna :) Hehe. They have had their moments, but do nicely fending for themselves.. The clowns are really active in this tank. They didn't come out much at first.

I plan to get more rocks. However, I recently moved and have no idea where the local rock stores are.


Thanks!



He's a little shorter then the height of my tank. :c1: I'm not sure. I know the lady I bought him from didn't want me to take him home a five gallon bucket. She made me buy a cooler. That way his tail won't be bent.. I've had him almost a year now. He usually keeps his tail bent when he is stuck on the glass.

Nice Fish!!:hmm3grin2orange: :hmm3grin2orange:

verbosity
09-24-2008, 01:03 AM
Very very cool. I would get some more clown 6-8 would look very good.

I have 10 or so clowns in my 75G Community. Waiting for them to get bigger to move them to this tank.

Northernguy
09-24-2008, 01:42 PM
Very nice set up!:19:

TRDNiteLife
09-25-2008, 04:46 PM
Verbosity, do you have a stock list of your Cichlids anywhere? I didn't look through the previous pages.

verbosity
09-25-2008, 08:45 PM
No I don't.

I use to know what I have in there.. But some have been murdered by the others. And I don't really know what is what. If it really interest you I could give the names of all the different ones. I'm sure I have the order forms in my email somewhere.

TRDNiteLife
09-25-2008, 09:42 PM
No I don't.

I use to know what I have in there.. But some have been murdered by the others. And I don't really know what is what. If it really interest you I could give the names of all the different ones. I'm sure I have the order forms in my email somewhere.

lol, I just wanted to know what you had living together and how the fish got along. I've been trying the over-stocking method to avert aggression. Considering all the different species of Mbuna I have in there, it's pretty peaceful.