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MCHRKiller
01-06-2010, 09:13 AM
Its a new era so to say, never did I picture my 100G(48"L*20"W*24"T) being chocked full of plants or community fish. It has afterall held a wide array of predators over the years from a motoro ray, to a small group of piranha, and then it was a brackish tank for many years, then it became a CA cichlid tank.

The plan for it was for me to return to discus keeping, now Im in a toss up between a mated pair of Alenquer browns or growing out a small group of wild caught peruvian scalare. Time will tell, in either case the bulk of the livestock will simply be 4 L010A lizard cats, 30 cardinal tetras, along with whatever the show piece fish is. I may add some corydoras or otos depending

Here is what it looked like before the power outage:
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0005.jpg
And here it is after 2 days worth of cleaning and filterting, just put the plants in a couple of hours ago hence its still a bit cloudy.
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0254.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0255-2.jpg
You cant really tell from the straight on angle but I have some bacopa planted behind the center piece. I also plan to buy a large amazon sword plant to fill in the back of the left side, and a few more anubias and maybe some tropica crypts for the front...with perhaps some more dwarf sag. Its hard but im trying to keep it kind of more open than most of the planted tanks Ive kept so that the large fish can actually move:hmm3grin2orange:

Basically what I did was I dumped the surviving plants from the 55G and 10G into this tank, I took the substrate from the 55G and added 40lbs of Eco Complete to it. The manzanita here is also from the 55G and 10G, filtration is an XP4 and an AC110. Lighting is a 130watt Coralife PC 6500K, along with a 108 watt Catalina HOT5 6500K. I run the PC fixture for an hour, then the T5 comes on with it for 6hrs then the PC goes off leaving just the T5 for an hour. Hopefully that lighting schedule keeps algae under control as I am not going to be dosing CO2, if anything I may dabble in the addition of some Excel.

aspects
01-06-2010, 09:22 AM
thats a world of difference in there. nice set up

MCHRKiller
01-06-2010, 09:59 AM
Thanks :22:

korith
01-06-2010, 11:49 AM
so when are you coming to georgia to scape my planted tanks?

rich311k
01-06-2010, 11:58 AM
Looks great. It is going to be a super tank.

Northernguy
01-06-2010, 04:19 PM
That sure is a nice new beginning Jenn!thumbs2:
It looks great so far!

Lab_Rat
01-06-2010, 04:57 PM
Looks awesome Jenn!

Taurus
01-06-2010, 05:29 PM
Wow, what a great start Jenn! thumbs2:

Red
01-06-2010, 05:31 PM
Very nice tank there jenn!

Deleted User
01-06-2010, 05:37 PM
It looks beautiful, Jenn thumbs2:

Kazenouta
01-06-2010, 05:50 PM
Gorgeous looking tank thumbs2:

octoxpuss
01-06-2010, 06:17 PM
That is a great looking tank. I really like the fish tho.

MCHRKiller
01-06-2010, 07:15 PM
Thanks everyone, I was suprised at the amount of needle leaf I actually had once I pulled it out. I also found an apon. crispus I dont remember purchasing which is now in the back it to isnt tall enough to be seen. Now Im just waiting on my stems to grow and my crypts to recover :22:

Lab_Rat
01-06-2010, 07:17 PM
If you need blue hygro let me know, I've got it growing out like crazy. Snail free tank too.:hmm3grin2orange:

MCHRKiller
01-06-2010, 07:22 PM
Thanks labby, Ill let ya know. Kind of hard to tell until they start to grow in back there :22:

lowlight
01-07-2010, 09:38 AM
I could stare at that tank for a long time. Nice set up.thumbs2:

MCHRKiller
01-07-2010, 09:52 AM
Thank you :11:

The tank is far from done, I have ordered a crap load of anubias and 3 amazon swords for the tank...now we just need to let that back fill in and choose where to go from there.

AmyLynn
01-08-2010, 03:19 AM
Beautiful. I hope I can get mine to look that good. :-)

MCHRKiller
01-08-2010, 08:40 AM
Thanks very much Amy :22:

xximanoobxx
01-08-2010, 08:44 AM
someone needs pressurized CO2 :D

Crispy
01-08-2010, 11:55 AM
Crispy approved!!! :18:

MCHRKiller
01-08-2010, 07:16 PM
Thanks guys :22:

lol...I think itll be alright without CO2 :14:

annageckos
01-08-2010, 07:20 PM
That is really nice, I love planted tanks.

bushwhacker
01-08-2010, 07:35 PM
very nice beginning jenn. it's hard to wait for a tank to fill in. i know i put way to many in to begin with then end up haveing to pull some out to make room for the fish lol

Miltonic
01-08-2010, 07:51 PM
looking awesome Jann, I really hope you decide to go for Discus,I would love to see some pictures of them since they my favorite SA fish but havent kept them much :/

MCHRKiller
01-08-2010, 09:08 PM
Thanks everyone :22: It has had some growth in the background the past few days so its a little easier to tollerate. Suprisingly most of the back is full it just doesnt look like it is. lol Cant wait for the new plant additions to come in...that should help the scape alot. I tried to space the stems out a bit and plant in smaller bunches that I usually do so more light could reach the bottom leaves...we'll see how it works out. With 2.38WPG I dont suspect I shouldnt have the same issues I had in the 55G with the sub 2WPG leggy stems.

Thanks Milt, Im still in a dead toss up quite honestly. I know that I would like some GBRs again, so I think a smaller colony of 5 would work out nicely. The only issue with the discus is that it would hinder the growth of the plants due to temp, if I kept the wild scalare temp wouldnt be so much of an issue and then the plants would do better. But discus are a more showy fish :hmm3grin2orange: Its going to come down to which one I sporatically order first I think.

domjd05
01-09-2010, 12:51 AM
The only thing thats missing out of that tank is discus!

chronic
01-11-2010, 12:27 AM
I love it! Its so nice.. I want a planted tank so bad lol

souly
01-11-2010, 12:29 AM
Can't wait to get my new hood so I can scape my 29g like that!

Oscar_freak12321
01-11-2010, 12:49 AM
That looks like an awesome tank Jenn! Can't wait to see it with fish! thumbs2:

MCHRKiller
01-11-2010, 10:48 AM
Thanks everyone, very encouraging comments. :22: Cant wait till my load of anubias comes in either today or tomorrow. Pics to follow...

MCHRKiller
01-13-2010, 02:09 AM
No plants yet, Priority gets slower and slower every day. Hopefully tomorrow. Some updates to this tank's situation. I am following a pretty strict dosing regimine. I dose 15ML of Excel Monday Wednesday and Friday, and dose 8ML Flourish Comprehensive, 15ML of Potassium and 10ML of Nitrogen every Monday and Thursday.

I also broke down and ordered some fish today, I ordered the super size L330 for my 150G, 5 L010a Lizard Cats for the 100G and was talking to the seller about some of his wild caught peruvian scalare...and he tossed in 3 angels to fill out my box for only $10 and no extra shipping costs :11: They are supposed to arrive Friday via FedEx Overnight!

MCHRKiller
01-15-2010, 06:11 AM
Well, I still havent got tracking info on my order so I dont know if it has shipped out or not. I will be home all day tomorrow so I guess time will tell, I wish I had a heads up tho. Time will tell.

In better news I got my anubias and the amazon swords I ordered....all very nice plants upon arrival.
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0277-1.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0280-1.jpg
you can see the background stems slowly starting to get tall enough to almost be seen from behind the centerpiece needle leaf

I dont plan anymore plants right now, If i run across some more C.parva or C.pontederiifolia I will nab it tho.

xximanoobxx
01-15-2010, 06:12 AM
HEy Mc, looks awesome!!!!!!!!!!! If my plant club has some pontederiifolia, I will snatch some and ship em to you.

CO2 PRESSURIZED NOW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

MCHRKiller
01-16-2010, 03:56 AM
Thanks Noob :22:

My fish arrived today...yay! The 3 angels I got for the 100G are really nice...good tall bodies and nice long fins. The lizard cats are kind of hanging out in the plants and the L330 royal is cruising the 150G like he owns it :22:

Miltonic
01-16-2010, 04:08 AM
looks awesome Jenn! Can't wait to see those Angels.

EmmanuelJB
01-16-2010, 04:09 AM
WOW! Really Nice looking!

xximanoobxx
01-16-2010, 05:03 AM
pics please

Jacko
01-16-2010, 05:23 AM
looks great mc!

xximanoobxx
01-16-2010, 05:26 AM
Alex, how come you changed your name?

MCHRKiller
01-16-2010, 10:10 AM
Pics to come later tonight...thanks everyone :22:

AmyLynn
01-17-2010, 04:24 AM
Well, I still havent got tracking info on my order so I dont know if it has shipped out or not. I will be home all day tomorrow so I guess time will tell, I wish I had a heads up tho. Time will tell.

In better news I got my anubias and the amazon swords I ordered....all very nice plants upon arrival.
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0277-1.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0280-1.jpg
you can see the background stems slowly starting to get tall enough to almost be seen from behind the centerpiece needle leaf

I dont plan anymore plants right now, If i run across some more C.parva or C.pontederiifolia I will nab it tho.

Looks fantastic! Do you plant your anubias in the substrate or do you tie them to driftwood/rocks??

MCHRKiller
01-17-2010, 04:47 AM
Both, I just dont burry the rhizome when planting it in the substrate and I usually just wedge it between some rocks. :22:

-Lp
01-17-2010, 05:30 PM
It looks fantastic! I like the layout, bravo! :19:

Northernguy
01-27-2010, 02:37 AM
Pretty amazing tank Jenn!thumbs2:

EmmanuelJB
01-27-2010, 02:40 AM
Pics to come later tonight...thanks everyone :22:
Amazing Pics so far!! thumbs2: Can't to see the ones your posting tonight!!

MCHRKiller
01-31-2010, 08:50 AM
Seems I forgot to post those pics :14: I need to update the angels and add some of the bristlenoses. Next day or so when I change camera lenses....

In the mean time here are 2 pics of the tank:

http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0433.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0434.jpg

Crispy
01-31-2010, 11:30 AM
whoa! Nice plant growth! :fish:

julies
01-31-2010, 12:20 PM
wow looks lovely jenthumbs2:

MCHRKiller
01-31-2010, 06:41 PM
Thanks :22:

Oscar_freak12321
01-31-2010, 06:42 PM
Tank looks awesome Jenn! thumbs2:

AmyLynn
01-31-2010, 07:16 PM
Looking great! thumbs2:

UncleWillie
02-01-2010, 01:44 AM
Hey MC! Looks awesome. I haven't really had a chance to be very active on this forum since Jacko invited me, but I finally got a chance to go over some of your threads. This tank is somethin' else! Looks beautiful and the photos are incredible. The hat is off!

HeatherB
02-01-2010, 02:16 AM
Looks wonderful! You wanna come over and work on mine for a bit?

MCHRKiller
02-01-2010, 02:26 AM
Thanks everyone :22:

I procrastinated on the WCs today so updates on the fish tomorrow. I also have a slight deficiency(Iron I suspect) in my swords even with Flourish substrate and root tabs around them with my strict dosing schedule of Comp, Nitrogen and Potassium. I have ordered some Trace, Iron and Phosphorus...so that is the whole seachem line of ferts going into one tank :hmm3grin2orange:

MCHRKiller
02-02-2010, 06:04 AM
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0467.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0468-1.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0487.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0471.jpg

MCHRKiller
02-02-2010, 06:04 AM
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0483.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0508-1.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0453-1.jpg

Bristley
02-02-2010, 01:04 PM
Beautiful tank and pics, way to go :19: :19:

Crispy
02-02-2010, 02:08 PM
Wow! Thats alot of plants! Fish look great too! Awesome job Jenn...

EmmanuelJB
02-02-2010, 02:11 PM
I love the new pictures!! Those angels are beautiful!

rich311k
02-02-2010, 02:42 PM
Wonderful tank and fish!

Miltonic
02-02-2010, 02:46 PM
beautiful, you have the best planted tanks around! loving the Angels.

MCHRKiller
02-02-2010, 06:22 PM
Thanks everyone :22:

I ordered 10 olive nerite snails last night and a random banana plant as ive never had one. Hopefully the nerites take care of the big of spot algae that came in on the anubias and the bit of green algae I get on the glass. Im also debating on what to put in that gap in the back of the tank, as of now its between a Madagascar lace or an Anubias gigantea.

Northernguy
02-02-2010, 07:12 PM
I like the look of the Madagascar Lace!
Thats a nice plant and a good space filler!

Sharkman
02-02-2010, 07:37 PM
Absolutely love the tank. Can't wait for pictures of the nerite snails.

2xtheman
02-02-2010, 07:45 PM
I'm jealous!

MCHRKiller
02-02-2010, 09:09 PM
No need to be jealous, this is probably one of the more simple planted tanks Ive kept. None of the plants are really demanding, and the hardcape is very simple in design. The only stringent aspect of the tank is its dosing schedule. I will admit I keep a post it in the bottom left corner that tells me how much of what on which days :hmm3grin2orange:

I will be sure to post pics of the Nerites. My pair of F0 rams have been delayed due to weather...hopefully next week I can get them and the lot of cichlids for the 150G in. Two of the best pics from yesterdays shots,
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0512-1.jpg
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0491.jpg

Taurus
02-02-2010, 09:13 PM
Are those water spots on the glass in that second picture? :18:

MCHRKiller
02-02-2010, 09:15 PM
Bubbles or waterspots, could be lint on the lense as I cleaned it as well. :22:

EmmanuelJB
02-02-2010, 09:22 PM
That angel fish picture is AMAZING!

MCHRKiller
02-02-2010, 10:22 PM
TY, it is nice to own some angelfish again.

MCHRKiller
02-08-2010, 09:57 PM
Well I got the 10 nerites, they are hard at work...since today is WC day I may try to take some pics of them later on tonight. They are much smaller than I expected...I will probably add 20 more to my algae armada.

In more exciting news I bought a plant for the tank as well. This fern will replace the needle leaf in the center and the bacopa in the back(still not really tall enough to be seen) may have to be moved around some. Welcome the epic mother of all java ferns, Javazilla
http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh100/helgymatt/Milfords033.jpg
http://i254.photobucket.com/albums/hh100/helgymatt/Milfords035.jpg

She should arrive at the end of the week or next week depending on if the seller can find heatpacks locally.

octoxpuss
02-09-2010, 01:38 AM
Dang that is a huge clump of Java Fern. Where did you even find something like that?

cherokee_psh
02-09-2010, 01:47 AM
That is a very nice tank.

MCHRKiller
02-09-2010, 01:52 AM
I bought it from another hobbyist on a different forum who said it took up around 1/3 of their 75G tank. They essentially just wanted the monster gone so they could rescape...and I wanted something that I could finish off my tank with so it worked out for us both.

Updated pics to come once Javazilla arrives :22:

AmyLynn
02-09-2010, 02:32 AM
HAHAHA I know where you bought that. I just bought the three narrow leaf java ferns. :19:

MCHRKiller
02-09-2010, 02:45 AM
HAHAHA I know where you bought that. I just bought the three narrow leaf java ferns. :19:

:hmm3grin2orange:

Good pick up on those narrow leafs as well, guy had some damn nice looking ferns thats for sure.

AmyLynn
02-09-2010, 02:49 AM
I was a bit disappointed that his anubias petite were actually only anubias nana. I have nana, I want more petite for the 5 gallon. But I am excited about the ferns. thumbs2:

That monster fern will give you lots to fill in your tank. Should be awesome. :hmm3grin2orange:

lowlight
02-09-2010, 06:09 AM
I am still staring at it and it just keeps getting better.

xasuma
02-09-2010, 06:27 AM
That looks really cool.
I hope i can do something like that soon; :)

kathymac
02-09-2010, 07:00 AM
Beautiful tank and fish, great photos, I love the picture of that angel looking straight into camera, a job well done.//

McJizzy
02-09-2010, 07:02 AM
Stunning tank! Wanna come scape mine? :hmm3grin2orange:

MCHRKiller
02-09-2010, 07:55 AM
Thanks everyone :22: I cut almost all of the old emersed leaves off the swords and trimmed the leaves on the anubias that came with some brush algae.

MCHRKiller
02-12-2010, 12:13 AM
Ok, here is the tank as it stands today. Javazilla is much larger than expected, now I just wait for the swords to grow taller after the big trim and the stems to fill in the gap on the left.

http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0538.jpg
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0543.jpg
The queen mother herself...
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0545.jpg
Posing all pretty...
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0547.jpg

lowlight
02-12-2010, 12:34 AM
Good job on the tank. Wait till it fills out, woo hoo.

rich311k
02-12-2010, 12:38 AM
Looks great! Very nice tank!

MCHRKiller
02-12-2010, 01:51 AM
Thanks guys :22:

AmyLynn
02-12-2010, 01:52 AM
Javazilla is awesome!!! Tank is looking fantastic Jenn. :19:

MCHRKiller
02-12-2010, 04:58 AM
Thanks Amy :22: Have you received your needle leaf yet?

AmyLynn
02-12-2010, 04:59 AM
Not yet. He was worried about shipping in the cold weather. Got a notification from Paypal that he shipped UPS, but no tracking info. Just waiting patiently.

MCHRKiller
02-12-2010, 05:07 AM
Hope all goes well, and hopefully you get it tomorrow! Mine came very well packaged so Im sure its fine, ferns are tough. :22:

AmyLynn
02-12-2010, 05:09 AM
Tomorrow would be nice since I'll do a water change either Sunday or Monday. Would be a perfect time to get them in the tank.

Already thinking I need to move a couple of plants around. LOL

MCHRKiller
02-12-2010, 06:47 AM
:hmm3grin2orange: Yeah it happens till you find just that perfect spot, do hope you will give us a peak at the moving around once completed.

MCHRKiller
02-17-2010, 03:09 AM
As some of you know my neighbor(who is like the worst fish person in history) bought their son 7 corydoras for their 10G...son became tired of the fish and they dropped them off to me. They never ask if I want them they always just put the fish in my mailbox and call when they get back home. Anyway there are 4 C.paleatus and 3 C.aeneus(2 normal, 1 albino). After being in QT for 10 days I decided they were ready to move into the main tank.

C.paleatus
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0613.jpg
C.aeneus
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0564.jpg
Angel checkin' out the albino
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0599.jpg
Nerite with a wonky shell(he came like this)
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0614.jpg

MCHRKiller
02-17-2010, 03:11 AM
Updated FTS:
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0626.jpg
Swords are making some growth progress after the trim
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0633.jpg
I just love this plant,
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0594.jpg
I suspect these 2 may be about to pair off
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0609.jpg

AmyLynn
02-17-2010, 03:53 AM
Thank goodness most of us do not have neighbors that just "drop" fish off in our mailbox. And thank goodness you had the room to take the little guys in.

Your tank looks so lush and green! And that java fern is gorgeous. :19:

Cliff
02-17-2010, 03:58 AM
I love all the plants in there, looks fantastic !!!

MCHRKiller
02-17-2010, 04:22 AM
Thanks :22: Yeah it is kind of annoying unless it was a species I was going to purchase anyway such as this case. I will probably get a couple more of each species so they will enjoy more of their own kind. But they are all shoaling together as it is, so i guess it doesnt matter much.

McJizzy
02-17-2010, 04:29 AM
Tank looks great! Great lookin' cories and angels too :ssmile:

MCHRKiller
02-26-2010, 05:46 AM
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0651.jpg

Update on the tank...not alot of change since last week. I did pull the largest sword plantlet off the runner and stick in the substrate...thats about it.

Lab_Rat
02-26-2010, 06:09 AM
Looks amazing Jenn! You can feel free to send me Javazilla at any time... :22:

octoxpuss
02-26-2010, 08:40 PM
At any point if you have doubts about that tank i will take it. Just wrap it up in alot of bubble wrap and send it off to my house. PM for the address. Great looking tank

gm72
02-26-2010, 08:42 PM
What kind of wood is in there?

MCHRKiller
02-26-2010, 10:10 PM
Thanks :22: I saw a needle leaf version of JavaZilla on PT about a week ago...may still be available its sometimes hard to re-sell the giant plants.

I appreciate the offer Octo, I think Ill hang onto it for a bit longer

Its manzanita wood.

matthew.shelly
02-27-2010, 12:26 AM
WOW! its like a jungle!

The Shield
02-27-2010, 12:40 AM
Absolutely stunning tank! I'm always envious to planted tanks. I will convert my 100g one day, but right now the Cichlids would have a field day with plants.

MCHRKiller
02-27-2010, 01:08 AM
Thanks :11: Totally understandable this use to be my SA/CA cichlid tank...they always mauled plants to.

MCHRKiller
03-23-2010, 02:56 AM
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0100.jpg
Benefit and drawback of a fern dominated tank, little changes
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0116.jpg
the pair
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0127.jpg
hardworking olive nerites

rich311k
03-23-2010, 03:17 AM
Beautiul tank and fish!

MCHRKiller
03-23-2010, 06:30 AM
Thanks Rich! :22:

Red
03-23-2010, 02:05 PM
very nice tank jenn! Love the ferns!

MCHRKiller
03-23-2010, 04:50 PM
Thanks Red :22:

AmyLynn
03-24-2010, 03:24 AM
Even if it doesn't change I still love it. :1luvu:

MCHRKiller
05-19-2010, 04:32 AM
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0275.jpg
Been awhile since I updated. The angels had to be euthanized due to a random illness which I have chalked up to some sort of parasite they came with that lay dormant for awhile and was brought on by the stress of pairing. I have added a mated pair of blue 3 spot gourami...and ordered 2 koi angels online which are arriving today, I will keep the nicest of the two for this tank.
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0309.jpg
C.aeneus
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0318.jpg
One of the F0 GBRs
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0324.jpg
Female Gourami

Lab_Rat
05-19-2010, 04:50 AM
Looking great! I bet the gouramis are in heaven. The wc rams are looking good too.

MCHRKiller
05-19-2010, 05:11 PM
Thanks Labby, the Gourami are enjoying the extra space I think :11:

Red
05-19-2010, 05:17 PM
Tank looks great, love the WC rams.

AmyLynn
05-20-2010, 02:33 AM
Too bad about the angels.

Everything looks fantastic. Those blue gourami really pop out against that green.

MCHRKiller
05-20-2010, 11:16 AM
Thank you both :22: I am enjoying the vibrant contrast of the rosy barbs and blue gourami to the green tank. I have contacted a fellow hobbyist that breeds a few angels about getting some quarter sized juvies since my Liveaquaria fish didnt make it/arnt up to par. So I expect 4 pearlscale marbles coming mid week next week.

MCHRKiller
05-26-2010, 07:55 PM
My new angelfish arrived today and I must say I am quite pleased with them. I ended up finalizing the order with 2 DD blacks, and 2 pearlscale marbles. They are very correct especially for domestic bred angelfish, nice round bodies and straight fins. No lopped over dorsals or crooked pelvic fins on these guys. I also picked up some 2-3" albino BN plecos for the 150G to control some algae on the plant leaves...they are darn near breeding age, plus I got a smaller freebie pleco in the lot with them. Pics to come later tonight, Ill QT them for around 10 days and add them to their final homes. :22:

This will bring the 100Gs stock up to,
12 Rosy Barbs
5 L010A Cats
12 Corydoras
4 BN Plecos
2 Powder Gourami
4 GBRs
3 Flagfish
and the 4 angels...which will weeded down to either a mated pair or a solo fish

I would like to add another large group of something and maybe some more rams, I am somewhat leaning toward a small group of rainbows. I would need something either blue or yellow dominated in color to contrast with the Rosy barbs electric red. As of now its M.boesmani or M.herbertaxelrodi...most likely 2 pair. I may also up my Rosybarbs to 15...still up in the air.

AmyLynn
05-27-2010, 02:23 AM
Looking forward to pics!

MCHRKiller
05-27-2010, 05:32 AM
The new angels, didnt get any BN pics they are all piled up under the wood.
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0460.jpg
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0461.jpg
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0464.jpg
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0456.jpg

MCHRKiller
05-27-2010, 05:33 AM
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0449-1.jpg
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0448-1.jpg

Bristley
05-27-2010, 12:01 PM
Those are some beautiful Angels you got there.

AmyLynn
05-28-2010, 03:51 AM
Those are very nice little angels. thumbs2:

FishGirl-Seattle
05-28-2010, 04:13 AM
Awesome!!!!

MCHRKiller
05-28-2010, 06:10 AM
Thanks, I hope they grow into nice looking adults :22:

megastealer
05-28-2010, 06:17 AM
Love the black one with green fins!

Owlbehere
06-03-2010, 12:50 AM
Jenn, could you explain your lighting configuration and specifics again? If you don't mind?

Love the Angel fish BTW! Esp the black one ;)

rich311k
06-03-2010, 12:52 AM
Very pretty angels.

MCHRKiller
06-03-2010, 05:05 AM
Jenn, could you explain your lighting configuration and specifics again? If you don't mind?

Love the Angel fish BTW! Esp the black one ;)

I have a 130watt Coralife PC with 6700K bulbs in the back of the tank and toward the front I have a 108watt Catalina HOT5 with 1 10,000K in the main front and a 6700K behind that.


THanks, I hope the angels continue to grow into nice lookers :22:

Taurus
06-03-2010, 03:43 PM
Pssst...Odessa Barbs :ssmile:

MCHRKiller
06-03-2010, 11:33 PM
lol, I would love to get some Odessa barbs at some point. :11:

I think my next stock for the tank is going to be a few rainbows tho...leaning more toward 4-5 male Boesmani now.

megastealer
06-03-2010, 11:34 PM
lol, I would love to get some Odessa barbs at some point. :11:

I think my next stock for the tank is going to be a few rainbows tho...leaning more toward 4-5 male Boesmani now.

Can't wait! thumbs2:

Taurus
06-04-2010, 12:04 AM
Psssst...oh never mind.

MCHRKiller
06-13-2010, 03:39 AM
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0184.jpg

Did a slight re-scape today. I pulled out enough needle leaf fern to completely carpet a 20G high tank, cut about 20 leaves off of "javazilla" pulled out 2 amazon swords, and foun dlants I didnt know I had. :hmm3grin2orange: I am planning to find some tall A.lanceolota or other tall anubias to go behind "javazilla" I am hoping since the plants arnt so compact in there now growth can be acomplished. The plants were choking themselves out, so I thinned them all down to an acceptable amount now.

I also added an additional 130watt PC fixture...brand new and shipped for $50(yay for ebay). I am toying with the idea of adding pressurized CO2 now that I have 368watts of lighting on the tank. I have also opted to add 2-3 more female blue gourami instead of the boesmani now as my male has been hurassing the female to breed non-stop it seems like more of a need.

Lab_Rat
06-13-2010, 04:44 AM
Looks awesome Jenn!

domjd05
06-13-2010, 02:29 PM
how long have you had those plants? I wish my plants would grow like that.. lol.

AmyLynn
06-13-2010, 03:57 PM
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0184.jpg

Did a slight re-scape today. I pulled out enough needle leaf fern to completely carpet a 20G high tank, cut about 20 leaves off of "javazilla" pulled out 2 amazon swords, and foun dlants I didnt know I had. :hmm3grin2orange: I am planning to find some tall A.lanceolota or other tall anubias to go behind "javazilla" I am hoping since the plants arnt so compact in there now growth can be acomplished. The plants were choking themselves out, so I thinned them all down to an acceptable amount now.

I also added an additional 130watt PC fixture...brand new and shipped for $50(yay for ebay). I am toying with the idea of adding pressurized CO2 now that I have 368watts of lighting on the tank. I have also opted to add 2-3 more female blue gourami instead of the boesmani now as my male has been hurassing the female to breed non-stop it seems like more of a need.

How on earth do you fit all of those lights over your tank? LOL Lookin great! Your tank is still the inspiration I work off of. :19:

Amazon
06-13-2010, 04:13 PM
:19: nice job. Planted tanks have never been great to me for some reason. Ig uess more dedication has to go to these tanks. My face is all stuck in my marine tanks.

MCHRKiller
06-13-2010, 07:10 PM
lol, I couldnt fit any more on there. The fixtures are about 6" wide the tank is 20" wide so with the filters on the back it is tapped out. This tank has been planted since the first of January. I dont do much to the tank, I do a WC once every week on Monday...scrape the front glass remove any leaves if there are any. I dose ferts on Monday and Thursday, Excel every other day.
http://i46.photobucket.com/albums/f137/Needle_Slave/DSC_0255-2.jpg
Thats from Jan.6th
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0184.jpg
June 12th
Planted tanks take on an evolution of their own, although there change is much more gradual than a marine. I to have my face sucked up in my reef more often than in these FW tanks lol.

Thanks for the comments everyone. I am excited to see how the tank looks in the next month or so when I add pressurized and find more tall anubias.

MCHRKiller
06-24-2010, 01:01 AM
I just added 6 15" Anubias Frazeri, I have also placed an order for 4 more almost as tall Frazeri and 3 11" Angustifolia. My background is really coming together now...alot of vibrant contrast between various leaf types. I had figured algae would be an issue with the amount of lighting I have on the tank now...actually quite the opposite has occured my algae has gone away. Seems that a balance has been established between lighting, plants and nutrients. I will take some photos later tonight to mark progress...I also picked up a wild type 3spot gourami. Not nearly as attractive as domestic morphs but it is nice to have an example of what my pretty powder blues were bred from. :22:

Jacko
06-24-2010, 02:02 AM
Pictures!!!! :hmm3grin2orange:

AmyLynn
06-24-2010, 03:10 AM
I just added 6 15" Anubias Frazeri, I have also placed an order for 4 more almost as tall Frazeri and 3 11" Angustifolia. My background is really coming together now...alot of vibrant contrast between various leaf types. I had figured algae would be an issue with the amount of lighting I have on the tank now...actually quite the opposite has occured my algae has gone away. Seems that a balance has been established between lighting, plants and nutrients. I will take some photos later tonight to mark progress...I also picked up a wild type 3spot gourami. Not nearly as attractive as domestic morphs but it is nice to have an example of what my pretty powder blues were bred from. :22:

Where are you going to fit them? LOL Looking for pics and don't see any. :spam:

MCHRKiller
06-24-2010, 05:30 AM
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0278.jpg
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0280.jpg
If that sword would ever grow on the left back side it would be "done" when the new plants arrive :hmm3grin2orange:

fins_n_fur
06-24-2010, 05:32 AM
It looks amazing! :18:

EmmanuelJB
06-24-2010, 05:32 AM
That is a stunning tank!! Great job with it! thumbs2: thumbs2:

MCHRKiller
06-24-2010, 05:37 AM
Thanks guys!

Here are some pics of the fish I shot this evening as well....
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0305.jpg
Rosy barb with dirty glass
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0301.jpg
C.aeneus...dorsal is nipped as he had to sneak in to eat the Ram eggs a few days ago and face their wrath, lol
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0298-1.jpg
One of the blacks
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0285.jpg
One of the marbles

EmmanuelJB
06-24-2010, 05:52 AM
Very nice looking fish. I love the rosy barb. Your angelfish and corry look great as well.

MCHRKiller
06-24-2010, 03:58 PM
Thank you :22:

AmyLynn
06-25-2010, 10:12 PM
Now, Jenn....... Is it ever REALLY going to be "done"? LOL

MCHRKiller
06-26-2010, 01:30 AM
lol! Its what I keep telling myself. The scape has not really changed since it was sat up, so I guess if the plants continue to do well it will continue not to change more than minimally :11:

AmyLynn
06-26-2010, 03:30 AM
As long as you believe that..................... LOL

little hawaii
06-26-2010, 04:16 AM
Hello, nice fish, even nicer pictures. What kind of camera do you use? I don't have one yet.

MCHRKiller
06-26-2010, 06:35 AM
Thanks, I just have a Nikon D60. Looking into getting a D700 body soon tho. If at all possible get a beginner DSLR...they usually arnt that much more expensive than a good P&S but give you alot more options.

Foxalert
06-26-2010, 10:03 AM
Great!

Especially the black angelfish!

Got the same camera but i'm too lazy to get to know the camera.

MCHRKiller
06-26-2010, 03:56 PM
Makes all the difference to know the camera...not that my pics are great or anything, but most of my pics are still shot with the kit 18-55mm lense. The biggest thing that helped me was I bought a cheapo studio style overhead light...have yet to get that macro lense or speedlight. :14: I did recently order a 35mm AF-S Im terribly excited to see take aquarium pics as it has such a good low light tollerance.

rich311k
06-26-2010, 04:00 PM
Great shots, just like always.

MCHRKiller
06-30-2010, 02:34 AM
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0394.jpg
New plants came...still waiting on that sword to grow lol

Lab_Rat
06-30-2010, 02:50 AM
Looks good Jenn...glad to see someone else has dirty glass as well. :hmm3grin2orange:

MCHRKiller
06-30-2010, 02:53 AM
:hmm3grin2orange: Im sure we all suffer from that affliction, especially when we have the urge to dive in the tank for something almost every day.

Piscine
08-10-2010, 11:39 AM
I never realized you had such pulchritudinous aquaria! :1luvu:

MCHRKiller
08-22-2010, 06:09 AM
Thank you!

I havent updated for awhile:
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0142.jpg
I had some issues with deficiency which led to some BBA...I have since switched to RootMedic ferts 3X per week and I dose Excel daily at 2X the suggested dose. Things are definatly starting to improve again.

MCHRKiller
09-02-2010, 03:56 AM
Im growing very dissatisfied with the scape of this tank...Im probably going to rip the plants out and re-scape it next week. I have a couple large amazons coming...I may use one or two in here and see what I come up with.

MCHRKiller
09-10-2010, 04:55 AM
Here is the before and after of my 100G transformation. I like this scape better as it is more open for the fish yet still looks very dense. The plants are in a better layout and JavaZilla got a trim and split up into several large pieces...about 1/4 of her is still in here. I added a lovely 21" tall Melon Sword, and an 18" Amazon. The rest of the plants were here. My rubin sword has now taken the center of the tank...hopefully it grows into a fitting centerpiece.

http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0142.jpg
Before
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0546.jpg
After

MCHRKiller
09-14-2010, 01:43 AM
I just won an auction of 12 Boesmani on aquabid...theyre shipping out in the morning :woot: Since I am down to just a petsmart here now and they never have Boes after I bought the only 2 they had(1 died) and theyre $14 each. Im getting these 12 juvies shipped for $50...seems almost dumb to buy fish in a "petshop" these days.

rich311k
09-14-2010, 01:50 AM
Looks great, good luck with the bows.

DrNic
09-14-2010, 02:33 AM
Tank looks seriously awesome!!! Good luck with the new plants!

MCHRKiller
09-14-2010, 03:16 AM
Thanks :11: Im really enjoying the new scape...I think the fish prefer it as well.

Hopefully the new Boes arrive well, outside of that I plan to add another dozen of Brilliant rasboras and maybe a few livebearers to provide live food for the tank.

AmyLynn
09-14-2010, 03:39 AM
Hey! Tank looks great! Love the new scape. A little less overgrown jungle looking and more lush tropics. thumbs2:

Taurus
09-14-2010, 03:33 PM
Congrats on the bows, Jenn. And I agree. You need to be very, very careful purchasing fish from a pet shop. It's a gamble.

MCHRKiller
09-15-2010, 01:29 AM
Thanks:22:

I am atleast assured that these fish will make it home, most places I visit are quite a drive and they have no warrenty. Heck Ill come out to the good if even 4 of these 'bows make it

MCHRKiller
09-16-2010, 06:16 AM
Bows arrive today, I also got a new angelfish. It was my SO's angel that was just too pretty to be living in clown puke.
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0581.jpg
Mr. Long Whiskers
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0596.jpg

MCHRKiller
09-27-2010, 09:54 PM
I ordered 10 Rasbora agilis from Msjinkzd.com, she said she probably has atleast 12-14 and will send them all. They will shoal with my Brilliant Rasbora which look exactly like them minus a splotch of red on their tail fin. Only place I found them for sale was on ThatFishPlace and just was not willing to pay $35 shipping for some $2 fish, my "local" places also weren't willing to order more Brilliants. So atleast now they can have a proper shoal of around 2 dozen. I also ordered 3 Otos for my 10G at the office.

The 15 Boes I received about 2 weeks ago have recovered from the mouth fungus they came in with, they are growing and eating like crazy. Will still be some time before they go into the 100G...and hell knows I dont need 15, so if anyone is interested in a few of them in the next month or so do let me know. :hmm3grin2orange:


Oh yes, here is a webphoto of what the R.agilis look like:
http://pds.exblog.jp/pds/1/200912/26/98/e0059398_19424469.jpg

Jeddi
09-27-2010, 10:42 PM
I'm jealous. :18: Beautiful tank and beautiful fish! I can't wait until I get a tank large enough for angels.

MCHRKiller
09-28-2010, 08:37 AM
Thank you! Angels are great fish, you could actually keep one in a tank as small as 29gallons..

Jeddi
09-29-2010, 12:28 AM
Thank you! Angels are great fish, you could actually keep one in a tank as small as 29gallons..
True, but I'd like to wait until I get at least a 75 so I can breed them. :fish:

peteyboyny
09-30-2010, 12:18 AM
THAT'S AWESOME...I'm so jealous.

MCHRKiller
09-30-2010, 11:47 PM
Rasbora agilis arrived today! Ended up with 12 fish...they are shoaling perfectly with my Brilliant Rasbora so my plan worked out accordingly. It looks good having the two very like species in a shoal, the Brilliants are somewhat more streamlined with a brighter gold stripe and red on their tails...the Agilis are thicker boded with a deeper true gold stripe and no red. I was contemplating another shoal of danios or something for the top, but I definatly dont need one now with these guys on board...especially once the rainbows get in the tank.

Thanks petey, no need to be jealous....this tank has a simple layout, composed of very easy plants. :11:

MCHRKiller
11-30-2010, 04:24 AM
2 month update...I had to remove an insane amount of plants from the left side they were way to thick. I also thinned out some needle leaf along the whole tank and removed a horde of invasive java moss and tamed the floating mass.
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0277.jpg
Yawning Ember...
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0310-1.jpg
The DD marble
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0320.jpg
Male bristlenose
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0344-1.jpg

kurly
11-30-2010, 04:31 AM
BEAUTIFUL!!!!! Love, Love, Love your tank and especially your Angel!!!! thumbs2:

MCHRKiller
11-30-2010, 11:54 AM
Thank you! :11:

MCHRKiller
03-21-2011, 06:57 PM
Very long time since I updated this tank...I am planning a huge rescape in the near future. The tank is an overgrown jungle and the plants are honestly starting to choke themselves out. This is the last pic I have taken of the tank:

Goes to 11!
03-21-2011, 07:48 PM
This is the last pic I have taken of the tank:


Where is it...? It's no fair teasing us ...:hmm3grin2orange:

chrisfraser05
03-21-2011, 08:25 PM
pic pic pic

MCHRKiller
03-21-2011, 09:41 PM
I decided against that one due to a reflection, new one coming up maybe tomorrow :22:

traxiii
03-24-2011, 12:26 PM
Great looking tank!

Jacko
03-25-2011, 09:04 PM
Tease! :22:

How about that picture now?

MCHRKiller
03-26-2011, 07:08 PM
As requested a better photo:
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0366.jpg

My main goal for the rescape is to give the 2 large Angels more open swimming room. The tank is kind of a boxy foot print so they need all the open space they can get now that they are grown. I expect to keep the 2 of the swords, most of the needle leaf, most of the anubias, and the tall anubias will go to the 150 along with some needle leaf. The crypts will of course stay. I will be getting rid of a load of pennywort and a couple of swords, maybe some needle leaf an and anubias depending. I will also be doing a background of Vals and hopefully incorporating a better hardscape. I will be using a large piece of Malaysian and some river stones. The plecos have eaten the manzanita in here to thin frail twigs Im sure they will appreciate the new wood.

I got 3 20oz Paintball bottles filled up yesterday...cost me $10 to have them filled. I have heard very mix results on how long gas will last on this tank. However considering I only have medium light(260watts PC) I wont have to crank more than 2-3BPS and the efficiency of a needlewheel pump for a diffuser should also help conserve gas. :22:

Sirex
03-26-2011, 08:08 PM
That is a beautiful tank. I am thinking about co2 but I will have to go metal detecting to find the money for it. Or at least that is what am going to tell my wife:hmm3grin2orange:

MCHRKiller
03-26-2011, 08:30 PM
Thanks!

CO2 setups arnt terribly expensive if you piece them together yourself. My paintball setup cost around $150...would have been around $200 had I not had the tanks on hand I suppose.

AmyLynn
03-27-2011, 02:18 AM
Holy cow.... that's a lot of plants. LOL

MCHRKiller
03-27-2011, 04:23 PM
Yeah it is far too many plants, if the swords werent starting to suffer from being crowded I probably wouldnt dive into the tank...but alas they are. I think the scape is also overdue for a change it has looked about the same for around a year :22:

AmyLynn
03-27-2011, 07:18 PM
Mine is going to get changed in the next couple of months when I move. I've decided that the big chunk of driftwood is entirely too big for the tank. I want something a little lower and longer. Give the fish some more swimming room. Not sure where to find good driftwood though. Last time I ordered online I was somewhat disappointed.

MCHRKiller
03-28-2011, 05:07 AM
I found some great manzanita on ebay from a few sellers in CA, may be worth a look. I got the large stump in the 150...price wasnt bad either. It was less than $50 shipped for something around 30" long and 16" tall.

AmyLynn
03-31-2011, 02:52 AM
What is your opinion on cypress for aquariums? I see a lot of it on ebay, but have never heard how well it really does.

MCHRKiller
03-31-2011, 03:06 AM
Cypress itself is aquarium safe once it is dead and well seasoned...like pulled out of a lake setting. Cypress once allowed to dry out is a b*tch to get to sink again...I have heard some say they have had pieces that have never re-sank without weights. I used to buy wood from a dealer in louisiana...which Im sure was cypress, never caused any issues for me. The pieces have since rotted away/been eaten by plecos so I wouldnt say it is as long lasting as something like Malaysian or a thick Manzanita log.

AmyLynn
03-31-2011, 03:14 AM
Hmmmm Not sure I want to hassle with weights to sink the driftwood.

MCHRKiller
03-31-2011, 03:33 AM
Cant say I blame you, there are loads of manzanita/malaysian/etc people on ebay as well :11:

A small update on the tank...I opted to go with a Milwaukee standard regulator and a paintball adapter for my CO2 setup. I have also decided to go with an external CO2 reactor for injection. I will be using a Sera Flore 1000 powered by a cheapo Odyssea EX250 pump. I will most likely attach a spraybar inside the tank to use to mist CO2 from the Sera Flore reactor. An external reactor will ensure that almost 100% of the CO2 I inject will be useable for the tank...which will save costs in the end going with a paintball tank on a tank this size. I still need to receive my reactor and CO2 tubing.

Im more exciting news...I am waiting on the invoice for 2 sweet pieces of wood for the tank:
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpgCA4HKQQG.jpg
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/phpThumb_generated_thumbnailjpg.jpg
The first piece will also be mounted on a piece of slate before shipping, both pieces are a touch over 2ft long each.

AmyLynn
03-31-2011, 03:35 AM
Gorgeous!

And no, I am not stalking you tonight. LOL





ok, maybe a little bit :11:

MCHRKiller
03-31-2011, 03:38 AM
I welcome stalkers as long as they arnt dripping with that whole weird BTK vibe :hmm3grin2orange:

MCHRKiller
04-02-2011, 03:09 AM
I received the wood today...photos do it no justice at all. The pieces are phenomenal. :22: Most of the parts for the CO2 system and reactor will be here next week. I still need to decide on a pump, get CO2 tubing and a good bubble counter. I will probably go rock looking in the next week or so if the temps come up some.

DylanisHawttt
04-03-2011, 01:07 PM
Gorgeous fish, amazing driftwood, and a beautiful tank. I'm extremely jelous right now lolololololol.

What part of VA are you from? I'm in Suffolk and the weather this past week has been cold and miserable with all this rain :tappingfoot:

MCHRKiller
04-12-2011, 12:43 AM
Oh the weather here was shitty last week as well.


I hit a major issue with my Milwaukee regulator and adapter for the paintball tank. I did not factor into the mix that the built in bubble counter would not work and I would have to dismantle the thing to put it back into a position that would work with a paintball tank. It was also much larger than anticipated so I sold it and am now re-ordering the paintball dual guage with needle valve I should have ordered from the start.

I have however decided on a pump...I am going with an EcoPlus 396GPH water pump. I expect with the head height the actual GPH will be around 250 by the time it is redelivered into the tank. The pump has fittings from 1/2"-3/4" so it will work out very well with my Sera Flore 1000 reactor(awesome!). I can also easily use a Rena canister return with the deep set spraybar to deliver CO2 saturated water into the tank as the reactor uses 5/8"ID tubing. I seriously hope to get this project tackled next week!

Im also ordering 2 more bags of EcoComplete to darken the substrate up and freshen it up some. Still need to go rock looking...my allergies have prevented me from searching this past week.

AmyLynn
04-12-2011, 12:47 AM
Where do you hunt for rocks??

MCHRKiller
04-12-2011, 12:53 AM
I usually head out to where my parents live, they live on a lake which has various smaller streams which feed into it. I usually put on some rubber boots and walk the streams looking for nice river rocks.

AmyLynn
04-12-2011, 01:34 AM
Hmmmm..... perhaps a trip to the mountain in CO is in order when I get there. :hmm3grin2orange:

MCHRKiller
04-28-2011, 04:40 AM
I have everything I need for the rescape...just waiting on plants :11:

40lbs Eco-Complete.....Check
Taam CO2 Regulator.....Check
Rio Hyperflow 6HF.....Check
Sera Flore 1000 External Reactor....Check
XP3 spraybar return setup.....Check
Filled CO2 bottles....Check
Timer for Rio Powerhead....Check
Mr. Aqua Glass Bubble Counter.....Check
Stainless Checkvalve......Check
CO2 Tubing and 5/8"ID vinyl tubing.....Check

I have ordered: 50 Vals (Itallian and Corkscrew) baseball of Xmas moss. I also went rock gathering and have some pretty nice river stones waiting as well. I am planning on taking a day off work on Monday and getting this thing done.

Crispy
04-28-2011, 07:19 AM
best of luck with everything coming together. looking forward to pics monday night. :hmm3grin2orange: I'm sure it will look great!:fish:

Taurus
04-28-2011, 02:45 PM
We expect nothing less than a master piece Jenn. You've set such a high standard for yourself. :mrgreen:

AmyLynn
04-29-2011, 02:21 AM
Waiting excitedly for the updated pics! :11:

MCHRKiller
04-29-2011, 04:51 AM
Thanks all! I do hope the tank ends up as I have pictured...time will tell.

Piscine
04-29-2011, 11:11 AM
I think it will end up looking gorgeous, just like it's developer. (insert stalkerish snicker here) :1luvu:

MCHRKiller
04-29-2011, 09:13 PM
:hmm3grin2orange: Thanks...


My plants didnt get shipped today as they were supposed to have been, they are shipping tomorrow. They may or may not be here Monday...so Monday/Tuesday for the full rescape. Im diving in and doing the bulk Monday regardless to if the Vals are here or not.

Dave66
04-29-2011, 09:16 PM
Where did you order the plants from Jenn?

Dave

MCHRKiller
04-30-2011, 12:19 AM
A fellow hobbyist on another forum, I tend to get most of my plants this way.

MCHRKiller
05-02-2011, 11:06 PM
My plants arrived today...they are much much smaller than I expected, and with that said a good portion of them did not make the transit. Very disappointing.

But the rescape is for the most part finished, Im waiting on the water to clear some before putting the plants back in. Im going to hold off on messing with the CO2 until Friday. In good news my fish have been very busy in the horde of plants. I pulled out 50 calico BN babies, and 15-18 L010A Lizard cat babies.

I also discovered that I have 17 Corydoras now...I only put in 12. My C.paleatus have increased their numbers to 8...from 5. And the C.aeneus have increased their numbers to 9 from 7.

MCHRKiller
05-03-2011, 02:54 AM
Ok, some photos as promised:

Tank with the plants and wood removed
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0471-1.jpg
One of two 20G totes full of plants
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0472.jpg
2/3 tank shot showing hardscape
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0476.jpg


The official tank shots are coming tomorrow or Wed. still have to let the tank clear and sort through all the remaining plants to make sure Im done with it.

AmyLynn
05-03-2011, 02:57 AM
Good to know that the fish like it. :D

MCHRKiller
05-03-2011, 03:56 AM
Thanks! the fish are certainly liking the rescaped tank instead of the overgrown pond of a tank they were in.

MCHRKiller
05-03-2011, 09:26 AM
How the tank looked before the rescape:
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0366.jpg

Things are nice and clear again, this is the new result.
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0541-1.jpg

I still have a tote full of plants which are going to be divided along my tanks. Pulled out some positively huge anubias...should make nice additions to the 150. As said I will get the CO2 going by around Friday and then the real growth will happen. I trimmed down the swords they are fractions of what they were. The Vals are somewhat visible along the back of the tank...hopefully they will make a nice background of green in the coming months.
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0536.jpg
Two barbels up for a clean fresh tank?
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0519.jpg

Crispy
05-03-2011, 11:25 AM
wow. beautiful plants and scape! you could say it's a 'killer' setup. :hmm3grin2orange:

Taurus
05-03-2011, 02:58 PM
Wow Jenn...you are a gifted aquascaper. thumbs2:

Rue
05-03-2011, 03:38 PM
Awesome! Way to go!thumbs2:

MCHRKiller
05-03-2011, 03:56 PM
Thanks all! Im quite pleased with the scape right now :11:

Cliff
05-03-2011, 04:00 PM
WOW, I love your tank

Great job !!!

MCHRKiller
05-03-2011, 08:48 PM
Thanks!

I just placed an order to Live Fish Direct for a few more male rosy barbs, some more brilliant rasbora and a few more flying foxes. They are having a great clearance on fish if anyone is interested. They are bred directly in the facility so they are higher quality fish than general farmed fish you get in LFS. With the new additions my stock will be up to:

30 Brilliant Rasbora
14 Male Rosy Barbs
7 Boesemani Rainbows
17 Corydoras sp
4 BN plecos
1 Male 3Spot Gourami
2 Angelfish
5 Flying Fox
5 L010A Cats

I do not condone these stock numbers, but quite honestly my tank looks empty most of the time and I have never had measurable nitrate. I think it can easily handle a few more.

Taurus
05-03-2011, 11:20 PM
I do not condone these stock numbers, but quite honestly my tank looks empty most of the time and I have never had measurable nitrate. I think it can easily handle a few more.

If anyone can handle overstocking, it's you. Please do post a pic of the tank completely stocked. It'll be eye candy for the fish keeper.

LOL..disclaimers accepted.

MCHRKiller
05-03-2011, 11:39 PM
To add insult to myself I am also contemplating some Turquoise Rainbows depending on how the extra shoalers affect the numbers. I always stock tanks till I get nitrates an excess of 10ppm per week. I do expect that the pressurized CO2 will kick the plants into consuming more so I still wont have measurable nitrate. :14:

sheamurai
05-03-2011, 11:54 PM
How the heck do you manage to do a rescape and still manage to have the tank look like its always been like that???

I like the before AND the after!

Lovely job, Jenn

DylanisHawttt
05-04-2011, 12:27 AM
Every time I see theres a new post I come and check this journal out. Im so jealous and envious at the same time. I want a tank like yours when I grow up :hmm3grin2orange:

AmyLynn
05-04-2011, 12:46 AM
As usual an impressive scape Jenn. Don't suppose I could hire you to come to Colorado in several weeks and help scape a 75g???? :hmm3grin2orange:

MCHRKiller
05-04-2011, 01:30 AM
Oh the tank has a ton of growing out to do...primarily the background. But the mound of fern kind of hides it. I do hope the tank grows into what I hope it will.

:hmm3grin2orange: If you pay my air fair I would be glad to.

AmyLynn
05-04-2011, 01:55 AM
Ummmmm..... well........ maybe I'll just keep stalking you for ideas. :11:


You know.... a step by step scaping journal would be awesome. :help:

MCHRKiller
05-04-2011, 02:24 AM
I would be glad to type up something however I am not sure what exactly to write. Scaping tanks is such an individual project there really is no certain way to do it. My methods are also by no means correct...Im sure most of the hardcore scape people would laugh at my attempts :hmm3grin2orange:

I think tho that if you can get a good mental picture of what your hoping to achieve and think realistically how to obtain that things work best. Loading the tank from day 1 with plants also helps alot. Having a strong hardscape to backup the plant life makes a big difference. The main issue I had with the tank before was that I focused more on stuffing the tank with plants instead of having a good flow. Also dont be afraid of open spaces, that was another issue I had with the old scape. My Angels which are a good 9" tall didnt have much room to move.

What sort of vibe are you hoping to achieve in your 75G? I am sure you will find the tank MUCH easier to scape than a 55 based on the fact you have some width to work with.

AmyLynn
05-04-2011, 02:32 AM
I think you need to do a sticky :hmm3grin2orange: Just something on scaping basics... Hardscape tips... How to deal with plants that won't stay planted..... How to deal with root structures on mature plants.

MCHRKiller
05-04-2011, 02:54 AM
I could do something like that, I will start thinking more about that within the next few days. Is there anything else you would like to see addressed in it?

AmyLynn
05-04-2011, 02:57 AM
Whatever you think us newbie scapers need to know. :19:

BTW.... someone needs to email the designers of the driftwoodstore.com and tell them that their pages are way too difficult for those of us with slower internet speeds to open. My computer refuses to load them. :scry: What I can see is gorgeous though.

MCHRKiller
05-04-2011, 03:10 AM
Try just going to the new pieces section, he sells stuff out pretty fast so that might be easier for your system to load. Or email him and tell him your issue and give him a general run down on what your looking for and Im sure he will be able to hook you up :11:

toddnbecka
05-04-2011, 04:48 AM
All I seem to be able to grow is java moss, Najas, hornwort, and floaters like frogbit and duckweed. Java fern and even Anubias just get nibbled away sooner or later. Darn cichlids like their salad too much, and the silver dollars are worse yet. Maybe someday they'll make plastic plants that look that good, but until then I'll just enjoy your pics... :22:

MCHRKiller
05-05-2011, 02:20 AM
lol, I understand your pain. My 150Gs fish are pretty rough on plants but so far no real harm has came from it.

I ordered 4 new bulbs and an internal filter for the tank. I am going with 4x7200K bulbs. Which should be a nice look for the tank but still promote excellent growth. I will hold off on injecting CO2 until my internal comes...I am afraid I may gas my fish in early stages of fine tuning CO2 without the extra circulation. I went with a cheapo CA900...which is a glorified quick filter I can hide behind the wood, but considering my stock increase it will be necessary I think .

MCHRKiller
05-10-2011, 03:00 AM
I hooked up the CO2 this evening...I will say it was a royal PITA. The Sera Flore reactor is of course metric in size..so apparently the 5/8" ID tubing I bought was not quite tight enough to prevent a minute amount of water from escaping the intake and return. So I said screw it and put the reactor inside the tank. It also helped with noise as with those 2 pinwheels it is not silent by any means. The Tom Rapids Paintball Regulator is sweet...it is a fully functioning solenoid/needlevalve/dual guage...it also has a LED light on the solenoid so you can easily tell when it is on.

I also accidently fried my anubias, I did an Excel dip on them and apparently left them in the Excel too long....they all melted so I just dumped them. I will replace them and pick up some Blyxa sometime this week. I will try to get some pics tonight or tomorrow. To be internal the reactor and pump setup wont be seen once the plants grow in a little more so Im not worried about it being in the tank.

MCHRKiller
05-10-2011, 07:09 PM
I took a half work day off to receive my fish shipment and check on the CO2...you know your addicted when you blow 1.5 personal days to work on a tank :14: Anyway, I am only running 2-3BPS, on a 100G tank with a pretty high flow and my indicator is emerald green. It really is a testimate to usefulness of a reactor. Im also not getting any microbubbles in the tank...despite the fact I am overdriving the reactor by running a pump 150GPH above the standard recomended pump size.

My fish from LiveFishDirect arrived, my only complaint is that the fish are thin. I am not sure if it is just from being kept in large numbers and not fed adequately...or if its internal parasites. Either way theyre getting the Prazi/Metro combo treatment.

Pics of the tank and fish to come tonight :11:

MCHRKiller
05-11-2011, 04:15 AM
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0075.jpg
New tank shot...notice my anubias are no longer with us :(
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0152-1.jpg
Reactor
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0153-3.jpg
Co2 is at a nice level
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0121-2.jpg
Flying Fox

MCHRKiller
05-11-2011, 04:18 AM
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0088.jpg
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0155.jpg
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0090.jpg
one of the old Petsmart Boes
http://i933.photobucket.com/albums/ad180/MCHRKiller/DSC_0101-1.jpg
one of the young males i got as a baby last fall

Ringo
05-11-2011, 04:27 AM
Awesome tank you got there. I hope my tank can look half as good as yours. Love the look of the plants around your driftwood.

MCHRKiller
05-11-2011, 04:41 AM
Thanks! Tank has a ton of growing out to do...I am very excited about the process now that my pressurized is going, growth should be much improved.

Sandz
05-11-2011, 04:54 PM
Looks great Jenn!

bemgelado
05-11-2011, 05:21 PM
Gorgeous tank!

Taurus
05-11-2011, 05:25 PM
Gorgeous tank and fish! thumbs2: