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  1. Thumbs up Badger's 55g "Asia" Reboot


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    Well, the time has finally come to tear down my tank and get going on the new, improved version. This will not be a strict biotope, but rather a regional tank with plants, fish, and decor that will hopefully evoke the mood (or at least the critters) of southern and eastern Asia.

    I have been asking lots of questions lately, and experimenting for several years with my tank, with this big change in mind. Here is what will be happening.

    Set-up:
    Standard 55g tank. Currently dark blue background. That might change.
    Gravel over bentonite over organic potting soil.
    Aqua Clear 110 filter.
    48-60" Satellite LED+ lights.

    Hardscape and plants:
    A rock wall will create a raised area on one side, taking up about 1/3 of the bottom. This area will be dominated by a forest of lucky bamboo, accented by java fern, crypt wendtii and c. undulata, dwarf lilies, and floating plants. The wall itself will incorporate several caves and nooks, and will be greened up with some java moss, java fern, and anubias.

    The other half of the tank will be dominated by a fairly amazing piece of found driftwood with a large bubbler underneath it, surrounded by c. wendtii, dwarf hairgrass, and a thicket of rotala indica along the back.

    I am still trying to find a small-to-medium size Chinese vase to partially bury in the substrate to provide an extra hiding place, but am about ready to give up on that idea.

    Livestock, from roughly bottom to top:
    2 two-spot cats
    2 bamboo shrimp
    10 dwarf chain loaches
    1 red tail shark
    10 pantazona barbs
    15 zebra danios

    Extensive preparations, experimentation, gathering of materials, and research have gone into this. Next week, the payoff begins. Stand by for updates and photos.

    Tom
    My computer beat me at chess, but it proved no match for me at kickboxing.

    www.whistlingbadger.com

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    I don't like to drink alone..... Cheers - Cliff because they rock! and for showing them to me. - cm12setx Here's to retirement! - Slaphppy7 Thanks for the videos and great advice on restocking my dual 29s! - gronlaura for tirelessly showing beautiful, various fish - RiversGirl 
    T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 TGIF on the 13th with a full moon. - Taurus Spurs! - RiversGirl Here's a get well soon beer, so get well ASAP. - Taurus T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 
    feelin your pain - SeaLady Using up my winnings on my friends! - Compass Beer reduces kidney stones! - Sandz T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Thx. Have another on me! - pRED 
    Enjoy the 4th brother :-) - Taurus Bleeding blues! - RiversGirl TGIF and here's to the bleeding blues Lee. - Taurus This one's on me.... - Slaphppy7 pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie 
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    I like everything about the tank but the Red tail shark, they can get big and mean, but you have probably done your research.

    I'm looking forward to the finished product .
    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
    Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
    -Vince Lombardi

    Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. ― John Wooden
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    Yeah. He gets a little cantakerous at times. But I have had him for several years, he is very beautiful, and I am rather attached to him. Besides, if he gets much bigger he can serve as an emergency food supply. Hahaha

    I plan to incorpprate lots of hiding spots and broken sightlines into the aquascape. Hopefully that will keep bullying to a minimum.

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    Never too late to drink to the fallen. - KevinVA Have another tetras for the new tank - steeler58 Have another tetra, you need more fish anyway :) - steeler58 Good advice on the Flame tetra, I can't rep you any more, so have a "cherry barb" - steeler58 Now you have 15! - Slaphppy7 
    T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Have a Cory!! - steeler58 Good Luck - pRED Sorry about the betta - Slaphppy7 to your next Betta - Fishhook 
    Bottoms up! - Slaphppy7 Chin-up - Cliff sorry for your loss. - cm12setx T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Enjoy the 4th my friend! - Taurus 
    Sharring my winnings - steeler58 Thanks for the rep :) - rebecca_finny for giving a catfish its first taste of human. - cm12setx pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie For being MOTM - steeler58 

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    I really like red tail sharks. I would love to design a tank that can house one. I know they are mean and all but they deserve a chance. I feel like so many newbies buy them and it never ends well. One of them has to get a good home.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

    You know what this tank needs? ........................ Crypts.

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    I don't like to drink alone..... Cheers - Cliff because they rock! and for showing them to me. - cm12setx Here's to retirement! - Slaphppy7 Thanks for the videos and great advice on restocking my dual 29s! - gronlaura for tirelessly showing beautiful, various fish - RiversGirl 
    T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 TGIF on the 13th with a full moon. - Taurus Spurs! - RiversGirl Here's a get well soon beer, so get well ASAP. - Taurus T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 
    feelin your pain - SeaLady Using up my winnings on my friends! - Compass Beer reduces kidney stones! - Sandz T.G.I.F.! - Slaphppy7 Thx. Have another on me! - pRED 
    Enjoy the 4th brother :-) - Taurus Bleeding blues! - RiversGirl TGIF and here's to the bleeding blues Lee. - Taurus This one's on me.... - Slaphppy7 pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie 
    Children with Disabilities - Parkinson's Disease - VACTERL - Young Onset Parkinson's Association - steeler1 Childhood Cancer - steeler1 Anti-Tobacco - Colon Cancer - Colorectal Cancer - steeler1 Mourning - Anti-Gang - Melanoma - steeler1 Mourning - Anti-Gang - Melanoma - steeler1 
    Bone Marrow Donation - Childhood Depression - Depression - Environment - Eye Injury Prevention - Glaucoma - Kidney Cancer - Kidney Disease - Kidney Transplantation - Leukemia - Lyme Disease - Mental Retardation - Missing Children - Organ Donation - T - steeler1 Troop and Military Support - Amber Alert - Bladder Cancer - Endometriosis - Equality - Liver Cancer - Liver Disease - Missing Children - POW/MIA - Spina Bifida - Suicide - steeler58 

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    Well.....if you've had him that long.....I was just thinking though, you will be putting alot of small fish in with him........

    Hey just realised we have a new journal to hyjack
    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
    Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
    -Vince Lombardi

    Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. ― John Wooden
    Sandy Hook Elementary......Lest We Forget
    See my profile for my tanks and what fish I keep

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    Hi WhistlingBadger. Your tank plan sounds like it will be great fun to watch you flesh out – I’m looking forward to it!
    40 gal fw: 3 male Platys; 16 Neon Tetras; 9 Cherry Barbs; ~30 Red Cherry Shrimp; an Assassin snail; a Mystery snail
    live plants: 2 Lace Java Fern on dw; a Moss ball; 2 bunches of Java Moss on rocks; some Cladophora algae on dw

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    poor baby.  here's your beer after your difficult week - fishmommie And here' the box of tissues I didn't use crying because I feel so bad for you :o) - fishmommie have a cyber-miller for 9,000 posts! - steeler58 have a cyber-miller for 9,000 posts! - steeler58 it has been a rough work week and it's 5'o clock somewhere - cm12setx 
    Because bunnies are good in threes. - KevinVA Oh Oh... they're multiplying!!! - fishmommie Back atcha! - KevinVA Back at you,  good sir! - Compass I'm glad somebody's keeping this "old tradition" alive :) - steeler58 
    Here's to the 4th and nose hair fiascos! - Taurus got otos - cm12setx otos -- yay - RiversGirl Oto - SeaLady Heres to getting the fish we like and the 4th of July wich was nice enough to be on a friday! - steeler58 
    Using some of my winnings on friends and you probably could use some coffee :) - steeler58 So very sorry :( - steeler58 TGIF! May the good Lord be with you and your family Matt. - Taurus Have a cyber-miller and forget about "trolls" first person I saw that did not like you, LOL!! - steeler58 pizza for all.  I finished my book today!!! - fishmommie 
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    I would seriously consider a canister filter over the AC110....you'd have right at 2X the filtration you need with just the AC, and with that stocking plan, it may not be enough, IMO

    If you already have the AC, you could still add another, maybe an AC70, and really get that tank filtered nicely

    Not sure, but a canister plus the AC110 may give you a bit too much flow
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    Couple questions / concerns / inputs:

    1. Will this be an open top tank? The bamboo will only survive if the top of it is out of the tank
    2. I agree with Slap that you may want to consider a canister. Having 2 AC110s on my planted tank is a pain... the large amount of flow clogs them easy and also blows plants around
    3. Why the bubbler? I think that's take away from the natural look
    4. Be careful with the depth of the raised section if you are using topsoil, unless you have MTS you could run into issues there
    5. Look into Hygroryza Aristata for the floating plant, I love this plant in my 75

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    Thanks for all the input, everybody! Some answers to questions:

    Yes, it will be open top, except for spashguards for the light. I have had the bamboo in there for a year and it is HUGE!

    Filtration: I got a great deal on the AC110 (thanks, Ladyhobbes!), and I can't afford an additional filter at the moment, so hopefully the AC110 plus all the plants will be enough. I have a Penguin 350 currently, but it is too noisy for my taste. That is actually what prompted me to start thinking about this remodel in the first place: The AC won't fit because my tank is too close to the wall, so since I have to empty it out anyway, might as well do a full remodel.

    Depth of top soil: I plan to put large, flat rocks underneath so the substrate is never deeper than a couple inches. The bamboo is not quite tall enough to reach the surface without something under them, anyway. Triton, what is MTS?
    My computer beat me at chess, but it proved no match for me at kickboxing.

    www.whistlingbadger.com

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    Current floating plants are dwarf water lettuce, duck weed, apanogaton (or however the heck you spell that) leaves, and dwarf lily leaves. No plan to add additional ones at the moment, and the apanogaton will probably go away as I don't care for the way it looks.
    My computer beat me at chess, but it proved no match for me at kickboxing.

    www.whistlingbadger.com

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