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  1. #1

    Default Swimming in South Africa

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    Hi guys :)

    As a few of you know I've been on the forum for a good few months now.

    I started off last year when I had a 135L tank which, to be fair, was overstocked. After a hard month of getting that tank sorted - it rewarded me by cracking overnight. We were able to save all but one of the Glowlights.

    A trip was made (30km there and another 30 back) to the only fish store I trust.

    The replacement tank is a SunSun 185L with built in trickle filter running at 900L/h.

    We got home and set it up as fast as was physically possible. The cabinet was built, the old canister filter torn open to get the media, gravel scooped out and dumped into the tank. Rocks quickly placed in the same formations as both. The 45L I had managed to save of old tank water was put in. Then topped up to the 100L marked and treated. Fish were carefully transported from buckets into the tank.

    This is what it looked like immediately after setup. (I was not happy and promised my parents that I would make this tank look stunning - as a thank you for buying the replacement tank)

    This was by the end of the month. (31-12-2013)
    Fish Tank 2013-12-31.jpg

    The 14-01-2014

    By the 14-02-2014 it was starting to get to something I liked...
    2014-02-14 redo.jpg

    More coming right now :)
    My journal....Swimming in South Africa:

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    Awesome. Great progression I like it.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

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

  3. #3


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    By the 15-03-2014 I had started to investigate the world of the planted tank more seriously. Much consultation was had on this forum with a wide variety of questions and help from many people.

    And here is how it stands right now. (literally took this 5 minutes ago before turning off the lights for the night).
    My journal....Swimming in South Africa:

  4. #4


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    Well done Richard! Gorgeous!
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

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

  5. #5


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    I agree! Looks amazing!

  6. #6


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    The full stock list is as follows:

    Neon Tetra
    Black Neon Tetra
    Rosyfin Tetra
    White Cloud Tetra
    Glowlight Tetra
    Harlequin Rasboras
    Pearl Gourami
    Siamese Algae Eater
    Bronze Corydoras
    various colour forms of the Leopard Danio (some have orange tinged fins, some yellow tinged, some normal)
    Betta females

    Hygro Corymbosa Stricta
    Hygro Corymbosa Angustifolia
    Hygro Polysperma
    Hygro Difformis
    Crypt Beckettii
    An Amazon Sword of some kind
    Ludwiga Repens
    Java Fern
    Lilaeopsis brasiliensis
    Rotala Wallichii
    Rotala Indica
    Rotala Rotundifolia
    Rotala Macandra
    My journal....Swimming in South Africa:

  7. #7


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    Looks beautiful. Well done :)
    Special thank you to mommy1, KevinVA and slaphppy7 for all the help, it has not been easy!

    "I may not be there yet, but I am closer than I was yesterday"

    Planted tank log
    Planted tank video

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    You already know how I feel about the tank Richard, but I'll say it again. It's extremely well done! Hat off to you my friend.

  9. #9


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    Thanks for all the comments guys!

    I'm actually looking for a centrepiece fish...something that won't exceed 5cm or so, is bright and colourful, won't spend all day hiding and would live happily in this tank...

    Any suggestions?
    My journal....Swimming in South Africa:

  10. #10


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    I'd say once it grows up that angelfish would be your centerpiece. Whether you like it or not. hahaha they have a tendency of doing that. I would have to say one of the dwarf cichlids for the size you are after.
    Increasing your biodiversity increases your stability.

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

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