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    Time to start a new journal! As many of you know, my tank setup has not been working ecologically, mostly because I did not set some things up right at the outset. Lots of questions, research, and trial-and-error later, I'm pretty sure I've identified the problems and what to do about it. And that means a new build.

    Here's my plan. Same overall setup as I have now--A Southeast Asia lowland stream biotope--with the following changes:

    --A Walstad-type planted tank, deep dirt/sand substrate. Filtered more heavily than a standard Walstad tank to compensate for heavy stocking.

    --AC 110 filter, possibly to be replaced eventually with a canister filter. Outflow from filter re-designed to spread flow throughout tank.

    --A 3-d background inspired by the Angkor temples of Cambodia, carved from polystyrene and accented with java moss, java fern, and lucky bamboo for a Ruins-reclaimed-by-the-jungle look.

    --A raised area to keep the bamboo tops out of the water, but raised with solid polystyrene foam instead of flat rocks, and the wall built with glued 1-3" rocks instead of stacked 5-8" rocks. This will both eliminate possible extreme-anaerobic zones, and make the caves more manageable so I actually know where my critters are. At least occasionally.

    --Plants: Lots. In keeping with the Walstad method, I will plant with a LOT of different species and let them thrive or fade in my conditions, building on what does well and eliminating what does not. I want this tank thoroughly junglefied from the beginning, so the black brush algae can never get a huge foothold. Java fern, dwarf lilies, Java and/or Christmas moss*, crypt wendtii, C. undulata, c. balinsae, Blyxa auberti*, rotala*, water sprite, dwarf hairgrass*, water lettuce*, etc. etc. etc.

    --Fish and inverts: All from the SE Asia region, Vietnam to Sumatra. 5 pearl gouramis; 12 pentazona barbs; 9 dwarf chain loaches; 1 red tail black shark; 15 Amano shrimp*, 2 bamboo/singapore shrimp*, 2 mystus bimaculatus*, 5 kuhli loaches*, 10 mystery snails*.
    *still to be acquired.

    This is going to be a slow build. I have way too many irons in the fire, and there are some big challenges to this. But I'm an artist and I'm inspired, so I will find a way. This weekend, I have finalized my design, gathered my materials, and I'm about ready to start building the backdrop. Let me know if you'd like to see my sketches; otherwise I'll just take pics as I build.

    Anybody know the Khmer word for "Yee Haw!"?
    Last edited by WhistlingBadger; 08-30-2015 at 10:29 PM.

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    good luck on your new set up. Will be eager to see photos.
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    Challenges:
    1. Carving what I hope will be a fairly intricate backdrop out of polystyrene sheet, a medium I've never worked in before.
    2. I'm working with a tank that is already stocked and working. That means that I have to have everything ready in advance so things can go in fast once I tear down. I have two 10gs to keep everybody alive in during the final phase of the build, which might take a week or two. Hopefully that will be enough.
    3. The combination of 1 and 2 means that I can't do a lot of trial and error (i.e. build a piece then stick it in the tank and see how it looks or fits). So, not much margin of error. That makes me nervous, but hey! Nothing ventured, nothing gained...

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    Some of my inspiration for the backdrop and overall look:

    Angkor-Ta-Prohm-banyan-roots-engulfing-building.jpg

    angkor-468_640.jpg

    Mrs. Badger actually vetoed the Buddha face--too creepy. Just as well--I don't really know how I'd carve that, anyway. So, I'm looking for less-creepy but equally interesting alternatives.

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    Good luck on your new build. Looking forward to seeing your progress.
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    Ah, 'tis a hard thing, being off to work when all I really want to do is shoot my bow and work on my tank. I haven't quite figured out a way to get paid for either of those yet...

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    Should be quite an interesting build, fun to see come together.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WhistlingBadger View Post
    Challenges:
    1. Carving what I hope will be a fairly intricate backdrop out of polystyrene sheet, a medium I've never worked in before.
    2. I'm working with a tank that is already stocked and working. That means that I have to have everything ready in advance so things can go in fast once I tear down. I have two 10gs to keep everybody alive in during the final phase of the build, which might take a week or two. Hopefully that will be enough.
    3. The combination of 1 and 2 means that I can't do a lot of trial and error (i.e. build a piece then stick it in the tank and see how it looks or fits). So, not much margin of error. That makes me nervous, but hey! Nothing ventured, nothing gained...
    When I did the tear down of my 55 gallon tank because my stand failed (what happens when pressboard meets water, a tank starts to lean on its stand), I thought it would be a simple switch to a new stand-but since I had to break the tank down anyway and re home my fish temporarily in plastic storage containers, I decided to make a background for the tank, then I found a stand that I had to modify to work for the 55. Then I decided I hated the skinny 55, and found a 75 on craigslist for a steal, and brand new. So this is how my 75 gallon is born from the catastrophe of a wet 55 gallon tank stand.

    My fish sat in 2 or 3 large storage containers in my living room (I had 3 canister filters at the time so was good with that) for over 2 months. The plecos and corys in the dark container with some hides and low light plants. The tetras in the lighter container with the high light plants, and a separate container with my substrate from the 55 (yes it was filtered too!) I did water changes on them and fed every 3 days. I had the 55 gallon glass top on the 2, and the light on that too. Wasn't the ideal setup but it worked.

    So you can take longer if you need it (see there was a point to my rambling ).


    By the way-saw this online and thought how funny if you do a background and add it to the tank-or a bookshelf near the tank..

    15b4738f2a7a2fb07cc97960ca2c4be8.jpg
    Last edited by Boundava; 08-31-2015 at 08:02 PM.
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    Good to know, Boun. My big challenge there will be finding a place to put the containers where the dog and cats will stay out of them. ha ha ha

    I've seen those ornaments. Thought very seriously about getting some, but they were way too small for the scale of my tank...besides, where's the fun in just buying something when I could build it myself? :)

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