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  1. #121

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    Did you consider painting the background so to not see the piping?
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sandz View Post
    Did you consider painting the background so to not see the piping?
    I went and taped trash bag to the back. It doesn't look very good, but at least the fish colored up a bit. My mom wants one of those "picture of a coral reef" type backgrounds.

    idk, what do you think?

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    1. I go back to school in less than a month

    - Hoping to minimize maintenance

    - - Idea: plumb in additional tank(s) for more water volume, no fish, possibly heavily planted to remove nitrate
    - - - Just ordered a cheap diamond hole saw, reviews say it's good for maybe 2-8 holes, will probably arrive a couple weeks from now
    - - - Available tanks:
    - - - - 29 gallon (Marineland Eclipse) the fish just came out of
    - - - - Old scratched up 20 gallon tall (in storage, needs a new hood)
    - - - - 15 gallon tall (Marineland Eclipse) a neighbor was throwing away, would need to be cleaned up but the glass is still pretty nice
    - - - - 7x 18 gallon plastic totes

    2. The current "aquascape" if you can even call it that is ugly. What to do?
    Need to minimize maintenance. Fish and electric bill doesn't like intense light so no live plants. Fake plants are likely to attract algae and I won't have time to clean them. Rocks increase the chance of injury. No way to siphon 8 sq.ft of substrate.

    3. Should end this thread and start a new one? Because technically the construction of the 125 gallon tank is done.

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    nah now is the part lots of ppl would chime in on.

    Look for some good driftwood pieces and tie anubius and java fern off too it.

    As for vac'ing the substrate, a thin layer of sand (1") would look nice and not pose any problems
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    Quote Originally Posted by Hardy85 View Post
    Look for some good driftwood pieces and tie anubius and java fern off too it.
    Sorry I forgot to include driftwood in the list of stuff that fish might get hurt on. Although this could be an option for a connected nitrate removing tank.

    As for vac'ing the substrate, a thin layer of sand (1") would look nice and not pose any problems
    I've been reading up black or otherwise dark sands, getting mixed reviews about safety for bottom feeders. (Needs to be dark because the fish stress in light colored/bright surroundings.)

    Here is a photo of the tank from its left side, as it would be viewed by guests entering the house.

    Notice how the orchid plant hides the basket of gravel.
    But there is nothing to decrease the visual impact of the PVC piping.

    There is a sofa in front of the tank on the right side, but hardly anyone ever sits there.

    The 29 gallon is just slightly longer than the 125 is wide, so I'm thinking of putting it sideways on the left side of the tank (where the orchid is now), and maybe the 15 gallon in front of it (on the far left relative to the 125). Since it would require the least wattage to achieve enough light intensity, the 15 gallon is the most likely candidate for planting. It came with what looks like a 15 watt light built in, can easily add 18 watts using a 6500K CFL on a gooseneck lamp shining in from the side (can easily put away when guests come over). I also have 27 watt CFLs but the color temp is lower (5500K). If the plants fail maybe it'll turn into a giant algae scrubber lol

    The 20 gallon is so scratched up I don't think it would be presentable, it has deep scratches in the glass I think from gravel getting picked up in scouring pad when scraping off algae. Maybe can put it underneath the 29 gallon if I put the 15 gallon in front of it.

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    Check out petco brand black sand. It looks nice and is good for bottom dwellers. I have sand in my 75 gal and I love it. I am going to use the petco black sand in my dual 29 gals.
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    The petco sand is coated (like colored gravel).
    In my experience with color gravel the color wears off and makes a mess. I often find green and blue paint chips caught in my filter pad.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BIO-Linist View Post
    The petco sand is coated (like colored gravel).
    In my experience with color gravel the color wears off and makes a mess. I often find green and blue paint chips caught in my filter pad.
    That's possible, but the reviews I read were all positive.
    My 75 gal Journal & My Dual 29 gal Journal
    My 75 gal - 10 Gold Pristella Tetras, 4 Scissortail Rasboras, 9 Neon Dwarf Rainbowfish, 5 Longfin Zebra Danios and 2 Regular Fin
    My Dual 29 gals, a work in progress - Tank 1 - Amano Shrimp, Peppered Cories, Tank 2 - Glowlight Danios and a Calico BNP

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    Think I'll stay bare bottom. Got used to it and kinda like it now. The spraybar points downward at an angle for a counterclockwise circulation. Keeps it nice and clean. And it matches the background because I used the same kind of trash bag underneath the tank.

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    Got a background and taped it on. "Penn-Plax Double Back"
    No pic because it is nighttime.

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