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11-09-2012, 03:16 PM #21
In my opinion, i would place the structures so that you do not have perfectly even spacing between them as to avoid symetry, more natural. i would also offset them so they do not form a straight line from front to back and latterally.><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º>
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11-09-2012, 03:52 PM #22
Your tank is coming along nicelyIf you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
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11-09-2012, 04:01 PM #23
I meant to tell you in my last post that your tank is very nice! good job with it.><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º> ><((((º>
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11-09-2012, 04:19 PM #24
what a fun journal. It's like you two are tag teaming each other
The tank is looking great. eager to see more photos and FISH after your cycle is complete.30 g FW planted:corys, ABNP, blue angel, harleys, zebra danios, rummies, mystery & nerite snails
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11-09-2012, 05:05 PM #25
Thank you everyone for showing interest in our tank!
As for adding plants, should we wait until it is cycled or is it safe to start adding some plants now? We have some plants that are currently in our recently cycled 20 gal tank that we want to move over to this tank. Others we need to still need to order.
The cichlid stones are gonna drive me nuts. I want to keep the pile as natural looking (ignore the holes in the caves I know they aren't natural) with the openings not all pointing forward. I keep messing with them. I thought about gluing them together once I get them how I want them that way they stay that way but I worry about air pockets in them. Every time I do a PWC they are going to have air pockets in them and if they are glued together they are going to be hard to manipulate to get the air our. At least if they are just stacked I can manipulate each rock and re stack with each PWC. So I am not sure what route to go.
I am currently working on gathering what I need to make a DIY led lunar light system that I am going to do a custom install into our Nova Extreme light fixture. Just waiting on delivery of the LEDs, resistors and the LED housing pieces that I ordered online. I will post pics of the process as I complete it.
11-09-2012, 05:29 PM #26
With the cichlid stones I just keep stacking mine. My mbuna tank has like 23 of them (all medium or large), I didnt glue them because they do get crud in them so when doing waterchanges I pick some and dump them out. They will look a lot more natural after some algea has grown on them.
11-09-2012, 06:31 PM #27
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11-11-2012, 03:33 AM #28
Got the tank arranged and a few plants in, I know it's cloudy but couldn't resist at least one pic. More tomorrow when it's clear, hopefully!
11-11-2012, 12:14 PM #29
Ok, as promised, more pics.
Another one, this time without flash:
I think it's better without flash. For some reason I thought I read the best way to take pics is all room lights out, tank light on, no flash. Went back and read a bit (after taking the pics, of course) and for fish at least it seems flash is the way to go?
Cichlid stones - boy, we spent probably 30 minutes trying to decide what to do with them and the driftwood. Anubias wedged in between driftwood and stones - have to see how that works when we have to clean. It's finally growing another leaf!!! It was just sitting in our 20gal for like a month, doing nothing, but not obviously dying, and then I noticed a wee little sprout!
Other end - sword, java fern on driftwood, cabomba:
I think the plan is to put some corkscrew vals along the back wall, let the cabomba grow and probably divide and plant some more to make it a little thicker. I've been looking at the corner in front of the cichlid stones and thinking I may put a small crypt there at some point. Need to do more research. For now, it's wait......for the cycle. Sigh. :)
11-11-2012, 01:30 PM #30
Very nice. This tank is coming along really nicely. I'm looking forward to seeing it when you get some vals in. Great background plants.
RE: Photography - you're better off in a dark room with no flash to minimise any reflections on the glass.
I'm not too keen on the cichlid stones as they don't look very natural at the moment, but you could grow some moss over and between them which might look cool.
If you're looking for a cryptocoryne to grown at the front left, I can recommend cryptocoryne parva. It's very slow growing but very hardy and attractive when split up and planted across a set area.