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Old 05-18-2008, 11:06 PM   #11
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Getting the tank stand into the house wasn't as difficult as I thought it might be... but finding money to get these tanks up and running seems to be the biggest complication. Most everything in the bow front tank was purchased from Menards or Home Depot - sand blasting sand and landscaping stones - cleaned really well of course. It's just hard to pay $20 for a 20 pound bag of tank sand at the pet shop when I can buy a 50 pound bag of silica/blasting sand for $2.89 at the home improvement store.

The tank with the white sand will be Lake Tanganikan Cichlids (hopefully Calvus) - the 29 gal to the left will house some of my current tetras & mollies, and the bottom 55 gallon will have black moon sand ($$$ arg!!), black flag stone rocks stacked, and lake Malwai cichlids (yellow labs, demasoni, & acei's - maybe)...

Thanks for looking - I can't wait to get the other two tanks up and running -
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Old 05-18-2008, 11:32 PM   #12
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looks sweet mon!!!
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Old 05-20-2008, 02:02 PM   #13
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Very nice! What type of paint did you use on the exterior? Is that brown or black? I'm currently building a stand for my 30 long and 10 gallon. I think you might have went overkill on the 4x4's

The plan that I am using for my stand held a 120g with no center supports... and that is all made up of 2x4's
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Old 05-20-2008, 04:57 PM   #14
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Overkill...

Thanks, I'm known for "overkill" - I build things 10 times stronger than they need to be - you should see the supports I put under our deck - that deck could survive any hurricane, tornado, or earthquake all at the same time

After seeing more of people's plans on line I know I could have used fewer 4x4's or even 2x4's and probably saved some money & weight - it is really heavy... I just feared the 4 foot span over the lower 55 gallon tank.

The paint was some chocolate brown I picked up at K-Mart - nothing special, but it matches other stands I've built and looks good with the living room decor...

I may have a change for the Tanganikan tank / Calvus - I've been looking at Peacocks... I'm leaning toward a species only tank of some bright colored malwai fish... we'll see.
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Old 05-26-2008, 11:34 PM   #15
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Progress is slow but sure - I finally purchased my first African Cichlids - Electric Yellow Labs from a local breeder - so there's 8 fish on that whole stand... almost 100 gallons of water - I think I want to put a few Peacocks in the 46 bow front - I keep changing my mind... but the Labs will be joined by Demasoni and Acei's before too long...

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Old 05-26-2008, 11:59 PM   #16
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Looks good, I love the sand.
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tank is lookin awesome mon. if i may suggest, and just my personal take...ditch the colored plants, and stick w/ green only. the colored ones distract from the fish. and get some taller ones that rech close to the surface. ditch the colored rocks in the front also. just my 2 cents, but otherwise A+ work!
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tank is lookin awesome mon. if i may suggest, and just my personal take...ditch the colored plants, and stick w/ green only. the colored ones distract from the fish. and get some taller ones that rech close to the surface. ditch the colored rocks in the front also. just my 2 cents, but otherwise A+ work!

Thanks!! I somewhat threw that tank together, as the guy with the labs was coming to town the next few days and was going to deliver them to me - and those are just some plants I had laying around - i had every intention of just leaving them in there - but I think I'll go pick up some longer green ones. I have to agree that would look better.

On another note, that was the quickest cycle I've ever tried - It's testing pretty good right now - I've had amonia level of 0.25 once - but I just thew in old filter cartriges from my other 55 gallon into that filter, those plastic plants out of an established tank and some Seachem bacteria stabalizer stuff I picked up - so far, so good...
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