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Old 05-20-2006, 05:51 AM   #1
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decent photo at last-updated with black background.

dunno how i did it.
but, with the cheapest and nastiest possible camera, i've miraculously managed to take a nice/half decent overall shot of my display tank. If only the light area wasn't looking like a storage area, it'd be even better.

tis a little cloudy, just cleaned the filter and added another 20 odd kgs of rock, another 20 to go in, still need to build cabinet and hood, i've got some pretty modern ideas for that.
somehow i've even got plants surviving in there.


Edit: put this photo here for my own comparison, scroll down for more details..

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Nice shot you got there Matt. That driftwood looks unique. Are those breeding nets at the top?
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thanks mate
they sure are nets, simple yet genius design holding melanochromis cyaneorhabdos at the moment.(60+)
my word, you have no idea how hard it is to manouver that piece of driftwood into the tank,=1 full length piece and 1 smaller piece. it has to go in first before any rockwork, then build up underneath it.
backgrounds getting painted black tonight so more pics to come in the next couple days.
hopefully it really excells the colours and variety of it's inhabitants.
latifaciata held again and swallowed
acei are starting to dance around as of late.

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Looks really good. I don't envy you the job of getting that driftwood into place. Sorry to hear about the latifaciata swallowing. Better luck next time.
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Old 05-21-2006, 07:53 AM   #5
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wasn't very happy with the cheesy fake background so thankfully at 1/3 full i can successfully move the tank by myself a side at a time to get to the back for painting.


so the big painting effort was on, i've been meaning to do it since i set it up,
for some reason my pics are turning out different sizes.


very happy with the colour contrasts coming out on the fish.


thought I might throw this one in, it's a mates 8x3x2.5 that we moved outside on the weekend to go to his new house. and yes, that is a 6x2x18 sump for it.



i'll get another pic when it clears up from the major waterchange.
hope you enjoy .

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Very nice. I like the black background.
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That is a great looking tank. The black background is pefect.
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looks great, really emphasizes the rockwork and fish....big difference from the first picture!
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The black background looks much better. Good job.
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thanks everyone for the kind words and thanks AA for all the help.

looks to me like the black background takes the glare off everything..
a few tank details:

size, 6x18x18,
filtration, 2x custom built, corner, twin port, side drop filters.air driven by 2x 2 outlet 1200 lph air pumps.
1X 300W aqua one heater (had nothing but trouble from aqua one, 1x resun heater maintained temp better then this one.)
lighting is a 3 x36w tube fluro for display purposes only,
stand is diy and incomplete as you can see.

inhabitants,
3 x Astatotilapia latifasciata
9 x Melanochromis cyaneorhabdos +fry
13 x Labidiochromis caeruleus juvis
8 x Pseudotropheus acei 'msuli'
10 x Cynotilapia afra ' cobwe'
7 x Dimidiochromis compressiceps juvis
hoping for some demasoni
bulk mts.

ph 8.2
A, 0
Ni, 0
Na, 40 max
hardness, don't know haven't test for months, but high due to limestone.

maintenance is 2 weekly water changes of around 20% and the occasional gravel vac.
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