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Caton's high-tech 75g custom rimless tank
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katienaha
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PostPosted: 2010.11.18(Thu)11:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caton wrote:

Soo...

20x rummies
6x stebai cories
1x L-102
10x columbian tetra
Pair Laetacara dorsigera?

The reason why I am giving such high stocking numbers is because with the big sump, inside that sump lots of plant and media and because the tank itself is going to be heavily planted with multiple species of plants from the Genus rotala with hopefully a ricca or HC, or a Staurogyne sp foreground (courtesy of Tom Barr....maybe) and maybe even some mini pellia tied to a piece of driftwood with some S
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PostPosted: 2010.11.18(Thu)11:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

katienaha wrote:
I don't think the amount of rummies is so bad. As you have said, you are looking at constant water change options, you have a large sump, and you are home ALL THE TIME and you put constant effort into your tanks. Maybe try for 30? Might be a bit more of a reasonable goal.

Plus, I absolutely love rummynose tetras. They are so beautiful.
Even if you didn't have a constant water change going on via pumps and pipes, I trust that you would be the type of person who would perform daily waterchanges on this tank anyways.


Gee, thanks. You just said I have no life Rolling Eyes Laughing

I really want a large shoal, I am looking at these AGA tanks and they just make me drool. I might be doing a wet-dry instead of a sump though, but I hope to do a sump. I want a large school plus a small shoal of a larger tetra and one or two "centerpiece fish" ( Laetacara dorsigera maybe? It was love at first sight for this fish)
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PostPosted: 2010.11.19(Fri)18:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

What do you guys think of this stocking:

30x rummies
6x stebai cories (let them breed)
Couple of L-102
10x columbian tetra
Pair Laetacara dorsigera
Maybe some otos
Some shrimp (like RCS)

I hope to have a lot of fast growing stems and maybe some ricca.
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PostPosted: 2010.11.19(Fri)18:46    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was thinking a tank maybe like this:


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Caton
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PostPosted: 2010.11.24(Wed)0:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

Got some more eye candy, figured you guys wanted proof that I got the tank and that it looks nice:

Crying or Very sad Surprised The horrible part:


Aaand figure I would show you a 20g high tank that was given to me...I almost don't want it but I think after some hot water and lemon jucie or vinegar it will be fine:



Sorry. about the terrible cell-phone pictures
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PostPosted: 2010.11.24(Wed)21:18    Post subject: Reply with quote

show us an after picture of that 20g post-vinegar!!
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PostPosted: 2010.11.25(Thu)1:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

katienaha wrote:
show us an after picture of that 20g post-vinegar!!


I will...it will be awhile just because I have no use for it right now, already have my 75g, a 15g and a 30g I need to set-up.
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PostPosted: 2010.11.30(Tue)0:36    Post subject: Reply with quote

Okay, I have been thinking on what plants to get. Here is what I am planning so far.

Alternanthera reineckii
Blyxa japonica
Blyxa aubertii
Ricca (maybe...I might have to trim to much for this or it might float and make the surface look nasty)
Cryptocoryne crispatula 'Balansae'
Ludwigia Repens
Ludwigia inclinata var. verticillata 'Cuba'
Hemianthus callitrichoides (gonna do dry start method)
Limnophila aromatica
Cabomba furcata
Hottonia palustris
Hygrophyla polysperma
Ludwigia inclinata
Pogostemon helferi (downoi)
Pogostemon stellatus
Rotala rotundifolia
Rotala sp. 'Vietnam'
Rotala sp. 'Goias'
Rotala hippuris
Poaceae sp. 'Purple Bamboo'
Heteranthera zosterifolia
Pogostemon erectus
Staurogyne sp. (not sure what kind yet, most likely whatever is cheapest and grows quickest might also do DSM with this plant)

I keep seeing more and more plants that I like. This will most definently change but this is the basic outline of what I am looking for. There is a lot of red in that list, I am not sure I like that, but I also don't want just all green. Hopefully I can get a good hardscape also. Not to brag but when I do a hard scape in tanks 20g or above I just love the way they look. But when I plant it the tank imediately looks terrible because I don't know where to plant.
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PostPosted: 2010.12.01(Wed)1:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

Dunno if I'd bother doing DSM with Staurogyne, grows fine to start off with (and I think has to switch emersed/submersed foliage unlike HC).

Thats a pretty big list of plants though, planning on a Dutch scape? Thats about the only way I can see you managing to fit in all those different plants.

Pretty surprised you haven't mentioned any Eriocaulons, your list has lots of plants that are "in" right now & Erios would fit right in that list! Laughing
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PostPosted: 2010.12.01(Wed)17:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

No DSM for stauro....okay. I guess I can just get a bunch of stems to start out with. I am in the planning stages of designing the sump. I am thinking three compartments, one for bio-media, one for random plants/jail and one for equipment such as the heater, pump, all that stuff. I hope to have the replacement glass by next week or the week after that. I am thinking of just skipping the planted/jail area all together and having one huge bio-media area. This is going to be sorta dutch. It has a rather large footprint so I figured it would be good. This isn't the final list...there might be some Erios. I love how there are plant fads in the aquarium hobby. Right now in the shrimp world its sulawesi and for plants it erios and staurogyne. For fish it celetial pearl danios. Once I get this glass replaced, next purchase is the light. I have around 100-125 rootmedic capsules coming in the mail sometime. 25 capsules is good for 40-55g tanks so...I guess I will have a two years supply of them Very Happy
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