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NOAH
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PostPosted: 2004.08.30(Mon)8:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Man that is going to be A1 AWSOME.You look like you have got this background down pat. I really want to see this fininshed.
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PostPosted: 2004.08.30(Mon)10:09    Post subject: Reply with quote

The really hard part now is trying not to rush it:) I have finished carving and heating with a heat gun (to smooth out the sharp edges and make it look more brick like) the first section and cut it and test fitted it in the aquarium. Now I just need to finish the next two of the 3 total sections. Test fit all them together. Cut all holes openings for filter inlets and outlets. Compensate for the added size of the concrete. Conrete, color, texture, cure, install, cure, change water, cure, add huge amounts of plastics mostly non aquarium plants, more water changes, finish my stand, paint stand, paint aquarium ege to match, brace floor, decide if I am going to cut carpet or shim for leveling on top of carpet, level, add gravel, add water for the last time, build hood with new lighting system, hmm sure I am forgetting a lot of things:)

Then figure out what kind of fish to add that will not destroy plants (no oscars even if I like them) - they have to like high pH that comes out of tap - big enough so I can sit back on the couch and enjoy them, not to large (red belly pacu) - schooling maybe ( or schooling with other non schooling tank mates) - seems like african cichlids would be best water wise but I am wondering if all chicklids redecorate their tanks as much as Oscars and of course no schooling, maybe a school of red hook silver dollars but I think they like lower pH, I really am having a hard time figuring out the fish part....


Any way this project is teaching me to be patient and making my head hurt at the same time as you can see by the rambling above:) What a way to spend a vacation;)
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PostPosted: 2004.08.30(Mon)10:16    Post subject: Reply with quote

If I had the skill to do what your doing, it would be a wonderful way to spend a vaction.,but do take your time.african C. do tend to rearange things sometimes and if your thinking of having plants the pacu might be a bad idea.I've never owned any ,but if they are like silver D. they will mowe down some plants.oops just realised you thought about S.d. as well and I can tell yuo now they will nibble the hell out of your plants.
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PostPosted: 2004.08.30(Mon)10:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

Yes but I am using plastic plants;) Also I am thinking if not silver dallors maybe Gourami or both?
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PostPosted: 2004.08.30(Mon)14:14    Post subject: Reply with quote

In that case I would definately go withthe S.D's. I realy love them, but I love my plants a little more.although some day I do plan on getting more.
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PostPosted: 2004.08.30(Mon)14:58    Post subject: Reply with quote

Any suggestions on how many silver dollars? I think after getting the background and all of the fallen "rocks" etc in that the tank is going to be around 75 - 85 gallons out of the original 125. Also what kind of fish do you think would make good tank mates?
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PostPosted: 2004.08.31(Tue)20:17    Post subject: Reply with quote

OK well I had some moving I had to do today so I took the day off from working on the background and decided to post a group of the latest photos.

This first image is of Donnies tank after being up about a year and having a nice covering of algae. It looks really great now.


This image is of the side of the background that I am finished carving on. Also this image was taken before I cut it off of the main block and made the passages down to the inlet for the canister filter.


This is a picture of the end piece fitted into the tank.


This is an image of some of the "Non-aquarium" plants I got today to round out what I need for the tank. Between the ones I have and these I will have a nice green tank with lots of interest besides the background. Thats about a 3' by 3' area they cover. I went ahead and picked them up so I could start soaking and cleaning them.


This is an image of the space for the inlet for one of the canister filters (the other inlet will be on the other in with the returns coming out behind the face.


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A view of the front look closely and you can see the light coming thrue the inlet tunels going to the canister filter inlet, also on the bottom left you can just see the grate I am using.


This next image shows me starting on the face and gives a good idea of the process I am using to make a rough background to mold the cement on.


This is the latest progress on the face before I stoped last night.


more to come....
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PostPosted: 2004.09.01(Wed)2:44    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wow! I'm impressed. Surprised

This is going to be fantastic once it up and running... can't wait! Very Happy
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PostPosted: 2004.09.01(Wed)7:29    Post subject: Reply with quote

sulla with good filtration I would get 4-5 S.D. and Another suggestion wuold be to leave your lighting alittle on the dim side.IME S.D's are a lot more relaxed in not so bright set up.
your prgress is great. I'm loving it man.
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PostPosted: 2004.09.01(Wed)8:03    Post subject: Reply with quote

What are you carving this out of? sorry if you already said it... It looks awesome and the face is going to look great!

Byez!! Very Happy
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