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Sulla
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PostPosted: 2004.09.28(Tue)20:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well if I understand it correctly I will not really have to cycle as you do with a new tank as I am moving over all the filtering from my old tank. If any one has any advice on this let me know.

On the old tank I have both canister filters going one for about a week and one for 3 or 4 months. I also have the biowheel going for over a year. In the old tank a 29 I have a couple of zebra tetras and a betta just to keep the tank going. After moving all to the new tank if I go with small Silver Dollars how many can I add at one time?
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PostPosted: 2004.09.28(Tue)20:31    Post subject: Reply with quote

aaahhhh! instant cycle then
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PostPosted: 2004.09.30(Thu)22:34    Post subject: Reply with quote

I haven't been following this but I echo everyone elses words! I skimmed, so if any of this is redundant please forgive me.

A few comments:

Have you seen "blocks" as opposed to "sheets" of styrofoam available? Maybe something that would fit snugly in the corner of a 10 gallon.

How would a razor or pocketknife do as far as carving goes(I don't need as much preciseness as you do, but still enough to get the general form of what I'm trying....I will also be putting a hole or 2 for plumbing to go through this.

What kind of concrete is this? Doesn't leach anything Correct? Web link to a product site for this might be useful.
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PostPosted: 2004.10.01(Fri)12:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

You can get blocks of foam. If you hardware store doesn't have it, check packaging/mailing shops, or arts/crafts shops.

You should be able to use a small saw or knife no problem. I don't know if a razor would work. Maybe a long blade box knife.

Concrete shouldn't leech anything. Including quickcrete. Unless you have to add sand/stone mix yourself. Then it depends on what you add.
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PostPosted: 2004.10.01(Fri)23:19    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the tips! I assume Quikcrete is something from the hardware store again?

I think I will need a lot of styrofoam as I'm pretty sure I will mess up several times before getting it right. But I guess it is possible. Will continue any updates on this plan on its own topic so as not to overrun this one.
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PostPosted: 2004.10.03(Sun)22:33    Post subject: Reply with quote

nonamethefish - You can get detials on products on the site I got the idea from http://www.catfishheaven.net/day1.html. Compare this thread and that site and it will give you a good idea of how to do the tank.

Well things seem to be going well so I added the gravel, plants, filters and fish from the other tank. Now I just need to figure out what fish will be the permanent residents:)

This is an image of the tank on one of the days while I am changing water. Also you can see I have my bright light combo on it testing it out.


This is an image with the plants, gravel, temp fish and filters added.


Same as above but with different lighting to give a better view.


Now do I pick the Electric Yellow Cichlids or the Silver Dollars hmm:) [/url]
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PostPosted: 2004.10.03(Sun)22:37    Post subject: Reply with quote

ohhh man...that is so cool...I can't wait to see what it looks like when you get your plants going and the fish in.

I almost forgot! When you heat that styrofoam up to texturize it did you have much shrinkage?
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PostPosted: 2004.10.03(Sun)22:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

Glad you like it but the plants are plastic so the will be the same unless I add more as I have bought way more than I needed.

With the filters I am running and moving my gravel etc over from the other tank I wander how many fish I can introduce at one time. I will take out the old fish so that will help. I wonder if I can add 6 at one time if they are say 2 inches or smaller each? As I said I am much better at the background part than the fish part:)
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PostPosted: 2004.10.03(Sun)23:01    Post subject: Reply with quote

Oh sorry forgot to answer your question yes it does shrink some but you just have to play with the heat to get what you need.
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PostPosted: 2004.10.10(Sun)21:57    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well just a little update. I decided to go with Electric Yellow Cichlids as they like the caves (they are having a blast). Over all the tank is doing well with the new fish.

Also I used spot-x an fda approved glass polish made from ground sea shells and it really got the building off the glass after nothing else would. But I didn't get it all out so I am still filting tiny particles that are slowly coming out from here and there with a new magnum 350 I purchased for cleaning the tank and waterposhing.

I still need to finish the hood, paint hte ends of the tank and add a trim piece to cover the bottom of the tank and the foam mat. When I get that done I will see about posting more pictures.
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