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Show us yer tank! (DO NOT QUOTE PHOTOS)

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  • Registered Users Posts: 23,420 ✭✭✭✭ Sleepy


    put [ img ] [ / img ] either side of the link to the jpg


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,016 vibe666


    here's a little video of the cleaner shrimp in the small marine tank now that I have everyone in it.



    i just changed the ROM on my phone and didn't realise that by default it wasn't recording in HD, so the quality isn't great, but you get the idea.

    the heavy breathing is due to me having just tried to wrestle some 25L drums of water almmost above my head to pour them into my freshwater tank for a water change. :D

    i've named the shrimp Ozzie (as in aussie) as he spends almost as much time upside down as he does the right way up. :pac:

    i also only just found out (by RTFM'ing) that i can turn down the flow rate on my external filter to better suit the tank and that i need to position it lower to get rid of the bubbles (which are bad for the ponies), so that'll keep me busy this evening.


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,548 Draupnir


    fungun wrote: »
    My Melanochromis auratus babies!!!

    Those are very nice!

    Every time I see a species of African cichlid I think they are gorgeous, I think a second tank is coming to my place sooner rather than later!


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,120 ✭✭✭ fungun


    i have a couple spare if interested....


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,597 WIZE


    fungun wrote: »
    i have a couple spare if interested....


    All mine survived and are getting bigger by the day :)


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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,548 Draupnir


    fungun wrote: »
    i have a couple spare if interested....

    Thanks very much, I'll have a look at the finances over the weekend and see what kind of mood the other half is in before coming back to you!


  • Registered Users Posts: 350 ✭✭ Peteemax








    Pete


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,840 ✭✭✭ fred funk }{


    Great tanks pete. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,120 ✭✭✭ fungun


    WIZE wrote: »
    All mine survived and are getting bigger by the day :)

    great, good to hear they are doing ok! :pac:


  • Moderators, Science, Health & Environment Moderators Posts: 23,036 Mod ✭✭✭✭ godtabh


    What size thank are the bemba in?

    How big are they?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,709 ✭✭✭✭ kylith


    Took some more pics today after doing a bit more planting with plants supplied by the lovely Fungun. I'm thinking of going for some more vals at some point, but I'm really loving the new dwarf hairgrass, I think it gives it a much more natural look than just gravel.

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  • Moderators, Society & Culture Moderators Posts: 16,698 Mod ✭✭✭✭ Silverfish


    If your fish is anything like my fish, those plants don't stand a chance. Goldfish imagine themselves great at 'helping' with the 'gardening'.

    Looks great though, hope he behaves.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,709 ✭✭✭✭ kylith


    The swords and the cabomba tend to get uprooted after a couple of days, but I can't bring myself to get fake ones.


  • Registered Users Posts: 63 ✭✭✭ czrewor


    I realise the tank isnt the best setup but kind of did what I could with the money I had. I'll try to get clearer picture at another stage.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,709 ✭✭✭✭ kylith


    Escargantua, the golden apple snail.

    I'm on your anubias, eating your algae
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    Omnomnomnom
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  • Registered Users Posts: 13,016 vibe666


    well, the poor seahorses both died within a couple of weeks. :(

    everything else in the marine tank is thriving so i've no idea what happened to them, unless there is still something in there that i can't see (even after clearing out the two aiptasia anemone's that i found) that might have stung them.

    in slightly happier news, i seem to be finding new things popping up in the tank almost daily at the moment.

    here's some of what i've had appear in the marine tank that i didn't (knowingly) put there. :)

    here's a red mushroomy thing that seems to be doing quite well.

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    some kind of centipede type thing that turned up the other day.

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    and what i assume is a sea cucumber, or possibly a radioactive cornish pasty. :pac:

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    here he is on the front glass, giving it stacks but not really getting anywhere! :D

    you'll have to excuse the audio, i had to change it due to my wife's habit of constantly talking whenever i'm trying to make a video of something. :o


    can anyone else see this vid? it's not displaying for me at all. :(
    here's the link just in case: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_eyXBmTiDWs

    here's a black slug of some kind.



    and a green/yellow slug/snail thing, that i seem to have two of.



    and a pretty amazing video of my starfish asexually reproducing a clone of itself! :)



    yes, it was news to me too! :D

    incidentally, starfish are excellent at keeping the sand clean in the bottom of the tank as they are great burrowers. :)

    it's pretty cool when they burrow into the sand, so i'm going to get a time lapse of him/her/it doing that and post that up the next time i catch him doing it. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 621 ✭✭✭ Bebo stunnah


    3 on the left are my Golden White cloud and the 2 on the right are half of my regular White clouds, lost one the day after I got him, got stuck in the filter outlet frown.gif
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    Here's one of the 2 weather loaches, the other one seems a bit held back recently, he (not sure of the sex of either of them) jumped across the back wall into one of the filter chambers, one with the pump in it, didnt realise he was gone until I noticed there was only one showing up for feeding. he seems to have a slightly crooked back now confused.gif
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  • Registered Users Posts: 23,420 ✭✭✭✭ Sleepy


    Nice to see another white cloud keeper :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,709 ✭✭✭✭ kylith


    Got some new driftwood. There's two bits there, wedged in.
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    And got some sterbei corys. They're my first corys, and I'm all excited about them.
    I got 6, but only two wanted their picture taken
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  • Registered Users Posts: 3,548 Draupnir


    Will that gravel be a bit harsh on the Sterbai?


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  • Registered Users Posts: 17,709 ✭✭✭✭ kylith


    I've gotten differing reports online, with some people who claim to be cory specialists saying that barbel degredation has much more to do with water quality than substrate.

    As you can see in the swap shop I'm looking to swap the gravel for some sand. In the mean time they're under close observation.


  • Registered Users Posts: 350 ✭✭ Peteemax


    kylith wrote: »
    I've gotten differing reports online, with some people who claim to be cory specialists saying that barbel degredation has much more to do with water quality than substrate.

    As you can see in the swap shop I'm looking to swap the gravel for some sand. In the mean time they're under close observation.


    You can pick up some aragonite sand in your building providers fairly cheap. Just give it a good wash.


  • Registered Users Posts: 17,709 ✭✭✭✭ kylith


    Peteemax wrote: »
    You can pick up some aragonite sand in your building providers fairly cheap. Just give it a good wash.
    Might be a silly question, but how would you go about washing sand? Obviously I can't put it in a colander and rinse it because it'd just pour through the holes.

    I dont' think I'd go for the aragonite sand, from a quick google it seems like it'd push up my ph, which isn't something I'd need.


  • Registered Users Posts: 350 ✭✭ Peteemax


    kylith wrote: »
    Might be a silly question, but how would you go about washing sand? Obviously I can't put it in a colander and rinse it because it'd just pour through the holes.

    I dont' think I'd go for the aragonite sand, from a quick google it seems like it'd push up my ph, which isn't something I'd need.


    I just half fill a 10 litre bucket with the sand and rinse it throughly.


  • Registered Users Posts: 6,840 ✭✭✭ fred funk }{


    This is my new 260 litre Tanganyikan tank. It's not finished yet and I have a large internal filter in it that I'll be taking out when the external filter is mature. I'll be hiding the two heaters too. I'm not happy with the layout of the rocks so I reckon I'll rearrange them at some stage.

    I'll be adding some more fish over the next couple of weeks. In it at the moment are 7 Multies, 1 leilupi, 4 Cyps, 1 Pleco and four golden apple snails.

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  • Registered Users Posts: 350 ✭✭ Peteemax


    @fred funk, i think the rock layout looks very good and natural.


  • Registered Users Posts: 621 ✭✭✭ Bebo stunnah


    kylith wrote: »
    Might be a silly question, but how would you go about washing sand?

    The way they do it in water treatmen plants (with the crap from rivers/ lakes) is they reverse the cycle, so if ya got a large container and blasted the sand so its all suspended, all the debris should rise to the top and the sand, being denser will be at the bottom. Then just pour out the water, you may need to skim the top of the sand if you're not happy with it, but the sand underneath should be clean!

    this might help


  • Registered Users Posts: 13,016 vibe666


    that's actually how i clean my sand in my marine tank from time to time, although i just drain out a percentage of the old water using a gravity vacuum pump and then use fresh marine water in a large container that i put above the level of the tank water and run the vacuum pump in reverse so the end of the pump that would normally be in a bucket is in the tank.

    the water coming out of the hose agitates the sand directly under it and separates the grains and mixes it all up, releasing any detritus into the water.

    then it's just a case of doing that in small batches and cranking up the filter to full power and letting it clear the water before continuing one the water is cleared again.

    also, having a starfish or two helps as they bury themselves in the sand and eat all the crap that is left there, mixing it up in the process. :)


  • Registered Users Posts: 621 ✭✭✭ Bebo stunnah


    Found my minnow showing off yesterday, the same day I lost a golden minnow and my last dojo :(
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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,248 ✭✭✭ rhonin


    This is our 180L community tank. Currently has 10 Zebra Danios, 4 Swordtail fish, 2 Balloon Mollies, 4 Panda Corys and 1 Orange Spotted Pleco. The mollies and the Pleco were a bit camera shy!



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