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Post by kshill2011 on Wed Jan 25, 2012 11:37 am

so i started my tang tank setup just a few days ago. using a 55gal. painted the back glass black. black stand, black canopy. using 3 sponge filters that were seeded from prior tanks.
and my cf500uv aquatop canister filter. substrate is a crushed coral mixed with a unknown playsand i got from my grandma. washed the play sand. added hornwort and a anubias to help cycle the tank. been running for 4 days now. i also caught 4 wild crayfish to test the water and they have been fine in there for 3 days so it should be done cycling soon. working on siliconing some hardscape today.
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and the filter
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Post by Bluesaltwater87 on Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:05 pm

well looks good from here. so your not goin to use an under gravil filter? i like to use under gravil filters for fresh water, and chilid tanks. It looks good and looks like a clean set up. keep us posted.

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Post by kshill2011 on Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:12 pm

nope didnt really think about an undergravel filter Razz
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Post by Bluesaltwater87 on Wed Jan 25, 2012 12:21 pm

ya it just makes the water go throught the substrate much easyer and more effective and on top of that it can make one hell of a filter lol lol!
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Post by kshill2011 on Thu Jan 26, 2012 7:27 pm

finished siliconing the rockwork together and it wasnt as high as i would have liked it so i put some bigger rocks under the ones i siliconed and heres what i came up with i like it so far but would still like it a bit higher.. oh wells.

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Post by Bluesaltwater87 on Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:05 pm

looks great from here
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Post by kshill2011 on Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:22 pm

still wish the pile was a bit bigger :S
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Post by Bluesaltwater87 on Thu Jan 26, 2012 8:25 pm

well it looks fine. dont stress. and on top of that it is for tanganyika fish. they need to swim. so i think my self it looks great.
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Post by kshill2011 on Wed Feb 01, 2012 4:24 pm

just got my fish in they are julidochromis transcriptus "bemba" i ordered 4 but 2 were DOA and the guy off aquabid said there is no DOA policy on 2 day shipping. kinda lame but crap happens i guess. i will post pics of them as soon as i can.
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Post by dan ray 14 on Sat Feb 11, 2012 3:18 am

Descent setup you got their. Post your stock list.

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Post by Admin on Sat Feb 11, 2012 10:08 am

i actually changed it up a bit. i will have to take a new pic. ive only got 2 julie transcriptus bemba and some danios as dithers.

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Post by dan ray 14 on Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:08 pm

Oh really .I have a question does your filter have a built in heater?????

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Post by kshill2011 on Sun Feb 12, 2012 5:41 pm

it doesnt have a built in heater. it only has the 4 stage filtration and a uv sterilizer.
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Post by kshill2011 on Sun Feb 19, 2012 3:18 pm

just an update on my tank. added another pile, a piece of flag stone and some valisneria.

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and my dominant julidochromis transcriptus "bemba"

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Post by dan ray 14 on Tue Feb 21, 2012 2:22 pm

Looking better

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Post by Bluesaltwater87 on Tue Feb 21, 2012 6:05 pm

looking good man keep it up
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Post by kshill2011 on Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:22 am

finally got some shellies from congo1040 and they are amazing.
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Post by kshill2011 on Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:22 am

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Post by kshill2011 on Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:28 am

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Post by kshill2011 on Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:29 am

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Post by dan ray 14 on Tue Mar 06, 2012 12:51 am

Nice how are they doing in their new tank ?

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Post by kshill2011 on Tue Mar 06, 2012 3:26 pm

they love it
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Post by dan ray 14 on Tue Mar 06, 2012 8:14 pm

Nice similis did you buy a pair? Because you can fit a colony in that 55 ,or are you saving room for other species?

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Post by kshill2011 on Wed Mar 07, 2012 12:08 pm

i bought 3 female 2 males. i also have 2 unsexed julidochromis transcriptus and i am saving up for some cyps
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