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Post by BigFishMan25 on Sun Mar 28, 2010 2:45 pm

Most of you know that I kept mostly Mbuna, well I'm going away to college in the fall so I needed to find a way to make this so that someone in my house could do maintenance without it being as extensive as I used to do it. I used to have several tanks now I'm down to just my 55.

Last night I tore everything down and scraped the black paint off of the background.

Today I am painting the new blue background.

Either tomorrow or later tonight the tank will go back in the basement.

Tomorrow all the sand and some of the rocks will be put back in.

Later in the week the fish will go in.

Filtration - Marineland C-220, Emperor 280, Eheim 2026, Aquaclear 50. If it sounds like overkill... it is. But hey if I have them all laying around I'm going to use them.

Hopefully I'll have some pictures later.

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Post by BigFishMan25 on Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:49 am

Ok just a little ticked right now. My Eheim and Aqua Clear are working fine, but my C220 doesn't want to pump water and my Emp. 280 is hardly flowing. I need to find a new power strip as well.

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Post by cichlidman on Mon Mar 29, 2010 8:50 pm

No such thing as over kill on filtration.

Problems after sitting? It can be frustrating.

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Post by BigFishMan25 on Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:17 pm

Well the bio mass from 2 fish really isn't going to be that much so 10x over really isn't needed. Hopefully I can get the Emp flowing at full speed, but the C 220 seems like a goner. The Eheim and AC50 seem fine right now. Oh and my original heater also decided that it didn't want to start up again. Doesn't matter cause I had a brand new one that was supposed to be for another tank that never happened.

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Post by addicted2cichlid on Mon Mar 29, 2010 11:32 pm

good luck Cam, let me know if u need anything... u still need to stop by my place and check out the reef!
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Post by BigFishMan25 on Tue Mar 30, 2010 12:04 am

Ok just went and messed with my Emp. My water level was a little low because I didn't have my big rocks in yet and I think there was an air bubble in the intake tube. So now it's starting to pick up. Still no luck on the C 220 and my AC50's impeller is pretty rough. Even with the Emp and Eheim I should be fine.

Reused the sand that I had in the tank. The tank had water and some fish running with the Eheim before this whole project, but I decided to go a different direction. Reason for this whole project.

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Post by BigFishMan25 on Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:06 am

This is what I have so far. Sorry about the dirty glass and the low water level. If it looks hazy it really isn't I just haven't cleaned the glass.





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Post by BigFishMan25 on Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:07 am

Also I have not done the aquascaping yet.

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Post by Aura on Wed Mar 31, 2010 9:55 am

BigFishMan25 wrote:Also I have not done the aquascaping yet.
I like the way the rocks look. Sometimes I think the aquascaping looks better when we just randomly pile rocks than when we purposely place each one. Very Happy

Like the sand too. What kind is it?
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Post by BigFishMan25 on Wed Mar 31, 2010 11:20 am

The sand is Quickcrete? All purpose. Very messy but turns out nice.

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Post by theswede on Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:53 pm

Very nice! The aquascaping looks good that way. I agree with Betty when it comes to rockwork. Random looks much better.
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Post by BigFishMan25 on Wed Mar 31, 2010 3:46 pm

Problem with the rock work now is that it would be fine for them now, but not for very long. The spaces are pretty small. I don't know right now, might keep it might switch it around.

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Post by BigFishMan25 on Thu Apr 01, 2010 1:31 pm

Should be getting the fish today

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Post by BigFishMan25 on Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:50 am

Picked up 4 little ones today. I'll take some pictures tomorrow.

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Post by cichlidman on Fri Apr 02, 2010 1:55 am

Very nice..

It is coming together very well.

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Post by nitroloser on Sat Apr 03, 2010 11:23 pm

they should love that
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Post by BigFishMan25 on Sun Sep 19, 2010 6:06 pm

Ok. I haven't been home in about a month. I am going home soon and staying there. Hopefully I can work on this again. My goal is to create blue gene dempsey's, and produce some EBJD. Maybe mess with some Gold Gene as well.

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Post by Drake-tripod on Sun Sep 19, 2010 11:04 pm

so yal now i dont read so you gonna try and breed?
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Post by Drake-tripod on Sun Sep 19, 2010 11:30 pm

dude that rock work wont work for 4 jds in a 55 not enough space bro
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Post by BigFishMan25 on Mon Sep 20, 2010 12:12 am

Nah I'm going back to 2 dempseys. In those pictures I have 1/3 of the rocks in. The other 2/3 are sitting on the floor lol

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Post by Drake-tripod on Mon Sep 20, 2010 9:33 pm

this isnt a mbuna set up jacks dont need or really like that stuff man...
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Post by BigFishMan25 on Tue Sep 21, 2010 12:47 am

Lol you're lost Derek. I just have it clumped up. I'm going to move it out of piles and hopefully put in a piece of driftwood.

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Post by Drake-tripod on Tue Sep 21, 2010 8:33 pm

lol well there isnt much room in a 55 if thats a 1/3 of the rock that tank gonna be busy with rock and drift wood you know jacks get like 9 inches
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Post by BigFishMan25 on Wed Sep 22, 2010 2:54 am

I'm not putting anymore rock in. If anything I'm taking some out. Those pictures are from 5 months ago.

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Post by cichlidman on Wed Sep 22, 2010 5:17 am

It will be fine for a couple of Jacks.. Add a nice Royal Pleco or something with the driftwood.

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