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#1 Bigpig

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Posted 16 August 2007 - 12:27 PM

This is my 96 litre tank.
It is a Juwel Rekord, and is 80 cm long, 30cm wide and 40 cm deep.
It came with a built in, internal filter.
I keep it at 24 degrees.
I added another lighting tube, so now it has 2 x 18 watt tubes which I have on 10 hours a day. i have the lights go off for a 2 hour break after the first 5 hours on.
I have put in a fine gravel substrate, with Tropica substrate underneath it. I'm hoping that this will result in strong growth of the stem plants that i have along the back.
These are Hygrophilia Polysperma, Ludwigia, and Vallis.
As you will see, I also have some cryptos in the foreground, with Anubis and Java fern (thin leafed type) attached to the bog wood.
There is also a small amount of Riccia tied to slate.

I made to slate caves myself by chipping a big chunk of slate into workable sizes, and then filing it into the required shapes.

I have 3 small Bristlenose plecs in here. Plus 6 Cherry Barbs, 5 White Cloud Mountain Minnows, 2 Black Phantom Tetras, and one Peacock goby. Oh and 7 Amano Shrimps.

I would like to add some Corys, and was thinking of Panda.
What do you think?
Would small corys be happy in this set up.
I had thought to get half a dozen.

Thanks for any advice.
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Posted 16 August 2007 - 09:43 PM

Yes nice setup, like your rockwork but maybe a bit bright for Cory's, I know what you are doing with plenty of light for growing your plants but if you want to add your panda's I would create some hiding places at the back of your tank with maybe more rock/slate or driftwood for the Cory's to retire to if they feel it is a bit bright for them and maybe a small pipe or two for your bristlenoses. Let us know how you get on.
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Posted 17 August 2007 - 01:03 PM

QUOTE(scotcat @ Aug 16 2007, 10:43 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
Yes nice setup, like your rockwork but maybe a bit bright for Cory's, I know what you are doing with plenty of light for growing your plants but if you want to add your panda's I would create some hiding places at the back of your tank with maybe more rock/slate or driftwood for the Cory's to retire to if they feel it is a bit bright for them and maybe a small pipe or two for your bristlenoses. Let us know how you get on.


Thats an interesting point about it being too bright for Corys.
I am planning to add another piece of bogwood, and some more slate/rock work caves.
I was also hoping that the stem plants would grow tall and bushy, and make more shade below them.
Perhaps I will wait until these plants are up a bit before getting the corys.
thanks for the advice.


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Posted 20 August 2007 - 03:49 PM

I agree with Allan, that it might be a bit too bright in your tank at moment, (looks good though wink.gif ) and his suggestion of more places to hide will do the trick.
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Posted 20 August 2007 - 07:38 PM

QUOTE(clunk @ Aug 20 2007, 04:49 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
I agree with Allan, that it might be a bit too bright in your tank at moment, (looks good though wink.gif ) and his suggestion of more places to hide will do the trick.


Hiya, thanks for the reply.
I have decided to set up another tank with a bit less light, and keep this one for my plants, and fish that are ok with light.
I have 3 bristlenose in there, 2 of them, (a common, and that odd wee one, see other post) dont seem bothered by the brightness, but one that I suspect is a young Rununculus only comes out in dim light or after dark.
I have been researching the idea of a river tank, with lots of water flow, sandy substrate, wood, and perhaps just a couple of plants. Maybe jave fern, and some moss.
I just need to convince my girlfriend that we have room for another tank.


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Posted 20 August 2007 - 08:14 PM

When you mentioned a River style tank I just remembered about a book that I have that shows you all the type setups from Asian & African tanks with a Zaire River Rapids setup through to Marine as well. I have just got it out of my Library again and I forgot how good a book this is if you have a tank style in mind and want a little help and ideas. It is 16 years old but still relevant.

The Complete Aquarium by Peter W.Scott. Published by Dorling Kindersley. ISBN no. 0-86318-603-3. It will probably be out of print but a search on the web or e-bay may throw it up.
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Posted 21 August 2007 - 09:40 AM

QUOTE(scotcat @ Aug 20 2007, 09:14 PM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
When you mentioned a River style tank I just remembered about a book that I have that shows you all the type setups from Asian & African tanks with a Zaire River Rapids setup through to Marine as well. I have just got it out of my Library again and I forgot how good a book this is if you have a tank style in mind and want a little help and ideas. It is 16 years old but still relevant.

The Complete Aquarium by Peter W.Scott. Published by Dorling Kindersley. ISBN no. 0-86318-603-3. It will probably be out of print but a search on the web or e-bay may throw it up.


Thanks for the tip, I will try to track that book down.
This morning I discovered that one of my Bristlenoses is trying to tunnel underneath the slate caves that I have in there.
Perhaps he needs more hiding places.
I'm going to put some pipes in today to see what happens.





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