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Colin's Flooded Forest Tank
March 7, 2013
10:48 am
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Colin
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Finally got the chance today to get a couple of pics uploaded to Photobucket to let you all have a look at my new tank.

I have a forty-tank shed called The Fish Hut from which I run a small fishy business and although it is nice to have such an area with lots of tanks to play in, I had really missed having an aquarium in the house where I could sit and relax in comfort - and just watch my fish. When we were building our house I pencilled a tank in a corner of our kitchen/diner as soon as we got the plans from the architect and during the house construction I made sure that this area was fitted with extra power points for all the plugs!

The concept for this tank was basically just to have as large a surface area as possible. This is because we used to have a tank (two houses prior) which was basically a 30" (75cm) cube. I really liked the height but the space from front to back really made the tank for me. This current tank started off as a 6 foot corner tank but I got beaten down to 5 foot and eventually to 4 foot!!! The actual dimensions of the tank are that the back two panels are 48" x 36" (approx 120cm x 90cm) each, the tank is about 72" (180cm) at its widest point and from the front to back corner is approx 48" (120cm). The glass is 15mm thick and has a double base. It was built on site and took 15 days for the silicone to cure before I started to add water.

The ideas for what livestock to have changed several times over the two years it took to finally getting round to getting the tank started! It started off as a planted tank, then a pair of rays and eventually I was settled on having it as a south american biotope. The idea was to have a shoal of altum angels and a few shoals of small fish. The idea has been modified slightly to a theme called "flooded forest". This is mainly because to be "habitat faithful" was turning out to just too difficult to do and I'd either have to do it 100% right or not at all. For example, the wood in the tank is from Scottish beech, the sand is playsand from tesco, the plants are from Asia and in the Amazon basin the fish might also be from thousands of miles apart, so what's the point? Instead I decided to just keep a tank which looks like the side of a river bank during the flooded times of the year with lots of wood, a few plants and fish that will be happy in these conditions. (pH 6 and 25C I never test hardness as I know it is always near 0 anyway). The tank is filtered by a Fluval FX5 and lit by two TMC LED AquaRay 1000ND GroBeams on controllers which simulate dusk, dawn and moonlight periods.

So, current stock after three months includes 8 12-15cm Puntius denisonii barbs, 3 pairs of wild scalare angels which are about 25cm tall, approx 30 rummy nose tetras, approx 20 Danio kyathit, a pair of Apistogramma nijsenni which now have fry, a group of Brochis cf. multiradiatus, a group of Brochis CW034, a group of Cory nijsenni and a group of Cory longipinnis. I have a pair of S. daemon that might end up in there too.

The lights are fantastic and the shimmer effect of the LEDs is way better than fluorescent tubes and a fraction of the cost of metal halides to run. They really give the impression of sunlight filtering through the canopy and the roots.

As I said the branches/roots are all from a beech tree that fell down a year or two ago. The wood was not washed or stripped - i threw them in the tank and for two months a large trio of L330s ate the fungus, lichens, alage and eventually all the old bark of the branches and polished them all up nicely. The Panaque chainsaws are no longer in the tank as their eating habits was just far too messy for the tank. This was all done with a bare substrate and before any other fish were added.

So anyway, here are some pics and I will update from time to time, especially once the Anubias and Java fern I have attached to the woodwork takes hold and spreads!

cheers :)

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March 7, 2013
10:49 am
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Here is a YouTube link to the tank as the lights are taking the tank towards dusk...

March 7, 2013
1:01 pm
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Very nice tank Collin!!

Unfortunately it triggers an immediate reaction: "I want THAT!" :-D

The hight of the tank sure is great for the angels. Do they actually make use of it?

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R.

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March 7, 2013
2:41 pm
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Well about bloody time Laugh

 

Looks good, I'm jealous of your LEDs and those monster denisonii.

March 7, 2013
3:27 pm
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Got a few of those LEDs 2nd hand to sell Tom... much cheapness compared to retail!

I should also add that the photo with the rummynoses and the "fine roots" in the tank is actually dead and dried heather drilled into a beech branch to just look like fine roots. The wee fish really like it and can be seen sleeping in amongst it at night :0

March 7, 2013
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Got a few of those LEDs 2nd hand to sell Tom... much cheapness compared to retail!

I should also add that the photo with the rummynoses and the "fine roots" in the tank is actually dead and dried heather drilled into a beech branch to just look like fine roots. The wee fish really like it and can be seen sleeping in amongst it at night :0

 

Very tempting but just got my last stipend payment and no idea when or where my next paycheque is going to come from so will have to pass!

PS, got a month or so of writing up to do yet but still very much up for coming surveying when you get busy again.

March 7, 2013
11:14 pm
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That is very nice Colin!!

March 8, 2013
11:18 am
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Beautiful but just ons question:why white sand on the bottom and not a darker one ?

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March 8, 2013
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Beautiful! I love watching schools of rummy nose.

March 9, 2013
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Hi Herve,

two reasons for the light coloured sand...

I actually quite like the lighter colour as the rest of the tank is dark with a lot of shadows.

Secondly I got this sand at £2 per 10kg as opposed to dark "aquarium sand" at nearly ten times that amount lol :)

March 10, 2013
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Very nice Colin. I like the light coloured sand as well, and I think you wouldn't get the nice shadows from the wood and even from the fish if dark sand was used.

March 10, 2013
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yeah, that's pretty much my thinking on it too... can't have it all too dark ;)

March 11, 2013
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Looks superb Colin! Are you going to add leaf litter or decided against in the end?

Cake or death?
March 13, 2013
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Hey

 

the tank has a good bit of flow and current in it so the leaves either end up bunched in a corner or stuck to the filter intake... shame as I was wanting to have that as a permanent feature :(

March 24, 2013
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A wee update from today feature=youtu.be

First attempt at making a video montage and it's not too bad but need to work on it lol!

 

 

 

March 24, 2013
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Very nice.

Great to have breeding going on in such a busy community tank.

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