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rate the the tank above you!!!

Postby cichlids _killer » Tue Aug 05, 2008 1:51 pm

scale for 1 to 10 ..rate the tank above you....then post the pic of your tank for the next one to rate and keep this post going... :thumb:
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Postby mittzgame » Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:28 am

I am assuming 10 is high...

I would rate cichlids _killer's tank a 7.

Love the style of the rock, sand, use of depth, black background. I think the height of the tank could be better used though, there is a lot of empty space since the rocks barely make it half way up the tank. Also, don't see many fish, other than the few yellow labs and some peacocks, are there others in there? If not, up your stocking, it looks like you have plenty of room!

Here's the next tank to rate:

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125- M. Estherae, Ps. Acei, A. "German Red", A. Stuartgranti (Usisya), A. Baenschi, N. Venustus, Sc. Fryeri
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Postby blairo1 » Wed Aug 06, 2008 11:35 am

Both great tanks!

I'd have to say the tank above is a good 7. I really like the choice of rock and the hardscape. It's just me but I'd want a little more randomization in the rock pile placement. But I understand this may well be as-is due to territory requirements. I think the way the rock piles are built up are fantastic, nicely done!

I'll go for one of mine from the other end of the spectrum now:

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Postby jbacker7 » Wed Aug 06, 2008 12:12 pm

I like it, very natural looking, I give it an 8 because I think it really captures the fish's natural habitat. The cover is great and there is still plenty of open swimming room.

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Not the best I know but I'm looking for suggestions on how to make it better so your ideas and critisizm are very appreciated! :)
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Postby Hoosier Tank » Wed Aug 06, 2008 12:47 pm

I'll give it a 5, kinda plain and bare. First it needs a background, either a painted back or a stick-on. That will help hide the filters. Also without knowing what is stocked in it, if it's mbuna you need tons more rocks. Now, I like the sand substrate and it is so clean looking I think you are doing a great job in the Maintenance dept.

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Postby CICHLUDED » Wed Aug 06, 2008 12:56 pm

Very nice Hoosier,

I give it a 7…

Very clean looking tank… Nice rock work… Substrate looks good….
I would rate this tank higher, but I think the greenery looks a little out of place.


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Postby terd ferguson » Wed Aug 06, 2008 2:28 pm

I'll give this one a 7. I'd give it an 8 with darker substrate.

Here's mine full of whoppers. You can see my sig line for stocking. Click on the image for a larger version...
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Postby cc_woman » Wed Aug 06, 2008 5:35 pm

I'll give your's an 8. I love how the driftwood looks, and either those are some darn big fish, or the tank is small lol (im guessing darn big fish)

Here is mine, still sort of under progress, I personally think mine needs more slate, sorry about the cloudiness, just got finished with a water change and sand tossing lol.

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PS, and any non african cichlids you see in there are going into my 125 I am getting today :)
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Postby h0nkzz » Wed Aug 06, 2008 5:49 pm

I'll give yours a 6 due to it still being under progress. higher stack of uniformed slate might just do the job.

Here's my shell dwellers set up. 4' 20 gal with some rasboras in top water.

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Postby terd ferguson » Wed Aug 06, 2008 7:38 pm

cc_woman wrote:I'll give your's an 8. I love how the driftwood looks, and either those are some darn big fish, or the tank is small lol (im guessing darn big fish) :)


Yeah, they're pretty big, lol. Albino Oscar is about 14" for reference. The tank is 190g, stocking is in my sig line.



For h0nkzz, I'll give you an 8. Very nice shellie set up. You might have gotten a 9 with more plants. But really, really good job. :thumb:

Africans in the 54g bowfront...
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Postby Ravenatnm » Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:03 pm

easilly an 8, the driftwood and plants look amazing. If you had more rockwork behind the wood I'd rate it higher.

Here is my 75:

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Postby cichlids _killer » Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:32 pm

first to say thanks everyone to share their tank and keeping this post going......c'mom people join in let everybody see your tank
Ravenatnm u got a 8 ..really nice setup .love that river rock stacking up together
well here's my 75 gallon tank ..i know the background gotta go but i just dont have the times for it yet ..when i do its wil be black like the 210gallon on my 1st post
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Postby cc_woman » Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:34 pm

I'll give you a 7, I like the rock work in your tank, but you are right, that background is just too busy :)

Here is another tank, don't have a current pic which it looks much nicer now than without all the cloudiness. Once the plants fill in it should look nicer. Another one of my tanks that is still under construction lol. This was a few hours after setting it up, 40 gallon tall.

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Postby cichlidNub » Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:52 pm

I always loved the plant themes but could never get them to grow. Here's my 75.

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Postby cichlids _killer » Wed Aug 06, 2008 9:55 pm

uhmmm cichildnub you didnt rate the tank above you.... :D
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