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Re: rate the the tank above you!!!

Postby iwade4fish » Thu Jun 28, 2012 12:03 am

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Re: rate the the tank above you!!!

Postby major_blunt » Thu Jun 28, 2012 3:15 pm

I like the setup in the top pic the best give it a 7
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Re: rate the the tank above you!!!

Postby NickosW » Sat Jun 30, 2012 11:03 am

To the poster above!! Awesome rockscaping man! Looks pretty natural to me! I'm a big fan of the whole sand substrate, just feel like it looks more natural than gravel. But that's just me.

For the first pic, I reckon an 8 easily. Second.. 7.5?? Clean the glass lol! As for suggestions on how to improve, I wouldn't pretend to tell you what to do, I'm new to this! But I'm sure someone will come along with something smart to say!

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No joke, a customer at my LFS has two salmon catfish in his garage pool. Wtf??? Rate THAT tank!


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This one's mine. Only had it about 5 days. Was a complete freebie from a family member (except for the substrate, I replaced theirs and bought my own sand for my Africans). I know it's pitiful compared to all the previous tanks in this thread (all of them are utterly amazing!!), and I'm not even expecting a score above a 5 (from what I've gathered, things like ornaments and deliberate caves and fake backgrounds are a no-no). But I'm learning and assure you that in a few weeks time when I make the 40 min trip to the only decent cichlid aquarium in the area, I'll totally rescape it and it'll look completely diff!! Atm only have 9 cichlids, (3 johanni's, 2 electric blue, 1 electric yellow, 1 hongi and 1 unknown potential juvenile hongi). Anyway so don't hate on my rookie tank pls :p

edit: oh, and the reason my water looks so cloudy is cause it was a rush job photo taken only 10 mins after I'd completed filling it with water for the first time! Took the pic to send to my dad who's been into cichlids for a while! Water is much much clearer now!
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Re: rate the the tank above you!!!

Postby Ptyochromis » Sat Jun 30, 2012 7:02 pm

iwade4fish wrote:try not to 'try' and make caves/hidey holes. I think it looks fine the way it is, maybe block the line of sight to the rear of the tank.
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I like the way he makes 'caves' It looks natural. Also blocking los of the back of the tank is fine, fish need privacy to. Id give it an 8.8
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Re: rate the the tank above you!!!

Postby major_blunt » Sat Jun 30, 2012 8:25 pm

thanks alot Ptyochromis I did change it again thou cause I got those f1 rusty's from alpine freak on the trading post they all came alive and are doing well after that tramatic 4 day shipping. I liked all the little holes I had in there to thanks
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Re: rate the the tank above you!!!

Postby Brado » Sat Jun 30, 2012 10:39 pm

i give it a 6 just because i cant realy see it, its to dim

mine is also a newbie tank so looking for any ideas i can take

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Re: rate the the tank above you!!!

Postby major_blunt » Sun Jul 01, 2012 2:43 pm

I like it alot think it would look better with a black backround thou 7.5 IMO
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Re: rate the the tank above you!!!

Postby Mr.Dempsey » Sun Jul 01, 2012 3:20 pm

7.2

My 10 gal multie tank
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Too many fish, to little space.
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Re: rate the the tank above you!!!

Postby Brado » Mon Jul 02, 2012 12:51 am

major_blunt wrote:I like it alot think it would look better with a black backround thou 7.5 IMO


yea thats the plan not sure if im up to painting it thought might just buy a black background
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Re: rate the the tank above you!!!

Postby paperjake » Mon Jul 02, 2012 4:25 am

Looks very cavernous. Might be the picture, but I think if you added some foliage, it would look nicer.
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Re: rate the the tank above you!!!

Postby BrendanMc » Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:21 pm

To Mr. Dempsey - I like that a lot, very natural looking.

Here's mine. I know, I know, hide the equipment. I'm working on it!

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Re: rate the the tank above you!!!

Postby Dawg2012 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 3:31 pm

To the OP - I REALLY like the rockwork in the first pic :thumb:
125 Borleyi, Electra and Dolphins
125 Afra, Red-Top Hongi, White/Yellow labs
75 Multies, Cyps and Caudo's (maybe)
75 White Calvus, in work (want another Afra tank :) )
55's Paracyps, Alto's, Peacock, BN Pleco's
Various others...
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Re: rate the the tank above you!!!

Postby deltagunner00 » Tue Jul 03, 2012 7:09 pm

7 to BrendanMc. You already know but the score will go up when equipment is hidden. I like it.

Here is a crappy cell pic of mine. Cant wait to get some Mbuna in it.

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Re: rate the the tank above you!!!

Postby camelworm » Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:35 pm

i give it a 7 i like the set up I'm more of a tang guy myself and there's no fishes


here's mine ... this is a year old or so but im looking to recreate it in a 20 long instead of that old 29 this is prefish as well
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Re: rate the the tank above you!!!

Postby JimA » Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:40 pm

No tank but I will give that red X a 10 best one I have ever seen! :wink:
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