Aquarium Setup • Setting up my 240 gallon, step by step

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Postby Shahlvah » Sun Mar 04, 2012 5:08 am

I am working LOTS of Over time to make this happen by the way....
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Postby Shahlvah » Sun Mar 04, 2012 2:58 pm

I guess for the paint then I can just get a can and roll it as you said, I think the rolling it's easier because you don't get the paint all over the place (I just painted that room) and I will try just pushing the whole thing to open it from the wll, I might be able to move it, that will be the determining factor if I will be able or not
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Postby moneygetter1 » Mon Mar 05, 2012 1:34 am

The driftwood is soaking....I need to pick p the rocks....what else do "we" need?
And yes, I have a fine grain quartz sand, light beige, very natural in color.


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Postby Shahlvah » Mon Mar 05, 2012 2:02 am

:D

I thought so....LOL
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Postby DIAMOND_CICHLIDS » Thu Mar 08, 2012 3:56 am

Very nice :fish: Don"t forget to post picture :popcorn:
70 gallons: cyno. Sp haras, labido sp perlmutt, pseudo saulosi
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125 gallons : mixed malawi males

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Postby Nina_b » Thu Mar 08, 2012 6:23 am

100 cardinals! Pictures when they're there, please

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Postby Shahlvah » Thu Mar 08, 2012 9:17 am

I wil, the tank is cycling now, I will post some pictures of the set up hopefully tonight....and of course as soon as I get the cardinals in.
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Postby des » Thu Mar 08, 2012 10:26 am

Congrats on your new tank. If I ever purchased a tank like this, I would book a week off work and swim in it. :P You're so lucky. What are you using for filtration? What type of ladder are you using to get to the top? j/k :lol:

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Postby Shahlvah » Sat Mar 10, 2012 4:09 am

Answer to your questions....
Filtration: FX5 and a 90 gallon sump with an overhang
Ladder: definitely I will need a ladder, I have a 4 step one made of aluminium...I am not too heavy so I think it will hold...
Booking a week of work...to swim in the tank....I think this is an awesome idea, specially if I can find some power heads that give me current enough to do laps.....
Here are some "before" pictures
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So these are pictures of all that I start this with.
If you have work with a sump similar to mine, let me know because I don't know how to start it.
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Postby Shahlvah » Sat Mar 10, 2012 4:21 am

Help me make a decision on this one....I am not sure if I want to use the rocks I have or if I should go with some nice, different sizes, Colorado river rock.
my sand is very light beige quartz ceramic coated sand., since I am using lots of plants and driftwood, I am not sure what would look better.
240g- 50 g sump + FX5 Tetras , Discus, Fancy plecos
100 g FX5 .
8 Pseudotropheus sp. "Acei" (Msuli)
10 Labeotropheus trewavasae ''Red Top''
10 Metriaclima sp. Long Pelvic Mdoka
10 Pseudotropheus socolofi
10 Pseudotropheus cyaneorhabdos Maingano
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Postby ridley25 » Sat Mar 10, 2012 8:35 am

My only advice on rocks (if you want it to look realistic) is that you choose multiple sizes of one kind of rock. Mixed rock just ends up looking like a garden.

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Postby Shahlvah » Sat Mar 10, 2012 11:16 am

You are right on that one ridley25, I don't want to mix the stones I have with some river stone, I either way go with what I have already or buy all new Colorado river rocks.
It's just that what I have it's not making it for me, and they came with the tank, but they lack of a special form, or anything that tell me...hey, look at me....all of them are basically cube shape. These stones came with the tank.
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Postby jd lover » Sat Mar 10, 2012 12:47 pm

my advice to you is not to go with juvie discus in that big of a tank.
no medicine works better than clean water.
no such thing as too much clean water, so go do a water change now.
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Postby ridley25 » Sat Mar 10, 2012 1:35 pm

You need to get to a landscaping rock yard. These places can be intimidating because the workers have a system, are quite gruff, and expect you to know how they work - most of their clients are contractors who 'speak their language.'

Nonetheless it's the best way to go.

Get some big rocks for the back upon which you can stack medium and small rocks spilling to the front or sides. Big rocks aren't going to shift if you put them in before the sand.

Google some pictures of the lake - the rocks aren't really stacked because there is so much room - a luxury we don't get in 4 and 6 foot increments.

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Postby JimA » Sat Mar 10, 2012 2:15 pm

Great build! Your LFS must love seeing you walk in!! Cha ching..
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