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I posted this in another section but just realized its a bit more appropriate here due to the questions regarding how much rock a tank can hold. Im trying to delete my old post but it wont let me> I am new to this forum. I have about 350lbs of rock/slate. Its a 125 gal tank. The caves go all the way to the back of the tank but its hard to tell with the pictures. Its still a work in progress; I need live plants still and a couple pieces of wood. I have aragonite substrate so I am hoping this will counter-act ill effects of the tanic acid leaching from the wood. I am only going to add the wood if all of the acid is leached out first anyways so I am assuming I will be alright!? Any ones ever use drift wood? Anyways I have no clue what to put in here now (fish) I took a million pictures (A few too many I believe so sorry ha) let me know what you think! I am open to suggestions. Im hoping to have it finished in a week or so.










 

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I'm normally not a fan of the flat slate rocks, but that is the coolest and most natural looking use of them I've ever seen. Very cool, congrats on a killer tank.
 

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I down right love it. It's going to SUCK to have to catch fish or clean it.. but that's ok. It looks amazing. I have to much rock in my tank also. :drooling: :drooling:
 

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I really like the look of that. Good job! :thumb:
 

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wow, totally stunning, amazing, when i re scape my tank, i always run out of ideas, or cant get it looking great,

any chances we can see FULL ROOM photos? looks awfully close to your bed lol, id be too afriad to put my foot or ass through it lol
 

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Have you decided what your going to put in it yet? Cant wait to see pictures of the tank with fish :drooling:
 

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My only critism is that JD hanging behind it ... I'd switch it to Bushmills or Blackbush!!! :thumb:

Seriously though, remember to sacrifice many children to the fish gods for no sick fish ... catching something out of there will be worse than an IRS audit.

But AMAZING looking! Skip the africans though, go real cichlids ... dwarf pikes baby! Lots of compressiceps!!! They need lots of hiding places and to be overstocked as well, prettier and more personality!!!

(looks at my own handle) I might be biased though. :D
 

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What an amazing tank!

But yeah catching a fish in there will be harder then winning the lottery.

Can't wait to see pics with fish in it.
 

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Hey! Thanks for all the reply's haha ya ignore the 2pac poster on my wall in the first pic from when I was 12. I am a huge fan of JD though :dancing: ha.. Ya the sick fish thing will be a nightmare but I have already sacrificed a few small children to the God's so they seem to look favorably upon me now. I cant wait to get some live plants and wood in there. Im still waiting for it to finish cycling. I wanted to do the fishless cycle but just ended up getting lazy and tossing 25 danios in there, you cant even see em in the pictures ha. Anyone know if my nitries will eventually hit zero? Or what exactly am I waiting for. Nitrates are reading but nitrites seem to stay the same over the past week or so, as well as ammonia. I should do a poll to see what I should put in there. I am still debating between mbuna and dwarf pikes.
 

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Aussie_cichlid said:
wow, totally stunning, amazing, when i re scape my tank, i always run out of ideas, or cant get it looking great,

any chances we can see FULL ROOM photos? looks awfully close to your bed lol, id be too afriad to put my foot or ass through it lol
Ya Ill take a full room pic, its literally right along side my bed and its exactly as the bed...Girlfriends (ex's :wink: ) haha have always told me im dangerous when I sleep so I was a bit hesitant but its sturdier then anything. Its by far the most relaxing thing in the world to have next to you falling asleep, and I dont even have fish yet :D
 

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Wow, best tank I've seen, bar none! Great job!

How long did it take you to stack them that way? What type of substrate do you have in the tank?
 

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everyone gets their own ensuite second cave....amazing ...

i think slate gets a raw deal because people just stacks em up like multistory car parks but this is something else...

however as has been mentioned before i would like to see a review of this setup in a years time with its pros and cons because access is limited ...but maybe it will all work out fine...

personally i would not have plants ....keep it real edgy!!
 

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Looks fantastic. What floor is your bedroom on, and how are the floor joists underneath the tank? Just curious. I'm working on getting a 135, but am nervous about the weight. I'm thinking that your 125 will all that rock will weigh more than my 135 :thumb:

Personally, I'd load that beauty up with mbuna. The FP in NT has a great selection, and if you need a local source of p. socolofi, I could set you up with a few :lol: Then again, I've never kept dwarf pikes!
 

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Looks fantastic. What floor is your bedroom on, and how are the floor joists underneath the tank? Just curious. I'm working on getting a 135, but am nervous about the weight. I'm thinking that your 125 will all that rock will weigh more than my 135 :thumb:

Personally, I'd load that beauty up with mbuna. The FP in NT has a great selection, and if you need a local source of p. socolofi, I could set you up with a few :lol: Then again, I've never kept dwarf pikes!
MY Tank has officially cycled! Yaa.. I just woke up and almost overnight it seems nitrites and ammonia has dropped to absolute zero. Im heading to The FP right now. Im going to attempt to not buy anything and just weight my options but I dont think that is going to work out too well haha. I put the tank perpindicular to the cross beams. I did a bit of research on it and it seems like this is fine, and obviously it has been so far. Just make sure to level out the tank once you fill it with about an inch of water, or get a leveler and see how level it is once its placed. I put one inch of water in mine intending to fill the whole thing and the one side of the tank was about 3/4 an inch higher then the other so I just shimmied up the one side (with thin wood) and its worked out great. It depends on the FP'S selection of pike and there advice because my PH is 8.2 due to aragonite substrate and natural tap. I may take you up on the socolofi offer pending on what they have :thumb: wish me luck
 

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stslimited84 said:
Wow, best tank I've seen, bar none! Great job!

How long did it take you to stack them that way? What type of substrate do you have in the tank?
It took about 12 hours total id say - two seperate days of working on it-
Aragonite substrate. That stuff is expensive. I spent almost a quarter my weeks pay on 4 bags of it haha. When stacking them I started from the inside and worked my way out. All the holes in the caves open up to a pretty decent area once you enter them. The center of the tank has caves that go back about a foot or foot and a half in some places.. the black slate on the sides has caves that go back about 10 inches..the red is just face value. Its an arduous process but well worth it in my opinion. And I actually found and broke up all the red slate from the woods behind my house. The black was sold at LFS for 39 cents a pound, which I found to be a great deal. I see some places selling 3$ a rock haha.
 

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zazz said:
personally i would not have plants ....keep it real edgy!!
I have to disagree. Th plants really add to the aquarium. Stick with 'em! :thumb:
 

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stslimited84 said:
zazz said:
personally i would not have plants ....keep it real edgy!!
I have to disagree. Th plants really add to the aquarium. Stick with 'em! :thumb:
I'd like to see what it would look like without the foreground plants. The rest look quite natural and compliment the awesome rock work very well.

Awesome job! :thumb:
 
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