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spxsk
03-17-2008, 09:32 AM
Here is my new set up for my 90. This was set up as a Tanganyikan Reef before, but I have drifted back to my first love, new world cichlids and planted tankshttp://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l148/spxsk/Full90Shot.jpg
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l148/spxsk/DownDriftwood2.jpg
Fauna:
7 Geophagus Brasiliensis
21 Red Eye Tetra (if you would like some, I am selling for $1 a piece)
5 Corydora
1 Albino Ancistrus
A few gold barbs (left from cycling)

http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l148/spxsk/RedEyeTetra.jpg
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l148/spxsk/Geoandplants.jpg
Flora:
3 Echinoduras blehri (potted due to earth eaters)
1 mat of Java Fern woven to coconut mat
1 very small anubias Nana inserted in drift wood
1 Madagascar Lace (trying again, success has never been mine with this plant)

System:
RR 90 gallon nearly bare bottom
w/d sump with fluidized bed in the return
hot mag

Pending installs:
260 watt Coralife 6700k lighting
Pressurized CO2
9 watt UV Sterilizer

The geophagus are just here growing until my in wall 270 is finished being plumbed and cycled. Please give me suggestions or observations. I love this forum and all the help it provides!

biggin
03-17-2008, 09:57 AM
Very nice, I like the potted plant look.

supersmirky
03-17-2008, 10:20 AM
That looks very good! I love the german rams

biggin
03-17-2008, 10:21 AM
Pretty sure those are the Geophagus Brasiliensis....


That looks very good! I love the german rams

supersmirky
03-17-2008, 10:22 AM
Yep....I looked at the pics again and this time more closely. I jumped the gun...lol

UncleSamsPuppet
03-17-2008, 12:04 PM
I'm really digging the large driftwood with only a few plant species look!!! It came out very nice!

Just a thought... If you don't like the planted pot look or wanted to try something a little more natural looking, you could build up some rock formations around the pots to hide/disguise them a bit. (though i think the pots still look good especially with the semi-bare bottom).

From what I understand the Madagascar Lace is a pretty tough plant to grow. Supposedly when the voids in the leaves get clogged it plant will die (or at least that leaf). I'm guessing extra filtration and the UV will help, but don't know for sure. Definitely keep us posted on how it develops this time around.

lellison
03-17-2008, 01:13 PM
wow, the tank looks amazing!

spxsk
03-17-2008, 01:58 PM
Thank you for all the compliments and the suggestion Andrew. I have thought of trying to disguise the pots, but am worried about how many I would have to stack in order to cover the pots distracting from the entire arrangement. Eventually the Geophagus and likely the driftwood will go into my much larger 270 gallon, where I will adopt a sand bottom with a few echinoduras species (likely potted and buried in sand) and maybe a few plants attached to the wood. See my next post for a youtube video of what I want to accomplish in the 270.

Here are a few more photos. You can see the nearly bare bottomness (great word) under the driftwood. The substrate there is eco complete. The ancistrus is up for sale if anyone is interested.
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l148/spxsk/Underdriftwood.jpg
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l148/spxsk/LeftFacingGeophagusBrasiliensis.jpg
http://i95.photobucket.com/albums/l148/spxsk/AlbinoAncistrus.jpg

spxsk
03-17-2008, 02:03 PM
OK, this is what I would love to accomplish in the bigger tank.YouTube - GEOPHAGUS AMAZON TANK - Brněnská Amerika

xtc
03-17-2008, 02:57 PM
That looks cool!!

The color could be slightly improved on that tank...make the fish colors really POP... :)

EAST_TX_RN
03-17-2008, 08:10 PM
Man, that is some fantastic photos of your tank! What type of camera do you have and what settings? That huge driftwood is awesome. Where did you find it?

UncleSamsPuppet
03-17-2008, 08:39 PM
I think hiding that many pots with rocks (especially on a bare bottom) would look weird, kinna like you're trying to hide something and it wouldn't look right.

But "mounding" up the sand like in that vid looks great!!! Very natural look. Now if you already had some other rocks in the scape and could hide the pots in a discreet way I think it'd look awesome.

Haiven
03-17-2008, 11:00 PM
I LOVE the look of that tank. It's very different from mine, and I really like it.

PM sent

spxsk
03-18-2008, 08:42 AM
Man, that is some fantastic photos of your tank! What type of camera do you have and what settings? That huge driftwood is awesome. Where did you find it?

Thank you for the compliments, I am using a Nikon D40x digital SLR, would be willing to talk about the settings in another post somewhere,

The driftwood I got from someone on either this Box or Dallas Box. He drove the hardest bargain for a trade, but in the end I have a great piece of wood.