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#1 ggsteve OFFLINE  

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Posted September 17, 2012 - 06:56 PM

One of my other interests is aquariums and ponds. Here are a few shots of a new tank I have been working on for the past two months. It is a 150 gallon soft freshwater tank. I found this tank on CL with a "vintage" solid oak canopy and stand that aren't available anymore. Some of the nicest aquarium cabinetry ever made. Trying to keep it all Asian species, but the plants are partly S. American.

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The driftwood was collected from a lake in Maine. You rarely find 5 foot long driftwood stumps in a pet store! Please add your tanks and ponds to this thread. I'm planning to use the Johnny Bucket next spring to dig a larger pond (shameless GT tie-in)

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Posted September 17, 2012 - 07:06 PM

WOW! Awesome setup there! I have always wanted a setup similar to that, but just don't have the space for it.
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Posted September 17, 2012 - 08:27 PM

Nice! How dide youy treat the stump?

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Posted September 17, 2012 - 08:44 PM

Very nice indeed. Great looking tank. Thanks for sharing your other interest with us.
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Posted September 17, 2012 - 08:52 PM

Nice! How dide youy treat the stump?


All I did for the stump was leave it in my koi pond for a year. I use a lot of driftwood from our vacation lake. I collect a few pieces every year, never had a problem with it other than the tanins in the wood leaching out and staining the water like tea bags. I think the koi will eat just about everything off of the wood that might contaminate a tank.

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Posted September 17, 2012 - 08:55 PM

The number one biggest problem I have is green hair algae. I don't have any other alga, just this. I have a lot of light and my 75 gls. tank is very understocked.

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Posted September 17, 2012 - 09:12 PM

The number one biggest problem I have is green hair algae. I don't have any other alga, just this. I have a lot of light and my 75 gls. tank is very understocked.


Do you have live plants? I am hopeful that the plants will use at least some of the nutrition that the algae would.

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Posted September 18, 2012 - 07:05 AM

I have three Brazilian Swords and some floating plants. The hair algae gets on them, too.

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Posted November 01, 2012 - 12:29 PM

hello Steve, nice to know someone else with a "loud hobby-GT's" also has a quiet one! Our excuse for our latest aquarium is that Herb and Fred, the two cats who sleep in the bathroom at night, needed something to watch in the wee small hours. That's our story and we're sticking to it! Anything to get another tank in the house. Olde Deeres
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Posted November 01, 2012 - 01:00 PM

ggsteve,
What do you have for a filter?

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Posted November 01, 2012 - 05:09 PM

I was born in Feb., does that count?

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Posted November 01, 2012 - 05:44 PM

hello Steve, nice to know someone else with a "loud hobby-GT's" also has a quiet one! Our excuse for our latest aquarium is that Herb and Fred, the two cats who sleep in the bathroom at night, needed something to watch in the wee small hours. That's our story and we're sticking to it! Anything to get another tank in the house. Olde Deeres


Can we see some pictures of the "cat tank"???

ggsteve,
What do you have for a filter?


On the 150 I am running two canister filters, a 3 chamber Rena and the largest Cascade. Foam, floss, carbon and ceramic rings for media.

Here's a picture of another tank I'm working on. I decided to bring some of the koi and goldfish inside for the winter so I set up this 125 in the basement. Using stuff I had kicking around the basement my only new costs were $6 for 150 lbs. of 3/8" gravel from my landscape supply guy, and $0.32 for o-rings for the HOT Magnum filter that is running on it. I found the stump on top in the woods. I like the way the roots dangle in the tank. Sorry for the poor picture, I haven't added a lighting system yet.

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Posted November 01, 2012 - 06:43 PM

Nice setups, I have a 400g,110g indoor pond, 55g and 20g

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Posted November 01, 2012 - 11:57 PM

Hi Steve!

Here's a picture of Fred looking at his cat tank!! (Herb was asleep at the time of the photo.) The large rock in the second photo is a piece of petrified wood. The algae eater loves it!

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Posted November 02, 2012 - 12:15 AM

Fred.jpg algae eater.jpg Experiencing Technical difficulties folks...here's the photos...I hope.

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