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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:18 am Post subject: earth eater setup Idea scraped New SA setup on pg 4 Reply with quote

 Hi  Smile  
 
 I  have  tried  to  make  a  amazon  themed  tank  using  plastic  plants     ROFL   ROFL   ROFL  ...would  not  call  it  amazon(what  I  had  planned)  as  is  just  a  simple  stupid  tank  with  only  plastic  plants   Sad     
 
 Tank:  30  l  X  18  w  X  15  h  (inches)  
 
 Filter  :  RS  elect  ..  dunno  the  per  hour  filtration  rate  
 
 Light:  A  18''  tube  light  wrapped  in  yellow  gelatin  paper(to  stain  the  water  yellow)  ....I  wanted  dim  lighting  but  since  soon  I  am  going  to  be  very  busy....used  available  resource
 
 Substrate:  Brown  sand  mixed  with  few  gravel  of  inch  in  diameter
 
 Fish:  Here  I  have  not  yet  decieded  ....possible  three  options:
             1.  A  green  Terror
             2.  4-6  Geophagus  "Red  Head"  Tapajos  (priortized...since  these  are  slow     growing...will  love  to  keep  em)
             3.  Rams  and  neon  tetras  
 
 Picture:   
 
 
 All  suggestion  and  comments  welcomed  to  make  it  look  more  like  a  real  biotope  ....(I  cant  use  real  plant)  as  this  is  no  where  near  it
 
 Thank  You   :)
 
 PS:  Will  surely  keep  some  driftwood  once  I  source  some


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:31 am Post subject: Re: Biotope attempted Reply with quote

 Hi  Samir,
 
 Before  we  proceed  further  can  you  define  a  Biotope  and  what  exactly  are  your  expectations  from  it?  I  am  asking  this  since  your  reply  will  make  it  easier  for  us  to  understand  and  give  suggestions.
 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:50 am Post subject: Re: ama attempted Reply with quote

                                                   
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Hi  Samir,
 
 Before  we  proceed  further  can  you  define  a  Biotope  and  what  exactly  are  your  expectations  from  it?  I  am  asking  this  since  your  reply  will  make  it  easier  for  us  to  understand  and  give  suggestions.
 
 Regards,                

 
 Okay....it  would  be  an  insult  to  call  what  I  made  a  "biotope"  as  it  is  no  where  near  it  
 Well  according  to  me  a  biotope  means  a  setup  just  like  the  natural  habitat  of  the  fish  in  it  
 
 Originally  I  had  planned  to  make  my  sutup  something  like  this:  http://indianaquariumhobbyist.com/community/modules.php?name=Forums&file=viewtopic&t=20956
 
 But  due  to  some  problems....had  to  settle  for  what  I  have  now
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 11:58 am Post subject: Re: Biotope attempted Reply with quote

 Is  this  a  serious  attempt,  much  more  is  required  them…
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:04 pm Post subject: Re: New set up Reply with quote

                                                   
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Is  this  a  serious  attempt,  much  more  is  required  them…                

 
 Obviously  not.....there  tons  of  improvement  to  be  done
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 12:40 pm Post subject: Re: New start Reply with quote

 HI
 
 If  its  possible  this  is  what  i  would  suggest  you  :-
 
 Substrate  -   Fine  sand  with  few  medium  &  big  size  rocks.
 Decoration  -  Add  few  bogwoods
 Plants  -  Go  for  amazon  &  lily
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 I  think  the  most  important  thing  missing  now  is  some  soft  sand.  
 Everything  else,  you  have  tried  to  simulate  in  some  way!   Chuckle  
 With  that  if  you  add  some  hiding  spots  like  rocks  or  broken  clay  pots,  then  I  think  you  can  start  keeping  the  Geos..
 And  also  some  tetras  to  occupy  the  top  layers.
 
 One  more  suggestion..  Even  though  you  are  using  plastic  plants,  I  think  they  would  look  better  if  you  arrange  them  in  clumps  /  clusters  rather  than  randomly  distributing  them.
 
 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 2:43 pm Post subject: Re: New set up Reply with quote

                                                   
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Is  this  a  serious  attempt,  much  more  is  required  them…                

 
 Obviously  not.....there  tons  of  improvement  to  be  done                

 Glad  you  are  aiming  for  perfection.  Take  your  time,  since  obviously  one  cannot  have  all  the  required  things  when  one  needs  it.  Frustrating.
 
 What  I  would  do  is,  search  the  net  for  images  of  the  Amazon  river.  Get  an  Idea  of  the  lay,  and  decide  if  it  pleases  me.  Then  go  about  collecting  similar  types  of  rocks,  sand,  driftwood,  plants  and  fishes.  Try  as  best  to  reproduce  the  picture  which  caught  my  fancy.  That  as  well  as  a  thorough  knowledge  of  the  Amazon  river(By  reading  about  it)  should  do  the  trick.
 
 Best  of  Luck  Thumb Up  
 
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 05, 2011 3:13 pm Post subject: Re: New start Reply with quote

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I  think  the  most  important  thing  missing  now  is  some  soft  sand.  
 Everything  else,  you  have  tried  to  simulate  in  some  way!   Chuckle  
 With  that  if  you  add  some  hiding  spots  like  rocks  or  broken  clay  pots,  then  I  think  you  can  start  keeping  the  Geos..
 And  also  some  tetras  to  occupy  the  top  layers.
 
 One  more  suggestion..  Even  though  you  are  using  plastic  plants,  I  think  they  would  look  better  if  you  arrange  them  in  clumps  /  clusters  rather  than  randomly  distributing  them.
 
 
 Good  luck   Thumb Up                

 
 Soft  sand?  I  will  get  kicked   out  of  my  house  if  I  bring  more  sand.....I  already  have  15kg  of  vivid  sands  which  were  used  in  my  previous  setup     
 Will  surely  add  some  clay  pots...thanks  for  suggestion  but  I  really  dought  will  a  biotope  include  them
 Clumps  or  clusters?  I  didnt  really  get  you  ..please  elaborate
 
 
 
                                                 
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 Glad  you  are  aiming  for  perfection.  Take  your  time,  since  obviously  one  cannot  have  all  the  required  things  when  one  needs  it.  Frustrating.
 
 What  I  would  do  is,  search  the  net  for  images  of  the  Amazon  river.  Get  an  Idea  of  the  lay,  and  decide  if  it  pleases  me.  Then  go  about  collecting  similar  types  of  rocks,  sand,  driftwood,  plants  and  fishes.  Try  as  best  to  reproduce  the  picture  which  caught  my  fancy.  That  as  well  as  a  thorough  knowledge  of  the  Amazon  river(By  reading  about  it)  should  do  the  trick.
 
 Best  of  Luck  Thumb Up  
 
 Regards,
                 

 
 Yes  that's  really  frustrating  ....Yesterday  I  cheak  out  very  good  LFS  in  the  city  but  no  where  I  found  a  good  driftwood  that  I  want  
 Will  hopefully  try  a  planted  Amazon  Biotope  in  future!
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I  think  the  most  important  thing  missing  now  is  some  soft  sand.  
 Everything  else,  you  have  tried  to  simulate  in  some  way!   Chuckle  
 With  that  if  you  add  some  hiding  spots  like  rocks  or  broken  clay  pots,  then  I  think  you  can  start  keeping  the  Geos..
 And  also  some  tetras  to  occupy  the  top  layers.
 
 One  more  suggestion..  Even  though  you  are  using  plastic  plants,  I  think  they  would  look  better  if  you  arrange  them  in  clumps  /  clusters  rather  than  randomly  distributing  them.
 
 
 Good  luck   Thumb Up                

 
 Soft  sand?  I  will  get  kicked   out  of  my  house  if  I  bring  more  sand.....I  already  have  15kg  of  vivid  sands  which  were  used  in  my  previous  setup     
 Will  surely  add  some  clay  pots...thanks  for  suggestion  but  I  really  dought  will  a  biotope  include  them
 Clumps  or  clusters?  I  didnt  really  get  you  ..please  elaborate
 
                 

 
 Well  ..  the  sand,  or  rather  gravel  and  pebbles  that  you  have  put  in  the  tank  now  will  not  be  suitable  for  the  Geos  and  most  other  South  american  cichlids.  Thats  why  I  said  that  you  need  to  put  soft  /  fine  sand  in  it.  You  can  also  used  fresh  construction  sand.  By  "fresh"  I  mean  that  it  must  not  be  contaminated  by  any  chemicals  (such  as  cement).  
 
 Clay  pots  are  obviously  not  part  of  biotype,  but  can  be  part  of  a  "theme"  tank.  In  the  biotype  you  would  rather  use  rocks.
 
 And  regarding  the  plants  I  meant  that  you  can  arrange  them  in  groups  rather  than  putting  them  in  a  random  manner.  Take  a  look  at  any  well  planned  planted  tank  and  you  will  get  the  idea.
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 Hi  Samir,
 I  personally  find  plastic  plants  very  irritating  to  my  eyes  also  they  are  of  no  good  use.  Better  you  replace  them  with  live  ones.  You  can  also  attain  natural  cichlid  biotope  look  without  plants.  Just  use  more  rocks,  pebbles,  woods  and  sand.  Even  claypots  was  a  very  good  idea.
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 Okay  ,
 
 So  I  have  decieded  hell  with  biotope  
 I  have  setup  a  tank  for  eartheaters  
 I  will  add  the  sand  later....cause  I  have  to  still  collect  it  fron  the  source  ....it  is  soft  golden  sand  
 Will  add  more  of  those  rocks.....the  current  ones  are  placed  to  avaoid  driftwood  from  floating  
 The  decoration  arc  at  right  side  will  be  removed  soon  
 Will  add  little  moss  on  driftwood  
 
 Here  are  updates:  
 
 
 
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 The  driftwood  and  rocks  are  both  good  looking   Thumb Up
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 A  much  better  initiative..........
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 good  change   Thumb Up  
 
 try  to  use  cfl  ,t5,or  t4  so  the  yellow  tint  goes,white  light  will  be  better.
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