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Bucket 2: He Must Be Mud!


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#1 BigTom

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 12:28 PM

Well, I figured a new thread for a fresh start on this tank, which you may have seen in it's previous life on other forums.

If anyone would like to view the tank in it's previous guise as a zero-maintenance, self sustaining setup then you can read the old thread over on UKAPS (I hope they're OK to link to mods, please remove if not) - http://ukaps.org/for...hp?f=35&t=14521


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90cm x 30cm x 90cm (LxHxD)
240 litres

Substrate - mix of Westland's Aquatic Compost, 'Original AquaSoil' and builder's grit, topped with Unipac and Dennerle black sand.
Hardscape - red lava rock and heather, all locally collected.
70w Metal Halid light
Eheim 2324 thermofilter
pH 7.5 ish, TDS 160ppm, 22-23 deg C

Fauna:
6 Sawbwa resplendens
11 Yunnanilus sp 'Rosy'
8 Danio erythromicron
3 Otocoinclus affinis
3 Dario hysginon
Cherry shrimp, Caradinia simoni simoni and Hyallela azteca

Flora:
Eleocharis acicularis and 'mini'
Lilaeopsis brasiliensis and mauritania
Microsorum pteropus 'trident'
Hygrophila pinnatifida
Various crypts
Hydrocotyle verticillata, tripartita and leucocephela
Aponogeton crispus 'red'
Willow moss
Monoselenium tenerum
Equisetum hymale
Hippuris vulgaris
Ammania sp 'Bonsai'
Peace lilies and golden pothos emergent

The water is taking weeks to clear- either a bacterial bloom feeding on the very deep substrate, or fine dust from the unwashed grit, I'm not sure.

Will do a proper photo shoot when it's fully cleared, but in the meantime a quick video -



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#2 DrRob

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 12:31 PM

Ahhh, I was hoping this journal would travel over.

#3 ian

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 12:47 PM

thanks for posting Tom, and it will be good to bring your advice over here.

Looks great BTW.
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#4 ZoddyZod

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 12:48 PM

the Sawbwa resplendens are beautiful. The video looks like someone dipped their camcorder into a pristine river.......looks incredibly natural already.


Excellent topic title pun as well :thumbsup:

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:02 PM

Beautiful. Love the Sawbwa resplendens as well.  What unusual coloration. I've never seen this fish before. It's a cyprinid, no?  I love it when I have to actually look up fish listed in a journal.

Tank already looks very good.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:13 PM

Yeah the Sawbwa are great - cyprinids endemic to Lake Inle and surrounding area. Very active and the males are constantly sparring, but completely docile to other fish and never actually damage each other. Highly recommended for hard water planted tanks of a reasonable size, but finding females (smaller and plain silver) can be tricky.

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Posted 13 August 2012 - 01:24 PM

+1 on the title.  Looking good as always :)

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Posted 14 August 2012 - 06:50 PM

Stunning tank.  Makes me want to rescape which is never a good thing.
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Posted 14 August 2012 - 07:17 PM

Happy as ever to be able to enjoy this tank here, too!
Please, keep updating.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 06:02 PM

Just back from my final field trip... frankly amazed by how good the tank is looking after 6 weeks of only fish feeding and water top ups by flatmates. Everything is growing in nicely and there's nothing unsightly except a smidge of green spot algae to clear up, which I was worried about as I lowered the light 6 inches before going away.

However, the experimental pond plants have all died off, sadly.

So, needs a bit of a rescape to reintroduce some height to the back corners, but otherwise pretty happy so far. Will post more pics once my LEDs arrive and I've sorted a more elegant lighting rig next week.

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#11 Alm0stAwesome

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 06:24 PM

Wow...beautiful!!! I love the lighting as it is!

I don't think you had any open "foreground" on previous versions of this tank but I really like the bit of open space there.

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Posted 30 September 2012 - 07:11 PM

looking very good again Tom!
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Posted 30 September 2012 - 09:46 PM

Does anyone think that Tom would notice if I turned up with a van and stole this when he went away next time?

You have a gift Tom, thanks for sharing it.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:21 PM

Right! Amazingly I've managed to get my arse in gear enough for a bit of a video update. Very happy with how things are progressing. Plants and livestock doing well, except for the Mexican gammarus which are being hunted with much enthusiasm by the Peacock gudgeons I added recently.

As you can see, the Hydrocotyle tripartita has gone berserk. Love it.



Please click through to Vimeo for the HD version, much sharper.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:32 PM

Brilliant video Tom! Some lovely film work there. What camera are you using?

I love the tripartita - it's such a great plant. I find just pushing it down with my hand keeps it in shape more, but it looks equally good sprawling out in this scape.

The peacock's look beautiful too. I've never kept them, always assumed them to be a bit of a "special needs" fish in terms of water quality and tank mates, but I'm guessing that isn't true?

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 02:41 PM

View Postclaire, on 01 December 2012 - 02:32 PM, said:

Brilliant video Tom! Some lovely film work there. What camera are you using?

I love the tripartita - it's such a great plant. I find just pushing it down with my hand keeps it in shape more, but it looks equally good sprawling out in this scape.

The peacock's look beautiful too. I've never kept them, always assumed them to be a bit of a "special needs" fish in terms of water quality and tank mates, but I'm guessing that isn't true?

Thanks Claire. This was shot using a Panasonic GH2 (micro 4/3rds digital camera). The peacocks are supposedly quite adaptable, but need clean water, a reasonable sized footprint to spread out aggression between males and live or frozen food. Brilliant fish for a planted tank I think.

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Posted 01 December 2012 - 06:13 PM

Wow.  Just fantastic.  The vid really bring it up to another level.
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Posted 04 December 2012 - 04:07 PM

Got a couple of shots of the rosy loaches (Yunnanilus sp. 'Rosy') chilling out while I had the camera pointed at the tank - just messing around with a new cheapish flash setup really, but I don't think I've posted many shots of them before, and they really are lovely little fish:

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And an oto hiding in a dell amongst the Lilleaopsis -

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Posted 04 February 2013 - 01:01 PM


Blatantly stealing an idea from someone else, I've recently added a little Ikea clip on LED light for evening viewing. Much better for the fish, and makes the tank look wonderfully mysterious.


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Posted 05 February 2013 - 02:21 AM

I love both scapes. I almost finished the other thread with the previous scape. I am sitting here and almost crying after reading you stripped it down :cry: :lol: The new one looks amazing too.