Banjo's setup

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    Hi All,

    Here are some pictures that I took of my tank... they are not that good...buts it gives u an idea of what I have going.

    A quick brief ova view of what my setup contains.
    I'm running a 1200Lx550Hx450W tank. I am using a very fine brown gravel. I have 2 x Fluval204 external filters as well as a power head attached to a spray bar. i also have a few air stones, one in the middle as well as one on the left and right of the tank.

    This is a full length of my tank.
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    Here are some images of my fish ... close up
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    Well, I hope this give u sort of an idea of what is in my tank. Advice is always welcome ... I'm always looking to improve my tank.
     
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    Hi Allan

    Fantastic stuff ..... well done
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    Well, it's got potential..., just why are the plants still in the pots?
    That java fern would look and grow much better, tied to a piece of drift\bog wood.   :tool:
     
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    Is that elodea densa I spy in your tank?
     
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    I was thinking about commenting on that and declared weeds...
     
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    I'm not sure. i have no idea what plants are in my tank ... i'm not that clued up on them. it looked interesting at my LFS. so got it.

    is it bad to have ? comments!!! should i remove it ?
     
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    I just knew Andre would comment on that.

    Banjo, Elodea densa (the long stringy plant) is a weed.

    You don't have to remove it, just be responsible with it.
    Please do not release it into our local waters or flush it down the toilet\drain.
     
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    Hehe :p

    Banjo, I tell you what. I will give you some Hygrophilla difformis, polysperma and maybe some other easy to grow plants to keep instead of the elodea?
     
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    sounds like a plan.

    i dont flush my plants i just chuck them in the bin. but in this case i'll take it out the tank, leave it in the sun to die then put it in the bin. at least that way i know that i didnt cause the outbreak if there is one.
     
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    Cool, I have to trim some of the plants in my tank this weekend. PM me your contact details and we can talk.
     
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    Thanks. check you mail
     
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    Hi Banjo

    Nice tank :) By the looks of it it seems you might also have some Java Fern and Valisineria. With the right lighting the Valisineria can grow like crazy so I would rather put that nearer to the back of the tank because it gets quite long. Also try and group the species together, for example keep all the Elodea in one space, Anubias in another spot etc. I guess you could have two or three groupings of some of the plants. I just think it looks alot better that way then when its spread acros the tank in various places. Does this make sense? :p lol

    Also wont the Bala Sharks and the Siamese Flying Fox get a bit too big/aggressive for your tank?
     
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    Thanks for the tip. and yes it does make sense.


    Well i dont know about the size that they will reach. if they get too big, i'll have to relocate them. as to aggression ... the Siamese Flying Fox sometimes chases other fish but the Bala Sharks are quite placid... they seem to mind their own business... from what i have seen anyway.

    Thanks for the comments. Always trying to improve.
     
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    I heard that Flying Foxes are scarce and that the LFSs don't sell true SFF?
     
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    You're thinking of the SAE (Siamese Algae Eater).
    SFF are quite common in the trade.
     
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    thanks. can one get SAEs locally though?
     
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    Not that I know of...
     
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    Hi Banjo,

    Your aquarium looks great!
    Do you have any undergravel/sand filtration?
    How long ago was this tank setup?
    Whar type of filtration process do you have?

    Just inquisitive!
     
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    Thanks for the complement. It is my pride and joy this tank. I spend loads of time just watching and enjoying it. and working on it.

    No I dont have an   undergravel/sand filtration system. I'm using 2 external canister filters (Fluval204). They seem to be adequate enough ... well they better be adequate, i spent a fortune on each of them.

    The tank has been running now for about 3 months, started sometime in June 06. I had 3 smaller tanks before this one, which kept me busy. but i decided i wanted something bigger. So I got the one in the pictures. I have decommissioned the other 3 tanks. I gave the 900mm one to a friend of mine along with all the bits and pieces and some fish. the other 2 were "breeding" tanks. I had guppies in them. sold the guppies (shouldnt have sold the females ... they could be breeding in my tank now and feeding some of my carnivourous fish ... oh well I'll get a couple females sometime) and now the tanks are sitting in my wendy house very much collecting dust.
     
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    I have made some changes to the tank, stock wise as well as layout.

    I'll post some pics as soon as I can borrow a camera again.

    Inhabitants include now:
    1 pair German Blue Rams
    1 pair Kribs
    1 Apisto Borelli
    2 Pepper Cories
    2 Juli Cories
    4 White Cloud Mountain Minnows - in addition to the 2 I had before
    1 Rainbow shark
    4 Cherry barbs

    Inhabitants that have left the building:
    1 Spotted Sailfin pleco
    1 Siamese Flying Fox - getting a bit aggressive
    1 Skunk loach - pain in the $%^
    2 Bala Sharks
    1 Kuhli loach - passed away, got wedged between wood and glass, couldnt get out.
    1 Ottocintlus - just vanished, know idea where he went
    2 Swordtails
    1 Bloodfin Tetra - passed away
    4 Congo Tetras
    10 Scissortails
     

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