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Beg. borrow and ......... New tank on a budget

PostAuthor: smetuk » Sat Apr 06, 2013 21:09

Hello folks,
New to this here forum. I'm busy setting up a new Mbuna tank after 8 years away from fish keeping. Definitely got the bug again. Having to do this all on a tiny budget so some creative solutions have had to be found so far. All a bit of an experiment ....... Second hand Juwel 240ltr tank, Mortar sand substrate, Lime stone? from a local source. Tank has cycled and all levels are looking good. Just added first few fish - Trio of Yellow labs - 2 female and 1 male plus 3 Red zebra fry. Like I say I have been away from all of this for sometime, so not up to date generally on current information. Willing and wanting to hear any and all top tips, comments on my set up so far etc. I'm especially interested in lighting, I have a T5 setup with one bright white and one blue. I believe the tank had been used for marine. Not really liking the effect, too bright, any ideas please?



Good to say hello to like minded folk....

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Re: Beg. borrow and ......... New tank on a budget

PostAuthor: trumps » Sat Apr 06, 2013 21:27

:hi Steve and a big :welcomenice to the forum

Lighting is all down to personal choice really tbh :roll:
I shall have a look at what I'm using and let you know although mine are t8's

Look forward to reading your posts and helping where I can :good:

Enjoy
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Re: Beg. borrow and ......... New tank on a budget

PostAuthor: smetuk » Sat Apr 06, 2013 21:32

Hey there,

Thanks for your time, could you possibly help me with uploading photos?

Steve

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Re: Beg. borrow and ......... New tank on a budget

PostAuthor: trumps » Sat Apr 06, 2013 21:38

You will need to use a photo hosting site like photobucket or similar, you will then need to resize them to I think it's 800x600 and copy the img code and paste that into the post :good:

Hope this helps
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Re: Beg. borrow and ......... New tank on a budget

PostAuthor: smetuk » Sat Apr 06, 2013 21:41

thanks again, off to learn some new IT stuff then.....

Steve

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Re: Beg. borrow and ......... New tank on a budget

PostAuthor: smetuk » Sat Apr 06, 2013 21:54

Think I sussed the photo thing......

Here is my work in progress, can anyone ID the rocks for me

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Re: Beg. borrow and ......... New tank on a budget

PostAuthor: trumps » Sat Apr 06, 2013 22:07

Not sure on the rocks tbh but look like some type of river cobbles maybe!

I must say though that that is a nice looking tank :good:
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Re: Beg. borrow and ......... New tank on a budget

PostAuthor: smetuk » Sat Apr 06, 2013 22:25

Thanks for your kind words.... :thanks:

The rocks are from the beech, They seem to have raised the pH admirably. I suspect magnesium limestone but this is uneducated guess work at best!!!

Will post some comedy tank clarity pics in the not too distant future so you can all have a giggle at what happens when trying to wash building sand....

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Re: Beg. borrow and ......... New tank on a budget

PostAuthor: trumps » Sat Apr 06, 2013 22:38

smetuk wrote:Thanks for your kind words.... :thanks:

The rocks are from the beech, They seem to have raised the pH admirably. I suspect magnesium limestone but this is uneducated guess work at best!!!

Will post some comedy tank clarity pics in the not too distant future so you can all have a giggle at what happens when trying to wash building sand....

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Not a pretty picture :lmao:
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Re: Beg. borrow and ......... New tank on a budget

PostAuthor: smetuk » Sat Apr 06, 2013 23:27

The start of 4 hrs of washing (with help from my Dad)...
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3 washes later.....
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4 washes.... Don't think it'll ever clean up...
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3 days after last wash, getting there, I think....
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Next morning. My days!!! cheapest substrate ever but I had to work for it!!!!!
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Thought this might amuse..... :oooops

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Re: Beg. borrow and ......... New tank on a budget

PostAuthor: Ray » Sun Apr 07, 2013 01:41

in my opinion you have way to much sand in there where you could get a build up of gases but like i said just my opinion


other then that tank looks spot on
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Re: Beg. borrow and ......... New tank on a budget

PostAuthor: Nads » Sun Apr 07, 2013 07:12

Looking really good but as Ray says - you will need to keep stirring that sand on water changes to avoid pockets of gas building.

Other than that - looks great and thanks for all the pics. PLus huge welcome to the forum :hi :welcome: :welcome: :welcome:
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Re: Beg. borrow and ......... New tank on a budget

PostAuthor: trumps » Sun Apr 07, 2013 08:06

Yep agreed with the sand depth :good:

I usually was my sand through a sieve in the kitchen sink and wait till it starts to run clear, then put in a bucket and grab another sieve full :roll: painfully process but avoids what you had :good:
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Re: Beg. borrow and ......... New tank on a budget

PostAuthor: vinboy » Sun Apr 07, 2013 08:40

:welcome:
As above i would remove half of your sand but i do like your rocks a little different from the norm and being a newbie its ocean rock that people
start with then change so you saved out there :good:
T5 lights are a great start there much better in my view than standard T8.
Your tank will not look so bright once you get some alge on rocks it make it more natural and moody setting.

You could go with 2-3 species of smaller mbuna i would buy of a dealer or breeder than lfs much better quality.
I know tony is up north and there is mike from north west.
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Re: Beg. borrow and ......... New tank on a budget

PostAuthor: Rdwh » Sun Apr 07, 2013 09:12

Welcome to the forum and great to have you here. It certainly took a few washes to clear the muck off but great that you stuck with it as you have a great looking tank to show for the hard work, that's always a great bit of self satisfaction especially when you look back at old photos.
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