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by Holdstrong
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: My DIY 125g Clown Loach Aquarium Stand
Replies: 4
Views: 548

Re: My DIY 125g Clown Loach Aquarium Stand

Great job! I like the rustic look too. It probably looks good with your "mountain" home. I applaud your DIY bravery too...I'm not there yet, lol. Thank you! With youtube and the information you can find on various forums now-a-days I feel like DIY projects that were once way out of reach of someone...
by Holdstrong
Sun Dec 09, 2018 12:09 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: My DIY 125g Clown Loach Aquarium Stand
Replies: 4
Views: 548

Re: My DIY 125g Clown Loach Aquarium Stand

Looks great! I like the barn doors! Do they slide? Thanks! The doors do slide. I can move them over to the middle compartment to open up the side compartments, where the filters are housed (an Fx6 and an Fx4). I originally decided to go with the barn doors because I didn't trust myself to properly ...
by Holdstrong
Thu Dec 06, 2018 2:36 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: My DIY 125g Clown Loach Aquarium Stand
Replies: 4
Views: 548

My DIY 125g Clown Loach Aquarium Stand

I consider myself one of the least "handy" guys on the planet. Seriously, nailing two boards together is usually a challenge for me. But I decided to take a stab at making my own aquarium stand, knowing full well that if I did it improperly it could mean disaster. It was quite the adventure, but I'm...
by Holdstrong
Tue Dec 04, 2018 2:59 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Sand substrate opinions and particle size question
Replies: 7
Views: 1129

Re: Sand substrate opinions and particle size question

Yep, my 75g was on a MDF stand for over a decade. It was peeling and was water swollen from day 1, but never budged. Guessing this material is stronger than it looks/seems, also guessing the major vendors wouldn't build warrantied stands out of it if it was really prone to failure. Of course, that d...
by Holdstrong
Tue Dec 04, 2018 9:34 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Sand substrate opinions and particle size question
Replies: 7
Views: 1129

Re: Sand substrate opinions and particle size question

My DIY stand is done. It took a looooong time to do, since I am the least handy person on the planet (once again confirmed after this project!). I will post some photos and details soon. To the subject of sand. The CaribSea Gold I purchased is almost perfect. It is soft, a great color, looks wonderf...
by Holdstrong
Fri Aug 17, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Sand substrate opinions and particle size question
Replies: 7
Views: 1129

Re: Sand substrate opinions and particle size question

Thanks for your thoughts, Nancy! I grabbed a bunch of bags of the Sunset Gold. The color is great in person. But it is indeed much more fine than my pool filter sand. I'm going to begin washing it today and should be able to test it in a tank soon to see how it handles movement. If it does kick up t...
by Holdstrong
Wed Aug 15, 2018 2:35 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Sand substrate opinions and particle size question
Replies: 7
Views: 1129

Sand substrate opinions and particle size question

Hi all! Upgrading my clown tank and looking to get some of your opinions on sand substrate options. I also have a question about particle size in a tank with lots of moving water... I'm lucky enough to be in a position where I have credit that I can apply toward Caribsea products. So I am considerin...
by Holdstrong
Wed Aug 05, 2015 6:54 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Clown Tank Dimension Advice
Replies: 3
Views: 2188

Clown Tank Dimension Advice

Hi gang, Time for me to upgrade my tank. I currently have a standard 4 foot long 75g (48 x 18 x 21) with 4 clowns. The biggest of the group has gotten big enough that I am uncomfortable keeping him/her in this tank much longer. A quick wag of that tail and in the blink of an eye she moves from one e...
by Holdstrong
Thu Jan 16, 2014 1:51 pm
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: Tank blowout waiting to happen?
Replies: 1
Views: 2690

Tank blowout waiting to happen?

Just recently moved and re-set up my 75g tank. While doing so, especially while leveling the tank in its new spot, I noticed a potential problem with my stand. I have this Top Fin stand: http://www.petsmart.com/product/index.jsp?productId=20428706&f=PAD%2FpsNotAvailInUS%2FNo Definitely not what I co...
by Holdstrong
Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:46 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Lighting suggestion - 75g, lightly planted, clowns
Replies: 1
Views: 1308

Re: Lighting suggestion - 75g, lightly planted, clowns

I did some more digging late last night and... phew, it seems one need be an electrical engineer or physics teacher to figure out aquarium lighting these days!! Long gone is the watts per gallon rule of thumb. Now we are dealing with PAR, “photosynthetically active radiation”. Problem is, doesn't se...
by Holdstrong
Mon Jan 13, 2014 1:29 am
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Lighting suggestion - 75g, lightly planted, clowns
Replies: 1
Views: 1308

Lighting suggestion - 75g, lightly planted, clowns

My old coralife lights didn't survive a recent move... so I am taking this as a sign to upgrade. I have a 75g tank with 4 clowns. It will be lightly planted with hardy species like anubias and java fern, etc. I would like one of the new LED setups that includes moonlighting. And I would like somethi...
by Holdstrong
Fri Nov 15, 2013 11:43 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Moving, chance to do some upgrades?
Replies: 4
Views: 1908

Re: Moving, chance to do some upgrades?

Hi Diana, great to see you still around! The Plecos were inherited. I have no idea what kind they are, but I'd say they are about 2-3 inches long - and have been since I've had them (6-7 years or so)... hoping that means they are not the monsters! Rainbow fish sound like a great idea. Will definitel...
by Holdstrong
Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:57 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Moving, chance to do some upgrades?
Replies: 4
Views: 1908

Moving, chance to do some upgrades?

Hi all, Has been awhile since I posted, but I have continued to lurk from time to time. Hope everyone is doing well! Things are going good on my end, in fact, my wife and I just bought our dream home. And as I begin to contemplate moving, my fish tank of course comes to mind. The reason for this pos...
by Holdstrong
Tue Jun 21, 2011 10:52 am
Forum: Freshwater Forum
Topic: Fish tank to the rescue! (basement flooding)
Replies: 0
Views: 1861

Fish tank to the rescue! (basement flooding)

I figured if anyone would appreciate this effort, it would be people on this forum. :D We recently experienced some flooding in our basement due to a very wet spring. I was unable to acquire proper equipment to pump the water out, so I poached the pumps from my river tank manifold, hooked them up to...
by Holdstrong
Mon May 23, 2011 3:01 pm
Forum: Loach Forum
Topic: Cross-species socialization (poor lonely blue)
Replies: 3
Views: 1404

Cross-species socialization (poor lonely blue)

Hi all, Been awhile since I've stopped by. Hope everyone is doing fine! I'm looking for some advice on a sad, lonely Blue Loach I recently spotted in a LFS. He is in a bare 65g display tank with some very large fish, none of which are loaches. Looks a little anxious, but otherwise seems to be hangin...