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New loach river tank (Too many pics)

Post by oilhands » Thu Oct 09, 2008 11:59 pm

I'm finally getting my new 125 river tank setup. Picked up the tank, stand, and filter for $200 (36" compact fluorescents went on my existing planted tank) a few months back. Here are some pics of the setup and fill.

The background is painted on 1/4" plywood which covers the hole where the fireplace used to exist.
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Another angle and we can see the carpet patch where the fire brick once lay.
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Here the tank and stand sit with the main portion of the river tank manifold in place.
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Added the flourite first. Placed the slate attached wood and then added the play sand.
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Next the rocks and plastic plants are added. Garden hose where are you?
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Thanks for the help Tom.
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Lots of fun and all done.
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Post by cloudgodd » Fri Oct 10, 2008 12:02 am

just one question, I am new at this I noticed you put gravel on what I think is a home made UGF, then put sand over the top is that a way you can use a UGF with sand?

oh and it looks beautiful good job :)

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Post by oilhands » Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:20 am

cloudgodd wrote:just one question, I am new at this I noticed you put gravel on what I think is a home made UGF, then put sand over the top is that a way you can use a UGF with sand?

oh and it looks beautiful good job :)
Nope. This is not an UGF. This is a River Tank mainfold which is based upon Martin Thoene's design which can be found here: http://www.loaches.com/articles/river-t ... old-design

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Post by tariesindanrie » Fri Oct 10, 2008 9:56 am

Really lovely! And the painted background is wonderful- did you do it yourself?


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Post by oilhands » Fri Oct 10, 2008 10:35 am

tariesindanrie wrote:Really lovely! And the painted background is wonderful- did you do it yourself?


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Thank you. My brother-in-law and Bill (a friend of the family) tag teamed on the painting part of the project. They did a great job and they did it in a single evening.

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Post by LoachOrgy » Mon Oct 20, 2008 11:10 am

haha, cool. you look very excited!
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Post by Graeme Robson » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:05 pm

Superb!! 8)
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Post by oilhands » Mon Oct 20, 2008 12:57 pm

LoachOrgy wrote:haha, cool. you look very excited!
Thanks. Actually, that is my cousin and fish mentor Tom. He has really helped me out a lot on my various projects. He's been doing this for almost 30 years and his advice has always been helpful.

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Post by krazykat » Wed Oct 22, 2008 12:30 am

Will you be using real plants? I note that you used flourite under the play sand but put in plastic plants? Are you using the flourite as some sort of pH buffer?
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Post by greenbaron » Wed Oct 22, 2008 1:40 am

Wow, that is very cool !!!
Great job photodocumenting the set-up, and thanks for sharing !!!
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