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Re: My clown loaches

Post by Marcos Mataratzis » Sun Mar 13, 2011 9:30 pm

Hi tonzz,

I had Discus and Clown loaches for more than one year with no isues at all, but have to confess that about four years ago I tryied to put a Betta splendens within the Clowns and there were a little bothering so I move the Betta out the tank.

If your Angel fish is not too small there is a good chance the Clown loach will not mess him.
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Re: My clown loaches

Post by raedeon » Wed Mar 16, 2011 2:22 pm

Wow your clown tank is amazing! It makes me want to move out of my parents house so that I can create one like it:) I have to settle for yoyo's for the time being
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Re: My clown loaches

Post by Marcos Mataratzis » Wed Mar 16, 2011 3:21 pm

Thanks raedeon!

Don´t move out from your parents. I don´t want to be gilt of that! :mrgreen:
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Re: My clown loaches

Post by Francois van Brederode » Thu Mar 17, 2011 8:07 am

Do move out! then you'll figure out that all of a sudden you can't afford al the loachie goodness you really want :lol:
Pardon my English, I'm from Holland....

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My new 1000 liters clown loaches tank

Post by Marcos Mataratzis » Tue Aug 30, 2011 11:40 pm

Guess everybody here knows my wish for a tank upgrade. I got it! :P

I used my july school vacations to start upgrading my living room and varanda to fit my new dreamed tank: 250x75x55cm.

First thing to do was to remove varanda´s doors to apply new floor (same as living room):
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Raising concrete walls to sustain the 1,5 ton tank:
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Hard wooden sticks to acomodate a bed for the tank:
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Concerned about the minimum possibility of the concrete walls do not bear out the weigh I ordered extra 8 wooden feet for confortable nights of sleep without asking myself "will it hold out or not?":
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New ilumination to my living room was added to the project:
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The wooden bed for the tank is made of 15mm naval wood. Also decided to use granite as outside work:
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The wall behind the tank recieved an yellow texture:
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Now, time for tank mounting. Not all the glasses fit the elevator of my building:
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Bigger one got here by stairs:
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With the glasses inside my home the mounting started:
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Mounting was not the worse thing. Making holes on the glass for sump pipes was the challenge:
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My two cats (Pepe and Sheldon) where the first to try the new tank:
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The glassman also got inside it before glass reinforcements were applyied:
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Glass reinforcements all around, up and down:
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To drag away my old 450 liter tank with all fishes inside was not an easy deal. I lower water down to 20% and 4 men was needed to drag it to another wall that I order to be painted in "Yellow Clown Loach" color. :lol:
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Varanda´s graded window was taken off...
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For a new window pane:
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225 litrer sump:
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almost there...
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Louver boards installed, glass doors bellow tank installed and new lighst on:
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150 Kg of natural river gravel set up and filtration running:
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Detail on tank glass borders:
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Logo from tank designer and manufacturer (Gurupy & MundoSub):
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Me, proud of my new tank:
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Tank lights are not installed yet. They are under construction, but will be made of 6x5 Watts Super Leds. 3 cool white and 3 warm white (yellowish) to be turned on separate to simulate sunrise and sunset.

For now, that´s it. Let´s review tank setup:

12mm glass: 250x75x55cm (lengthxwidthxheigh) = 1.031 liters
Sump: 90x50x50cm = 225 liters
Sump water return pump: Via Aqua 4900 (5000 Liters/hour)
Circulating pumps: Koralia-3 (3200 Liters/hour) and Koralia-4 (5600 Liters/hour)
150 Kg river gravel
Lots of wood and rocks
Plants: 15 giant Anubia
Starting date: 28/08/2011

As soon as tank lights are set up I´ll post again with new photos.

Hope you like it!
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Re: My new 1000 liters clown loaches tank (page 22)

Post by bookpage » Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:28 am

Marcos, that is a great build. Very good pictures. Looking forward to seeing fish in it.
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Re: My new 1000 liters clown loaches tank (page 22)

Post by palaeodave » Wed Aug 31, 2011 4:42 am

That. Is. Amazing. I can't wait to see it completed.
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Re: My new 1000 liters clown loaches tank (page 22)

Post by millsn » Wed Aug 31, 2011 11:30 am

Marcos,
You're barking! Good for you. Glad I don't live underneath your apartment

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Re: My new 1000 liters clown loaches tank (page 22)

Post by Marcos Mataratzis » Wed Aug 31, 2011 1:40 pm

millsn wrote:Marcos,
You're barking! Good for you. Glad I don't live underneath your apartment
Hey,

I didn´t do it by myself. There where calculations made by an engineer. According to him, my living room structure can handle up to 3,5 ton. :mrgreen:
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Re: My new 1000 liters clown loaches tank (page 22)

Post by Keith Wolcott » Wed Aug 31, 2011 2:23 pm

Very nicely done!!!!!!!!!!!

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Re: My new 1000 liters clown loaches tank (page 22)

Post by starsplitter7 » Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:15 pm

Absolutely stunning. Please show us the happy fish when you put them in.

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Re: My new 1000 liters clown loaches tank (page 22)

Post by chefkeith » Wed Aug 31, 2011 9:44 pm

Very nice!

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Re: My new 1000 liters clown loaches tank (page 22)

Post by Marcos Mataratzis » Thu Sep 01, 2011 12:46 am

Light system is set up. It consists of 6x5Watt super leds, 3 yellowish, 3 white.

First, a photo showing my 200 liter tank and new one:
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Now 1000 liter tank with new lights on:
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Super leds in detail:
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Two row of lights. Yellow ones (3000K) back, white ones (6000K) in the center:
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Tank as seen from one side, showing the effect of the lights:
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Those two row of lights will turn on and off separately, controled by timers. First, the yellow ones, to look like a sunrise. One our later white ones. By the end of the day the white ones are turned off and an hour later will happen same to yellow ones, looking like a sunset:
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Hope you like it!
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Re: My new 1000 liters clown loaches tank (page 22)

Post by millsn » Thu Sep 01, 2011 9:44 am

Looks lovely, love the puddles of light.

"There where calculations made by an engineer. According to him, my living room structure can handle up to 3,5 ton." Does that mean that you are planning a still larger tank>??

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Re: My new 1000 liters clown loaches tank (page 22)

Post by Marcos Mataratzis » Thu Sep 01, 2011 11:35 am

millsn wrote:"There where calculations made by an engineer. According to him, my living room structure can handle up to 3,5 ton." Does that mean that you are planning a still larger tank>??
Unfortunately, there´s no room for a larger tank on my living room. I think this will be the biggest one I can have here.
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