Tropiquarium68 reborn

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Tropiquarium68 reborn

Postby cousin it » Wed Mar 03, 2010 5:30 pm

A new project with an old favourite of mine.
I have had a tropiquarium 68 for around 14 years and have used it as a play tank for plants and select breeding projects, only the glass tank it self is in use any more, the lido was set up to replace this tank but after much thought and a quick search through the plant equipment spares box I decided to set it up for 1 more layout.
this time it will be for my crystal red shrimp and also to allow me to add some of the higher grade crystal reds that are available.
the parts I have so far are..
Substrate,
ADA powersand
ADA Amazonia 1 and 2
some saved aquasoil africana from the tank when I shut it down to act as a substrate boost.
the ada substrate additive powders to make the 5 powder mix
Lighting
1 pendant with 2x 36w t5 compact tubes
or a 150w ada mh light unit
depending on how high i feel like getting the light levels.
Filtration and misc hardware
ADA Lily pipe filter return
either a eheim 2213 or I might replace that with a 2324 thermo

aquascaping materials are arriving from Green Machine today.

*edit* Have now collected the hardscape from the post office some very very nice ADA Seiryu Stone and some ADA Dark iron wood, and a nice picture of a way to put them together in my email inbox Thanks Guys :D *edit*

to be continued. . . .
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Postby grumpysteve » Wed Mar 03, 2010 7:20 pm

all that info and no pics at all?!

can't wait to see it set up, especially after those pics of the other tank
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Postby cousin it » Wed Mar 03, 2010 8:10 pm

This is the tropiquarium a while before the stripdown was done.

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After shutting the tank down I was intending to replace it with a different tank but decided that a new stand ( in the size of the planned replacement just in case ) and some new decor for the tropiquarium could be the way to go instead.

I did some browsing of the internet to see what materials were available and while looking at some on

The Green Machine website I had a look at some of their work and as expected was impressed with what I saw they had done, I thought I would be cheeky and ask if they would be able to arrange some materials they had to create the type of layout I was after due to not being able to visit the shop in person to choose some and also mentioned what my budget was for the materials.

I recieved an email informing me that was possible and then recieved some photos of the design that they had found that was within my budget.

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this is the arrangement they found for me :D
I cannot thank them enough for the effort and service I have recieved from them, it really is the one of best I have experienced if not the best.

Now to build the stand, modify it so that I can fit the co2 in there and then the fun begins.
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Postby corycor » Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:18 pm

:shock: :shock: :shock:

Your old tropiquarium was AWESOME :shock:

Its its it was so GREEN :shock:

Cant wait to see some more pics :crazy2:

BTW what is the gravel in that pic, is it big or is it just me?? :D
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Postby cousin it » Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:21 pm

the gravel in the second pic is very large, it is where they test layouts dry.
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Postby corycor » Wed Mar 03, 2010 10:22 pm

Ohhhhh, cool :D
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Postby Harrison » Thu Mar 04, 2010 10:43 am

Have always found your tanks really impressive, and im a big fan of CRS, so look foward to seeing the development of this project.
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Postby cousin it » Thu Mar 04, 2010 5:06 pm

thank you :)
I hope to photograph this one from the start of setting up all the way through, hopefully it will help explain how I start the tanks off better than words alone, on previous tanks have always forgot to take pictures during the setting up of the substrate which is possibly the most important part.
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Postby Neveraliein » Thu Mar 04, 2010 9:08 pm

I can hardly wait.
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Postby LindaB » Thu Mar 04, 2010 11:58 pm

That was the very first aquarium I bought - I still have my bristlenose ancistrus that I bought at the same time lol.

I have a sneaky feeling that mine is tucked away at the back of my husband's shed somewhere - I havent seen it for years!

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Postby cousin it » Sun Mar 07, 2010 1:33 pm

I placed the hardscape into the tank to get an idea of scale ( also to work out if a slightly larger tank would be better) :P

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it is going to be a bit of a tight fit in there but should be good once the substrate ect has been taken care of, and the spare stone has been introduced to mr hammer to make some smaller stones around the larger ones :mrgreen:
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Postby markee » Sun Mar 07, 2010 5:36 pm

your tanks always look stunning Daran, looking forward to seeing this one from start to finish :wink:
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Postby cousin it » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:10 pm

I have just won an auction on ebay for about 35 crystal red and black shrimp of pretty good grades, I also have 4 a-s grade crystal reds on their way to me from a different source.
looks like most of the stocking is now taken care of just need to finish off setting up the tank :oops:
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Postby Switch01252 » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:30 pm

how much did that cost?
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Postby Charlie » Mon Mar 08, 2010 10:31 pm

I have just won an auction on ebay for about 35 crystal red and black shrimp of pretty good grades, I also have 4 a-s grade crystal reds on their way to me from a different source.
looks like most of the stocking is now taken care of just need to finish off setting up the tank :oops:


I was watching that auction, once they went over £35 I lost interest. The guy had a load of live rock off me last year and his shrimp are excellent.
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