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#1 Shazza

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Posted 06 July 2021 - 10:09 PM

Finally thought I better start a new one!

Mrs surprised me with a new tank start of the year which ended up being a 2nd hand Aqua one regency 280.

Well as most know it came with a durso setup which ain’t quiet at all.

So I gutted the plumbing and went with a herbie overflow.

Remodified the sump to suit the herbie and plans to run a CO2 reactor!

Fast forward the fine tuning of the herbie overflow paired with a jebao 4000 and a very finicky ball valve I finally have a super silent system!!!!

Inside tank movement is done with the outlet from the Jebao 4000 running at bare minimum so about 1200 LPH AND A JEbao SLW 20

Light is a Fluval plant 3.0

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Got the CO2 dialed in within first week! Got a kamoer pro x2 auto doser running 2hr aquarist apt fert 3 x 11ml a week.

And an upaqua smart ATO for the tops ups out of a 20ltr jerry can!


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#2 Shazza

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Posted 07 July 2021 - 05:57 PM

Livestock list currently is

10 x cardinal tetras (want 20 all up)

5 x Borneo scooters

3 x khuli loaches

6 x dwarf honey gourami

7 x harlequin rasbora

6 x corydorus sterbai

4 x ottos

Cherry shrimp in the sump and tank


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Edited by Shazza, 07 July 2021 - 06:17 PM.


#3 malawiman85

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Posted 07 July 2021 - 07:41 PM


I miss tank journals and some of the stuff that used to go on here. A real shame that the brains trust decided Facebook was a better option… might be more traffic but if it’s just crap like EY and mixed peacock IDs for the Gumnuts then what’s the point?

Rant over…. For now.

That is a nice tank. I wish I could make a tank look that good :-(
Cardinals and harlequins look great in big numbers.

#4 Shazza

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Posted 07 July 2021 - 08:38 PM

Hahahaha mate I hate social media and love the forums more of a personal feeling!!!

Didn’t realize this place was so dead!

Thanks for the kind words! I’ve just got a heap of buce off a mate and an AR and some hygro sunset (not like I needed anything else)

Still chasing coffeefolia,

can never have enough of that!!!!

Will let things settle for a month then I’ll add 10 more cardinals hopefully


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#5 Shazza

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Posted 16 July 2021 - 08:06 PM

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Modified sump pic

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Will tidy this up once I get back from work.


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#6 Shazza

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Posted 02 August 2021 - 04:48 PM

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Just got this from the wife while at work! Pretty happy with that!

Tanks coming along nice full tank shot as below

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#7 Westie

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Posted 20 August 2021 - 04:32 PM

looks great, nice work



#8 Shazza

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Posted 04 October 2021 - 07:25 PM

Update….

Rescapped a little and removed stem plants as too much of a hassle with the herbie overflow.

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#9 Shazza

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Posted 03 November 2021 - 04:47 PM

Yet another rescape and thinning of the Java fern.

Managed to find a male honey gourami as well as 2 larger females so pretty happy with that.

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Forgot to add that I had to change out the SLW-20 as it was off gassing so much CO2 and I couldn’t get the dissolved amount I was happy with.

Swapped it out for a SW-2 and it’s perfect.

Also upped the light intensity and ferts as was battle a very small outbreak of GSA.


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#10 Shazza

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Posted 04 November 2021 - 07:40 PM

Picked up a new crypt

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#11 Shazza

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Posted 17 November 2021 - 02:01 PM

Well had to change out the stupid ball valve I had as trying to fine tune the herbie was a pain in the ass.

Ordered a true union gate valve off AliExpress and with a bit of mcgyvering (shimmed a few mm off with the lathe) made it fit snug as a bug.

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Fine tuning has never been so easy!!!!

Full tank shot update

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#12 Semurphy

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Posted 24 November 2021 - 09:21 PM

Wow this is a great looking tank! I love how much it changes the longer you have it. 



#13 Shazza

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Posted 24 November 2021 - 10:18 PM

Wow this is a great looking tank! I love how much it changes the longer you have it. 


Thanks!!

Yeah it’s def a learning progress as I discover the more expensive plants

Have a good mate who helps me out a bit.

Recent adds are a pink flamingo crypt, blue Thea buce and some brownie buce

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#14 Shazza

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Posted 25 November 2021 - 10:43 AM

Might as well throw in the male honey gourami pic.


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#15 Semurphy

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 07:57 PM

It’s an awesome set up. Really great work.

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Any suggestions on hardy plants to add to a new set up with geos and catfish?
I’ll be weighing them down as the geos are sand sifters and have lots of wood in there.

#16 Shazza

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Posted 28 November 2021 - 09:06 PM

I’m only new to the plant game mate!

Maybe try some fern on the wood, few swords and see how they go. Maybe a crypt or 2 as well.

 



#17 Shazza

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Posted 04 January 2022 - 07:02 PM

Update

Growth seems to to be steady. Little tiny bit of GSA here and there but nothing I’m concerned about I know the cause so just factoring that into the maintenance.

Scores a lovely pair of German blue rams for $20 and a red tiger lotus for $10.

No just chasing some large cherry shrimp! Rate as hens teeth at the moment that’s for sure!

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#18 Shazza

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Posted 24 April 2022 - 07:28 PM

Unfortunately due to work commitments and kids I’m currently looking at selling the tank. Pretty bummed about it but life takes priority!

Currently as it stands

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If anyone is interested in it or wants to purchase some plants please let me know!


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#19 Leichardti

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Posted 25 April 2022 - 12:09 AM

Nooo! Such a nice setup, keep it, no one buy it!  :D



#20 Shazza

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Posted 25 April 2022 - 07:10 PM

Haha you’re not helping!


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