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PostSubject: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:30 am

Ill start with the most recent and go back to what I had running before the Hurricane, but first I'll show the present tanks up and running.


Current Stuff:


Pond/Puddle

Made this with brick, mortar, and a liner lined with old carpet remnants. It's in the neighborhood of 265 gallons 6'x6'

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1 Red Eared Slider
16 Comets
5 small garden variety koi

Plants
Cat tails
various grasses
parrots feather
arrow lily
water hyacinth
water lettuce

First day


Liner all trimmed awaiting plants to arrive


Plants came


Favorite plant


And of course with the solar lights on




Current flowerhorn grow out:

Got these two for a great deal but unfortunately neither is showing the characteristics Id hoped for. Pictures about a month old so they have grown quite a bit


Last but not least the new 75 right after I set it up
Love the marineland single brights!



I'll see if I can locate the pics of my gone but not forgotten set ups and put em up later
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PostSubject: My foray into Reefs   Fri Aug 17, 2012 9:51 am

We moved so often that none of my marine tanks ever really had the chance to mature the best one I had was a 90 gallon oceanic tech tank with sps that for some reason I cant locate and pics of at the moment.

So I'll just post a few photos of random tanks

Had to take these two tanks down when my dad moved in with us

100 Long


100 and 90 on central sump, not sure why I dont have a photo of the two up and running


Just the 90



I built 2 frag tanks using acrylic, the hurricane came while we were on vacation in florida and I lost it all.
both tanks were 4'x3'x8" with coast to coast overflows. Never even set the second one up...
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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:48 am

Great looking pond and tanks! I was just talking with flip last night about a pond.

Not that I plan on building a frag tank, but I always enjoy reading the build reports on stands, tanks, etc... Do you have report on your frag tank build?

Thanks for sharing!

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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Fri Aug 17, 2012 10:57 am

Sure do.

http://richmondreefers.com/phpbb/viewtopic.php?t=2567

The pond was really sort of thrown together, ran across the liner at ollies for 25$ and already had a pile of brickin the yard collecting weeds and such.
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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:12 am

Love your setups! I particularly like the pond and how you created the outflow - very nice! I really want to do a pond myself. How much sun do the lilies need?

I'm sorry to hear about the tank losses, but I know how it feels, I'm afraid. I'm looking forward to seeing how things go with the 75, so definitely keep us posted. You are very talented!

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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Fri Aug 17, 2012 12:34 pm

Alley- when the weather gets cool do you want to adopt my Gambusia? I'm using them in a tub on my deck for mosquito control (this is totally working, by the way) but once the weather turns I'll need to do something with them.

I don't know how big your turtle and koi are (the Gambusia might get eaten) but if you want about a dozen mosquito eaters you are welcome to them. They're very similar to hefty female guppies.

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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Fri Aug 17, 2012 1:12 pm

I want to do a pond set up. Yours looks pretty nice. Nice Sw tanks also.

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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Fri Aug 17, 2012 2:20 pm

The frag tank set-ups look as professional as the ones I've seen in stores. Sorry to hear you lost them all! If the tanks and overflow equipment survived maybe you can set up again someday. Now I know what "RR" means, too. Laughing

The pond is really well done. ThumbsUp I love the way the outflow is set up. If we do a small pond (as we keep saying we'll do) I'd like an outflow set up just like yours.

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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Fri Aug 17, 2012 4:38 pm

Nice. Look forward to seeing things progress.

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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Fri Aug 17, 2012 7:33 pm

Thanks everyone for the kind words, I see most of the interest is in the pond so I'll elaborate on the details.

It's a 10'x10' epdm liner, rio 1600 pump with a DIY strainer sort of intake (its amazing how much plant matter winds up in the bottom of the pond) a 28qt black tub from walmart (think I paid 4.59 for it) filled with compost and a black tote full of lava rock. Where the "bog" (black bucket) overflows into the tote I use quilt batting for fine filter floss where the water pours out of the "bog" (again bought at wally world for 3$ or close to it). The fountain head was from danner and I ran a tee in the return line and a ball valve. purchased the fountain kit for 3$ on ebay. I think to be totally honest besides the pump the entire set up cost me around 75$.

Liz the Lilies are really hardy and require about 1/2 a days worth of sun. Mine grows out of control because it receives 3/4 of the days rays. We can discuss the Gambusia when I come to get some of those beautiful Red Head Tapajo's Very Happy

Word to the wise do not put any of Debs avatar in your pond (water lettuce), it grows like crazy. So much so that I throw 10-15 heads into the yard every 3-4 days and hit it with the lawn mower on the weekend.

The acrylic frag tanks were actually much easier to design/assemble than I had thought they'd be. The trick was to use CAD to draw up a plan and have the materials CNC routed so that it was basically a puzzle that just needed to be put together. I sold the tanks to an up and coming LFS in Stafford when I broke them down. Kinda hurt to look at them in such a sad state of affairs. Worst part was that there was a generator feet away from my propagation set up but everyone I trusted to know I was gone for 2 weeks was with us in Florida. I really dont miss reefing all that much seeing as how the check Dominion Power receives each month is significantly smaller and cool FW livestock is that much more affordable. BUT.... As my family continues to absorb more space (me, my wife, our two sons, our daughter, my dad, our two dogs, two ferrets, and our cockatoo) we'll be purchasing another home within the next 2 years and a basement with an inwall MASSIVE reef is a must.

Stay tuned for pics of the Discus tank...

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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Fri Aug 17, 2012 11:43 pm

Very impressive. You've inspired me to try a pond. I am curious on the first picture though. What knd of beer do you fill it up with?...lol

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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:15 am

Wow! I am loving the look of your pond, I wish I could set one up. Your FHs look to be pearls,but the KOKs look like they have potential. I love the look of the Frag tanks as well. So clean with out trim and lots of foot print.
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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Sat Aug 18, 2012 10:38 am

After a little research, I might want some of the water lettuce.

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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Sun Aug 19, 2012 1:45 pm

Alley wrote:
Word to the wise do not put any of Debs avatar in your pond (water lettuce), it grows like crazy. So much so that I throw 10-15 heads into the yard every 3-4 days and hit it with the lawn mower on the weekend.

I liked having water lettuce indoors but it is a high maintenance plant and has a pre-determined lifespan, it seems, depending on the surface area of the tank. The expired leaves need to be pruned often, but the long trailing roots make up for that. The great benefit of these roots to fry and other small fish cannot be over emphasized.

Over time, the plant tends to become miniaturized. (Click on the link in my signature.) I would definitely like to try it on my 75. It may or may not be bright enough, but the surface area is greater.

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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Sun Aug 19, 2012 5:40 pm

Good information Deb. Water Lettuce doesn't sound like a good choice for me considering the overflow of plants I have. One jumbled mess that is.

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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Mon Aug 20, 2012 12:34 pm

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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Mon Aug 20, 2012 1:20 pm

Whats up AC, nice set ups. The driftwood in the last shots is pretty cool looking. In your pond you said you have a red ear? Did you set up a little dock he can climb out and catch some rays? Try to snag some pictures of him, I'd like to see what he's up to. - N

Ps - nice product placement, subliminal ThumbsUp it's workin' I'm thirsty
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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:17 pm

3rd photo down, what is that fish?

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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:20 pm

Looks like a little arowanna - N

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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Mon Aug 20, 2012 4:21 pm

Anomala wrote:
3rd photo down, what is that fish?

Silver Arowana. He was about 4" in that pic, hes about 26" now. Unfortunately they reach 3-4 feet and my discus wouldnt spawn so i gave him to a family friend who has a 400 gallon tank.
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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:25 am

That last tank looks awfully familiar.

Your setups look great man.
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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Tue Aug 21, 2012 9:27 am

@Ben wrote:
That last tank looks awfully familiar.

Your setups look great man.

Thought that was you.
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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:47 pm

Yea where's that turtle with no dock?

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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Tue Aug 21, 2012 8:54 pm

Nice job on the frag tank! It gives me ideas....
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PostSubject: Re: Alleys Aquatic Adventures   Wed Aug 22, 2012 10:36 pm

*blub blub* can't *blub blub* dock.. need *blub blub* platform....

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