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Hanna
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Our New Tank
« on: June 13, 2010, 05:46:01 PM »

As we figured it out, the new tank will hold about 150l which is about 42 gallons.  Cheesy this means enough space for 4 fishies.  Cheesy
We got it for AU$ 100.-- including stand, hood, huge UGfilter, heater, airpump, thermometer.

It needs a bit of work done though.
Cleaning out with vinegar, this is a natural cleaner, disinfects too, will get rid of calcium marks on the glass.
The gravel I will put in my plant pots as it is too hard to clean, it sure will provide some nutrients for the plants with all the fish poo stuff on it.
The metal needs a bit a polish, not much.
The bottom of the stand wants to be replaced as it walked. Try to get a thicker piece of wood. Then sand it down and respray with chocolate brown. It is black at the moment.
The hood needs a bit repairing too, as there is no glass top. Need to get one...

The setup plans are the following:
Nice background picture, as it will stand at the wall.
As Hump and Hep digg plants out, we are thinking to get some fake ones for the background.
Driftwood with real plants and the teracotta pot with the dwarf anubias at the front. Maybe an "old ship ornament" or sth like that too.

We also want to get an additional internal filter, an airstone about 20 inch long.

Basically what do you guyz think about having fake AND real plants mixed?
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Katarine
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #1 on: June 13, 2010, 06:43:41 PM »

I have fake and real plants mixed. it works well, especially if your fish are like mine and are not so good at distinguishing real plants from fake ones. Tiger and Sonorus have been around fake pklants their whole life, so they dont dig and nibble because they think the swordplant is fake XD
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #2 on: June 13, 2010, 07:33:13 PM »

 AngryWHERE'S THE PICTURE!!!!!!HMMMPH!  I thought you posted a picture!
With all that typing you could have had that whole tank set by now and a picture too boot! LOL
Hurry up! Cheesy
What's taking so long! Grin
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #3 on: June 13, 2010, 08:16:53 PM »

WOAH HOW'D you get that side scrolling action???!?!?!?!!?!?1?!?!

Oh wait never mind I found it
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Hanna
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #4 on: June 14, 2010, 03:41:19 AM »

OK, OK girls, lol
first a few pics before cleaning and original stand, LOL... went out to investigate for a light, discovered the lady used a normal 1 ft kitchen UV light, was rusted anyway, we chucked it out.

I started to clean the tank with rocksalt, scrape the algae off  Tongue
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #5 on: June 14, 2010, 03:43:50 AM »

The brown wood on the top is the new base we bought today, had it cut to proper size at Bunnings.
My hubby knocked the base out and put the new one on  Smiley
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #6 on: June 14, 2010, 03:50:34 AM »

And here a few pics after a rough cleaning, still needs fine work done, but we should be right in a weeks time to have the stand fixed and resprayed.
Then I can start to landscape. We like to put a "deep sea" image at the back. And fake plants.
The life plants and deco at the front.

Ahhh btw, bought some deco hinges for the hood flap and a nice knob  Grin
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #7 on: June 14, 2010, 09:04:11 AM »

Oh Hanna!  That is a gorgeous VINTAGE aquarium!!!  I LOVE it!!  They are so hard to find around here.
You got a great deal even with all that work to make it funtional it will be better than ever.  You can reseal the inside with black aquarium sealant in the seams.  Gosh that is gonna be awesome when you get it all set up.
You should try to find some vintage aquarium ornaments for it.  Like a mermaid, and, sea horses maybe? Old castles or pagodas. Grin
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #8 on: June 14, 2010, 12:25:41 PM »

lol it looks awesome!!! XD I cant wait to see it all set up! Hurry up Hanna lol just kidding XD
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #9 on: June 14, 2010, 12:59:40 PM »

Hanna,
Have your hubby take a picture of you standing beside your new aquarium so we can see you too! Cheesy
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« Reply #10 on: June 14, 2010, 03:36:57 PM »

lol we should all get a pic of us by our fish XD

Minde only one pic, I dont think we need a hundred pics of you by your various fish XD lol
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #11 on: June 15, 2010, 03:53:25 AM »

Girls, this is a brilliant idea, lol.
We will hurry up with the new old aquarium, poor Hump and Hep really need it.

Ordered a filter on ebay, the biggest challenge is the light, to get one to fit in that hood  Wink
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #12 on: June 15, 2010, 12:11:47 PM »

thats gonna suck, trying to find a light. im so used to starter kits where they light was included Sad
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« Reply #13 on: June 15, 2010, 01:16:27 PM »

I have faith in you and your hubby seems brilliant and so very handy! Smiley
You will find the right light!  Grin
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« Reply #14 on: June 15, 2010, 03:27:19 PM »

good luck!!! SmileySmileySmileySmileySmileySmileySmileySmileySmileySmileySmileySmileySmileySmileySmiley
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #15 on: June 15, 2010, 09:17:14 PM »

Looks great Hanna and I'm sure you'll find everything Smiley Not sure if you already said, but what are you going to do with your old tank?
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #16 on: June 16, 2010, 03:40:36 AM »

yeaaahhh we'll find a light, sure there is sth out there to fit in... Roll Eyes

Andrea, the 34 l tank we'll use for a few neon tetras, maybe about 10 really colorful ones  Grin
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #17 on: June 16, 2010, 12:48:18 PM »

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm neon tetras... those are soo soo pretty!! I was considering sticking some in with Tiger and Sonorus, but then I wanted to get some more real plants. Ill do that when I start scool again. Thats what ill ask for for christmas! Plants! XD
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #18 on: June 16, 2010, 03:10:03 PM »

It looks like you're doing a great job. I can't wait to see the finished project. I remember having one of those metal edged tanks in our grade school classroom. Sometimes I wonder if they were a better idea after all; I cut my finger terribly on the side of one of our regular glass tanks while cleaning it. That was probably over 20 years ago and I still have the scar and no feeling on the side of that finger! Shocked
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« Reply #19 on: June 16, 2010, 04:01:06 PM »

awe gross really? Ive never cut myself that bad. I mean, once I sliced my finger open with a pair of scissors, and that hurt like a bugger, but at least I can still feel the finger O_O

well at least your sorta feeling better now Smiley
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #20 on: June 16, 2010, 04:14:25 PM »

Yubonne, welcome to the forum  Wink
We cannot wait either to have all ready. Unfortunately the most work can be done only on the weekends.
I also want to seal it again, just in case there may be a leak. It is the opportunity now while it is empty.
The metal edges are not sharp, they are ok. Already cleaned them  Smiley they look already much better without stains.

Thanks Kat, yeahhh the old chook is fine  Grin
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #21 on: June 16, 2010, 08:38:15 PM »

You'll have to also post a picture of your other tank when you put all the neons in, bet it will look gorgeous Cheesy
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #22 on: June 16, 2010, 08:45:28 PM »

Will do, lol  Cheesy
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #23 on: June 17, 2010, 10:24:06 AM »

how come the tank has metal on the sides i have never seen that. would it make viewing a little crappy?HuhHuh

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« Reply #24 on: June 17, 2010, 12:13:13 PM »

no its just a really old aquarium. this is before they thought of glass welding or whatever. It doesnt interfere with viewing, as I believe only the corners are reinforced with metal, am I right Hanna?
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #25 on: June 17, 2010, 12:39:08 PM »

The whole tank is "framed" on all 4 sides with metal.  It's called metaframe I believe. Smiley
I think it is very cool.  It is an older tank but those vintage tanks last forever and I think are really beautiful!
It will be like watching your fish framed in a picture! Wink
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #26 on: June 17, 2010, 01:39:31 PM »

AW YEA! thats epic! lol or watching the aquarium channel on the tv.... lololololololol
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #27 on: June 17, 2010, 05:26:19 PM »

LOL, yes the metal is only along the corners, as you said the tank is framed in. Looks really good, especially now, when I cleaned it properly. It shines and sparkles  Grin
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #28 on: June 17, 2010, 05:57:49 PM »

mmmmmmmmmmmmm shining and sparkling...
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Re: Our New Tank
« Reply #29 on: June 17, 2010, 06:47:23 PM »

Hanna,
You're new "old" tank has some real bling! LOL! Smiley Wink Cheesy Grin
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