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scrivens345
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raising a monster
« on: November 25, 2011, 02:46:52 PM »

These two fishies are about 10/11 months old....I just measured the larger fish from snout to the very end of tail ....nearly six inches..... I must stop adding steroids to their water LOL
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Re: raising a monster
« Reply #1 on: November 25, 2011, 04:36:54 PM »

Shocked those are some big babies!!
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Re: raising a monster
« Reply #2 on: November 25, 2011, 05:16:00 PM »

Wow Shocked They are huge!

Very pretty though! What tank size are they in currently Scrivens? Will you have to upgrade soon?  Smiley
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Re: raising a monster
« Reply #3 on: November 25, 2011, 06:15:17 PM »

They are in a 90 litre.... I thought that they would at least see the year out........then move them on to a 180 some time in the new year....but I think I might as well  jump straight to a 300 L
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Re: raising a monster
« Reply #4 on: November 27, 2011, 04:21:29 PM »

HA! Steroids Grin
I'm working on getting mine to grow as much as possible (high protein and veggie diet), so I could use some of them steroids you got there Cheesy

Do you have any secrets to share on how you got them this big with them being so young? Smiley And how small were they when you bought them? Smiley
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Re: raising a monster
« Reply #5 on: November 28, 2011, 11:35:35 AM »

when I got them they were about 2cm and a bit, or just under an inch, It is only one of them that is a giant, the other is 4 inches overall. But a lot of that is in the tails. The larger one's upper- tail fin is 2 1/2 inches long!

I suspect it is down to genetics....It will be interesting to see the rate of growth over the next year, and whether the smaller one can catch up.

Aquariums are rather expensive here compared to the USA. I am thinking of getting an Aludekor for them . Just over 700 Sad

Aquarium:150 x 50 x 50 cm (LxDxH);375 Litres (340L Useful Volume);2 x 54 Watt T5 Lighting Unit
 

Cabinet:150 x 50 x 73 cm (LxDxH)

Fluval 405 External canister filter  :1300 litres per hour
 
 
 
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Re: raising a monster
« Reply #6 on: November 28, 2011, 12:32:15 PM »

Here too, mine was without stand, and cost 350, however the lights and bulbs were included, as well as the gravel. So some deals are pretty nice here but I do wish we'd have the $1 per gallon sale... Grin
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Re: raising a monster
« Reply #7 on: November 29, 2011, 07:58:45 AM »

Scrivens I have had the exact same problem!
Have you asked in shops?

There's one here that I go to, just down the road from me when I was considering getting a Rio 300, on the internet it was around 600/700, but the guy in the shop said they were selling it for around 400/500 and they have different deals on every month. So maybe there's somewhere nearby that does something similar? I have a list of a few shops in and around Wales I could give you the name's, websites and phone numbers if that would help? So you could at least ring around for special offers? Maybe some of them would deliver to you?

Also a random question, with measurements.......
The Aqua One Eurostyle 150 tank I'm thinking of getting is sold as this;
"Model 150 Aquarium size is 150cm x 45cm x 64cm high, the volume is 350 litres."

Yet when I use a volume calculator, it informs me that the tank is actually 432 litres  Undecided
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Re: raising a monster
« Reply #8 on: November 29, 2011, 08:20:03 AM »

They usually quote two volumes e.g. 375 Litres (340L Useful Volume)

shops! its over 2 1/2 hours to Tesco  here!!!
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« Reply #9 on: November 29, 2011, 03:29:18 PM »

This one only quotes one volume though  Undecided Which as I mentioned seems to be wrong by the volume calculator!

Where do the other 70 litres go  Huh Surely that can't all be from the manufacturers guessing how much is lost due to displacement?!
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Re: raising a monster
« Reply #10 on: November 29, 2011, 05:06:31 PM »

You don't fill it to the top....say you leave an ich ..3cm

so 150x45x3=20250cm3
 
or 20 litres! surprising ain't it !!!
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Re: raising a monster
« Reply #11 on: November 29, 2011, 05:42:56 PM »

So you mean theres 20 litres accounted for displacement?
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Re: raising a monster
« Reply #12 on: November 30, 2011, 12:22:47 AM »

 the gap at the top of the tank , plus displacement
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« Reply #13 on: November 30, 2011, 04:04:19 AM »

Haha ohhh I see, thanks for clearing that up, it had been puzzling me for a while XD
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Re: raising a monster
« Reply #14 on: December 03, 2011, 06:55:13 AM »

aha..good old seapets are selling 200L for 250....have to swap out the filter for canister

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« Reply #15 on: December 05, 2011, 07:00:12 PM »

Yeah they have some good deals Grin But I want to get a tank with a stand which is slightly more expensive, otherwise I'd get a tank by itself, but then where will it go?! XD I plan on getting 300 litre tank or so, which is gonna weigh sooo much! I do not trust any furniture or my diy skills  Roll Eyes
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« Reply #16 on: December 06, 2011, 03:46:50 AM »

most of those flash looking stands are MDF with wood-effect veneer...very expensive for what they are.....you can get cheaper metal ones, or make up some Dexion (if you're into to that sort of thing)

Metal stands usually have at least two tiers, so you can accommodate two tanks AND they are SOOOOOOOOOOOOO much cheaper

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Re: raising a monster
« Reply #17 on: December 06, 2011, 08:41:40 AM »

Oh my cowfish! Those price's are amazing! My tank is going to be around 60 inches long though Sad So their stands won't be big enough XD

On Seapets, the tank I'd like is the Aquaone Eurostyle 150 and alone is 643.95, or I can get it with a stand for 779.95.... I was going to go to my LFS about it, as they had Rio 300s with a stand that are usually the same kind of price as the Aquaone around 600 - 700 but they had it for more 400 - 500. So I was planning on going to them!

Of course it's going to take me ages to save up enough money anyway! Maybe I will find other deals in the mean time!
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Re: raising a monster
« Reply #18 on: December 06, 2011, 03:05:19 PM »

Why not send an e-mail or something and ask whether they can make you a custom stand? Smiley
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« Reply #19 on: December 06, 2011, 04:54:44 PM »

There is a custom place here in the Valleys somewhere I've been meaning to e-mail.... but good idea Nossie.

I realised I am in fact familiar with the metal stands, I remembered my Dad had one with two small-ish tanks. Those things were home to many critters... now they are used as a water feature outside in the garden XD

Although I'm not sure how one being 5 foot would work? I imagine it would need quite a few legs to hold the weight?
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Re: raising a monster
« Reply #20 on: December 07, 2011, 12:05:12 PM »

Bigger stands usually have 6-8 legs for bigger tanks, no problem Tongue
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