african cichlid tank build, video update

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19 Feb 2014 18:10 #31 by alan 64 (alan)
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19 Feb 2014 18:10 #32 by alan 64 (alan)
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19 Feb 2014 18:17 #33 by Fairybubbles (Daniel oconnell)
Cracking colours there what lights are u using that dark 3d background makes them pop

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19 Feb 2014 18:20 #34 by alan 64 (alan)
the tank is equipped with 4 t-5 39 watts but i chose just to keep two on at the front so i get good shading in the background, the two bulbs at thi front are a plant bulb like a sun kind of colour and behind that is a colour bulb

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19 Feb 2014 18:42 - 19 Feb 2014 18:43 #35 by alan 64 (alan)
post vid in a bit
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19 Feb 2014 19:03 #36 by Fairybubbles (Daniel oconnell)

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19 Feb 2014 19:04 #37 by alan 64 (alan)

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19 Feb 2014 19:27 #38 by Fairybubbles (Daniel oconnell)
Quality livestock are they all from Ciaran

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19 Feb 2014 19:32 #39 by alan 64 (alan)
no the red peacock is from seahorse seen him there last week and liked him also a flavesent peacock and two small tiwan reef from dunleary, the rest i got from ciaran today and there realy good quality i will be back oyt to him no doubth

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19 Feb 2014 19:48 #40 by Santiagovalcarcel (Santiago)
Hey Mate

Nice tank and fish look stunning, great work on the background and the lightning give a very effect

Cheers !

Santiago

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19 Feb 2014 21:36 #41 by alan 64 (alan)
cheers santiago best of luck with ur new setup mate

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20 Feb 2014 15:17 #42 by alan 64 (alan)
i added a zebra chilumba and two wild caught Synodontis catfish today i will post pics or vids when they settle the zebra is realy nice

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23 Feb 2014 14:23 #43 by jeff (Jeff Scully)

alan 64 wrote: the tank is equipped with 4 t-5 39 watts but i chose just to keep two on at the front so i get good shading in the background, the two bulbs at thi front are a plant bulb like a sun kind of colour and behind that is a colour bulb


The fish are deadly man very nice
I would add more rock for hiding places for when the bullying starts
I would also ditch the plant bulbs the are going to promote algae

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23 Feb 2014 14:42 #44 by paulv (paul vickers)
Alan you got the touch, ive just seen your vid and pics. The white sand realy reflects back lighg and shows off the fish. The background looks great.

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24 Feb 2014 15:11 #45 by alan 64 (alan)
cheers jeff ah i just threw that plant in ove me other tank to see if it will grow without ferts il keep an eye out for algea, there is a cave behinfd the background also i will wait and see how the bullying goes for now hopefully overstocking will curb the agression, thanks paul i will be doing another vid soon as the stock levels have gone up so the tank looks realy well now with all the activity i will also add a list of all the fish with it, thanks lads

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24 Feb 2014 16:44 #46 by ger310 (Ger .)
Hi mate,i really like that colour on your background.....Can I ask what colour dye you used? and were you got it? thanks

Ger

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25 Feb 2014 01:16 #47 by alan 64 (alan)
its a charcoal pigment that gives u a slate colour, its from a company called cemraft in uk ita around 10 euro for a kilo but also around 10 euro delivery i think

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25 Feb 2014 13:37 #48 by ger310 (Ger .)
Cheers Alan,i just checked them out just there now and although there products seem top notch that delivery charge is a bit funky.

I might go back to my original idea of cheap and cheerful and hope for the best pigments on Ebay woooohooooo

Ger

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25 Feb 2014 16:15 #49 by alan 64 (alan)
i have some pigment in my shed ger could give u some how big is the background ur doing

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26 Feb 2014 13:06 #50 by ger310 (Ger .)
Cheers Alan I appreciate that,but I ordered two different shades yesterday.............I've a week or two to mess around with it so i'll weigh out and record different cement-dye ratio's and try them on some spare foam I have and take it from there.

I'm sorry if you already mentioned this on your post but did you use some kind of sealant on the background when you finished cementing it? cheers

Ger

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26 Feb 2014 13:18 #51 by alan 64 (alan)
no ger i didnt use any sealant but lots of people advised me that i had too but the fish are grand ye just have to flush the tank alot idf u dont use a sealer what sort of fish are u keeping in the tank

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26 Feb 2014 23:41 #52 by ger310 (Ger .)
Yeh I might go with some kind of sealant Alan,i'll look at that tomorrow some time thanks.......Did anyone suggest anything to you?

The fish i'll be stocking will be Tropheus but i'm not sure that the one's I've being chasing for a while will be in budget.....Tropheus sp. Kasanga (red rainbow),but Gav out in Artane Aquatics has being a great help so we will see were I end up.

Ger

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27 Feb 2014 01:33 #53 by alan 64 (alan)
there is a pond sealant called g4 ive seen alot of people use that, u should be ok not using a sealant with cichlids mine seem fine and i was talking to crusty crab here and he had mbuna with a non sealed cement background but thats ur choice, red rainbows are sweet man, i know ciaran out in the trop shop is into tropheus maybee ask him if ur stuck what way are u going to do the background u gma layer boards or carve out from a solid piece

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27 Feb 2014 23:53 #54 by ger310 (Ger .)
Ahhhhh g4,that's the one I couldn't remember,thanks man.

Yeh i'm sure there wouldn't be an issue by not using some kind of sealant but if it's available,well why not,it cant do any harm I suppose.

If you are referring to water hardness then I don't really need much more for Rift lake fish than the water straight out of my tap to be honest,it's like fecking concrete its that hard ha........plus i'll be using coral sand,stones,crushed shells etc. so all good that end.

For the background i'll be carving out rock like pieces but whether large or small or what shapes,i'm not sure yet..........working all weekend but over a couple of days next week i'll put my DIY cap on and see what happens :).....cheers for your help dude :)

Ger

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28 Feb 2014 02:01 #55 by alan 64 (alan)
cool ger keep me updated on what ur doing mate im very interested how it goes for u

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02 Mar 2014 22:29 #56 by alan 64 (alan)
i have added stock so i am just downloading a vid now theres a lovely ob peacock gone in realy nice colours its coming along realy nicely i am running on organic aqua and i might stick with the system as i have some realy good feedback on it

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02 Mar 2014 22:57 #57 by alan 64 (alan)

i like this ob
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02 Mar 2014 22:58 #58 by alan 64 (alan)
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02 Mar 2014 23:02 - 02 Mar 2014 23:03 #59 by alan 64 (alan)
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02 Mar 2014 23:04 - 03 Mar 2014 01:52 #60 by alan 64 (alan)
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