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  1. Kezzab

    Kezzab Member

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    My wife asked me to set up a tank at the school she works at. Based on the equipment they already had and the fact maintenance needs to be super simple ive gone for a hillstream type set up with loaches. Not strictly planted, but i may add some emergent stuff. My input will be limited once its running, so with this they should be able to water change easily straight from the tap.

    The big rock has a sort of waterfall thing using a pump and spray bar and there are 2 circulation pumps plus an internal filter.

    Good to do something a bit different and hopefully there'll be enough to interest her pupils.

    This is about where we got to today.

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  2. Harry H

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    Great work! Kids love tanks, and I am sure it will be very much appreciated and loved. Inspiring the next generation. :clap:
     
  3. alto

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    Well done :)

    But

    Criticism to follow :oops:

    I’d place a few open rocks on sand and avoid all the crevices - gunk will collect in there rapidly and it’s going to be difficult for the kids (teacher ;)) to remove (though perhaps there is sufficient current?)

    And you know the kids will want to feed often :p

    Maybe some outgoing Corydoras (choose suitable species and number) to sift the sand and give the kids something to watch - and they may even spawn

    Hillstream loaches can be shy and sensitive fish (and most loaches need lots of swimming or growing room) - sorry I can’t guess (reasonably) at tank size
     
  4. Kezzab

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    Hi,
    Cheers for your comments. They are secondary kids so there'll be slighy more control and some clear instructions.

    There's a lot of current and the idea, as per this article, https://www.zoo.ox.ac.uk/article/extreme-flow-hillstream-loaches, is to move the rocks around (apart from the huge ones) so cleaning should be ok.

    Tank is 100cm by 35cm by 50cm high, so a reasonable size.
    K
     
  5. alto

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    Sounds grand :cool:

    Most school aquarium tanks here are primary school
    “Your” kids should be well able :)
     
  6. Kezzab

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    The tank was previously used for a uk marine set up which they managed ok. Lqck of time meant it got broken down. This new one should be a bit simpler.
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  7. rebel

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    Love simplicity!

    Get some emergents though. It will help stabilise system way better.
     
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    Looks good. If your going hillstream loach, I'd definitely consider some white cloud mountain minnows to add movement. They are one of the few fish that don't seem to predate their young and you get batches of fry, that would like the gaps in the rocks and mulm, coming through which would be fun.
     
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  9. Chris Tinker

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    very nice concept... i await a progress report
     
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  10. Kezzab

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    It's taken a while to get hold of different bits of equipment and find a time to go get this sorted but today was the day.

    I've replaced the internal filter with a much larger external and added a light i had in a 'bits box'. The light doesnt quite fit and is a bit underpowered but will do for now. The filter seems good, but i had to rig up a slightly heath robinson intake pipe arrangement. The filter media had been in the sump of my home tank for about a month.

    Fish wise I've added 20 small white cloud mountain minnows. I'll now let all this settle in and hopefully get some algae growth and then add some loaches in a month or so.

    For circulation, as well as the filter there's an eheim 2000lph pump on a spray bar (top of big rock) and 2 Fluval CP3 circulation pumps. The latter aren't on at the moment as they are a bit OTT for the tiny wcmm. They'll go on when the loaches go in.

    I'm a bit gutted I'm not really going to see it much!

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    Also, while i was in school i spied this antique air pump cranking away in a lab tank,


    old skool.
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  11. Kezzab

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    Working on a tight budget, but needing more light i bought these as an experiment off amazon. £30 for the pair. Seem pretty bright!

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    Maybe add some snails and some asselus or so?
     
  13. Kezzab

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    My wife took some phone pics, excuse quality. Now this is algae!

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  14. chefski

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    ouch that is serious algae, is that to do with the lights?
     
  15. Kezzab

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    Ha! It's deliberate. 12hrs a day of 2 39w flood lights. Aiming to add hillstream loaches soon.
     
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  17. DeepMetropolis

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    They won't get hungry in there.
     
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