James' 4ft Rainbow Refuge

MrHidley

Member
Joined
13 Jan 2014
Messages
353
Location
Ipswich, United Kingdom
Hi all,

A relative was going to bin this tank, so I took it on. Didn't want to spend too much money so built the stand out of concrete blocks and plywood. The sides and back were painted black apart from one chunk of the back pane for some reason, so I decided to paint that bit myself rather than spending ages stripping the paint off. Plan is to have a decent load of rainbows in this, I kept them once before when i wasn't in the planted hobby and they were great.

Tank - No name 4ft around 240L
Stand - Aerated Concrete Blocks and Plywood
CO2 - DIY set-up with 2kg fire extinguisher. Inline UP Aqua diffuser.
Heater - Hydor Inline 300w
Filter - Hydor Professional 350 paired with a Hydor koralia for extra flow
Lights - 120cm Chihiros A-Series
Substrate - Around 18 Litres of Tropica Aquarium Soil + Unipac Tana Sand
Hardscape - Seiryu Stone from Aquarium Gardens + Manzanita Wood from my personal stock(I import and sell this)
Plants - anubias nana petite, blyxa japonica, staurogyne repens, micranthemum monte carlo, bucephalandras 'chilli', 'wavy leaf', 'mini needle leaf', 'brownie purple', 'arrogant blue', Flame Moss, crypt parva, fissidens fontanus, riccardia chamedryfolia

Very excited for this one to grow out.

31537485665_7ed9db605a_c.jpg
 

MrHidley

Member
Joined
13 Jan 2014
Messages
353
Location
Ipswich, United Kingdom
Small Update. Tank has been planted for around 4 weeks, all is growing out very nicely. I've always been scared of using such a bright light in the past, but this seems to be going really well. The brightness really seemed to help the S.Repens recover after they lost their emersed leaves. I've added 8 Praecox Rainbows, planning more and probably other species of Rainbowfish. There are also 15 Amanos and a ton of Ramshorn Snails. I also got an Eheim Skim 350 as the brightness of the light was causing a surface film algae.

31711252720_3125aaff3a_c.jpg


32086727525_037f2f55eb_c.jpg


32047625456_bf679abdcb_c.jpg
 

MrHidley

Member
Joined
13 Jan 2014
Messages
353
Location
Ipswich, United Kingdom
Picked up some more Rainbows from my local LFS today, two differant species.

The first are Madagascar Rainbowfish

31360644273_071945baeb_c.jpg

The second were sold to my as Dwarf Australian Rainbowfish, but i'm not so sure, any rainbow experts about?

32170721635_b7e541e6a8_c.jpg

I'd still like to add a few more species to finish off the tank, but that will have to wait a few weeks now.
 

Attachments

  • 31360644273_071945baeb_c.jpg
    31360644273_071945baeb_c.jpg
    54.6 KB · Views: 44
  • 31360644273_071945baeb_c.jpg
    31360644273_071945baeb_c.jpg
    54.6 KB · Views: 44
  • 32170721635_b7e541e6a8_c.jpg
    32170721635_b7e541e6a8_c.jpg
    66.7 KB · Views: 42
  • 32170721635_b7e541e6a8_c.jpg
    32170721635_b7e541e6a8_c.jpg
    66.7 KB · Views: 48
  • 31360644273_071945baeb_c.jpg
    31360644273_071945baeb_c.jpg
    54.6 KB · Views: 46
  • 31360644273_071945baeb_c.jpg
    31360644273_071945baeb_c.jpg
    54.6 KB · Views: 42
  • 31360644273_071945baeb_c.jpg
    31360644273_071945baeb_c.jpg
    54.6 KB · Views: 47
  • 32170721635_b7e541e6a8_c.jpg
    32170721635_b7e541e6a8_c.jpg
    66.7 KB · Views: 52
  • 32170721635_b7e541e6a8_c.jpg
    32170721635_b7e541e6a8_c.jpg
    66.7 KB · Views: 45
  • 32170721635_b7e541e6a8_c.jpg
    32170721635_b7e541e6a8_c.jpg
    66.7 KB · Views: 45

MrHidley

Member
Joined
13 Jan 2014
Messages
353
Location
Ipswich, United Kingdom
Long overdue update.

Tank is doing really well, about 5 months since planting. The Blyxa got really thick, but unfortunately when i thinned it out it really struggled to grow back, so there's been a bit of a re-jig. There is still some Blyxa, but the back ground is now dominated by a lot of Java Fern. I've also planted some limnophila aromatica in the corner. Once the new plants have settled in i'll take some new pictures. I've added a couple of melanotaenia parkinsoni which are absolutely stunning fish. The plan was to add another 8 fish in total, but turns out rainbow prices have gone up significantly, almost £10 a fish now, so i'll wait a bit until i free up some cash. I'd really like to add some Melanotaenia Lacustris and also some Bosemani eventually.

I'll post some pictures in a few weeks.
 

MrHidley

Member
Joined
13 Jan 2014
Messages
353
Location
Ipswich, United Kingdom
So, I broke and bought the last 4 (planned) rainbows for the tank. I'm super happy with how this tank has turned out, and I plan to keep it running for as long as possible.

Here is a FTS

34108606390_67e1834565_b.jpg


and here are some close ups of the fish, i really need to buy a set of lenses as it's frustrating to only have an 18-55.

34108584870_6fac9c37a6_b.jpg


33683799103_dd93a2155c_b.jpg


34108595670_280728f3c3_b.jpg


And lastly here's a video of the tank i made, yes I have a lot of ramshorns.

 
Similar threads
Thread starter Title Forum Replies Date
oatfish Rainbow Forest 105l Aquael Leddy Journals 7

Similar threads

Top