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Offline chrisjj

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240 wonderland
« on: October 20, 2015, 10:21:58 pm »
so I recently acquired a 240ltr jewel for £30!!
....and the journey begins.....


Haven't cleaned it or anything, but have started planning.


Decided on redmoor wood (lots!!) and Baltic rock, but not decided on the "visible" substrate - light or dark - what do you think?!


The back will be painted black.


It will be a heavily planted tank, but not sure about co2 yet, so maybe no carpet (hence the visible substrate).


Opinions welcome....




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    Re: 240 wonderland
    « Reply #1 on: October 20, 2015, 10:29:46 pm »
    That is a bargain find, well done.
    Do you have a filter yet?

    I would go with sand if considering corydoras, not dark, not light but something in between.
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    Re: 240 wonderland
    « Reply #2 on: October 20, 2015, 10:36:37 pm »
    Did you actually just mug them for the tank and then feel bad so left them 30 quid?  *grin*
    Some great bits of redmoor there. Yeah, a mid coloured sand would be good.
    May have MTS but its not a problem till you admit it.... right?

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    Re: 240 wonderland
    « Reply #3 on: October 20, 2015, 10:38:38 pm »
    No filter yet - possibly 2x all pond solutions 1000lph to get good circulation if I go co2.


    No cory - I'm concentrating on a scape, so no fish that will trash it!!


    There will be many shrimp, and a large shoal of small fish - possibly circa 50 green rasbora.


    Mid coloured sand might not suit the hardscape??
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    Re: 240 wonderland
    « Reply #4 on: October 20, 2015, 10:41:02 pm »
    I always go Black Limpopo (I bought a new bag from a guy on a FB group recently for £15 and he gave me around £100 worth of brand new ferts, bargain!!)


    The wood looks great.


    Did the police give chase once the seller found out you had robbed him?  *grin*


    Great bargain!
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    Re: 240 wonderland
    « Reply #5 on: October 20, 2015, 10:45:34 pm »
    I have the swell samoa sand in one tank and quite like that. Its dark but not too dark, makes the plants look quite green.
    May have MTS but its not a problem till you admit it.... right?

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    Re: 240 wonderland
    « Reply #6 on: October 21, 2015, 09:18:47 am »
    Another fan of limpopo sand here. Really makes the colours of the plants and even wood pop. Love it,  though did take me a while to find a stockist as most were sold out.

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    Re: 240 wonderland
    « Reply #7 on: October 21, 2015, 09:45:59 am »
    Light sand. With a black background, dark sand might be too much?

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    Re: 240 wonderland
    « Reply #8 on: October 21, 2015, 02:38:12 pm »

    Limpopo sand and black background on my Roma 200 :)


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    Re: 240 wonderland
    « Reply #9 on: October 21, 2015, 03:06:00 pm »
    Another vote for Limpopo.  I started off with light coloured sands and backgrounds.  Alll 3 tanks have black sand and backgrounds now.  My shy fish come out a lot more with black sand and plants and fish colours look sharper for it.  Limpopo is just great small and smooth like sand but the grains are bigger and heavier makimg it easier to plant and meaning it settles quicker.

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    Re: 240 wonderland
    « Reply #10 on: October 21, 2015, 04:43:16 pm »
    I be using a plant substrate for heavily planted areas (eco-complete).
    The sand will be mainly for the exposed areas.
    That limpopo sand looks like it has ligths grains in it, rather than all dark - can you confirm. 
    The black unipac sand I got (in my pic) appears all dark, but I haven't seen it wet yet.
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    Re: 240 wonderland
    « Reply #11 on: October 21, 2015, 04:45:44 pm »

    Unipac Limpopo close-up.


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    Re: 240 wonderland
    « Reply #12 on: October 21, 2015, 04:50:58 pm »
    Excellent - thank you very much.
     
    Dark, but looks a light dark, if you get what I mean!!
    The black unipac sand I got just said black on the label, but assume it is the limpopo. Will see what its like in water.
     
    I'll keep looking ...
    « Last Edit: October 21, 2015, 04:53:28 pm by chrisjj »
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    72ltr - Cherry Shrimp

    50ltr - Crystal Red Shrimp

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    Re: 240 wonderland
    « Reply #13 on: October 21, 2015, 05:29:08 pm »
    It will say limpopo on the label.  I have Unipac black in 2 of my tanks it is darker than limpopo and quite a bit messier as its lighter

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    Re: 240 wonderland
    « Reply #14 on: October 21, 2015, 05:36:15 pm »

    What he said^^ :)


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