Hi All, Just got myself a fish tank AGAIN! (Bancrupcy incoming)

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looks like sandstone?

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That’s normally the best way to test them :)
Except i wouldnt put them in boiling water, some stones can explode when you do that (air pockets expanding rapidly)

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Joefish wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 14:25 pm
I like to paint the back glass black, with black gravel, then the green of the plants and the colours of the fish really stand out, gives it some depth especially with the perfectly selected peices of wood and natural sone, I like to make it look as if youve just put your head under a real river, Never had Co2 injection, or used any type of soil or anything, and my plants have never thrived, so some help with that would be fantastic :)
What size is the gravel ? If its fine enough you could think about some sort of soil or clay to help the plants along. Im quite new to the hobby, but have used jbl's flora base capped with sand and did a decent job for my easy grow plants.

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SxAqua wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 16:58 pm
Joefish wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 14:25 pm
I like to paint the back glass black, with black gravel, then the green of the plants and the colours of the fish really stand out, gives it some depth especially with the perfectly selected peices of wood and natural sone, I like to make it look as if youve just put your head under a real river, Never had Co2 injection, or used any type of soil or anything, and my plants have never thrived, so some help with that would be fantastic :)
What size is the gravel ? If its fine enough you could think about some sort of soil or clay to help the plants along. Im quite new to the hobby, but have used jbl's flora base capped with sand and did a decent job for my easy grow plants.
Agree. If you want plants, then a suitable substrate is vital. There's cheap ways to do it or the expensive brand names, but putting plants in gravel makes it difficult. CO2 is a complete game changer, I went from unable to keep anything alive to chopping out half my plants every few weeks. That along with EI ferts. It is difficult getting the system tuned to work though, better off doing that before you put fish in

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Re: Hi All, Just got myself a fish tank AGAIN! (Bancrupcy incoming)

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Joefish wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 14:34 pm
Do you think these are too big? They are about 10kg each but they are nice natural stone, if i do the white vinegar test on them, soak them in boiling water and scrub them for ages, should do the trick shouldnt it, thats what i usually do?


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Yeah i will do haha

So nervous about this stand, its level, but the person i bought it off told me to put this thin foam stuff underneath, but it doesent look right at all to me, imterrified of filling this thing fully, never been this nervous about a fish tank before, my old 350 litre tank had a solid oak/mahongany stand that was solid enough to park a car on, just have a look at this picture, looks odd... and thats a 20kg bag of gravel in it, barely touched it LOL Gonna be so skint soon, not even started on it yet and ive already spent like £400.... LOL!!!!
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Joefish wrote:
Mon Jun 29, 2020 20:20 pm
Yeah i will do haha

So nervous about this stand, its level, but the person i bought it off told me to put this thin foam stuff underneath, but it doesent look right at all to me, imterrified of filling this thing fully, never been this nervous about a fish tank before, my old 350 litre tank had a solid oak/mahongany stand that was solid enough to park a car on, just have a look at this picture, looks odd... and thats a 20kg bag of gravel in it, barely touched it LOL Gonna be so skint soon, not even started on it yet and ive already spent like £400.... LOL!!!!
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Really nice shape that ! Like it 👍

I think as long as the stand felt sturdy before you put the tank on it, it should be fine. Did you check over all the fixings on the table ?

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Yeah it all seemed as solid as can be expected, i think its just because ive built alot of ikea chipboard garbage furnature for people before now, it just seems crazy to me that the 450kg of water plus the 60-80kg of the glass is all held up with 3 pieces of false wood, i suppose as there are no sideways forces its all going down the weight so it should be fine, what do you think of that foam stuff i put underneath, it wasnt the same size perfectly, but its only 5mm foam stuff, im sure 10mm glass wont crack if that stuff isnt perfectly aligned

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The wood used on stands is compressed plywood/hardwood, much better quality then Ikea's compressed cardboard stuff.

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can someone cheer me up with some pointless garbage, im quite down about spending £400 so far and not even having any fish, and being redundant through corona virus hitting, cheer me up, tell me i have made a good choice hahaha

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