75 gallon "before" and "after"

  1. LyndaB

    LyndaB Fishlore Legend Member

    Before:

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    Step 1 (scoop out some used tank water, place plants and fish in large bucket with airstone):

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    Step 2 (set up python to drain tank):

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    Step 3 (use small dustpan to shovel old substrate out of tank and into bucket)

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    Step 4 (tank is as empty as it's gonna get)

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    LyndaB

    LyndaB Fishlore Legend Member

    Step 5 (choice of substrate)

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    Step 6 (lay substrate down, place driftwood, stones and plants in place)

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    Step 7 (fill with appropriate temp water and Prime, place fish into their new home)

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    Step 8 (After - Happy Fish!)

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  3. Lucy

    Lucy Moderator Moderator Member

    I liked the 'before' but the 'after' looks great!

    What is the blue fish with the parrots?
     
  4. allaboutfish

    allaboutfish Well Known Member Member

    looks like emperor tetras. i love the tank! personally id switch the background to black.
     
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    LyndaB

    LyndaB Fishlore Legend Member

    Yes, those are emperor tetras. Apache, my featherfin cat, now has so many tunnels to explore in the driftwood, he wasn't out until I put the camera down. :p

    Yeah, I'm considering another background. Wouldn't that be too much black, though? Black substrate, black tank edges and stand, black background?
     
  6. allaboutfish

    allaboutfish Well Known Member Member

    ive seen it before. it gives the tank a more dark feeling but with lots of plants it looks good. you could get a double sided one with blue on the other and see which you like more. personally i dont like the ones with actual stuff in the background.
     
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    LyndaB

    LyndaB Fishlore Legend Member

    I had gotten that special gunk that you spread on the back of the glass to adhere the backing to, supposed to make it look 3D. Didn't take long for it to separate and now there are what look like tubes that I can't flatten out on the back. Driving me a little nuts. I've always had printed background, never had plain. But it's still an option.
     
  8. MD Angels

    MD Angels Well Known Member Member

    Very nice Lynda! I love the step by step photo log. Always fun to see!
     
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    LyndaB

    LyndaB Fishlore Legend Member

    Thanks, I actually only did the step-by-step process because lots of people had been asking about the process itself. It's not that hard as long as you have your "mise en place". Anybody who spends time in a kitchen knows that means you gather all your ingredients together before you start the recipe to make it easier. ;)
     
  10. allaboutfish

    allaboutfish Well Known Member Member

    i did that too and the same thing happened. i wish i would've waited a little long and painted it black,
     
  11. Dlondon95

    Dlondon95 Well Known Member Member

    Very nice Lynda!
     
  12. pirahnah3

    pirahnah3 Fishlore VIP Member

    Wow tank looks great
     
  13. l

    lorabell Well Known Member Member

    Awesome job Lynda!!!!!!Love the parrots!!!!! Im am soooooooo the opposite....every tank I own has a solid background...except for my discus tank. I was able to almost match the wood and the plants from the background and the tank looks 3D ....this was what I was aiming at. But I'll tell ya this......parrots look beyond and back again against blue backgrounds really makes them pop!!!!!!
     
  14. AmazonPassion

    AmazonPassion Moderator Moderator Member

    I love the tank...beautiful.
     
  15. Akari_32

    Akari_32 Fishlore Legend Member

    Technically, you forgot to fill the tank back up with water :p
     
  16. greenbeanette

    greenbeanette Valued Member Member

    Looks awesome! :)
     
  17. Donnerjay

    Donnerjay Well Known Member Member

    Wow, what an improvement. That's a very nice look. Well done!
     
  18. Jaysee

    Jaysee Fishlore Legend Member

    Looks great!
     
  19. E

    Echostatic Well Known Member Member

    Looking good, I agree with the black background. A lot of black works with lots of plants!
     
  20. escapay

    escapay Well Known Member Member

    The tank looks great!! I'm hoping mine will turn out half as good when it gets finished.