Matt's 220 Litre Aquaoak

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Re: Matt's 220 litre Aquaoak
« Reply #150 on: April 10, 2018, 09:21:07 PM »
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I, personally, would never need convincing on the topic of a larger tank.
However, if I were the non-fishkeeping half of a partnership, yes, I would think that getting a tank to fill the top of the cabinet would be perfectly reasonable. No point in having all of that empty space around the tank, especially when that space could be filled with dwarf puffers.  ;D

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Re: Matt's 220 litre Aquaoak
« Reply #151 on: April 10, 2018, 10:26:36 PM »
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Well the tank is on a larger cabinet now... so obviously it just makes sense to put a larger tank to fill the larger space..... am I convincing you??
Absolutely! Having said that, my 54-litre tank is on top of a longish cabinet but it clearly stated that max weight/load is 50kg, so I daren't risk it any more than that. :yikes: Hmmm - in my case, maybe time to look at other sturdier cabinets for the living-room. ;)

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Re: Matt's 220 litre Aquaoak
« Reply #152 on: April 10, 2018, 10:35:16 PM »
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lolol you guys...   :rotfl:

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Re: Matt's 220 litre Aquaoak
« Reply #153 on: April 11, 2018, 07:07:46 AM »
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When I took the tank of the old cabinet there was a lot of water damage on the surface of the wooden cabinet. Where the tank rested on the wood. I thinks over time bits of water trickling down the outside (probably as a rsult of me being messy at water change time) have reached the bottom and spread like a coffee mug ring around the base of the tank. Just be prepared for that if you ever want to move a tank... the cabinet was ruined. I'm going to have to sand off the top and try to 're wax it or something... turn my hand to furniture restoration!

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Re: Matt's 220 litre Aquaoak
« Reply #154 on: April 11, 2018, 08:00:17 AM »
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If you manage to get the cabinet fixed, or if you have to buy a new one for the fishtank, then it might be worth having a glass panel on top to protect it. My fishtank is on top of a unit bought at the same time and specifically because it came with this protective glass panel https://www.ikea.com/gb/en/products/storage-furniture/shelving-units-systems/best%C3%A5-top-panel-glass-white-art-20196529/ As far as I can recollect from 3.5 years ago, that was the only protective glass panel in stock ie they didn't make different-sized panels for different purposes or pieces of furniture - but I'm sure something similar could be bought from elsewhere. That's not to say that there isn't water damage on the doors and shelves underneath from water changes when, regardless of how many towels I have draped around, I seem to drench everything (including myself) and don't always get to wipe up the spills immediately.

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Re: Matt's 220 litre Aquaoak
« Reply #155 on: April 29, 2018, 11:06:45 PM »
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Rescaped a little today to make things look a bit more balanced. Previous scape I was never happy with as one side was too different to the other.  I did this to hide inlet and outlet of the filter. They are a bit more visible now, but the tank looks a lot better overall.  Pushed all the tall plants to the back so the smaller planta can be seen more near the front and added a subtly red plant (rotala rotundifolia) to the front middle.  Java fern was laargely removed... it kept producing little farnlets on the leaves which killed off the old leaves. So all new baby leaves were  bunched together to start again. I'll be picking them off asap from now on.  Still a lot of tidying up to do but here a piccy so show what I have done...

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Re: Matt's 220 litre Aquaoak
« Reply #156 on: April 29, 2018, 11:14:42 PM »
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Looks brill Matt...  :)   I liked it before anyhoo, but I agree that the balance overall looks better now... 

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Re: Matt's 220 litre Aquaoak
« Reply #157 on: April 30, 2018, 12:51:53 AM »
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It looks really good. I always enjoy seeing pictures of your tank. Your style of aquascaping is so different to mine (tidier).

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Re: Matt's 220 litre Aquaoak
« Reply #158 on: July 09, 2018, 11:51:59 AM »
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The Amazon swords had got far too big on the left and right sides. I have got rid of a lot of the larger leaves and moved them to the middle. Took the opportunity to fiddle with the planting layout given some of the tips I'd been working up for an article on my website.  Looks a lot better I think.  Though I need to fiddle with the wood on the left hand side at some point as it doesn't look like it is all one piece at the moment. The best layouts have the wood all eminating from one point as this obviously looks more natural ( or you can do it from two points if you have a concave layout where you have a mound on both sides of the tank ) hopefully that makes sense?

Anyway here's a photo...

I will take one of the LHS later which is also vastly improved as this is one angle I view the tank from.

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Re: Matt's 220 litre Aquaoak
« Reply #159 on: July 09, 2018, 02:32:51 PM »
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Looks great  8)

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Re: Matt's 220 litre Aquaoak
« Reply #160 on: July 09, 2018, 06:34:39 PM »
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Looking good.

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Re: Matt's 220 litre Aquaoak
« Reply #161 on: July 09, 2018, 11:01:31 PM »
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Side photo and updated front shot.

Thanks Dave and Donna

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Re: Matt's 220 litre Aquaoak
« Reply #162 on: July 10, 2018, 11:24:57 AM »
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Several of my tanks can be viewed from the side as well as the front, and it's quite nice to have that slightly different perspective.
Unfortunately I seem to be completely lacking in design/aquascaping skills. In theory I understand the different styles and designs, and I see other people aquascaping effortlessly, then wonder why my tanks don't look like that.
I have come to the conclusion that several of my tanks can't be aquascaped  - the axolotl tank, river tank, and mudskipper tanks - because the needs of the inhabitants, rather than the aesthetics, are the priority.
Time constraints are also an issue - with the number of tanks I sometimes find that pooh hoovering, picking out dead leaves, and water changes are as much as I can do.
However, in the chaos that is the reorganisation of tanks in the Littlefish house, I think I will start small and have a bash at aquascaping a tank for Kimi the betta within the next few months, and see how that turns out.  ???

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Re: Matt's 220 litre Aquaoak
« Reply #163 on: July 10, 2018, 08:49:07 PM »
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I'd be happy to help with this... just get in touch nearer the time with some ideas and we can go from there if you like?

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Re: Matt's 220 litre Aquaoak
« Reply #164 on: July 10, 2018, 09:41:30 PM »
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Cheers.  :cheers:

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