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Old 15-04-2008, 06:53 PM
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As some of you know I have a massive tank. 24x12x4 feet. But since I aquired a red tail catfish. I've been wondering what to do. Since he will get eaten by the bigger rays at his current size. But once he gets a bit bigger he will take out the rays, bass, pikes and probably the dovii as well.

Anyways, it's been bugging me what I should do. Red tail in the big tank and everything else out or new tank for the red tail.

Anywho, what with the extension on the house due to be finished in the next month or so theres going to be a very nice empty room next to the current fish room. You can probably see where this is going.

right well the current fish room is half the basement. the other half is a lounge/office/games room lol. So without the dividing wall the entire space is 26x40 feet. The plan will be to have the current tank as the bass/ray tank. But on the opposite wall there is a spare 26x20 space. So the plan is to have that as the new big predator tank. So the red tail, possibly some big gars, arowana etc. Maybe pacu as well.

What do you guys think? Too big? Too mental? Obviously will be incredible but I don't know if I should do it. the cash isn't an issue, I got past that now. Accepting the cost was the hard bit. Its just whether or not I should do it.
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Old 15-04-2008, 06:55 PM
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oh my god that is huge you have to post pictures lol
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Old 15-04-2008, 07:03 PM
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same deal as the other one though. Once its finished then we have pictures. Nothing till im happy with it
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Old 15-04-2008, 09:04 PM
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Its a no brainer really,if you have the space and money-go for it! I used to work in an aquatics shop as a teenager,the highlight of my days would be hand feeding the huge red-tail trout fillets,fantastic fish.Maybe some arapaima too!

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Old 15-04-2008, 09:31 PM
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It certainly is mental, but if you can afford to have it all set up - GO FOR IT! Can I just ask - wil you build it yourself, or will you get a specialist in to do it?
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Old 15-04-2008, 10:12 PM
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self built. what with the fact im a brickie of 25 years. Oh and before you lot get confused. This user name is used by mike he's 18 and knows his cichlids etc very well. he uses this more than me. and by me (john). He's my best mates son and maintains my fish for me and generally looks after the major stuff. I just feed, watch and pay the bill lol.

But yeah i'll build the basic structure myself, basic brick box, but re-enforced with a steel frame stucture supporting the bricks and then cladded in something. then get mikes dad in to fibreglass it and then line the whole lot. Got the acrilic already. the window on this will be 18 foot long by 2 feet. Getting it fitted by a friend who does major glazing projects. the rest is all pretty easy.

Mikes on the look out for a decent arapaima at the moment lol. and a tigrinis catfish. He used to have one and has wanted one for a while
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Old 15-04-2008, 10:20 PM
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do you have pics of the current set ups? or are they still in the proccess' also, it certainly sounds like a good set up matey, stocking sound nice too. i miss my arowanas.. what about wikkii cat fish? spelling may be wrong i havent done anything with fish for years lol... but did have the grace of a crenichicula venzuala sp?? good luck Jon
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Old 15-04-2008, 10:35 PM
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got a few crenicichla. No C. venezuala anymore, sold my last pair a couple of years ago.

Wicki would kill anything and everything. Or get killed by a big red tail.
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hmm yeah i guess so but would be awsome to own one.. r even have the space to think about owning one lol, well my vinnie practically put a t.butterkofferii through a 12mm tank... silly error on my part... but both survived just...

im still wanting pics asap matey ....
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Old 16-04-2008, 01:01 PM
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thats not a tank its a bloody pond , go on bite the bullet and go marine, all you will need to do is sell your beloved and your body to pay for the salt

look forward to seeing the pics if you will post them, sounds seriously impressive
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