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The Most Controversial Aquarium Competition Ever!


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Poll: Which Tank Do You Like Better? (28 member(s) have cast votes)

  1. Voted Tank #1 (20 votes [71.43%])

    Percentage of vote: 71.43%

  2. Tank #2 (8 votes [28.57%])

    Percentage of vote: 28.57%

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#1 Guest_NateTessler13_*

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Posted 28 November 2006 - 08:56 PM

Here it is. This might seem over-dramatic, but my roommate and I both have aquariums with Native Fishes. We both have egos that are in constant battle. We're constanlty harrassing each other over who has the "better" tank. Whatever that means...I am sure that mine is the better of the two though :wink:

Here they are:

The 1st tank is a 29 Gallon Aquarium.
It contains:
1- Spotted Sucker
1- Creek Chubsucker
6- Iowa Darter
2- Northern Starhead Topminnow
1- Black Banded Sunfish
2- Banded Pygmy Sunfish
2- Golden Shiner
5- Assorted Guppies (using the young as feeders for the darters, golden shiners, and eventually the sunfish)
Numerous- snails, clams, and plants
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This is a closer shot
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The 2nd Tank is a 45 Gallon Aquarium.
It contains:
2- Grass Pickerel
1- Smallmouth Bass
1- Rock Bass
1- Black Crappie
2- Yellow Perch
Numerous- feeders on the feeder side of the tank
1- Mudpuppy
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Here is a shot with the feeder side more as the focus...
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Please cast a vote on which tank you think is better. Please include some feedback on possible suggestions for bettering these tanks, and questions are welcomed too. Also put what you liked or didn't like about the tanks.

-sorry about the fuzziness of the pics, my camera isn't the best for this sort of thing.[list]

#2 Guest_ShinersRock_*

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Posted 28 November 2006 - 09:36 PM

I love Golden shiners, so tank #1. Plus I like all the vegetation in tank #1.

#3 Guest_dredcon_*

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Posted 28 November 2006 - 09:45 PM

I voted for one. I forsee possible aggression issues for tank 2, but I lover the species in it. Lately I seen to be a sucker for community tanks. What is your chubsucker eating?

#4 Guest_NateTessler13_*

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Posted 28 November 2006 - 10:03 PM

It is eating frozen brine shrimp and blood worms, brine shrimp pellets, fragments of spirulina flake food, and even some tubiflex dried worms. It nibbles on practically everything. The easiest, most peaceful, and sensibly sized sucker I've dealt with.

#5 Guest_edbihary_*

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Posted 28 November 2006 - 11:29 PM

The 2nd Tank is a 45 Gallon Aquarium.
It contains:
2- Grass Pickerel
1- Rock Bass
1- Black Crappie
2- Yellow Perch
1- Mudpuppy


When I read that, I was sold on Tank 2 before even scrolling down and looking at the pics. The pics only confirmed it. Awesome pickerel!

#6 Guest_fundulus_*

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Posted 28 November 2006 - 11:32 PM

I dunno, I like the feeders side of Tank 2 the best. Your mileage may vary, of course....

#7 Guest_choupique_*

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 12:03 AM

I had to go with tank two, even though the plantings in tank one are great.

Tank two reminded me so much of a tank I had years ago, it was a sentimental thing.

#8 Guest_Skipjack_*

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 12:06 AM

Tank one hands down. I much prefer community type natives nowadays. The plants are fantastic!

#9 Guest_nativeplanter_*

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 10:55 AM

OH... I make it a habit never to get between roommates...

Besides, who cares what other people think? It looks like you each have a different style - one for plant style tanks, the other for carnivores style tanks. Very different approaches. You really can't compare the two. What matters is that each of you enjoys what you are doing, regardless of looks. I'll let you guess which one I'm drawn to, but that's not the point.

#10 Guest_chad55_*

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 03:06 PM

I love the species in tank two and I think it is a really nice tank but...it sure isnt going to last very long and I don't like the divider. I voted for one for the simple fact that it is prettier :D . Lol but if tank two was bigger and didnt have that divider I would deffinatly vote for it just for the simple fact that I LOVE all those species in it. Also with my bass and pickerel when people try to tell me their fish are better than mine I just say well how about you throw that fish in there with my pickerel and we will see who is better! Hahahaha

Chad

#11 Guest_sandtiger_*

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Posted 29 November 2006 - 05:01 PM

I vote tank one. It looks better and has a better combination of fish for the size of the tank. Tank two is going to have severe overstocking and aggresion problems as the fish grow. A 42g is no place for those fish, let alone half of one. I also notice a catfish species of some sort in tank two, you did not mention that in the species list.

#12 Guest_NateTessler13_*

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 05:54 AM

oh yes, the 45 gallon tank also contains a small Channel Catfish.

#13 Guest_chad55_*

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Posted 30 November 2006 - 08:11 PM

That 45 gallon is BAD NEWS! Give it a while and there will be mayhem....And when that happens send me that crappie! Lol

Chad

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Posted 01 December 2006 - 12:28 PM

I'l stick up for tank # 2. The fish are small. Perhaps this was intened as a temporary setup, and that more tanks are in the works for when the fish grow a tad. Anyway, don't feel bad, tank-2-guy, with all the negative press. You'll get those fish situated properly when they need it, I'm sure.

#15 Guest_NateTessler13_*

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 04:20 AM

Thanks for so much input so far. Ha, this is adding fuel to both of our arguements for whose tank is better than whose. -- all in good fun though.

#16 Guest_edbihary_*

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Posted 03 December 2006 - 12:56 PM

I assume you will be closing the poll soon and telling us which tank is whose? :lol:

#17 Guest_itsme_*

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 01:13 AM

I like tank one because it has a more unified, aesthetically pleasing layout. The divider in #2 disrupts the visual unity.

I have sometimes thought about ways to house both predator and prey in the same tank. My latest iteration is an in-tank refugium - submerge a smaller tank inside of the larger tank such that the predators don't have access to it, but so that the prey fish or invertebrates can make a run out into the larger space if they want to live dangerously. I'm thinking a small, high octagon set so its top is above the water level in the larger tank. And an air driven lift tube to move water into the smaller tank without the hazard of a pump impeller that would kill any fish passing though. The water would overflow from the small tank into the larger.

Anyway, I do like the large plant in tank 2. But #1 is more visually apealing. It's always cool to see others' tanks and get ideas and inspiration. Thanks.

#18 Guest_NateTessler13_*

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Posted 04 December 2006 - 02:29 PM

ehh... someone might have to let me know how to close the poll...ha.

#19 Guest_NateTessler13_*

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Posted 06 December 2006 - 07:08 PM

I believe the fish in these pictures were caught using the 8' minnow seine from your store (Jonah's Aquarium). Thank you!




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