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Views from the 115 gallon discus tank we maintain. The Oscar is in the same office, different tank, but his owner takes care of him. Click the small image to load the large image in a separate window.


This 72 gallon Oceanic bowfront with stand and cap, can be seen on the aquarium page, but this photo lets the rock and plantwork show. The entire tank, from down payment until it was stocked with fish, was put together in less than 48 hours.Click for larger image in new window.
Left end closeup: (Reflection of blinds couldn't be avoided.) Click for larger image in new window.
Right End. The suction cups have since been eliminated. Click for larger image in new window.
Fish, waiting for dinner. Visible: Blue and gold gouramis, bala shark, red-tailed shark, black ghost tetra, clown loach. Click for larger image in new window.

Click for larger image in new window. 16 boring african cichlids, in a 55 gallon Nature's View combo, installed 2 years ago. It was time to liven things up. Bright colors make this elementary school tank stand out while the fish peek out from behind rocks. Not everyone wants fluorescent colored plants, but children (and from my feedback, teachers) really enjoy the bright colors.
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Click for larger image in new window. Same elementary school. 30 gallon long near the library, lightly stocked with tropical community fish. The clown loaches need a lot of cover, and are presently hiding.


A more dignified 30 gallon long, in an executive's office. His window adds some reflected light, blurring the images.

Before: (Actually after adding the roman columns, quartz, river rock, the ivy, the red serpae tetras, geophagus jurupari and gold gouramis, but I missed the first before photo.)

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After: More fish, dark background to bring the white quartz 'out' and make the silver fish visible. Added platies and clown loaches for color, and an angel fish for 'dignity'.


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Cichlid tank, 70 gallon prox (48 inch by 18 inch deep, 24 inches tall) This one's in a doctor's office, so the decor is pretty conservative. Click for larger image in new window.
Lots of rocky cover. The left end. Click for larger image in new window.
More rocky cover and caves. The right end. Click for larger image in new window.
The same tank, redecorated in May 2001. Click for larger image in new window.

Cichlid tank, my 30 gallon high before the cichlids started rearranging it.

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Good photos found -- 115 gal DAS, cichlid, with bright blue ones, taken some time before the good camera died. (2002) We decorated and maintained this one for a year, from Sept 2001 until about November 2002 Click for larger image in new window.
When the 55 first went from salt to fresh, well the photos will have to speak for themselves. Photo taken December 4 2001. Click for larger image in new window.

When the 55 first went from salt to fresh, well the photos will have to speak for themselves. Photo taken December 4 2001. Click for larger image in new window.

When the 55 first went from salt to fresh, well the photos will have to speak for themselves. Photo taken December 4 2001. Click for larger image in new window.

When the 55 first went from salt to fresh, well the photos will have to speak for themselves. Photo taken December 4 2001. Click for larger image in new window.

When the 55 first went from salt to fresh, well the photos will have to speak for themselves. Photo taken December 4 2001. Click for larger image in new window.

New camera, worse photos, but here they are. Cichlid tank in a museum: fast fish. Photo taken Sept 20, 2005. Click for larger image in new window.
New camera, worse photos, but here they are. Cichlid tank in a museum: fast fish. Photo taken Sept 20, 2005. Click for larger image in new window.
New camera, worse photos, but here they are. Cichlid tank in a museum: fast fish. Photo taken Sept 20, 2005. Click for larger image in new window.
Old camera Original 'logo' fish recovered after a bout of ich. Photo taken Nov 11, 2000. Click for larger image in new window.


New images, at last. February 4, 2004

125 gal planted aquarium125 gallon planted aquarium in a school building. Stock: Bala sharks, congo tetras, red serpae tetras, black mollies, dwarf gouramis, 1 large pleco, several otocinclus, a donated swordtail, a couple of platies. Plant stock: a large variety of live plants. Decor supplemented with natural rocks, artificial driftwood, and a few artifical plants. Lighting: Oceanic dual bulb fixtures on approximately 9 hours per day. Filtration: undergravel covering 4 square foot of this large aquarium's floor, driven by 4 Hagen 301 Powerheads. Heater: PennPlax Submersible. Aquarium setup date: August 2003. Initial culture: FritzZyme 7. Plant supplement: Instant Amazon by Marc Weiss.Click for larger image in new window.

29 gallon freshwater29 gallon tank in a small office. Filtration: Millennium 2000, air-driven sponge filter for backup. Decor pieces: probably PennPlax or BlueRibbon pieces. Stock: 2 very large plecos, 2 opaline gouramis, 1 clown loach. The tank will be moved soon, and any new fish are waiting for the move to be completed. Click for larger image in new window.


Red Caulerpa in low-light reef tank.Red Caulerpa in low-light reef tank. When I saw the plant sprouting out of a rock, tangs and rabbitfish were elminated from potential stock choices for this aquarium. 40 gallon tank features about 80+ pounds of live rock that wasn't show quality, 60 lb aragonite sandbed. Filtration: 3 circulating pumps in the aquarium, SeaClone skimmer, and an older dual whisper-type filter on the back which never gets new cartridges. Started in August 2003, photo 1/29/04. A blend of the "new" salt ideas, with the sandbed and chiefly live rock filtration, and old ideas featuring: let's not have an ammonia or nitrite spike. Initial culture: FritzZyme 9. Current salt mix: DI water with Instant Ocean, additives: Kent Trace, Iodine, Strontium/Molybdenum, Seachem Reef Buffer, Kalkwasser, Seachem Calcium Buffer. Water changes currently: 4 gals per month. Will need increased to bi-weekly soon, since the last 3 fish were added only a week ago.

Not intended for corals unless the lighting is upgraded, the tank is a cross between a reef and fish-only. Stock, Blue Damsel, Royal Gramma, Coral Beauty Angel (hiding), Black Bar Soldier (hiding), and a Percula Clown Fish. Lighting is only about 30 watts balanced daylight, and a 15 or 20 watt actinic, all above a glass canopy. Food: Frozen Daphnia alternating with shrimp straight from your grocer's freezer (cut in small bits, of course.) Click for larger image in new window.

River tank, 55 gallon, in the early stages of development. Presently only plants, pump and water. Click for larger image in new window.






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As of 2/4/10, this page should have been growing, but the camera we were using died and all of the new images from my cell phone and the subsequently purchased digital camera are trapped in files, waiting to be released into web-publishable size images when I can find the time to let them out. All material on this and the following pages is Copyright 1999 - 2013 by Alice Burkhart. Keeping Murphy Out Of Your Aquarium is Copyright 1997, 1998 by Alice Burkhart, All Rights Reserved. Murphy Cover Photos by Andrew M Burns.