Disaster in the Cichlidarium

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Re: Disaster in the Cichlidarium

Post by Alex Calder » Fri Jun 13, 2008 3:35 pm

Glad to hear you have a plan, very sorry to hear about the fate of your male dovii. :(

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Re: Disaster in the Cichlidarium

Post by Ken Boorman » Fri Jun 13, 2008 10:29 pm

Very sorry to read of the passing of your male dovii :(

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Re: Disaster in the Cichlidarium

Post by Willem Heijns » Sat Jun 14, 2008 2:56 am

he was only seven years old.... :( :(
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Re: Disaster in the Cichlidarium

Post by Dan Woodland » Sat Jun 14, 2008 8:23 am

Willem Heijns wrote:he was only seven years old.... :( :(
Definitely too young to go! Sorry to hear about his passing. On the bright side a perfect reason for another visit to.... :D

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Re: Disaster in the Cichlidarium

Post by Willem Heijns » Mon Jun 23, 2008 3:29 am

today I will start removing the fish from their tanks. the first ones to go will be the Parachromis managuensis group (2 males, 3 females) the Amphilophus chancho pair and the widow :( . all big cichlids (14").

then, sometime this week, the rest will leave, so I can start tearing the tanks down (a very sad affair). on Saturday I will need 6 people to help me carry the two top tanks (600g and 400g) outside. any volunteers?

by next week the contractor will start taking off the roof and putting on the new one. I'll be sure to takes lots of pics to share with you.
Slàinte mhath!

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Re: Disaster in the Cichlidarium

Post by Juan Artigas » Tue Jun 24, 2008 11:39 am

Willem,

Sorry about the Parachromis dovii, I even felt terrible myself to listen to that and never got to meet him. 43 cm long!!!

Would you keep us posted with pictures of your process?

Also, is there any thread you have somewhere else in this forum that you would like me to move to this section, so all of your cichlidarium stuff is found in one place in the forum. If so please let me know.
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Re: Disaster in the Cichlidarium

Post by Willem Heijns » Thu Jul 03, 2008 5:03 am

here's a short recap of the problem.

this (20 year old) picture shows the construction of the wooden beams that carry the roof and the joints with the wall.
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and this is how it looks now:
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only showing on the inside as a slight bulge in the ceiling (compared to the watertube)
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after removing all the fish I had to take out all rocks, wood and gravel. all that is now a fine addition to the decoration of the garden:
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yesterday it took six (6!) strong men (not including me, of course) to take out the upper two tanks (600g and 400g), the larger one weighing well over 300 kg.
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leaving the Cichlidarium in devastating shape, but ready for the contractor:
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and two tanks outside to receive a built-in filter.
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the contractor would have started yesterday with the roof replacement but a serious thunderstorm prevented that. so we have a short break.
Slàinte mhath!

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Re: Disaster in the Cichlidarium

Post by Dan Woodland » Thu Jul 03, 2008 8:21 am

One positive thing from all this, you can make updates or changes to your Cichlidarium: update power, drainage, filtration, paint etc.... Whether permitting how long until you can "reload" the tanks?

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Re: Disaster in the Cichlidarium

Post by Willem Heijns » Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:15 am

guess what I got in the mail today: a new roof! :lol: :lol:
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Re: Disaster in the Cichlidarium

Post by Dan Woodland » Fri Jul 04, 2008 11:40 am

Correct me if I'm wrong but I'm pretty sure that one will not rot! :D

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Re: Disaster in the Cichlidarium

Post by Alex Calder » Fri Jul 04, 2008 1:32 pm

I would certainly hope not, and were it to rot I think Willem would have other more pressing issues. ;)

An interesting solution that is new to me, thank you for sharing Willem.

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Re: Disaster in the Cichlidarium

Post by michi tobler » Fri Jul 04, 2008 3:15 pm

Love the shot with all the rocks in your yard. That gives an impression on how habitaty the cichlidarium was...

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Re: Disaster in the Cichlidarium

Post by Willem Heijns » Mon Jul 07, 2008 12:41 pm

a lot of things happened today. first the removing of the old ceiling, revealing the scope of the disaster:
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so we carried out our decision: the roof has to go!
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then we unpacked the present that came in the mail and (after a few heavy showers creating a moist mess inside) it started to look like a new roof 8)
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leaving the situation like this (to be continued tomorrow):
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Slàinte mhath!

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Re: Disaster in the Cichlidarium

Post by Ken Boorman » Mon Jul 07, 2008 10:35 pm

Starting to come together nicely :) Will we be seeing you at ACA this year Willem?

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Re: Disaster in the Cichlidarium

Post by Willem Heijns » Tue Jul 08, 2008 1:12 am

I'm afraid not, Ken. my money can only be spent once :? maybe next year. why don't you talk Phil Benes into inviting me :D
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Re: Disaster in the Cichlidarium

Post by Dan Woodland » Tue Jul 08, 2008 12:14 pm

Willem Heijns wrote:I'm afraid not, Ken. my money can only be spent once :? maybe next year. why don't you talk Phil Benes into inviting me :D
Willem, you need to add a printing press to the Cichladarium project. When people ask about mine I just tell them it's an experimental wet/dry filter. :lol:

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Re: Disaster in the Cichlidarium

Post by Willem Heijns » Sun Jul 13, 2008 3:54 pm

one week on.

most of the work has been done. just one more picture of the mess which I consider an absolute dip in my hobby experience:
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today, it looks a lot better. notice the roof is 12" higher, eliminating the risk of me getting stuck between the upper tank and the ceiling:
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now all that's left is finishing the roof with the insulation. that is tomorrow's job.
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Slàinte mhath!

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Re: Disaster in the Cichlidarium

Post by Dan Woodland » Sun Jul 13, 2008 9:33 pm

It looks great Willem. A hefty long term solution and more headroom! I'm glad to see things are moving along, soon you won't even remember it had to be done as you're enjoying your Cichlids in their freshly filled homes!

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Re: Disaster in the Cichlidarium

Post by Willem Heijns » Wed Jul 16, 2008 2:58 pm

the roof is finally finished! 8) :lol: this is how it looks now:
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time to move on to the tanks. I've done away with the Eheim potfilters and built internal filters:
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I believe these to be much more efficient.

now I'm getting ready to re-decorate (carrying rocks inside :shock: ).
Slàinte mhath!

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Re: Disaster in the Cichlidarium

Post by Dan Woodland » Wed Jul 16, 2008 6:08 pm

Willem, This type of filter is very popular now and works VERY well. If I have the opportunity in the future I will do the same.

You'll be very happy with that style filter.

I'm looking forward to seeing your Cichlidarium back up and running.

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