For those who have been on this list for over a year; For those who weren't here/don't remember, I was given a 500 litre aquarium which needed some work, i.e. one end was cracked and the other needed replacement as well. In addition I wasn't very happy with the side supports, the top support pieces were placed vertically instead of horizontally and so their strengthening effect was reduced. As a result of some of the comments on this list as well as the archives at thekrib.com and the guys at the APD, I decided to rebuild the whole thing, with the exception of the main side plates and their attachements to the bottom plate. I now wish that I had removed even these side plates as this would have allowed me to get a better joint on the end pieces, anyway, what's done is done:-). Over the past year I have stripped out and replaced both end pieces, one with a piece of granite supplied by one of my students, and also stripped off the side pieces (easier said than done). All of these processes have been done at least once as it was necessary to learn new techniques as I went. Eventually I'll write all this up for a soon-to-be-in-place web page, so I'll spare you more details. ANYWAY, the result is that today, for the first time, I was able to test it and it holds water and the wet/dry filter (my own design), apparently works, (crossed fingers) first time. This has been a bit of a labour of love and I'm extremely pleased that it all works. Thanks to all those who contributed with suggestions, help and advice. I couldn't have done it without you. The tank is now outside on my terrace, awaiting a clear plastic top so that it won't lose too much heat during the winter months (I've tried firing up the heaters while I was filling it over the past couple of days but, even with 600W of heaters working flat out, it won't reach a high enough temp.). It's got cable heating 'cos I've had no success without cables in the past and don't want to have to rip it up again to put them in, unfortunately I still don't have the controller:-(. I'm not sure what plants are going to go in, Ech. tenellus (lots), Christmas fern (if available), at least one Ech. "Ocelot" and some Java fern are what I have on my list so far. Fish will be Discus and any Appistos that like that kind of heat (Wow! just think of the elec. bills:^O), plus a few hatchets (I think), pencil fish etc. for dithers (I love the way they continually flutter their fins). Any more suggestions would be appreciated. Sorry for the Very Long Post, I'm so happy I could Sh.. C:-)lin PS I'll be posting this on the APD as well, if you get both messages, sorry:-) ------------------------------------------------------------------------- This is the apistogramma mailing list, firstname.lastname@example.org. For instructions on how to subscribe or unsubscribe or get help, email email@example.com. Search http://altavista.digital.com for "Apistogramma Mailing List Archives"!