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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-11-2014, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Wpgfish 55 gallon low tech journal

I've started the build for my 55 gallon low tech discus/angel fish tank, bout the tank and other hardware a few days ago and last light completed the stand.

Tank - 55 gallon
Filter- ac 70 (adding another ac 70 or 50)
Heater- 200 watt submersible top fin
Lighting- 2x65 watt 6700k t5 ho

As for fauna
Discus pair or angel pair or all male tank both discus and angels

Hardscape
Manzanita branches
A few rocks to come

Substrate
Unsure if I'm going with plant substrate or dirt

Flora
Unsure as of right now

Any input or recommendations are welcome
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post #2 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-11-2014, 10:27 PM Thread Starter
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Another pic of stand
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post #3 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-11-2014, 10:39 PM
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That manzanita looks green still? That's not gonna work if that's the case...

Nice stand.
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I guess I should have said that this tank is not going to be running right away, it's a work in progress
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I was just going to hang the wood in my house till spring and then outside for a couple weeks, hoping that would cure it. Ya this is going to be a long process unless someone knows a faster way to cure it. How about on low heat in the oven
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Awesome stand. Did you make it?
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Awesome stand. Did you make it?
ya I did, its actually just a 2x4 structure cased in laminate flooring and trim, real east and only cost like $50
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Go with the discus. Hook it up with the techs on the stand. That is nice!
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Wish I could give you more info on the stand, this is all I used
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2x4 $8
laminate flooring $30 for a nicer pattern or you could go as cheap as $15
and mdf trim cost $10

to 3 hours to complete
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Nice! I might just do this!
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post #12 of 24 (permalink) Old 02-12-2014, 11:56 PM Thread Starter
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so I put my manzanita in the oven today and it seemed to dry it out quite well, added all my substrate, some micro sword and added water. hope the wood works out
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this was suppose to be a long process of a tank but I figured id try speeding it up by curing the manzanita in the oven, hope it works. dcided to go with dirt capped with plastic craft mesh then black fluorite, added first flora, micro sword, just kind of an experiment hope it all works
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Cool

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Fluorite and start of scape
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