Heya folks, long time no see! For those who followed my Temporary Insanity 60 gallon build you'll know that life hit me pretty hard back in 2015. A lot's happened since then and now that I'm back in a pretty stable situation I've started another tank build. Oh yeah, during the hiatus it seems a lot has happened here at Planted Tank and I couldn't get my old account working. Don't worry, it's the same old Phil, only with a new user name.
Now that I'm back up and running here at PT it's time to start a new thread with all the updates from UKAPS.
Get ready for walls-of-text-and-pics.
Previous build journal: "Temporary Insanity" shallow 60 gal High Tech
Current Specs, 11/1/16
Tank: 48x24x16 Deep Blue Professional 80 gallon rimless
Filter: CPR 102 overflow w/full siphon modification, Aqualifter priming pump, and CPR sump w/additional reservoir
Lights: 2x Ecotech Radion XR15FW, 7K CRI on for 12 hrs/day. Intensity ramps up to 25% for 6 hrs then decreases for 6 hrs
CO2: 3x 12x4 canisters w/reverse flow powered by a Danner Mag Drive 2 w/fractioning impeller. CO2 on at 7am and off at 7pm
Ferts: (all dry) 1tsp KNO3 1x/wk, 1/8 tsp KH2PO4 1x/wk, 1/32 tsp traces 1x/wk, 1 tbsp GH booster 1x/wk (we've got soooooft water here)
Plants: 1.5 gallons drained volume Java Moss. It filled a standard colander after rinsing and squeezing to get excess water out.
Update time! I was finally released from cryogenic stasis (my head decided it had had enough and broke, which got tossed in the psych ward for a little while), got married, moved, and got a new job. The original tank seen in the previous pics got chipped along the bottom seam during moving and I don't trust my DIY skills enough to replace the pane and live in a 2nd floor apartment. Since I had to replace the tank anyway, I figured it would be wise to upgrade so I got the 80 gallon version made by the same company. That'll give me an extra 4 inches of vertical space to play with. I also cherry picked a few more nice pieces of spiderwood when the store I work at got their last shipment. Gotta love it when you get two giant boxes of the stuff to pick through! No pics yet as the tank's on backorder and the wood's soaking at the moment.
Bump: Captain's Log 10/4/16-
Well, the new tank and care package from Seachem arrived. With the nano reef taking up valuable real estate on the big stand (needed the light hanger) while I searched for an appropriate and affordable stand and light the plant tank build was on hold for a while. I'm happy to report that the reef has been relocated and the new 80 gallon has been put up on the stand and filled to continue soaking the wood. As happy as I am to have that step completed, I think I'm even happier about getting the mosquito bordello/outdoor wood-soaking tub emptied.
The plan is still the same as before; get as much Java Moss as possible tied to the wood and let it establish while waiting for the plants I've ordered to arrive. Once that happens it's game on.
Deep Blue Professional series 48x24x16 rimless 80 gallon. They certainly know how to pack a tank for shipping!
Extremely generous gift package from Seachem
We have wood!
Gratuitous nano reef shot. Please forgive the haze, it had just been re-homed.
Thanks for watching,