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post #16 of 30 (permalink) Old 01-10-2017, 11:51 PM
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Where did you get the driftwood from?

Firefighting: How hard can it be? You just put the wet stuff on the red stuff right?
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It grows natively in Utah, the species I don't think grows quite as large as the California stuff. It was collected in southern/central Utah on his grandparents property. There are some really awesome burly, knotty stuff here that is perfect for what I am looking for


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Glued the baffles in today. First time doing it so it wasn't as clean as I hoped, but it should do the job.

First section from right to left.

2 7" filter socks that then go overflow into a bunch of poret foam that will have some chemical filtration options.

Central chamber will be a fluidized bed with K2 media, then overflows in the reservoir and return pump section.


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Looks like a great tank. Sump looks great too!

Question, if you end up going with CO2, do you have any plans to seal to sump to prevent CO2 loss?

Im getting ready to set up a 240 as well (4'x4'x2') and was thinkng Altums as well, very interested in how your tank progresses! And thanks for the heads up on AngelfishUSA! They have some amazing looking angels.

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Looks like a great tank. Sump looks great too!



Question, if you end up going with CO2, do you have any plans to seal to sump to prevent CO2 loss?



Im getting ready to set up a 240 as well (4'x4'x2') and was thinkng Altums as well, very interested in how your tank progresses! And thanks for the heads up on AngelfishUSA! They have some amazing looking angels.


Yes, always thinking about the sump design in case I want to run co2. Not really any large drop offs and the whole left side could be sealed with glass and duct tape. Co2 is cheap and so it would be a big deal to change a bottle every month if that is what I had to do. The aim of this tank however is to be low maintenance.


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Nice work.

And glad to see you found a useful purpose for the CD's. Didn't know anyone still had any!
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What's up with the short wall in the fluidized section? What is the intended water level in the sump?
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Rballi's 240 Altum Angelfish Tank (biotope?)

Water level can be variable, added needle point canvas, last baffle funnels everything under and goes all of the way to top of the tank to work with any water level. Short baffle for the fluidized section is at 12" and will be plenty of water for what I am going for. Why do you ask? I am by no means an expert on sump design.


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And glad to see you found a useful purpose for the CD's. Didn't know anyone still had any!


I had just enough old cases laying around.


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Rballi's 240 Altum Angelfish Tank (biotope?)

Got my lighting installed today. Keeping it simple with 2 4-bulb HO fixtures from a hydroponics brand. The reflectors look pretty ok and there are 2 switches per fixture. Thinking of doing a bunch of emergent growth on this tank now so I got to start thinking about what species to grow there. Also, I changed my design to be an additional 4" taller to be 280 gallons. Apparently that extra bit of height can really help Altums get their full size potential.


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Lights look great.

Interesting to hear you switching up to a 28" tall tank. I think thats the right move for altums but was very interested to see how it went in the 24" as that is what I was going to do. Im thinking about switching back to scalares for a 24" tall tank.
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Interesting to hear you switching up to a 28" tall tank. I think thats the right move for altums but was very interested to see how it went in the 24" as that is what I was going to do. Im thinking about switching back to scalares for a 24" tall tank.


I would have gone with just a 30" tall tank but they didn't feel as comfortable using 3/4" acrylic at that height, which would have been another $800 to fabricate in 1", but at 28" they thought it was fine to keep it at 3/4", which was only another $275.

Altums will be shipped out next Monday and will be going into my 75 gallon quarantine tank until the new tank arrives and cycles. Quarantine has been cycling for 2 weeks and should be well enough established for the angels when they come in.



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Oh wow, that will be a tall tank! I never realized the extra height would help so much. One usually sees altums shoehorned into a standard 90 or 125.

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Kinda cool to see it go from this

To this!




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That is REALLY cool to see it go from tree to stand. You are very lucky to have that access.
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