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Rballi's 280 gallon Altum Angelfish Tank Biotope

Not much to show for this yet but I have ordered pretty much everything other than than the driftwood.

Equipment
-Custom 240 gallon acrylic tank (96x24x24) with coast to coast overflow running and bean animal system. Fluid designs, LLC out of surprise, az
-75 gallon sump, going with the K2 media for a fluidized filter on the main section.
-Ecotech Vectra L1 return pump
-2 48" Planted+ SE (when they become available)
-Custom stand that will be finished with 265 year old Douglas fir that my father in law harvested and cut with his mill.
NO CO2 on this tank (maybe later?)
-finnex 800 watt thermostat and titanium heater

Flora
-TONS of helianthum tenellus
-vallisnaria spirals, sparingly (at first I guess)
-maybe some hydrocotyl

Fauna
-12 F2 Rio Orinoco Altum Angelfish, Simon forkel bred, ordered through AngelfishUSA
-large group of apistogramma iniridae
-ottos
-maybe some species of geophagus

Hardscape will be a back wall packed with manzy, not sure where to order that yet. And pool filter sand most likely.

picture of daddy (picture taken from AngelfishUSA's website).


stand in progress, no Douglas fir yet

We moved across state lines so I was pretty bummed out about breaking everything down and starting over.
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Keep us posted. I always love seeing altum tanks.

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Got a bunch of goodies in the mail and found me some manzy. I have quite a bit to choose from.


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Mmm I can't wait to see this come to fruition, I love Altums. Probably my dream fish.
Just to chime in with the plants you chose, you probably won't need CO2, so I wouldn't complicate it with CO2.


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Mmm I can't wait to see this come to fruition, I love Altums. Probably my dream fish.
Just to chime in with the plants you chose, you probably won't need CO2, so I wouldn't complicate it with CO2.


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Wasn't planning on it. Might add some floaters too


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I think some low CO2 would be good, something like a few bubbles per second. Even with 'easy' plants the extra bit of CO2 really gets things looking green and vibrant.
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Maybe at some point, lush and vibrant really isn't the texture that I am going for on this tank. Focus will be the fish and then maybe at some point I will add it back in. I have my old reg that I could set up


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Rballi's 240 Altum Angelfish Tank (biotope?)

Got the rough lumber cut to finish the stand. Going with some home grown Douglas fir that was harvested on my father in laws property. He cut it down for me, pretty amazing piece of machinery. Panels are 3/16", and will be glued to 1/8" mdf for stability. I think I will be using rare earth magnets to attach them to the stand. I like the idea of simply removing the panels for maintenance and it will look really clean.

Douglas fir is known for its stability, so I only need to let them dry for about 2-3 weeks before working with them. Going to be only sanding and adding several coats of poly.



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Got the rough lumber cut to finish the stand. Going with some home grown Douglas fir that was harvested on my faith in laws property. He cut it down for me, pretty amazing piece of machinery. Panels are 3/16", and will be glued to 1/8" mdf for stability. I think I will be using rare earth magnets to attach them to the stand. I like the idea of simply removing the panels for maintenance and it will look really clean.

Douglas fir is known for its stability, so I only need to let them dry for about 2-3 weeks before working with them. Going to be only sanding and adding several coats of poly.



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I've done a lot of DIY in my day........but that's taking it to a whole new level!

Very cool, thanks for sharing.
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Are you not worried about the horizontal spread of the 24/7 lights with 24" to work with? Will they be adequate? There are not a whole lot of 24" wide low-tech tanks.
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Are you not worried about the horizontal spread of the 24/7 lights with 24" to work with? Will they be adequate? There are not a whole lot of 24" wide low-tech tanks.


I actually opted out of the 24/7 fixtures. Likely will be going with 2 4-bulb sun blaze fixtures and run 2-3 bulbs at a time, one being a UV bulb and color bulb for fish. My biggest concern is light spread cause I will likely be attaching them to the ceiling which is only about 40" from the tank bottom.


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I actually opted out of the 24/7 fixtures. Likely will be going with 2 4-bulb sun blaze fixtures and run 2-3 bulbs at a time, one being a UV bulb and color bulb for fish. My biggest concern is light spread cause I will likely be attaching them to the ceiling which is only about 40" from the tank bottom.


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Not what I wanted to hear! Hahah. Thanks for the quick reply. I'm debating how to light my 125 and it is 24" wide. Everything points towards two rows of lights, which isn't pretty.
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It is all just on the spread, that is the main issue. This is not going to be a high light tank, I am loving the idea of creating lots of shadows with some nice planted areas.


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