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post #16 of 90 (permalink) Old 12-26-2011, 07:17 AM
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good stuff going! $119 for a new 75g is a very good price. suggestion on the lighting (of the shots), try turning off the room lights and just using the coralife lights. it'll reduce the glare you're getting in the shots.
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Very Nice setup so far, congrats. My only suggestion would be to go with an inline heater.

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Looks good. You will not be using your 29g?

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The 29 would be a perfect QT tank.

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That is going to be one gorgeous tank. I am subscribing just to see the outcome

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post #21 of 90 (permalink) Old 12-27-2011, 07:18 AM Thread Starter
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good stuff going! $119 for a new 75g is a very good price. suggestion on the lighting (of the shots), try turning off the room lights and just using the coralife lights. it'll reduce the glare you're getting in the shots.
I have tried that but without success, I am struggling to get no glare. I am bouncing the flash off the ceiling. Oh well...

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Very Nice setup so far, congrats. My only suggestion would be to go with an inline heater.
Thanks for the suggestion! That is the plan in the future. I will just move the Eheim heater from the 75 to the 29.

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I am going to use the 29 for breeding and quarantine after thinking more about it. Thanks!

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Tank progress! The tank has water in it! I put the 80lbs of Eco-Complete in the tank and filled it this afternoon. There is still 40lbs more Eco-Complete to put in the tank when it arrives. The canister filter was installed. I installed the HOB Aqueon filter as well. The heater was placed behind the drift wood. I changed the spray baron the Eheim to the right side of the tank for improved flow. I arranged the equipement under the tank also. The canister is in a tub to possible catch any small leaks if ever from the canister and or CO2 reactor. The timers and spike bar are first ran through a surge protector. I made sure I had drip loops on all cords when I zip tied them. I am waiting on a few pieces like the CO2 reactor, drop checker, check valve, and I need to go purchase a 5lb CO2 bottle.

On to the pics!

Leveling the tank:

IMG_6172 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr


IMG_6181 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr


IMG_6179 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr


IMG_6178 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Stand before:

IMG_6184 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Installed stand light for working ease:

IMG_6185 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Stand After:

IMG_6186 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Right side:

IMG_6201 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Day 0 after filling:

IMG_6214 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr


IMG_6229 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr


IMG_6210 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr


IMG_6223 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

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Tank Update:

I picked up a 5lb CO2 bottle for $64 with a free initial fill of CO2, which I thought was a great deal. I added some Tetra Safe Start today to start cycling the tank. I am counting on the Ista Mix Max reactor arriving tomorrow so I can hopefully setup the CO2 system.

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IMG_6245 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr


IMG_6233 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

I added some Glossostigma Elatenoides as seen in this picture, mostly because they wouldn't fit in my 29 without a re-scape.

IMG_6235 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Current FTS:

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nice. man, that glosso is so green!
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post #25 of 90 (permalink) Old 12-29-2011, 05:54 AM Thread Starter
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Tank Update:

The last two bags of Eco-Complete and the CO2 reactor came in the mail today. I put the last two bags of substrate in the tank and installed the CO2 system. I transferred a Aponogeton boivinianus in the back left corner that came out of my 29 and also a Crinum calamistratum alongside it. I have mixed feelings about the Ista Mix Max reactor. The manufacturing lines caused it to leak. I had to add hose clamps and Teflon tape to stop the leak. It was a frustrating afternoon of trying to stop it. The Milwaukee CO2 regulator was a breeze to install and setup. I need to source some replacement seals for it that go in between the CO2 tank and the regulator as they are a little different than that of the normal seal according to my local welding store. The plan is to stock the tank with plants this Friday.

Anyways, on to the pics:

Last two bags finally arrived.

IMG_6250 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Ista Mix Max CO2 reactor:

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Milwaukee CO2 regulator installed:

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CO2!:

IMG_6267 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

CO2 reactor installed:

IMG_6269 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr


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I threw the random fish stuff in the bottom of the stand as well:

IMG_6268 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

Random snap of the 29:

IMG_6254 by cu_jarrett, on Flickr

FTS of the 75 as it sits:

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I added another Aponogeton boivinianus and another Glossostigma Elatenoides next to the tank. Current FTS:


12/29/2011 75 Gallon FTS by cu_jarrett, on Flickr
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So jealous of this set up, Can not wait til I move in the fall
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post #28 of 90 (permalink) Old 12-30-2011, 04:34 AM Thread Starter
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So jealous of this set up, Can not wait til I move in the fall

Haha, Thanks! I know what you mean. I had wait years to build this system. I lived in apartments through college and was waiting for the time when I owned a house to put a fish tank in. Not saying you can't put a tank in a apartment but they are a pain to move every year, ya know?
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That co2 reactor is going to cut down on the flow of that filter by a lot because of it's small connections. If you decide to change it up in the future, go with a 16/22mm Inline Atomizer from GLA...you won't be disappointed.

Nice tank, can't wait to see it stocked.

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post #30 of 90 (permalink) Old 12-30-2011, 06:09 AM
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or just feed the co2 into your filter intake, which is what i'm doing now.

i've got a 75G + 56g+ 12G eclipse in my 800 sq ft. apartment :P
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