Cool, I love the idea of a clean cube. It will be fun to see where this goes.
To be honest with you so am I. There's no turning back now
That a nice job. What canister are you planning on using?
I will be using an Eheim 2217 canister filter. I don't know what the flow will be like until I test it and even then I have to cut that flow rate in half to simulate plants, rocks and driftwood in the tank.
I have an Eheim 1103 Compact+ Marine Needle Wheel Pump
that was given to me awhile back. I used it on a previous tank I had and I just may incorporate it into the lines if I need a boost in flow or I could just drill two more holes and add another canister filter
The pump can boost flow and I can use it for CO2 because its a needle wheel pump.
Here is a photo of the tank that I used the 2217 and the pump on:
Here is the other tank my son took over for me. Actually he kind of just took over, with my supervision of course. He implemented EI for dosing, used the 2217 filter and the 1103 needle wheel pump. I was just getting him use to the basics of taking care of the plants. He loved it and enjoyed every minute of it. He has been with me every step of the way with this tank as well.
I have not posted a photo of his tank anywhere so this will be the first. Be gentle with your critique, he's only 7 years old:
I know the tank doesn't have the best scape however he has a greener thumb than I do. Inspite of his age, the kid can grow some plants. He was consistent and adamant about taking care of the aquarium. Connor (my sons name
) would clean the filter every month without failure. I told him that it wasn't necessary to clean the filter so often but he would reply, "Dad, it's no problem." Every week while doing a water change, he would also clean the glass, give the rocks a slight scrubbing and prune the plant, making sure all of the dead/dying leaves were removed. He did so much more and had a better maintenance schedule than I ever had.
We all get lazy sometimes with maintenance but Connor was border line annoying with taking care of the tank/equipment. The planted tank was his puppy and he took good care of it. He's hinting about taking over this one as well but we'll see.
I took him to ADG in Houston
where I spoke to Jeff Senske briefly and my son Connor and I hung out with Frank Wazeter a bit. Jeff Senske didn't mind us hanging out in the warehouse while I showed Connor the pallets of the different types of driftwood, rocks, equipment and tanks that were there, in fact that's where ADG houses everything they sell. Jeff Senske walked right inside while Connor and I had free reign of the place, he had a blast.
Frank Wazeter is a great guy. He showed us around the showroom. He was very patient with Connor and encourage him to look around. On our way out he gave Connor a copy of "The Book Of ADA", well needless to say he hasn't put that book down yet, looking through it every day. That's why he is hinting at me to get the Solar l and that's why he wants to take over the tank.
I did it. You may not like the way it looks but it works like a charm lol
I read your journal and I think it looks great. I see nothing wrong with it
Hey, nice work on drilling the holes, I know I would have been nervous as well. I know gl[censored][censored][censored][censored][censored][censored][censored]s dot com sell the drilling kits which people use for drilling the reef tanks, which comes with some putty to put around the hole so you can put water near the hole your drilling and it is contained there until the hole is made obviously. I am looking forward to seeing more pics on this build. Oh and whatever you do, do not use the Power Sand stuff from ADA. It is so annoying and I can't get rid of it in my tank. Good luck.
P.S. If and only if you have the extra cash flow in hand I would shoot for the ADA Solar light. I would more uniform with the tank you have.
You know, after drilling those holes, I think I would do it again. We all get nervous doing something for the first time but the more you do it the better you get at it
. The ADA Solar l would have to be raise significantly if use with this tank. Not sure though.