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post #1 of 30 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 03:54 PM Thread Starter
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Danny's Custom 4 Gallon Shrimp Tank

So I got really inspired by the way deep blue built its 3 gallon long tank. You can check out it on my 3 gallon journal in my sig. I liked the idea of a long and slim tank for shrimps so I decided to make my own. It will be made out of 1/4 inch acrylic.

Tank Dimensions - 24L x 6W x 7H in inches

I haven't been able to assemble it yet because I'm still waiting for the cement. Preview: Cut pieces



Filtration: Sponge Filter

Lighting: 36" Beamswork 129 LED fixture

Substrate: Ada Aquasoil Amazonia New

I just recieved the 9L in the mail and the bag is huge!



Plants: TBA

Shrimp: I am almost certain I want to start a colony of SS Grade CRS. Not sure what neos I want to put with them but in the future I will introduce Taiwan bees

I can't get anything else until my tank is assembled + cycling the ammonia out of the Amazonia.

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post #2 of 30 (permalink) Old 11-16-2012, 11:44 PM Thread Starter
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The cement came in the mail today here's the finished product! Just need to give it a day to cure then comes the water test.

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Very nice! Great job.
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thats nice! where did you b uy the acrylic from?
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that came out pretty good, is that your first DIY acyclic tank?
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Thanks everyone!

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that came out pretty good, is that your first DIY acyclic tank?
Yeah this is my first I'm pretty happy with how it came out. I think my next project will have to be a custom mr aqua 12 gallon long out of acrylic.


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Where did you b uy the acrylic from?
It is actually scrap acrylic. My girlfriend's dad works with construction so he can get me a ton of scrap acrylic. It just so happened the two pieces I used to make the tank was almost new condition. With only wear and tear on the protection paper.
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Yeah this is my first I'm pretty happy with how it came out. I think my next project will have to be a custom mr aqua 12 gallon long out of acrylic.



It is actually scrap acrylic. My girlfriend's dad works with construction so he can get me a ton of scrap acrylic. It just so happened the two pieces I used to make the tank was almost new condition. With only wear and tear on the protection paper.
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post #8 of 30 (permalink) Old 11-17-2012, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Here's an update:

Water test from last night










An hour later: (not the final layout, just what I had extra)
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Pretty cool. You should of went with a clear not black hob filter.
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Pretty cool. You should of went with a clear not black hob filter.
Yeah I probably should have, that's what I had lying around. I'm not sure if I want to switch the positions of the sponge filter on the left and the hob. But I definitely will black out the background of the tank.
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Finally after a week of cycling my ammonia and nitrite levels are almost zero.

If anyone was wondering I did a search and to speed up the cycling process I had the temperature at 85. I used a sponge filter and two aqueon hob filters with sponge intakes. They all already had media bacteria on them from filtering another tank. I also used anacharis from another tank along with dwarf water lettuce.

I just ordered some plants and Borneo Wild stuff along with 20 CRS Grade SS. Now gotta wait to scape the tank and for the shrimp to come.

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Subscribed! Very cool.

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Looking good so far can't wait to see more.

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Here's another update!

Shrimp are scheduled to arrive tomorrow. More pics to come. In the mean time I recieved my plants I ordered here's the fts let me know what you think!



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Nice job! That tank looks great.

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