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post #1 of 41 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 11:34 PM Thread Starter
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50g Cube Journal

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Tank: 50g Truvu Cube, Acrylic, 24"x24"x20"
Stand: Custom DIY
Filter: Eheim Classic 600
Lighting: x2 23" Archaea Slim-Pro LED, 7000k-8000k
Substrate: ADA Amazonia & ADA Power Sand Special M
Plants: TBD
CO2: Pressurized CO2
Stock: x15 Sidthimunki Botia, x5 Checker Barb, x2 L144, x2 Red Whiptail Catfish, x2 African Butterfy, x2 Red Gold Gourami, possible remaining stock TBD


Stand still needs paint, detailing, skinning and finishing and pressurized CO2 needs to be purchased. Tank, substrate, lights, filter are all purchased and ready to go.


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post #2 of 41 (permalink) Old 01-02-2013, 11:59 PM
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nice, i will wait to see your set up
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post #3 of 41 (permalink) Old 01-03-2013, 12:21 AM
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Very nice. Have similar size. Waiting to see what you do with it in terms of scape...These can be a challenge.

Are you planning bulkheads at all?

...Nice strong stand, though it looks kind of high: how tall is it? Have you thought about reaching into it?
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Thanks to the both of you. No bulkheads, just gonna go with the Eheim canister. As for the stand, it's 42" at it's highest point, base dimensions are 36"x24"x30" while the top is 24"x24"12. I want the tank to be more eye-level than a standard set up and originally wanted it to be somewhat pillar shaped but figured with the tank only being 2' wide it would be very prone to tipping over so I made the modifications and decided to go with a more pedestal shape adding 6" to both sides making is 3' wide and believe me this stand is solid, it's not tipping anytime soon. I'll also have a lip going around the base of the tank for extra security and as for the height.. I'll be relying on a little step stool and elongated tools to help out.
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Posting an update, the stand has progressed, skinning the most of the surface area today and the staining and doors will hopefully be completed by the end of Sunday afternoon. I've also added the substrate and intend to add ADA sand to the bare area in the front left portion of the tank, the rocks are only to keep the area clear for the time being and are not planned to be in the final aquascape. More for the "bones" should be added by the end of next week. Here are two photos.




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Update, the stand has come together well and all that remains is painting and adding the door, adding the trim and some fine tune painting in crevices then it's time to add the decorative sand and fill up.



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Update, I haven't made any progress on the stand but today I purchased and added the sand and rocks. As of right now I think the hardscape is complete though that could obviously change at any moment.


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Looks like a great start! The stand looks like it was designed to survive WWIII
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Update, we have water. I'll be adding the filter today and the next goal will obviously be to complete the cycle. Then come the plants, then the fish. I'm using a betta and checker barbs to start the cycle rather than danios. I don't want to have the hassle of catching danios at the end of the cycle.

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Update, the filter is set up and operational with no issues aside from the left piece of driftwood. There seems to be a clear algae/fungus like growth on the wood. It was previously in a well established planted aquarium to water log it and I don't recall seeing any of this growth on it. I figure I'll wait until the tank is fully cycled and see if it reseeds by then though any input or advice is welcomed. I will post a photo momentarily.


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Update, we have water. I'll be adding the filter today and the next goal will obviously be to complete the cycle. Then come the plants, then the fish. I'm using a betta and checker barbs to start the cycle rather than danios. I don't want to have the hassle of catching danios at the end of the cycle.
From my understanding using ADA Soil you do not need to cycle before planting. Check out thegreenmachine.com
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Funny you should bring that up because after posting last night I started to wonder if I could just add the plants now. I'll look into it and may just add plants in the next day or so. Thanks.
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