I would so love to have our 135 built into one of our walls, but I'm sure my hubby would wring my neck if I ever suggested it!
We have a 38 gallon sump for filtration in ours, with three layers of just regular old API filter pads from fine to coarse. Somewhere along the way we added a polishing filter in the sump as well. As far as biofiltration, I've never had any problems. We even changed our substrate from pool filter sand to black blasting grit recently, and I was pretty concerned about it possibly recycling from that. So far, so good!
Everything from the sump and plumbing to the Co2 injection has been a work in progress! It's getting tight under the stand.
i'm trying to convince the wife to let me do a pallet wood wall http://www.cape27blog.com/2012/10/20-diy-pallet-wall/ instead of the green where the end side of the tank is. I think it'd look a whole lot nicer. But I'm not barking up that tree any more until the whole basement is complete.
My mom is coming over this evening, so I'm thinking of either having her watch my son at the house, or come along with me to the LFS to look into tubing so I can start getting the sump put together/tank piped up.
I managed to score eco complete at petco for $12/bag... 6 bags later and I've got the substrate squared away. Next I need to get some eggcrate and rocks to start with the ridge as I'm planning on a lower section to the right of the tank.
I kind of want a darker more relaxed area there as it will be my office/lounge/adult space. I place to enjoy a glass of single malt whisky while watching the fish and plants. To get lost in a book... or into work.
but like I said, I'm not barking up that tree until the basement is finished and the garage is cleaned out (so I can store the pallets )
I have been bring up the idea to folks. my wife just doesnt like the idea of the extra work, that she won't have to do, and making things more complicated. but that is what she said about the fish tank wall itself until it was actually done and she loved it.
a neighbor has, probably, a few dozen pallets sitting on her driveway that I'm sure she wouldn't mind seeing disappear.
I was planning on plumbing the tank this evening. However the lfs' supply of plumbing goods doesn't work with aqueons monster overflow kit since aqueon uses quarter sizes and they only carry full and half. Sooo I'm doing some online shopping.
I need to fit a 1.25" interior diameter tube to a 1" npt. I may see about buying a 1.25" barb to 1" barb reducer to put near the end of the line. Or I could just dump the tube into the top of the sump instead of through the bulk heads.
Your setup looks awesome. I love how you put the tank on a corner. I have been debating a similar setup down the road. I'm defiantly subscribing! Keep up the awesome work!!
I wanted tank maintenance to be hidden, and locked, away. but I refused to only be able to see it from one angle. it definitely would've been easier to view it from just the front, but I thought this would be a lot more interesting to have.
i'm trying to get stuff together to plumb the tank because it's time to get some water in this sucker and start getting it running.