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Re: Nwa's 85 gallon diy almost cube updated 05/03/13

Leak test is over, it held water haha yay!!

My LFS still just became a certified ADA supplier, so here is two bags of 4 bags of substrate goodness!



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Awesome man!!! How much are they charging btw.. you can pm me the price if you dont wanna post on here... it would be worth it for me if its cheaper just to drive there...we are up that way every once in a while any
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Awesome man!!! How much are they charging btw.. you can pm me the price if you dont wanna post on here... it would be worth it for me if its cheaper just to drive there...we are up that way every once in a while any
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very clean work, cant wait to see what you do with this!
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Re: Nwa's 85 gallon diy almost cube updated 05/08/13

Teaser of the tank inside... With the black background. Going to look sexy... Oh Yea





Will drain it back down and plot out the hardscape and start cycling, just had to see it full

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That some ADA silicone level job you did there, nice and clean. Go out and buy an ADA sticker or print one out hahahah



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That some ADA silicone level job you did there, nice and clean. Go out and buy an ADA sticker or print one out hahahah
Haha only cause your not right next to it, I did a good enough job to hold water lol

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Re: Nwa's 85 gallon starphire diy almost cube updated 05/08/13

Soil is in, now to let cycle! After consulting the wife, hardscape will be stone, probably end up with a Dutch looking scape.

On the plus side, the internal sump filter works fantastic! Here are a few pics about 2 hours after filling and this morning, water was stupid cloudy at first!




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Re: Nwa's 85 gallon starphire diy almost cube updated 05/13/13

I might get to like topless bare-bottom tanks yet.
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Beautiful, great progress on this!


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Coming together nicely! Can't wait to see it planted!
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Re: Nwa's 85 gallon starphire diy almost cube updated 05/13/13

Thanks guys and gals. I can't wait to get plants in as well!!!

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Re: Nwa's 85 gallon starphire diy almost cube updated 05/13/13

Added in some stone, personally I am loving the look thus far! Can't wait to start planting!!

I do recommend rinsing aquasoil before putting in the tank. Everytime I move some around I get a little dirt cloud lol. * shrug* oh well

Ignore the film on top going to toss in a air hose to eliminate it, it's mostly fines from the soil






I think I need some long tweezers for planting this monster.. The back right corner is going to be a pain...

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excellent job!!
i like the filtering!!
something to consider on the sump is maybe some dark static clean tint that will hide the media. i hadn't thought of that before when we talked about paint scrubbing off

aqua soil will always cloud. you can't fix that. it does everytime i move plants. the good news is after your bio filter has matured, it doesn't take nearly as long to clear


also i bet ur light fixture legs will come out if they are anything like the marineland fixtures. that way those arms don't stick out and detract fo the scene!!

i'll be tuned in for more updates!
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