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Custom 75g Rimless Aquarium

Hey guys/gals

New setup replacing an old 55g standard aquarium. I'm goin straight to the pics here

First bought some 3/4 birch from Lowes and cut some 45s



Then glued and nailed the panels



closeup of 45s



Reinforced and added a floor (looking back the flooring was bad idea will go into later in the post)



Added the decorative panels in the front with 3/4 birch then added sides in the stand using 1/4 birch



Then started staining, first using semi gloss poly for first three coats and later glossed with another 3 or 4 to get a nice layer of glass over it



Not aquarium related but made some bacon at work today. Cured for 5 days, then smoked and roasted. looks delicious, no?



Ok back to business

setup included backdrop with backlight, custom canopy with 4 t5HO lights and planted. I wanted to take more pics of the step by step setup, but forgot.



It's cloudy but closeup



Ok specs for the setup


Equipment:
2 48" Odyssea T5HO
Penn Plax Cascade 1000 (hate it looking into new filter)
Co2 Reactor Ista Mix Max
PPS Pro (switching from EI, hope to get good results with less water changing)
ADA Amazonia


Flora
(keeping it simple)
Glosso
bacopa japan
rotala green
rotala colorata


Fuana
No idea but I have some time while tank cycles


Ok few questions anyone have some bacopa japan? what I had grown out in the 55 melted during the transition.

Secondly because I added the floor in the stand it shortened my space for filtration. I really really want to get rid of the crappy penn plax I have now and switch to an ehiem thermofilter 2180. However, it's 23" tall and there's no way it's gonna fit. I don't think it will, even if I cut out the floor and let the filter sit down in the bracing area. Considered the Fx5 but I refuse to use anything other than lilly pipes over this rim. Sorry, but I think it's crazy to pay all that money for rimless and then have huge 1" diameter rubber hoses coming over the sides. So I also considered using the 2 5/8 intakes I had purchased for the thermofilter and using 1" to 2 5/8 on the Fx5 but not sure if it would still choke the filter. However, even if I did cut out the floor for the Fx5 it's still a tall filter (17" plus the inlet and outlet). Anyone have a recommendation on a good filter?


Thanks for looking. Can't wait for this to fill in. Having an 18" depth is so much fun aquascaping!!!! Looking forward to tearing down the 29g for an ADA 75-P.


Please feel free to post comments, suggestion (especially for a filter), concerns, critiques, etc.

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Neat!
And you made the tank from the inside out. =p
There's always room for bacon! Even in a thread!
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That is one really cool DIY stand and stuff! I'm digging the hardscape. :P
Don't know much about filters, maybe an aquaclear if you want a HOB or Eheim for canister?

How I feel about non-planted aquariums.
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You made bacon. You are my hero
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like your tank but love your bacon omg yummyyyyyyy
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i get easily distracted by bacon as well...... what were we talking about again?

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oh yea. great stand and love the scape

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Very inspirational cabinet and light hood. Thanks!
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Definitely not going with a HOB. Considered an eheim but the one I wanted is 23 inches tall

I think I am going with the Fx5, I'm pretty sure if I had 2 5/8 inputs will be sufficient to not choke the filter. to 5/8ths would be 1 1/4 inch. The standard hose size for the fx5 is 1 inch.

I like the self priming and the ability to hook up to the drain pump on the bottom to make water changes even less of a hassle.

I really really really hope it fits inder my stand =).


On other news I started curing pork shoulders from a pig I broke down to make some hams. Will get some pics of them in about 26 days when they finish curing =)


thank you for the comments. Looking forward to seeing everything fill in
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Custom 75g Rimless Aquarium

Some updates:

Decided to go with the fluval fx5, man it's a beast. Built the ETK manifold which works like a charm.

Ok tank cycled and looking for recommendations for fish. I'm thinking threadfin or forktail blue-eyed rainbowfish......

Any suggestions? I'm going back and forth between a very large school of small fish and a school of a few larger fish, so suggest both please.

Also i have pics of some delicious tasso ham i cured and smoked at work saturday and will post along with pics of tank this weekend.
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pics!!!!

First aquarium stuff


closeup of rotala magenta and singapore starting to get color back


FTS


Right side of the ETK manifold for the new FX5. Really great idea and really easy to execute.


I ordered some blue-eyed forktail rainbowfish and should be in next wednesday to pickup. Will update with pics of the fish once arrived and acclimated.


Now on to some fun food stuff everyone seemed to enjoy the bacon.

Pork shoulder cut bone out then sliced 1 1/2 portions and cured for 6hrs with Sodium Nitrate and Kosher salt.


then lightly rinsed and rubbed with some spices (can list if anyone is interested).


Pulled out the trusty old hot smoker and hit them hard for 10min




then placed on a sheet tray and roasted in the oven at 350 to internal temp of 150
mmmmmmmhhhhhh


Tasso ham =)


also made some oatmeal creampie cookies


and some smoked salmon chowder (one of my fav soups) for the soup du jur
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jesus....cant figure what i like more the tank or the food haha
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hopefully both are just as equally awesome =).
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This thread is torture. My stomach is hungry. Do you deliver?

Btw. Great tank.
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I do not know is this aquarium fish tank forum or food ?
Your thread makes me feel very hungry
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