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
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)
(keeping it simple)
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.