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post #1 of 63 (permalink) Old 04-25-2013, 08:01 PM Thread Starter
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My 56 gallon planted tank build

Thanks for stopping by.
I have had hopes of starting a planted tank for some time and have been putting together everything needed for start up as budget allows.
So far I have:

Tank and Stand:

-56 gallon (36" by 18" by 20") rimless starphire tank,
-powder coated steel stand with plans of getting a stand skin done.

Filter:

-Fluval 406 canister filter

Substrate:

-ADA Amazonia soil and power sand


Lighting:

-plan to purchase a 36" buildmyLed showtank fixture
mounted directly on the tank with 90 degree beam angle.

CO2:
-plan to purchase from GLA, the Supreme CO2 Regulator with Ideal needle valve.
-10 pound tank
-70mm Atomic diffuser from GLA

Heater(s)
Fluval M150

Plans for plants include:

Background
-Ludwigia repens or similar

Midground
-undecided but open for suggestions for what would look great between foreground and background.

Foreground
-either Hemianthus callitrichoides or glossostigma

Thats it for now





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post #2 of 63 (permalink) Old 04-25-2013, 09:44 PM Thread Starter
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My 56 gallon planted tank build

Posted pics correctly!!

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My 56 gallon planted tank build

Subscribed! Great tank, but I'm really digging the look of the space. Showcase.
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Re: My 56 gallon planted tank build

I Decided today to go with 2 Kessil Amazon Sun LED lights instead of the BuildMyLed fixture.
I have been very interested in the Kessil lights for some time. Based on a lot of research the Kessil lights seem to me the way to go.
There was a small price drop I noticed very recently and ordered them from Pets and Ponds here in Canada (Great to deal with).
I will take pics of them set up when I get them.
Next on the list is
Supreme CO2 regulator from GLA.
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Just received my Kessil lights by Canada Post.
I have them set up and will post a picture or two tonight.
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subbed I'm very interested in your experience with the Kessil lights.
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My 56 gallon planted tank build

Thank you for following my build
Hopefully I will have my CO2 system up and running soon.

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Normally I'm not sure how I feel about black silicone on tanks, but here I think it's downright sexy when matched with the black frame of the stand.

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more progress

Thanks for the complements!

My regulator came in from Green Leaf Aquariums about a week ago along with a 70mm Atomic Diffuser (should have taken Orlando's advice on getting the 75 mm Diffuser) I think it will be sufficient though.

The Regulator I picked is the "Supreme" one, it is a single stage regulator but I think I will be very very happy with it. The regulator comes with an "Ideal" needle valve. From what I have researched, it is a very good needle valve.
I am going to get my 10 lb CO2 filled tomorrow and then just trying to line up plants on order with a tank start date last week of July.
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That is a great size tank! The depth helps A LOT if you use it! Can't wait to see what you come up with
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This tank is going to amazing. Rimless is so clean.

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post #15 of 63 (permalink) Old 07-26-2013, 09:38 PM Thread Starter
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Another small update,
Things look to be going very well and plans to have tank up and running by August 1st could actually happen
For me, all depends on plant availability

I just received my Sado Akadama stones (4) in the mail.
This is kind of the way I am thinking of arranging them in the tank
If anyone cares to offer advice or critique this arrangement, I would welcome it

Another thing,
with the back of the tank, I am planning to place a 3mm sheet of frosted white or sky blue acrylic for a cool look.
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