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post #31 of 62 (permalink) Old 09-09-2013, 08:00 PM Thread Starter
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Thanks for the compliments on the the stand, I have built a a few DIY ply wood covered style stands that my wife was not happy with. Unfortunately I made this one a little too nice now she wants a matching entertainment center, end tables media shelf, and the hard part a matching stand for her 26g bowfront.
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post #32 of 62 (permalink) Old 09-26-2013, 08:23 PM Thread Starter
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We had some very large gravel(1"-4") at work, I've decided it will work for my hardscape. I took home a 5g bucket of them, I'm probably not going to use more than half of them.




Tonight I'm going to test, and bleach them. this weekend I will boil them and get started scaping.


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post #33 of 62 (permalink) Old 09-30-2013, 08:09 PM Thread Starter
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Haven't done much but here's a little update

I am currently soaking my rocks in a bleach/water mixture, then I will clean with dawn, rinse over a couple days, then I will be boiling them.

I purchased some mgopm, and sand.


I also ordered a 20"x4.5" big blue whole house filter to build my co2 reactor out of.


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post #34 of 62 (permalink) Old 10-04-2013, 10:39 AM Thread Starter
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Working on a few things tonight. So far I've painted the back of the tank, and now I'm filling all the cracks in the stand, but I got bored so I figured I'd take a break to update.




Lots of sanding, and hopefully staining/sealing to come this weekend!


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post #35 of 62 (permalink) Old 10-21-2013, 01:59 AM Thread Starter
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Finished all the sanding, the stain is on, clears going on tomorow.


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post #36 of 62 (permalink) Old 11-08-2013, 11:39 AM Thread Starter
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Keeping my car in the road has been taking up a lot of my time lately. I was able to make time this week to finally finish staining and clearing the stand. Everything is now in the house.


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post #37 of 62 (permalink) Old 11-13-2013, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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I started playing with scape Ideas, I'm thinking something like this. I'll be using mgopm in the back and in the rocks with a sand up front.

Any and all input would be greatly appreciated 😄


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post #38 of 62 (permalink) Old 11-14-2013, 08:08 AM
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I like the hardscape. I love a hardscape that stands out in a planted tank. I love that wood, and I think it looks great with the rocks in that formation.

Are you planning on having the cracks in the rocks filled with sand or basically this sitting ontop of the substrate?

I think it would look cool to have the rocks filled in with sand, so that some rocks are half covered, while others are more exposed.

Either way, it looks good; look forward to seeing that manzanita in the tank.
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post #39 of 62 (permalink) Old 11-14-2013, 09:08 AM Thread Starter
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Yeah I plan on having sand going up into the rocks and dirt filling in the back.


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post #40 of 62 (permalink) Old 11-16-2013, 01:32 PM Thread Starter
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post #41 of 62 (permalink) Old 12-05-2013, 01:15 AM Thread Starter
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I've decided to go Lo tech with this tank, I just don't have the time, money or desire for high tech anymore. I would like to be able to sit and relax instead of trying to figure out nutrient deficiencies every time I see the tank.

And I can get it up faster since all I need is lights and a heater now.


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post #42 of 62 (permalink) Old 12-05-2013, 06:27 AM
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Subscribed, must see the progress in this tank! I have to agree with everyone in that the manz is amazing. Really enjoyed staring at the latest update photo for a while.
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post #43 of 62 (permalink) Old 12-08-2013, 05:06 AM Thread Starter
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I flooded the tank and hooked up the fx5, I figured I may as well get it cycling.

Next on the list is a 36" current satelite plus.


I also added all the rocks I had. Flooding messed up my sand, I'll have to fix that soon.


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That's really nice looking driftwood. Where did you get it? I am looking for driftwood similar to that but I haven't had any luck finding the right piece yet.
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That's really nice looking driftwood. Where did you get it? I am looking for driftwood similar to that but I haven't had any luck finding the right piece yet.
Thank you, I picked it up on eBay. It's actually 2 peices. It's sandblasted manzanita from a seller in peru(I think). It ran me roughly 120$ shipped.

If you search for it on eBay there is usually 20-30 different pieces available from this seller and they include measurements of everything.


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