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CPD's House 135 Gal ( 510L); 67" (170cm) long


Pic taken on 12/14/2013


Hello Everybody.
Finally after long time of admiring most of your tanks it is time now to start my journal and present process of setting up my tank.
I do hope that in this thread you will give me some useful advices and help me to setup my dream tank.
I know that for some of you size of my new
bathtank is nothing special, but for me, who owns 6g, 8g and ~40g it is a huge step forward.

So let me start with some technical specs.

Tank (!)
- 135 US gal ( or 510L in metric system)
- 67" x 20" x 23.7"h inch ( 170cm x 50cm x 60cm h)
- Front glass is opti white.
- black silicon finish
- ordered in Seahorse Aquariums ( Dub, IE)


Stand (!)
- DIY project from A to Z
- 67.3", 171cm long, 33" high ( 83cm)
- Front panels and door from IKEA to match other furniture colour
- location - living room

Lightning (!)
- Giesemann Infiniti 3x150W hqi + 4x80W T5
Filtration
- Tetra tec ex700 ( from old tank)
- JBL e1501 greenline
-glass input and output lilly pipesto both filters.
CO2(!)
- 1.84gal, 7L pressurized co2 bottle + inline pipe difussor connected to the filtrer ( it lasted for over2 years in my 40g tank)

Substrate(!)
- JBL Manado
- ADA Amazonia soil
- Aqua Substrate II soil

Decorations(!)
- Few large pieces of Mangrove driftwood
- 50lb of stone ( similar to ADA stone)


Plants(?)

mosses, hc, glosso



My tank is going to be a house for large school of CPDs ( I have them in my 40g, and I'm breeding them successfully for the last 2 years.
It will be also a house for my over 200 RCs shrimps.

I'm open on suggestions on 2nd school of small, but colorful fish that will swim in upper section of tank.

I plan to have also 15 pygma corrys on the bottom and Ottocincus as cleaning crew.

Landscaping
It is not easy for me whose English is not a native language to describe in details How exactly it is going to look like. Anyway - on the back - long grass from left to right, then hemanthius on the left side of tank ( 30" ), then 2 mountains made of stones and driftwood bridge between them, and jungle on the right. mountains and driftwood and space under the bridge will be occupied by mosses, right side -long plants but not sure yet what.

Why?
I always wanted to have a short grass in the tank, and just few stones. The problem is that I can't grow out from my Celestial Pearl Danios and they need heavily planted tank, so i decided to do a small mix of 3 different landscapings.
New tank is quite high, so maybe in the future I'll move to something bigger.

Pics time.
Mitre Saw was best thing to hire

DIY cabinet

DIY cabinet

Almost ready - just some front panels missing.


Hurrraay
My tank is almost ready. I specially drove today to have a look at this.


I'll have updates soon - matter of 2-3 days.

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135 gallons worth of CPDs and shrimp!? You have my attention.
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Everything looks really nice. The stand is well done and appears to be quite sturdy.

As far as the other fish goes, I would recommend waiting until the plants have grown all the way in so you can see what it looks like before adding fish. That way you can choose a species that compliments both the CPD and plants.

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135 gallons worth of CPDs and shrimp!? You have my attention.

I know it is a bit crazy to have so large ( small for Phil Edwards) tank with tiny fish, but i simply don't like large fish in a tank.

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Everything looks really nice. The stand is well done and appears to be quite sturdy.

As far as the other fish goes, I would recommend waiting until the plants have grown all the way in so you can see what it looks like before adding fish. That way you can choose a species that compliments both the CPD and plants.
Stand is quite sturdy - it has 17 studs, so I think there will be about 90 LB load per one stud. Also studs are about 1 foot from each other at max. Just in case I'm going to screw it to the back concrete wall once tank settle down under full load ( leaving some small space for movement).

It will take me some time before I put in first fish - I want to start with dsm on hemanthius and mosses ( 6 weeks) then I will add long grass and larger plants and fill water. so another 4-5 weeks before tank become stabile - and then in late November I will move there fish from my 40g and remove that 40g tank.


Question on dsm and driftwood - how to prevent driftwood from covering with white sh&*% once it will be in high humidity environment for a long time ?

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3 days are gone and still no tank... You know that feeling when you are waiting to start work on your tank and you can't ?
I feel bad. Can't wait. They told me yesterday it will be ready next Tuesday September 3rd...

On the other side I still can't find 5 foot long lighting unit. New are very expensive in europe there is nothing on ebay etc at the moment.
I'm also missing one filter and external hydor heating, but there is no rush on these as I plan to start dsm.

I'm going to take number of pictures today with different landscaping ideas. I hope you will help me to choose the best one. :-)
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for a project this sized, fabricate your own led setup!
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I want to have a lot of hemanthius and glossosygmia on the bottom. Tank is 2 feet high. I read good few times that led won't be good for this height of tank? Is there any good thread on this on plantedtank forum?
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Ok, these are my first concepts of layout.
One thing that won't change is left side - low flat with hemanthius. On the back long grass.
Please help to choose and share your thoughts.

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All the above 'scapes look great, tough choice... though I have to say my favorite is #4!

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I'm not an expert but I would move my stuff forward. Then that gives you planting room in the back. But if that's not what you're going for ignore me!

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I agree, number 4 looks good. I like diy, much more fun and rewarding. I built my stand for a 40 gallon breeder, and Im happy with the way it came out. I think I spent about $50 for everything. Do you think your stand and fish tank came out cheaper, then buying them from lets say from petsmart. I was considering trying my hand at a diy fish tank.
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3 looks the best to me



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I want to have a lot of hemanthius and glossosygmia on the bottom. Tank is 2 feet high. I read good few times that led won't be good for this height of tank? Is there any good thread on this on plantedtank forum?
LED's are plenty powerful enough to penetrate a 2ft deep tank. I have a fixture hanging over a foot above a 2 ft tall tank and it gives up to 90 PAR at the substrate. If I wanted to, I could fit 4-5 times as many LED's on the same heatsink. As for spread, it's very much adjustable by using different optics and raising/lowering the light height.
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I'm not an expert but I would move my stuff forward. Then that gives you planting room in the back. But if that's not what you're going for ignore me!

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Hi Kim
I will move it forward a bit, especially right corner. There will be a plenty of long plants. Middle will move forward about 5cm. It is on the back now as wall give some support to the driftwood.

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Diy is very expensive in Ireland. I spent 100 euro on front oak door and panels
And about 70euro on plywood and timber.
If I went to the carpenter or shop I would have to pay at least 500 euro or 650$ for this size cabinet.
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