Join Date: Aug 2013
Location: Stoney Creek, Ontario, Canada
peavs 65 gallon journal
Im gonna make a journal for my 65 gallon planted community aquarium. I purchased the tank from a guy who was tearing down his fish room. The dimensions are 48"x18"x18". It is drilled in the top corners of the back glass and has bulkheads already installed.The tank hadn't been used in a little while. So I decided to reseal it. The whole process didn't take too long to complete considering it was my first time doing it. It didn't come with a stand either. So I decided I was going to build one. I've built a couple before. I used 2x4's for the construction and trimmed it with 1x4's,1x6's & wainscoting. There are 2 doors on the stand as well. They are made out of 1x4's & wainscoting.
For the equipment.
Lighting is gonna be provided by 2 dual 4' t12 shop lights with the aquarium & plant bulbs and daylight bulbs from home depot. If I feel that I want/need a bit more lighting I also have a Hagen Glo T5HO Remote 2X24W or 2X39W 24 to 36 Inch Ballast Kit. Just need to get some 36" reflectors.
Filtration will be provided by an ac70, ac50 & an xp1. The reason for three different style filters is because I already have the ac50 & xp1 of running on other tanks. I will be using the bulkhead fitting as the intake and outlet for the xp1.
Heating will be provided by a 200 watt heater for now. I would like to upgrade to the hydor inline 250 watt heater.
Plants, fish, decor
This aquarium will be a somewhat heavily planted aquarium with driftwood and rocks through out. I will be using all the plants I currently have. Im going with pool filter sand for the substrate. I like the way it looks and I've had the best results with it thus far.
Here's the list of plants I have.
Anubias nana gold var.
philippine java fern
I have 4 pcs of driftwood the I will be using throughout the scale. I have collected them all for different tanks i have/ had running. Im hoping they will all work well together. Most of my rocks are just basic river rocks ranging in size from small to softball size.
Im going to be stocking my tank with all the fish I currently have in all my tanks. I would like to modify it a little bit.
2 - angelfish m&f pair
1 - opaline gourami
2 - albino bristlenose pleco
1 - orange marble sailfin pleco
7 - otos
1 - panda cory
3 - pepper cories
2 - cardinal tetras
I was thinking of getting my school of cardinal tetras up to about 18 or so and get the pepper cories up to about 6-8.
I am wondering if derimming the tank will cause any issues? I had to remove the old one to reveal the tank. It came off in 4 sections.
All criticism and thoughts welcome. I'm still in the setup stages at the moment. I will post pics as soon as I can.
75 Gallon - 2 Angelfish(m&f), 7 Otos, 1 Panda Cory, 2 Albino Bristlenose Plecos, 1 Opaline Gourami, 12 Wild Cardinal Tetras, 1 Orange Marble Sailfin Pleco, 1 Amano Shrimp
10 Gallon - 4 Female HM Betta, Zebra Nerite Snail, 2 pepper cories
1.5 Gallon - 1 Female Betta