hi everyone, currently i have a 50GAL high tank which at the time (over 2 years ago) was the largest tank i could afford/keep/run but after re-decorating and re-arranging the lounge i can now fit in a larger tank between my fireplace and the outer wall.
another reason for the upgrade is that i am wanting to build a DIY cree led light fixture for my existing tank but i dont particularly like topless braced tanks so new light= new tank.
this means i am going to need a custom tank built so i have gone for (sorry i live in the UK so its going to be mostly metric measurements) 140cm wide x 55cm high x 55cm deep which equates to 425 litres or 112 gallons. the front and side panels are going to be opti-white low iron glass whilst the back and bottom will be standard float glass and the background will be black.... oh and its going to be braceless.
for lighting i am either going to use 45 CREE XML leds on a 100cm aluminium finned heatsink, or 3 lumia 5.1 leds on the same heatsink, both will run off a storm x controller.
here is the heatsink i ordered off ebay and the plans for my DIY stand that will have enough room for my filter and also shelves for my home cinema stuff.
the stand is going to be an ADA style stand and then i will cover it will some form of formica and will be made out of 3/4" ply and 2x2's
the substrate is going to be fresh as i didnt use any aquasoil in my original tank (another reason for upgrading) so i will be using eco-complete.
this is going to be a slow build but hang on in there updates are to follow!