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post #1 of 79 (permalink) Old 03-13-2015, 04:43 AM Thread Starter
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My SUPER AWESOME 55 Gallon Tank. (Picture Heavy)

This is my first large tank that I'm starting. 55 gallons and a "whole lotta love". My other bedside tank is a 3 gallon planted nano. So far this is what I've got...

Tank: Aquarium Masters (of Chino, CA) 55 gallon (48x13x21)
Filter: Eheim Classic 2217
Stand: Ikea Besta Shelf
Light: 1)Aquarium Master 48" single T5 @ 28watts
2)Current USA Satelite Plus LED 48"-60"
Hardscape: Seiryu Stones, Manzanita Driftwood
Substrate: Eco-Complete, Black sand, Natural sand
Plants: Staurogyne Repens (tissue culture), Alternanthera Reineckii 'Cardinalis'(tissue culture), Pogostemon Helferi (tissue culture), Christmas Moss, Phoenix Moss, Anubias Nana Petite, Bacopa Amplexicaulis, Pellia (non-mini), Myriophyllum Elatinoides.

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And here's my nano...
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I love the sand.
Is the Besta shelf gonna be able to hold the dead weight? The black silicone job is sexy too.

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I love the sand.
Is the Besta shelf gonna be able to hold the dead weight? The black silicone job is sexy too.
A couple people told me not to get it but I've been shopping around and many stands for this size of tank are made of the same material (compressed wood). Plus, the Ikea seems sturdy to me, there's 3 supporting panel (vertical support) as opposed to 2 on other stands I've seen.

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new tank

Nice setup. A new tank is always a Lotta fun.

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Looks awesome so far. I like the hard scape a lot. Will be looking for pics once you get it planted!


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Hmm.
I may just get myself a Besta cabinet for my 55. Looks great.

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Hmm.
I may just get myself a Besta cabinet for my 55. Looks great.
I love the looks of the cabinet, there's many other types and colors, so you can mix and match. But keep in mind, if you do get one, it's actually 47 1/4th inches long, my 48" sticks out just a little bit. Also, there's different heights.
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This would probably worry the crap out of me! (the cabinet). But I've definitely seen way worse from the fish stores and such. So I'm sure it will hold. Just don't get it wet. That's the biggest thing about compressed wood.

The substrate looks snippy, but the wood looks kinda funny being such different shades. But I think it will be broken up by the plants and look top notch when you get there!

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This would probably worry the crap out of me! (the cabinet). But I've definitely seen way worse from the fish stores and such. So I'm sure it will hold. Just don't get it wet. That's the biggest thing about compressed wood.

The substrate looks snippy, but the wood looks kinda funny being such different shades. But I think it will be broken up by the plants and look top notch when you get there!

You'll love the SAT+ by the way. Definitely a fun light.
Yea, I'm not too worried about the cabinet, I'm more worried about the house and the foundation...lol.
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I love the color contrast of the wood, rocks, and substrate.

Great choice on the natural River sand.

Awesome nano tank too!
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lots of potential there! great looking nano too btw
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Yeah, the hardscape is looking nice. You're nano is beautiful as well.

However, unless you have some dividers for the sand, you better be fine with some black/white mixed sand. I had a fairly similar setup as you, with the two different colors, but even with some dividers, the sand got mixed up.
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Yeah, the hardscape is looking nice. You're nano is beautiful as well.

However, unless you have some dividers for the sand, you better be fine with some black/white mixed sand. I had a fairly similar setup as you, with the two different colors, but even with some dividers, the sand got mixed up.
I'm going to try to minimize the mixing of the 2 sands. I'm getting more seiryu stone to cover along the line as well as plant some HC and riccia on stones along that line.
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Update: So I decided to reinforce my tank stand. I felt uncomfortable knowing that it WILL break on me. Good thing I'm doing this now because after disassembling the Ikea stand, I found out that the middle beam is a HOLLOW compressed wood. Don't want to take that risk of flooding my living room and damaging the house. Here's an update photo on the new stand built. Similar to MILIKIAN's tank stand build.

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I think adding that extra lumber in the stand was certainly smart way to go
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