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04-15-2014 01:29 PM
llayz this is f*ing insane and awesome!! just spent 30 mins going through 39 pages.. TANK IS NOT FILLED?!?! haha I can't wait to see it done.. this has go to be the most expensive home planted tank ever..
04-15-2014 07:27 AM
thelub If I was a mod I'd remove the 'new' from the thread title
04-14-2014 08:18 PM
Devesh This is one amazing build, looking forward to see the rest.
04-14-2014 08:08 PM
aja31 Wow, read through all 3 years of this journal, what a ride.

I can't wait to see what it looks like done.

I guess I haven't been dreaming big enough, my dream tank is only a 55g...
04-14-2014 07:43 PM
rbarn
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Originally Posted by ofird View Post
Can you post a link to this one? Or the bigger one?
They can be found at most good sized hardware stores. No need to special order.
04-14-2014 12:13 PM
ofird
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Originally Posted by rbarn View Post
Nothing new guys, work getting in the way lately.


Can you post a link to this one? Or the bigger one?
04-14-2014 10:36 AM
teddo10 OLd pic:
37641454_00005139 by Edvet, on Flickr
I still have and use this tank, it's a bitch to work in. i can reach the front 1/3 easy, the next 1/3 just and the back 1/3 hardly, i have to use dive goggles to work there. Sometimes i have to stand in it. I love my tank, but you have to think before you do with these sizes.
04-11-2014 05:59 PM
rbarn Nothing new guys, work getting in the way lately.


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Originally Posted by FishStix View Post
How tall is the stand your tank on? I know you have not filled the tank yet, but do you think it going to be easy to work on with it being 31". The reason I ask, is I am in debate with my wife about buying a 265, 84x24x30, and she thinks it will be a nightmare to work on. Stand going to be 34"

Thanks
You just need a good step ladder.
I got one of these and it works great so far just working on the construction phase.

and if it will fit get the 84X30X30 ..... I wish I had done the extra 6 inches front to back.

04-08-2014 09:07 AM
FishStix
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Originally Posted by rbarn View Post
So, bought a new house and always wanted a massive multi-100 gallon tank.
Plan is a 300 gallon 96" long X 24" deep X 31" high tank done up with all the bells and whistles.

I am doing lots of remodeling so I had the contractor run a cold water line to under the tank and a drain will go out an exterior wall next to the tank and drain into the back yard. Water changes will be constant and automatic. Trying to make the tank as hands off and self supporting as possible. All I should have to do is vac out the fish poop a couple of times a week, replace filter media once a month and change out Co2 tanks.

Lighting:
(2x) 48" Corrallife Aqualight Pro hybrid lights each with twin 150W MH lamps, twin 96W PC fluorescent lamps and 3 1watt lunar lights

Controller:
Reef Keeper Elite NET - full PH control and Co2 injection. Heaters, Chiller, UV light - the works

Filtration:
Custom homemade acrylic sump with constant drip water exchange system

Tank scape:
Sand bottom with mineralized top soil sub base, with wood and some nice swords for plants.
Wont quite be a biotope, but wont be a crazy super planted tank either.
Shooting for a look similar to the award winning ADG discus tank.

Couple of months of build time. So watch for a slew of updates and build pics.

Stand is framed - Will be finished out to look like nice built book case eventually.
Ultra strong with 2x6 supports and a doubled up 2X10 header running over the front opening.

How tall is the stand your tank on? I know you have not filled the tank yet, but do you think it going to be easy to work on with it being 31". The reason I ask, is I am in debate with my wife about buying a 265, 84x24x30, and she thinks it will be a nightmare to work on. Stand going to be 34"

Thanks
04-07-2014 12:54 AM
Shris ...ahem...
02-23-2014 03:56 PM
tomfromstlouis
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Originally Posted by rbarn View Post
... yes it will use a lot of Excel. i will be buying it in the 2 liter jug...
Metricide is 2.6% glutaraldehyde, stronger than excel, and can be bought in gallons.
02-21-2014 08:39 PM
Cardinal's Keeper
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Originally Posted by andyl9063 View Post
Is it just more surface agitation?
simple answer, yes.

The challenge is maintaining or more importantly measuring your o2 levels in relation to the higher co2 levels. He can correct me if I am wrong, but this is a graph of Tom's 180gln tank. Notice the o2, co2 and the lethal levels. With an increase in o2 , the amount of co2 that he is able to add is much higher than what is thought as *normal, until it hits its saturation point in that system.

(Tom or anyone else please correct me if I have misstated something)
02-21-2014 07:37 PM
andyl9063
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Originally Posted by Cardinal's Keeper View Post
probably had a higher o2 load as well. When using wet/dry or other methods you can increase o2 while also increasing co2.
if so, how can maintain equilibrium?
Say you're start pumping 45 ppm of co2, there's not a lot of o2. How can you provide enough level of o2 for the fish to not be stress?
Is it just more surface agitation?
02-21-2014 07:20 PM
rbarn
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Originally Posted by plantbrain View Post
This does not work out.

Well, if you use low light.............

I run 45 ppm in client tanks with discus and pure reconstituted RO etc.
I run 55 and 70 ppm in my own tanks, and I've bred a lot of fish in those tanks............

Excel is not going to make up the difference in optimal plant growth. It's better than nothing, but it's no substitute for higher light tanks.
It will help non CO2 tanks a fair amount, but they already have low light.

Excel is a general biocide, fish do not like it either. It does not foster a good bacterial cycle either. I only rarely use it myself.

For smaller nano tanks, it's not a bad option, or where folks are scared or do not want/need CO2. I've tried it for several years on larger tanks to mitigate poor CO2, this does NOT WORK well.

FYI.

Thanks !
02-21-2014 07:18 PM
Cardinal's Keeper
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Originally Posted by andyl9063 View Post
45 ppm of co2 and the discus is not stressed ?
probably had a higher o2 load as well. When using wet/dry or other methods you can increase o2 while also increasing co2.
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