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01-03-2011 03:35 PM
Cuchulainn pretty exciting Christmas gift Rob. Looks good so far, 29" deep wow you must get soaked past your arm pit to plant in that tank! Chopsticks?
Gotta watch this one come together for sure-subscribed!
01-03-2011 03:14 PM
houstonhobby Thanks for all the comments.

Yes, the substrate is too deep. I was unprepared for how light and fluffy Turface MVP is. I bought four bags and used three. Two would have been sufficient. As a result, and in my haste, I ended up burying the return strainers. I had to dig them out and cover them with rip-rap to keep the substrate from smothering them. If it works, I like the look. I don't know if I will eventually have to raise the strainers higher.

No real defensible reason why the old substrate ended up on the bottom. The 55 had been setup for years so the store-bought nutrients in the EcoComplete were long gone. I wanted the old substrate in the tank as a bacteria source, and I thought that having some fine material on the bottom would encourage de-nitrification. (I am not afraid of aneorobic activity in my substrate. In fact, I like it. It is natural.)

The playsand is on the top because I like cories and may eventually have a school of them and the soft sand is good for their barbels. However, the turface, being so light, is already making it's way to the top so that may be a losing battle.

01-03-2011 02:57 AM
Originally Posted by problemman View Post
just a quick question....the layers of substrate, why did you choose to do it that way?
I was wondering this too. Wouldn't it have been better to place the nutrient-rich substrate on the top or in the middle, as opposed to the bottom?

Anyway, it looks great so far. I like the river rocks.
01-03-2011 02:52 AM
Da Plant Man Nice! That substrate seems a bit deep...

Any planned stocking?
01-03-2011 02:48 AM
SpankyMR2 Looks great. Can't wait to see the progress.
01-03-2011 02:42 AM
FDNY911 Great tank man. I really like that type of footprint. Subscribed dude.
01-03-2011 02:28 AM
problemman just a quick question....the layers of substrate, why did you choose to do it that way?

good start though im going to be following this
01-03-2011 02:13 AM
Rapid Development, 210 Gallon

I know a lot of people on this forum will plan for months before embarking on a new tank and I totally respect that but it is just not me. This tank is a Christmas present from my wife, she found it on Wednesday, it was delivered on Friday, and the plants went in on Sunday. I have to get back to work, and that means 11 hour days, tomorrow morning, so the tank has to be essentially done before then.

No fish for about a month though. I want to let it get settled in first.

I had my heart set on a 265 but it would have cost about 1500 more and, the real killer, I would have had to wait 6 weeks to get it. My 125 was just painfully stuffed with plants, I couldn't see the fish anymore, and I was eager to move. This tank is a foot shorter in length and an inch shorter in height. I miss the foot a bit but the inch I can give up. It is very hard to plant something at the back of this tank.

The substrate has three levels. (1) bottom is the EcoComplete and sand mix from my old 55 gallon. (2) next layer is 150 lbs of Turface MVP, unwashed, (3) top layer is 100 lbs of plain play sand, unwashed. This stuff is incredibly dusty, which explains why the tank is not clear yet. I was very careful not to disturb the substrate when filling the tank.

The hardscape consists of a couple of large rounded gray granite stones, plus some smaller gray granite stones.

The plants all came from my old 55 and my existing 125, which now needs a major rescape, when I have time. At least now I can see the fish.

The pile of stones at the back (top in this picture) is where the intake and outflow for one filter is located.

The tank was setup for a reef. The LFS took out the overflows, leaving me with four 40 mm holes in the bottom of the tank. I connected up two Fx5's, one that had been on my 90 and a new one out of the box. The key to the rapid setup are these Eheim disconnects, which look exactly like the ones that came with the Eheim classic, but about 10 times bigger. I paid about $85 dollars a piece for these things, and you need four, but they made the whole thing go together super fast.

That is Eheim 25/34 mm tubing. This stuff has walls that are 4.5 mm thick, which gives a lot of confidence. When working with this tubing, a heat gun is handy. It is very stiff and bulling it on onto a connector is difficult even for me, and I work out at the gym pretty hard.

For lights I am using a hodge-podge of lights salvaged from previous projects, all HOT5. I have 10 2' tubes and 2 4' tubes.

A couple of massive swords. There is nothing to give scale here, but the tank is 24" wide and 29" deep.

Initially I will be injecting CO2 in a bell in the tank but eventually I will rig CO2, UV sterilization, and heaters into the plumbing beneath the tank and have no equipment in the tank at all.

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