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06-02-2013 07:16 AM
Gmonsta13 your tank looks amazing. *inspired* and you might've just solved my tubing problems
12-31-2012 06:31 AM
Ben. That's some thick substrate! two, three inches?
12-31-2012 05:56 AM
MrManana Did the stand used to hold your light come with the fixture? If not could you link the stand to me? I've been looking every where for something similar.
08-07-2012 08:46 AM
fusiongt I haven't updated my journal but to make sure the 5/8" to 1/2" tube conversion didn't leak I put a rubber band on the outside and made sure it was twisted tightly. Right now though I've moved the fauna over to a new 25g tank and I'll be making a new journal for that shortly. The tank now has just a HOB filter and plenty o' shrimps

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Could you do me a massive favour and advise the internal and external diameter of these pipes.
The ADA Metal Pipes are 13mm ones. They don't come in other sizes I believe. I don't know the Ecco Pro lineup that well but saw this review after googling it, http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=79291 -- I'm most certain it'll fit 13mm pipes. The tubing is flexible so it might be a tight fit if it's indeed only 12mm, but fret not as you can tip it in hot water and it'll be very flexible and definitely fit around that 13mm pipe.

One thing I would recommend if you like the look of stainless steel pipes is this thread I saw on the buy/sell board. http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=185620

It's some really awesome looking pipes that are more flexible than ADA's version - the intake with shrimp prefilter is great (ADA's version would still suck up baby shrimps as it's big enough openings). And assuming you don't need crazy flow, I would get the cross cut flow which looks sweet and it'll still provide a fast enough current. I haven't tried these pipes but their price is so much better than ADAs and they look basically the same (if not better). I would choose these if I were going for aluminum pipes. Good luck!
08-07-2012 12:01 AM
jncme i would use some heat shrink on there, if you are still iffy. Tanks looks good though

08-06-2012 05:22 PM
GAZ_XB9R Fusiongt - first of all I love your tank. I'm just about to start my first true planted tank.

I'm getting the bits and pieces together.

It's my only tank that I've had for years and has been ultra stable as a fish tank but the plants I added did the usual 2 months or so then died as there was no thought to providing what they needed.

Tank is Juwel Vision bow fronted 260lts with internal filter.
I want to add an external filter for more filtration and flow.

I like the look of your Metal jet pipe and Lily pipe.

Could you do me a massive favour and advise the internal and external diameter of these pipes.

I will be adding an Eheim Ecco Pro 300. It says hose size is 12mm diameter. I don't know if that is outside or inside diameter.

I can get hold of high spec stainless tube in 1/2" outside diameter. (I expect I would need to get the thin walled stuff though). If the sizes are about right I can bend it myself, drill or slot cut the inlet and make some sort of diffuser for the outlet. Also means I can use compression fittings and full bore ball valves for ease of use and maintenance.

Thanks

Gaz
03-05-2012 01:46 AM
dragonsong93 This is a really beautiful tank...the aquascaping is just perfect
03-05-2012 01:15 AM
trueblu8 I love your tank.
03-02-2012 03:50 PM
Naisi I'm speechless, what an awesome setup you have. And the photo's are breathtaking. Great job!!!!
03-02-2012 08:31 AM
fusiongt
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Originally Posted by GMYukonon24s View Post
Great looking fish and tank. How do you like your filter?
It's an excellent filter but like all canister filters requires maintenance. I like to break it down once a month by cleaning the mechanical filtration and also the intake pipes and tubing. I don't get too thorough on the tubing as that would require disconnecting all of them, but rather just run a bristle through it so it gets rid of the big gunk. I also clean out any gunk on the propeller. After this, I see a significant improvement in the filter as if it were new. The Fluval G3 is definitely better for larger tanks but since mine was out in the open I thought I'd splurge and get it since it looks nice... it has a very good flow control so I can reduce it a lot since my tank is small.
03-01-2012 05:26 PM
GMYukonon24s Great looking fish and tank. How do you like your filter?
03-01-2012 05:19 PM
Volkswagen Excellent tank and photos.
03-01-2012 06:15 AM
fusiongt
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Originally Posted by frrok View Post
thanks for the links! those metal pipes are cool!...but expensive. hahaha. yea man my tank is ok luckily. So any reason why you went with the foam pre-filter as apposed to the metal one it came with? are the openings too big? one of those steel mesh prefilters would look cool with that intake. i have the fluval one right now and its always getting clogged up..annoying!

by the way, your tank and pics look awesome.
I've seen steel mesh prefilters and the metal intake pipe I have has a decent mesh around it. I even went to the store and bought plastic mesh and put it around it like a prefilter. The problem is it's like the soft sponges where sometimes they'll get sucked up so much that it'll start clogging and you'll have to clean the prefilters. That's not to say you don't have to clean the hard sponges, but it's way less often. Also if you've seen baby CRS, like literal newborn ones, they're really really small and you'll need a super fine prefilter to not get them sucked up. With the hard sponge, they would really want a death wish if they climb through the hard sponge areas (like a maze) so I feel it's safe.

So in short, I use the hard sponge because I don't have to clean it as much
02-29-2012 11:13 PM
frrok
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Originally Posted by fusiongt View Post
Sorry I have to actually ask around. I bought it a while ago and didn't put it in my notes.




I think I saw your thread and replied to it back then. Glad the tank didn't break! As for the aluminum bars, just go to your hardware store and look for screen repair stuff. I don't think I even saw other versions other than aluminium.

If you scroll up (or go here http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...ml#post1628932) you'll see some notes on the DIY screen top as well as a link to the thread I looked at describing how to do it. I like the aluminum screen top because it goes with the aluminum intake pipe.

For the aluminum intake pipe, I bought it at the physical Aqua Forest store but they also have it online here: http://www.adana-usa.com/index.php?m...cPath=76_26_44

It's really well made and I like it a lot. I haven't taken pictures lately but next time I do I'll try to isolate it. I added 2 hard sponge prefilters (as opposed to soft prefilters like the fluval edge kind that just get sucked up into the filter killing the flow) and it's worked well with no baby shrimps getting sucked up.

One other thing to consider is another of ADA's metal pipes that said to be for outflow (I've never seen it in action it looks more like an inflow) and that's here: http://www.thegreenmachineonline.com...pe-p-1-outflow

I really wanted one but my local stores can't get it to me for cheap but it looks pretty darn cool!
thanks for the links! those metal pipes are cool!...but expensive. hahaha. yea man my tank is ok luckily. So any reason why you went with the foam pre-filter as apposed to the metal one it came with? are the openings too big? one of those steel mesh prefilters would look cool with that intake. i have the fluval one right now and its always getting clogged up..annoying!

by the way, your tank and pics look awesome.
02-29-2012 11:06 PM
fusiongt
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Originally Posted by Kernowmcrae View Post
That's a stunning little setup, love the idea of the cats enjoying a quick drink occasionally.. What are the small, chunky leaved plants in the foreground?
Sorry I have to actually ask around. I bought it a while ago and didn't put it in my notes.


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Originally Posted by frrok View Post
Coeuple of questions, one where did you buy the metal ADA intake...thats looks really cool..always the aluminum bars that you have connected to the plastic mesh. where did you get that stuff? im looking for an easy cheap top for my tank as well. thanks.. was going to DIY a glass hood but I accidentally dropped it on the corner of my tank when measuring causing it to crack on the edge. luckily it didn't shatter! so I'm clumsy so I'd rather avoid the glass on glass thing... thanks
I think I saw your thread and replied to it back then. Glad the tank didn't break! As for the aluminum bars, just go to your hardware store and look for screen repair stuff. I don't think I even saw other versions other than aluminium.

If you scroll up (or go here http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...ml#post1628932) you'll see some notes on the DIY screen top as well as a link to the thread I looked at describing how to do it. I like the aluminum screen top because it goes with the aluminum intake pipe.

For the aluminum intake pipe, I bought it at the physical Aqua Forest store but they also have it online here: http://www.adana-usa.com/index.php?m...cPath=76_26_44

It's really well made and I like it a lot. I haven't taken pictures lately but next time I do I'll try to isolate it. I added 2 hard sponge prefilters (as opposed to soft prefilters like the fluval edge kind that just get sucked up into the filter killing the flow) and it's worked well with no baby shrimps getting sucked up.

One other thing to consider is another of ADA's metal pipes that said to be for outflow (I've never seen it in action it looks more like an inflow) and that's here: http://www.thegreenmachineonline.com...pe-p-1-outflow

I really wanted one but my local stores can't get it to me for cheap but it looks pretty darn cool!
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