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01-14-2013 05:35 PM
finally got it planted (updated 1/14/2013)

Still need more java moss and java fern. Had a dickens of a time weighting the wood. Hubby helped with that and built the cave. In waiting for cycling to complete. Still need more lighting. Looking at Finnex FugeRay Ultra Slim LED after seeing it in Atari's post here on the Low Tech Forum.

Whatcha think?
01-09-2013 09:10 PM
cookfromscratch Thanks everyone! I got the wood (and most everything else except the tank and hood) from I picked it out online and then went and picked it up since they are local to me. Check them out!!

The stand is painted and I will be painted the background tomorrow morning before adding everything else.
01-09-2013 01:30 PM
dastowers That is a stunning piece! I LOVE square tanks- something very elegant about them.
01-09-2013 01:04 PM
Originally Posted by mississippimorning View Post

Swapped the driftwood out for spider. Bought more Eco (total 60lbs.) Filter is mostly in. Stand is painted. Putting it all together today after hubby installs power.

Can hardly contain myself.
Awesome piece of driftwood. I want it. I have a 46g bowfront.
01-09-2013 12:35 PM
GreenBliss That is a great piece of wood! Looks cool.
01-09-2013 10:29 AM

Swapped the driftwood out for spider. Bought more Eco (total 60lbs.) Filter is mostly in. Stand is painted. Putting it all together today after hubby installs power.

Can hardly contain myself.
01-06-2013 06:03 PM
Did you use one or make an educated guess from what the article told you?
I made an educated guess from the tables based on the distance from the light to the substrate, and the types/brands of lighting fixtures available locally.
01-06-2013 04:47 PM
cookfromscratch Thanks for all the kind words.

Johnson18 were you wanting more pics of the stand itself? My hubby is a DIYer and kind of adapted this stand from some other DIY plans he read. I have some other pics but they look about the same. What were you wanting to see? I will be taking more later this week when I get it planted so I can try to get some different angles if that's what you are wanting.

Icegoalie32, I've read that thread and wasn't sure how to get my hands on one of those PAR readers. Did you use one or make an educated guess from what the article told you?

jake10, I definitely want shrimp! I hadn't thought about putting them in this tank though. Something to think about!
01-06-2013 04:29 PM
johnson18 Nice tank! I've got a tank with almost the same dimensions, though I don't have a stand for it. I like your stand, do you have any more pictures of it?
01-06-2013 04:04 PM
jake10 How about some shrimps? They would look great in there! Especially once it's all planted! Buts get something easy, like neos and/or malawa?
01-06-2013 03:55 PM
Icegoalie32 I recommend you look at this thread:

There is a ton of information here. A little on the technical side, but it helped me out with my lighting decisions.
01-06-2013 03:08 PM
cookfromscratch Seriously struggling on the lighting front. I've been trying to find someone with a similar tank dimensions to see what they used but I haven't been able to find it yet.

Is there a calculator or estimator for lighting tanks?

My tank is 25x25x18.
01-05-2013 03:37 PM
cookfromscratch Found driftwood yesterday, ordered a filter and bought my substrate. Collecting rocks and stones this week and soaking driftwood. Also decided on a stain for the stand. Found an awesome LFS,

Eheim Classic 250 (ordered)
Mopani Driftwood (soaking)
Eco-Complete (in waiting)

Fauna (planned)
emerald cories
praecox rainbows
albino bristlenose
powder blue dwarf gourami

Still trying to figure out the lighting. I plan to DIY a covered hood to match the stand eventually so I would really like to go cheap on what I have right now. Thoughts on that anyone?

Hoping to get some plants in by next weekend.
01-04-2013 09:43 AM
cookfromscratch Thanks Meganne! I never would have thought of something like that. Have to turn my brain to thinking outside the tank.

Planning to finally get in to our LFS today and check things out, peruse the driftwood and get some substrate going. (no more contagious flu cooties!)

It's funny that I started my planted tanks with a 29H and actually like seeing some substrate on the bottom. It was definitely a challenge but I like the slow growth and less maintenance of a low tech tank.
01-04-2013 04:53 AM
Meganne seen peeps us something like this for planters on the back wall or for marginal plants at the surface

I have a tall tank like this and lighting is a challange for ground cover plants, light just doesn't get down there easily
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