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07-26-2013 01:20 AM

My new bubble counter finally arrived, everything is officially hooked up and figured id post a few photos. Its not the most unique co2 system by any means but its a big step in getting this tank up and running.

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07-24-2013 03:21 AM

Here's a look at the diffuser for Sacme. It has a nice sleek profile for a small aquarium and for the value you cant go wrong with the quality.

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07-23-2013 07:32 PM
Originally Posted by sacme View Post
Also the GLA diffuser, does that diffuse the co2 in the output line of the Eheim cause I see you had to do some sort of mod to the line? How much was it if you dont mind me asking?
Good luck, ill be following along
I have not quite got around to setting up the Co2 system itself yet. For awhile I was looking into an inline diffuser but went with the internal because is was about 15-20 dollars cheaper and that can make a big difference on our budgets; in the end it payed off because I picked up a solenoid from Aquatek and I thought it came with a brass bubble counter but I was mistaken it came with a cheap plastic one that ended up needing to be replaced and was about twenty dollars, 18.99 to be exact. I'm still awaiting its arrival. I'll post a picture of the diffuser and solenoid for you. They are both quality products and would recommend them for sure. The only complaint I have is the cheap bubble diffuser but I should have known the deal was too good to be true.
Good luck to you man i'll be sure to check yours out!

(Link to diffuser here)

*Purchased ten feet of tubing with it.
07-23-2013 03:58 AM
sacme Wow lol, I'm reading this thinking, this is such a coincidence. I'm doing basically the same thing, but I've taken a tiny bit of a different path. I'm 18 and I'm running into the same problems as you, money wise, I try to save mine without spending too much on my equipment :P

I like how you've waited and done research, I've been doing the exact same thing for about 5 months but in the past month I've started up a DSM so the plants grow while i research. I'm very interested on how this learning experience with this tank goes as its so similar to mine. Also the GLA diffuser, does that diffuse the co2 in the output line of the Eheim cause I see you had to do some sort of mod to the line? How much was it if you dont mind me asking?

Good luck, ill be following along
07-22-2013 07:41 PM

Since the hardscape is complete I decided it was time to work on the other major part of the tank, the filter and plumbing. I've been putting this off for quite some because I knew it was going to be some what complicated. The reason is back when I first ordered all of my equipment I chose the wrong size inline heater. I never found the time to send it back for the correct size so I put my thinking cap on and tried to solve my problem. After a visit to the plumbing section in Lowes what needed to be done was quite clear. First a larger tubing was chosen to fit over the inline heater. Then I had to figure out a way to reduce the size back down so the set of lily pipes could still be used. In order to do this a couple of reducers were used. The Ehiem tubing fit the reducer so it was all coming together. To make sure there would be no leaks in my modded plumbing a few hose clamps were added to make sure everything was nice and snug. Ill add a few pics to make this block of text a bit more clear on what actually went on.

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This is the finished product.

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A closer look at the mods.

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And again.
07-13-2013 08:05 PM
Originally Posted by AnotherHobby View Post
You might want to level the substrate line in front so that its straight. It can be distracting to have small hills and bumps against the front glass.
Yeah I noticed that today when I was working on the plumbing. Since this is how I plan on keeping the scape ill go and tinker with it in awhile. Thanks for the tip on the sales thread I had forgotten all about it and will be lurking around there for sure.
07-13-2013 04:40 PM
AnotherHobby That woodscape looks really cool! You might want to level the substrate line in front so that its straight. It can be distracting to have small hills and bumps against the front glass. As for the cooler mosses, you can almost always find it here in the for sale section.
07-13-2013 03:42 PM
Rozbod Yeah I would really like to get my hands on some moss. I really like the look of Flame Moss and Taiwan Moss but its hard to come by. I want to place it on the arched piece in the middle. If you have any other ideas feel free to let me know.
07-13-2013 09:52 AM
NeverEndingProject I like the new layout, very natural. Are you going to put plants on the wood? If so what?
07-13-2013 02:10 AM
I'm back

Well this update has been a long time coming but at the end of the school year I was swamped with what seemed like an endless amount of tests and projects so the tank got put on the back burner. Finally my summer has started to slow down and I've been able to get back on track.

One of the first things I did was tear down the previous scape. It just was not what I had envisioned originally and there was no point in continuing with it. Here's a few pics of the new scape so let me know what you think.

*Sorry I still don't have a new camera.

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01-23-2013 09:41 PM
synaethetic If you have a 4x 24w t5 then you can grow whatever aquatic plant you want, keep in mind the lower-light plants may not do so well.
01-23-2013 08:04 PM
Some more thinking

So I finally figured out how the sales thread works on here lol. I was looking at my choice of plants and i'm reconsidering the glosso. I like the way it looks but i'm afraid with my lack of experience I wont be able to get it to grow how I want so its in the air again for a carpet if you guys have any ideas let me know.

Also I want to use moss in my tank and I really like Java moss and Singapore moss. I've heard of putting moss in a blender for 5 seconds and then "painting" it onto rocks would this work the same for wood?

Anyway let me know what you guys think would really love some input thanks a lot in advance.
01-20-2013 10:32 PM
Just some thoughts

Well its been awhile since I updated and there is really no other explanation other than progress has just really come to a halt. I've been trying to think of a carpeting plant and I think I've made my mind up on glosso. Also I've been doing some thinking on what to do with the hard scape in terms of plants and originally I was thinking of putting java fern and moss on it basically keeping it really simple. Also I still haven't found any rocks but i'm not sure I want rocks anymore because the more I look at the wood the more pleased I am. Anyways ill attach a pic to show you guys an in site into what im thinking tell me what you think.

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Sorry about the shotty paint work but I hope you guys get the point the glosso would be coating the bottom and the ferns would be on the wood. I didn't include the moss but I think I would coat the entire scape.
01-15-2013 01:55 AM

I just wanted to say thanks to everyone who has helped so far and I hope you guys keep coming back to see how I progress.
01-15-2013 01:45 AM
Originally Posted by junglefowl View Post
Just like kwheeler can use golden ratio to make a focal point to your tank.
I can't believe you have like almost the same scape when I set up my difference is I'm using some rocks to cover around the driftwood base
I'm looking for some rocks to cover the base but I cant find any. Do you have a good source?
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