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12-03-2011 02:44 AM
150EH This is my first time seeing this one, this must have been the prototype to the inside tank with two layers of epoxy or two different types. I'm Glad I found this thread there are a couple of things I learned.

1. I can grow plant emersed from my floating pods of Riccia, just a cool mistake.
2. Using the airline to keep a thicker bead of silicone between the glass and wood.

I knew right away the small compartments were going to be hard to use, but I understand.

These tanks would be great for breeder, Fire Red Cherry's, OEBT, mosses, although it may be a conflict for Mods being Power Sellers, I've read the rules for my side but I'm sure yours are different.

How many tanks do you have in your house, include jars with plants if needed.

And if I put my fat head in the "Face behind the Name" why are you always blurring yours, don't make me call your mother.
12-03-2011 02:37 AM
Wasserpest Main reason is to save some energy/money. The tank is in the garage, and I hardly look at it, much less do regular maintenance. So unplugging the heater and turning off the lights (almost) will just reduce my energy bill a bit.
12-03-2011 02:16 AM
driftwoods Just curious as to why. Are you done with this tank or?
12-03-2011 02:03 AM
Wasserpest After 3 years, I have taken down the tank. Now taken down isn't the right term... I removed the fish, unplugged the heater, and reduced the light to ~ 40W for 3 hours a day. I left the sponge filter pump running for now, it only eats 12 Watts.



I also stopped removing the hair algae, it's doing well!



There is some hard-to-kill Hydrocotyle that is showing some deficiencies, but it's surviving.



Driftwood with Java moss... also surviving my attempt at neglect.



Temperatures fluctuate mostly between 58 and 62F. It hasn't gotten really cold yet, so they will drop quite a bit further. The Cherry shrimp don't mind.



Now that is hair alga! Easy to remove, but I figured I'd see what happens if I don't.
09-05-2010 04:53 PM
sewingalot That is one beautiful plant. It will definitely be the first plant I buy if I ever get a big tank. It's funny how a lot of the stem plants even give a maximum height and we know that is pretty much not true with the majority of them. Good to know about this sword because I was tempted to get it anyway.
09-05-2010 04:25 PM
Wasserpest Thanks, and you are always welcome to drop by and check 'em tanks out.

Here is a better pic of the 'Kleiner Baer' sword:



Just a word of warning... this and other Echinodorus species have a tendency to "explode" under certain conditions. This specimen grows under low light, in not too nutritious Kitty Litter, and one would think it a very tame plant, maxing out at 8 or 10". However, I moved some of its brothers/sisters into my 250gal tank with enriched substrate, CO2 and plenty of light, and they turned into 30" monsters.

Need to be careful if reading statements like "grows only up to 12in" etc, this can be true for one aquarium, and completely off for another. Hard to define "normally" with these plants.
09-04-2010 08:51 PM
Hyzer That looks great. Amazing what you can do with just a little light.

It would look a lot better standing directly in front of it, with my nose to the glass...
09-04-2010 08:30 AM
sewingalot
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At my house? Which room?



There is a number of swords in this tank, the light green ones are E. bleheri/amazonicus, the one towards the right is a 'Kleiner Baer'.
The garage. Remember, I built the tank and you took all the credit. Thanks for the sword ids. I am so totally tempted to buy a large tank just for that Kleiner Baer!
09-04-2010 03:39 AM
Hoppy
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Come on Hoppy! A sheet of plywood, some wood glue, can of epoxy, screws and a glass panel. You know you want to do this!
I'll send the wife down to you and you can persuade her
09-04-2010 02:37 AM
Wasserpest
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That's awesome! You have almost persuaded me to set up a natural low light tank too, but I'm resisting as best I can
Come on Hoppy! A sheet of plywood, some wood glue, can of epoxy, screws and a glass panel. You know you want to do this!

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Love this tank! I have this exact tank setup at your house.
At my house? Which room?

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Originally Posted by sewingalot View Post
What sword is that and how tall does it get to be? It's hard to judge size when looking at such large tanks.
There is a number of swords in this tank, the light green ones are E. bleheri/amazonicus, the one towards the right is a 'Kleiner Baer'.
09-04-2010 01:23 AM
sewingalot
Re: WP's 55gal to 270gal plywood tank conversion

Love this tank! I have this exact tank setup at your house. What sword is that and how tall does it get to be? It's hard to judge size when looking at such large tanks.

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09-04-2010 12:49 AM
Hoppy That's awesome! You have almost persuaded me to set up a natural low light tank too, but I'm resisting as best I can
09-03-2010 07:02 PM
Wasserpest Life is busy, and I just realized I haven't updated this journal in a while!

After drying the tank and coating it with Sweetwater Epoxy things have been going very well. Here is a full tank shot:



This has turned into a low-tech setup. The 135 gallons are lit by two T5 bulbs, each burning ~40W. The tank gets it's daily dose of waterchange - overflow from my 250gal tank.



I don't add much in terms of nutrients, whatever used water it gets from the large tank still seems to contain a bit of fertilizer. Nutrient levels are clearly low, leading to nice pink Sunset Hygro, and some hair algae growth.



There's an old driftwood in this tank that slowly starts to get settled with Fissidens and Mini Pellia. For sure I did not plant them there... maybe spores or little broken off pieces got stuck and started to grow.



Java moss has gotten a hold on the epoxy layer in the back and happily spreads on it. All natural background!



I have had a few moments when I wanted to empty this tank, to save some energy and have one thing less to worry about. But then I spend a few minutes with it, clean out the algae, and all of a sudden see things that are just amazing. The driftwood, the background, the bronze Wendtii Crypt that got stuck to the wood and grows there with roots out of the ground, the happy Endlers and White Clouds that don't even remember what fishfood looks like...
11-15-2009 05:37 PM
Wasserpest Thanks Gareth, I am glad you had a good time reading this rather lengthy undertaking.

In the meantime I have recoated the upper tank, added a threaded rod in the center to prevent bowing, and while the paint is drying I am modifying the canopy.

Planning to fill it up next weekend. Then I need to dry out the lower tank and recoat that as well. Hope it is enough epoxy paint to finish up the entire project.
11-14-2009 07:52 PM
skinz180189 I've just read this thread from start to finish, and have to say I'm really impressed. Good to see that you have learnt from your trials and errors, and are man enough to admit where you went wrong.

I had a good laugh at the picture of you and your kids sat in the tanks too!

Top work, and keep it up. The planting out looked beautiful.
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