New House = New Office = New Aquarium - 2/25 update [56k Warning]
Been off the site since I changed out my 29g Halogen-lit setup for a 55g. I just never fell in love with the 55 gallon the way I did with the 29. I switched from the halogen pendants to a fancy t5 setup that sat on top of the tank. They were so bright that DIY CO2 didn't cut it anymore and it never became something I was proud of. There were a bunch of other things I was unhappy with, but all that is behind me.
Time to start new!
For my new office, I have decided on a 75g rimless tank (sill in transit at this time). A local dealer has helped me greatly to make sure I have everything I want and within my budget.
Here is what i have to start with.
Tank - 75g Rimless (more info after it comes in)
Stand - Custom built by local dealer (they did a wonderful job)
Lighting - Fishneedit 150W MH Pendants
Substrate - aquariumplants.com Black Diamond
Co2 - 10lb tank from local brew supply and aquariumplants.com Electronic Regulator
Filtration - JBJ Reaction 4-Stage Canister Filter + UV EFU-45
Misc - Ferts and glass diffuser from aquariumplants.com
2/26 Latest Video -http://www.youtube.com/user/hcmitche.../0/fQAo4U8IiOk
I wanted incandescent lighting again as well as well as lighting that was suspended over the tank. After a few days searching, I came across fishneedit.com and their low-priced halides.
They are a great value. The are light enough to hang from wall shelving.
There are 2 problems. First, the hanging brackets were not straight and make it difficult to level the lights and the do not come with any shades to cut down on light spill.
I was able to compensate for the brackets and I was able to create shades using about $30 in materials. (I can go into more detail if anyone cares, but the pics will pretty much tell the story)
Now things are looking better.
looking good so far. What plants and ultimately fish are you planning on putting in the tank? And do you already have an idea for a scape?
looks like you got a good project going
This is going to be nice! Great start.
I decided to take a blind leap on the filter. I can find little info on the JBJ Reaction 4-Stage Canister Filter. I was intrigued by its addition of a UV lamp and wanted to see how well it works.
After getting my hands on this thing, I can say it looks a like a dandy canister filter. This thing is huge.
Provided that the pump is worth a hoot (still not tested), this looks like a solid canister filter. However, I have serious doubts about its UV sterilization capabilities. It seems the lamp is too small and the flow will be too fast to do much of anything....we shall see.
Second post in such a long time lol, but you got yourself a good project going! Subscribed!
Those shades are a pretty nifty DIY! :proud:
Uh oh- that's not a good mix. That Synod catfish will eat the Cardinals just as soon as he's big enough to fit them in his mouth. He'll grab them at night while they're sleeping. I lost a whole school of Black Neons that way once.
Very clean setup, especially considering the addition of a rimless tank :) A word of warning for the halides though; you'll likely want them hanging quite a distance above the water's surface. I have a 70w fishneedit fixture and found the sweet spot to be at 16" with pressurized co2 (non-stock bulb). Of course, your mileage may vary :)
I havent had any problems with him except when I brought home a Bichir who wanted to be sociable. He couldn't learn to stay our of the cats stump and had to go back to the store.
...of course...there are those stories of cardinals\neons that start going missing after years in the same community so I wont say it will never happen.
However, for now I have to keep him because he keeps my wife content. She doesn't understand why I insist on keeping "tiny fish".
Aquarium finally arrived!!!
It took a while, but my LFS owner picked the thank up for me today!
It is a beautiful tank, not quite AGA quality, but the best option available to me.
The aquariumplants.com substrate looked better than I thought it would. I never opened the buckets till today and was very pleased with its appearance (hope its performance is equal).
If you ever decide to go this route, take their suggestion on the website and rinse this stuff first. I drilled small pin-holes in the smaller bucket and used it as a strainer. This is the dustiest stuff I have ever ran into. Seriously, if you are pouring this stuff into anything dry, hold your breath because you will choke on the cloud.
However, as dusty as it was, it cleans up a lot faster than any other substrate I have tried to rinse.
I also added a layer of pure laterite on the bottom. I had it on hand..so why not.
Tomorrow I will pick up my python hose from my old house and fill it with water. I will also need to trim the intake.
Disappointment and Frustration
No plants other than some clippings I brought from my old house and some Wisteria I threw in to have something green. I know it will grow fast and can be easily removed if\when I get my plants.
I had to bring over my fish because they were being neglected. No losses in the move, but I hate having them in a near-bare tank.
Nothing is coming easy with this setup. With only a few exceptions, everything I have ordered has been Late, Lost or in Limbo. My plants are in Limbo.
Dreams of a green Christmas...shattered.
looking great! to bad about the limbo.
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