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jcgd 05-13-2011 11:34 PM

165 Impulse Build (56k) --- New FTS post #208

Scratch doing a 125. I got an eurobraced 165 gallon from a local guy for $450. It has a drilled overflow and includes the metal stand and return pump/plumbing and I need help assembling this beast. Much better dimensions... pretty much my dream tank at 72"x24"x22". I've always wanted the 2' of width and 2' of height is a touch too much for my liking, so I'm glad it's 22". I ended up tearing it down and had some changes made. I found the original builder and had him CNC the end panel to add a weir and external overflow. I also had two 3/4" returns added on each side of the OF and also a few holed in the bottom for a closed loop.

I have over a year invested into the setup of this beast and I'm hoping to have it filled in a few weeks.

Current Equipment List:
Eheim 1262 Return pump
Eheim Universal 1260 for closed loop (635 GPH)
DIY LED Fixture (Build thread)
Aquajunior Contoller with DC8, ph and temp probes
Linde Redline Regulator, Fabco NV, Brass bubble counter, Berkert Solenoid, 2x 10# CO2 tank
Bubble Magnus Triple Pump Doser
54 Breeder open sump
2x Ebo Jager 200 watt

9 x 9L ADA Amazonia NEW
Gnarled Manzanita (Plantbrain)
Seiryu Stone (PC1)

Puntius denisonii
Caridina multidentata

I'll take any thoughts and suggestions. I hope everyone digs this build.

Hilde 05-14-2011 12:40 PM


Originally Posted by justincgdick (Post 1388275)
I need help assembling this beast. Dimensions 72"x24"x22".
I could DIY a led fixture that can do sunrise/sunset and all the fancy stuff. I don't know how much this would cost though.

Check out ah supply, catalina, Big Als.
Also Hoppy has a thread on diy led fixture.

jcgd 05-14-2011 04:11 PM


Originally Posted by Hilde (Post 1388680)
Check out ah supply, catalina, Big Als.
Also Hoppy has a thread on diy led fixture.

Thanks, I've check them out and I'm thinking if I'm going to be spending 4-500 on a t5ho fixture I might as well diy a led fixture. I really want the sunrise/sunset.

I've started a thread in the diy section to get some advice and document the build.

tharsis 05-14-2011 05:46 PM

very cool! Looking forward to watching this one progress.

Lets see some pics of the tank :)

spunjin 05-14-2011 05:50 PM


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jcgd 05-14-2011 09:28 PM

I will post some pics tonight after I pick it up. I'm super excited for this build. Thinking about stocking already. 40 praecox would be sweet.

I need to figure out my sump.

Hilde 05-15-2011 03:52 AM

Check out Hoppy's Low tech tank with DIY Led fixture

jcgd 05-15-2011 05:56 AM

Thanks, I have a lot of reading to do. Overall, it does seem pretty simple. The hard part is deciding what you want to do. I'm an electrician by trade, so the wiring and fabrication should be too bad. I've done a rough budget, and I'm already at $524.53 plus $201.00, 48 XML leds/optics plus controller and four drivers. I will still need to buy the parts to assemble the fixture.:eek5:

I picked up the tank tonight and my god is it heavy. Only me and my buddy to carry it up a set of stair and through a house to the truck, and then my landlord helped unload it as well around a house, down a concrete stairwell and into my tiny apartment. It was interesting...

jcgd 06-19-2011 06:01 AM

I've been doing some major researching and have ordered parts for my LED build. See thread here and a Arduino based controller how-to thread here.

jcgd 08-18-2011 01:27 AM

I think I should reseal my tank. It's very new, but, the tank was used for salt water perviously and the silicone is very dirty and lifted in quite a few spots. I think the previous owner was using a razor blade to scrape the coraline off. All in all, the inner seals look terrible and I would like to re-do them.

Rebuilding the whole tank isn't going to happen. I don't have the space, tools, or knowledge to reassemble the tank but I think I should at least scrape the inside seams and reseal.

At the moment the tank has a peninsula style over flow. It is internal, runs top to bottom and is centered at one end of the tank. If I am resealing I can remove the overflow and relocate it outside the tank. I'm just not sure the best way to cut out a slot for the overflow. I really need some guidance here.

jcgd 08-30-2011 01:39 AM

I received all my wood for Mr. Tom Barr. A little hiccup along the way, but he pulled through and I got exactly what I wanted.

I threw together my first attempt at the hardscape. You can really see the look I'm going for, although I will have to tweak it a bit. Just for reference, the board and styrofoam are both the tank's footprint - 72"x24". The green string is the approximate water line, about 21".

The tank will be in a corner so only the front and left side will be visible.

TeamTeal 08-30-2011 01:40 AM

wow thats nice work with the scape.

2in10 08-30-2011 01:43 AM

Very nice wood, looks pretty good as placed

jcgd 08-30-2011 01:49 AM


Originally Posted by TeamTeal (Post 1495728)
wow thats nice work with the scape.

Thanks, I tried. ;)


Originally Posted by 2in10 (Post 1495729)
Very nice wood, looks pretty good as placed

It's beautiful wood. It looks so small in the pics, but the structure is pretty huge.

I feel like the horizontal pieces on the left are too thick. Like the scape is front heavy. They are really sweet branches though, so I'm hoping I can cover them a bit while planting and pull them into scale with the right side.

2in10 08-30-2011 02:07 AM

Maybe rotate the structure on the right side toward the front a bit.

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