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fishykid1 12-16-2011 06:16 PM

Fishykid's 15G Self-Built rimless - Self built Fun
 
You would think 3 tanks is enough in the 12X13 foot bedroom of mine, but nope. I enjoy my aquatic friends way to much to keep it there.

This tank won't cost much at all to setup because I already have all of the equipment, just need the substrate.

The goodies:

Tank: Home-built rimless tank (24X12X12) - great demensions
Filter: Fluval 205
Light: DIY LED fixture (12X Cree xpg CW, 5X Cree XPE RB- will be dimmed) or 2X24W t5 (I have both)
Substrate: For now Seachem Flourite from other tanks. I will likely switch to mostly black diamond sand later

Planned plants:
C. petchii
C. wendtii 'green'
C. Wendtii 'bronze'
C. parva
Staurogyne Repens
Moss - can't decide which sp.


fauna -
10X Rummy Nose Tets
1X Male Featherfin - I need a couple females
~XX Red cherry shrimp

This is the tank I built before I brought it inside - hadn't cleaned up any edges - filled and sat for 5 days - no leaks
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/pH..._IMG_3198b.jpg

I still need to build the stand for it, but it's going to be a simple 2X4 stained stand...nothing fancy like the last few I've made.

.Mko. 12-16-2011 06:39 PM

looks good cant wait to see you set it up =)

fishykid1 12-16-2011 09:23 PM

Won't be running till after Christmas, but there will be setup pictures. :)

Da Plant Man 12-16-2011 10:19 PM

Yay! I think my 15g is the same dimensions. I picked it up for $10 at a thrift store, I derimmed it, and now I am going to make it into a terrarium :)

We gotta have more pics than it just sitting outside. Can't wait!

fishykid1 12-16-2011 11:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Da Plant Man (Post 1638295)
Yay! I think my 15g is the same dimensions. I picked it up for $10 at a thrift store, I derimmed it, and now I am going to make it into a terrarium :)

We gotta have more pics than it just sitting outside. Can't wait!

Building it was a good experience, took a lot of patience :) Don't worry Caton, pictures will come.

pagemee 12-17-2011 03:40 AM

Building you own tank is brave. I would always doubt my seams, but looks good. Post your progress for us learners. My tank requires feedback, no advice yet. http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...ed-pretty.html

Da Plant Man 12-17-2011 05:48 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by fishykid1 (Post 1638362)
Building it was a good experience, took a lot of patience :) Don't worry Caton, pictures will come.


Thats cool. I would have rather built mine for the experience rather than buy it. Yours looks great! :thumbsup

fishykid1 12-17-2011 01:16 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by pagemee (Post 1638612)
Building you own tank is brave. I would always doubt my seams, but looks good. Post your progress for us learners. My tank requires feedback, no advice yet. http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/ta...ed-pretty.html

I was extremely careful to ensure that the seems were solid. By putting a little to much silicon on the seems and having it seep out on both sides pretty evenly, I pretty much ensured a solid seem. The only thing I was slightly disappointed about was that the bottom pan of glass was about 1/16" off which makes it stick out about 1/16", go figure.

HolyAngel 12-17-2011 01:37 PM

T5's will be waaaaay too much light on this tank unless you have no reflector and have them raised a foot+ off the top.. I'd honestly go with t8's instead, or led's, but less LEDs than you stated. I have a 15gal with this exact size with similar setup and ya, even with pressurized co2 2 t5's is asking for an algea farm. Other than that the tank and rest of the setup sounds good, good luck!

fishykid1 12-22-2011 03:45 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by HolyAngel (Post 1638843)
T5's will be waaaaay too much light on this tank unless you have no reflector and have them raised a foot+ off the top.. I'd honestly go with t8's instead, or led's, but less LEDs than you stated. I have a 15gal with this exact size with similar setup and ya, even with pressurized co2 2 t5's is asking for an algea farm. Other than that the tank and rest of the setup sounds good, good luck!

:flick: You didn't have enough co2 then if you had problems with algae with no reflectors and a foot above the tank.

Secondly, I'm not using the t5's on this setup. The LED fixture that I'm using will be controlled by an Arduino that I'm building and programming to run from dawn to dusk and I can control the brightness via code. I will also control the signal for the co2 solenoid via the arduino, so if the arduino looses power, neither the co2 or lights will come on. Total cost is about 40$ and a few hours of simple programming ( I already use the arduino programming environment for work.

This is an experiment, btw.

knuggs 03-30-2012 01:27 AM

Are you still working on this tank? I love crypt jungles! I did it with my 40b main tank :) Nice job building your own tank!

fishykid1 05-22-2012 02:42 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by knuggs (Post 1796486)
Are you still working on this tank? I love crypt jungles! I did it with my 40b main tank :) Nice job building your own tank!


Hey knuggs, yes I am! I finally got it planted properly about 2 weeks ago. No crypt melt what so ever on this tank. Guess crypts don't always melt...

Pictures soon!


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