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Old 01-28-2006, 11:58 PM   #1
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Default Jade_dragon71's 135 gallon** Disaster on 4/10/2013 **

.......and also tama drummer 73's.

Tim and a friend of ours picked up the tank today. I'm in awe of how big it actually is! The sump tank came broken, so the builder is going to UPS us another since it was their fault. We have to wait 3 weeks on each tank before we add water to them, but plenty to do in the meantime. I'll let the DH explain all the technical details, since that's not my thing, but here's the tank, stand and canopy:
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Old 01-30-2006, 04:05 AM   #2
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Here is our official site that has all of our journal info about the tank.

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Old 02-04-2006, 04:16 AM   #3
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Sump is in

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Old 02-04-2006, 10:49 PM   #4
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It looks like it is comming along good! I can't wait to see it up and running, and like you can't! LOL I am a fellow woodworker, and your stand and hood look GREAT!!

Keep the pics posted!
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Old 02-05-2006, 02:20 AM   #5
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It looks like it is comming along good! I can't wait to see it up and running, and like you can't! LOL I am a fellow woodorker, and your stand and hood look GREAT!!

Keep the pics posted!
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Here are some more pics of the stand stained.

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The durso's are completed. The water level in the overflow is going to be around 1.5 inches below the display tank water level.
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Old 02-05-2006, 03:22 AM   #6
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Here are some more pics of the stand stained.

http://aquaria.tswn.com/modules/newb...c_id=9&forum=4

The durso's are completed. The water level in the overflow is going to be around 1.5 inches below the display tank water level.
wow dude, nice car

i like how the stain turned out on the stand
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Old 02-05-2006, 12:01 AM   #7
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Great looking start! What plants and livestock do you have in mind?
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Old 02-05-2006, 12:38 AM   #8
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Great looking start! What plants and livestock do you have in mind?

Thanks! As far as plants go, I've been buying up as many fast growing stems as I can through swap and shop here. So far I have sunset hygro, red ludwigia, a couple of different bacopas, cabomba, moneywort, hornwort, macandra, and anacharis for bunches. Also have some jungle val and micro sword that I definitely want to get the tank started out with, too. My melon sword, aponogeton, crypts, and java fern may get transfered over, too, but I'm undecided as of yet on that. Oh, I definitely plan on getting some glosso when we get it up and running...I'm out of room in our 55 now!

At first I thought I'd just transfer all the current tank residents of the 55 gallon over to the 135- guppies, platies, cory cats, weather loach, 2 clown plecos, one common pleco, cherry and ghost shrimp. Now, I'm debating on putting the shrimp in the sump area and aquiring angels, rams, and a school of rasboras. The livebearers don't really "fit", do they? I just don't have the heart to give up my guppies since I like them so much, but Tim has me convinced that the larger tank needs some larger fish as well. The 55 will become a mbuna tank, so definitely can't put the poor gups in there, lol....

I don't know...maybe I'll keep the guppies to the sump area, and use the "excess" batches of fry to feed to the angels. Don't quite know what to do yet livestock wise....help!
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Wow, I love seeing an empty blue tank full of potencial. Keep the pics coming!
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Old 03-12-2006, 11:01 PM   #10
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Haha! Yeah, today was pretty much the day from hell. I had to break the tank down and fix a couple leaky connections. In the end, we got all of the connections leak proof, and now the biggest obsticle is the noisy pump. Damn, sounds like an air pump with no vibration protection. Anyone have any suggestions on quieting down a noisy pump? Ours is the little giant brand.
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Old 03-17-2006, 01:41 PM   #11
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Default Under Tank Electrical Is Finished

Well the electrical is finished for the base. I am still debating on whether or not to add another box for the lights.


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Old 03-22-2006, 03:32 AM   #12
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Default Blue Line 30X.... ONE QUIET PUMP!!!!

I have to say, this pump is one quiet pump. Powerful, quiet, and cheaper than the Little Giant that I purchased originally. Can't beat that. Anyway, here is a pic of the pump in action. Glad to have water circulating again!


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Old 03-26-2006, 03:49 AM   #13
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Default First round of pics with plants!!

Well after 2 months of construction, the tank is now up and running. It is very sparse right now, but it will fill in quickly as soon as the C02 is up and running. We still are waiting on the CO2 tank to get here and to get filled. We haven't added the fish yet. That will be done soon enough......

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Wow, that looks great. I love the stain... Cherry? Red Oak? And its contrast with the off white sand. I could see a nice long and big/elegant piece of grapevine with lots of moss growing on it dead center. Great job of hiding the sump return overflows. I can barely tell they are there! Another thought on long range plants. I love both Crinum calemestratums and Crypt. balansae (green variety). Maybe in a corner where the long strap leaves of the balansae will flow with the currents. Marselia as a foreground plant.
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Thanks!!

The stand is constructed out of red-oak. I used "Minwax Dark Walnut" stain on it. It was the closest color that I could find that matched our dining room table and chairs. I used the "Minwax Rub-on" varnish to add the protective gloss finish to it. Mel has worked real hard on planting this behemoth, and I know she isn't satisfied yet. Any suggestions are VERY much welcomed. I really dig the idea of the grapevine.

Where can you find grapevine that is prep'd for tank use? If you have it growing locally, what do you do to treat it so that it can be used in the tank?

The only problems we are having right now are ones dealing with evaporation. No lids on the sump yet. I suspect that having lids will curb the evaporation quite a bit. We really haven't had to many issues with the way that the "system" actually works. I am having a bit of trouble getting a durso, which is on the right side of the tank, to flow as fas as the one that is on the left. I read that its because of the long length of pipe that I am using. So needless to say, I am still playing with the airflow on it. Its not the fact that it doesn't flow, but I think that it just needs alot more tweaking.

I had to throttle back the output of the pump to get a flow that wouldn't "suck" the inhabitants into the overflows, because it will. All in all the tank has turned out just like what I had imagined. I had to change a few things while I was building the system, but for good reasons, not because the wouldn't fit, or whatnot. The only major change was the pump. Little giant makes NOISY pumps. The pumps are VERY powerful, but VERY LOUD. Blueline is the manufacturer that we ultimately went with, and for good reason. They make, in my oppinion, the best pumps out there. Powerful, and super quiet. Hell the water makes more noise than the pump does, and thats the way it should be.

Thanks for all of your comments, please keep them coming!
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