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Old 01-29-2013, 12:51 AM   #16
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Lots of updates!

First and most importantly I looked at the tank tonight and will be buying it! Going to pick it up tomorrow, super psyched! The total cost was $125 for stand and tank, and in addition I won't have to purchase a versa glass top as I originally thought. The tank comes with glass pieces for on top. In addition the heater, filter, and a couple Seachem chemicals will be arriving in the mail tomorrow. While I've saved myself some good money here, this has moved the project officially to 75g from 55g and I'm increasing the budget by $50 accordingly. If the savings continue as planned that allows me more for fish and plants.

After work today I also picked up a few things at Lowe's ($13) to hang the light, as I wanted that to be done before the tank was in the way if possible. GF and I decided to re-arrange the room a bit prior to the tank moving in. Turned a dresser that will run parallel with the tank and create a false wall impression. Between the tank and the dresser on left 2.5 feet will remain allowing us to get behind to a storage area and to easily access things on the back of and behind the tank.

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Old 01-29-2013, 01:03 AM   #17
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The guy who I'm buying the tank from actually has a very nice, large saltwater tank still running and a nice 29g freshwater tetra tank, so it's nice to know I'm buying from an active fish guy.
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:04 AM   #18
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Lots of good news today, little bit of bad.

First, I picked up the stand:



And tank:



Thankfully Wednesday is my day off, so I'm going to spend part of the day cleaning the stand and tank, and buying a shim for under the front of the stand as it needs to go up 3/8ths of an inch, and some foam to go between the tank and the rail. Then I'll be able to put the tank on the stand and let the fun begin.

In addition I got some stuff in the mail today (and in the past week), and the only thing that was specifically for this tank was the heater. However I've also received my bottle of fert and 1000 gel caps, a new net, a plant trimming tool kit, and Seachem NPK, Flourish, Flourish Excel, and Prime.



The bit of bad news is my filter came and it was obviously used and had a cracked top. So it's going back and I've decided to upgrade to the Fluval 406, 2nd hand but never out of box for $130.
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Old 01-30-2013, 02:50 AM   #19
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Great find!!!

Subscribed too! I am thinking of upgrading my 55g to a 75g, so I am really interested in how you are going to be setting up and scaping!

Good Luck!
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:27 PM   #20
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Now for the fun part
Maybe this is a dumb question but what are the gel caps for?
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Old 01-30-2013, 03:38 PM   #21
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Great find!!!

Subscribed too! I am thinking of upgrading my 55g to a 75g, so I am really interested in how you are going to be setting up and scaping!

Good Luck!
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I have a definite picture in my head, but as a plant newb it will be a big challenge to see if I can actually pull it off.

shamb, the gel caps are to be filled with the fertilizer to be used in the place of the tabs you stick in the substrate to help feed plants. You can buy 40 seachem tabs for about $20, whereas 1000 gel caps and enough fert to till them cost me $25. Probably filled at least a hundred caps last night while watching The Daily Show and Colbert Report.

Will post pictures later and update pricing later, but today I bought the foam and have cut it and taped it together and have a nice bit of foam to help my tank settle evenly. I also bought some shims to level off the stand. Finally, the glass that came with the tank doesn't have hinges, so I bought some stripping and heavy duct tape and will be making my own hinges.
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Old 01-30-2013, 05:09 PM   #22
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Gave the tank an initial cleaning to get it most of the way ready, and went over the stand a bit too. Then I did the foam as I mentioned earlier:





After that I took care of some of the stand modifications I wanted. I wanted a built in place to hang my wet stuff after I've used it, mounted my power strip, and most importantly did a quick rig to keep the overhead light from tilting towards the bed due to the weight of the power cord. Not a stunning setup, and I'll probably stick some weight on the other side in the future, but it works for now.







Will put the tank in place sometime this afternoon or evening and continue the vinegar heavy cleaning that is still invaded my nostrils now.

Stripping (for top glass) $3
Duct tape (for foam and top glass) $5
Shims $2
Foam $7
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Old 01-30-2013, 06:07 PM   #23
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Thats a good trick with the diy root tabs haha.

If you connected your "cord support" to the ceiling it would take more of the weight and you could adjust it accordingly. You wouldnt have to weight the other side that way. Just a thought.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:06 AM   #24
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Yeah, that's one of the ideas I've been kicking around. But for now it's fine and I'll figure it out after everything is finally up and running.

I put in the 80 lbs of Safe T Sorb and filled the tank with about 40 gallons of water. I then spent a good amount of time agitating the substrate and sucking brown water out. Will continue doing that on and off for the next 2-3 days probably.

Also was able to make my DIY hinges for my glass. Will be ordering the plastic for the end along with 2 cheap handles from PetSolutions. Just gotta figure out what else I want to buy to get me to the $50 free shipping.
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Old 01-31-2013, 03:35 PM   #25
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Okay, here's a quick drawing of what I'm hoping for the tank, so ya'll have a reference point when I fail miserably.



The I'll actually have the rocks more towards the back and wider than I have pictured there. I'm hoping to build a nice central citadel, partially for looks, and partially because in my 29g I have this:



And my Silver tipped shark spends all day circling the bottom, and my raphael catfish spends all day tucked up in the top, and I think they will appreciate something similar in the new tank.

The rocks will be moss covered, and there will be grass leading up to the rocks. From there I'm planning to do half a tank of green plants and half non-green. There will be just enough room behind the rocks to plant some tall background plants, and they will extend into the corners. Then aside of the rocks and coming towards the front will be some midground plants, and finally up in front will be some low plants. Something like red tiger lotus will be planted right next to the carpeting to hopefully sprout leaves over the grass and make a nice color transition in front between the two halves of the tank.
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Old 02-01-2013, 01:46 AM   #26
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Hear is the glass in progress:



I used clear tape and it works great. Once I get the plastic strip for the end and handles it will be like brand new versa tops.

And then there is this...



I've taken about 50 gallons of brown water out so far, but thankfully every time I add new water there is slightly less color, so hopefully I'll be done in not too long.
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Looking good!!

I am looking forward to seeing the Safety sorb in the large tank too! I have seen it in a few smaller tanks and it looks great, but I would like to ask you if you can get a pic of it with the lights on before planting, PLEASE! Just want to see it in large scale!Thanks!

Keep up with the "Fun" work!!!
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Old 02-02-2013, 08:48 PM   #28
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I'll be sure to get a picture of it if I ever get it ready... probably 3 total hours and 150g+ of water into this project now. I basically just fill it up a few inches above the STS, agitate to get a bunch of dust into the water, and then siphon it out... and repeat... and repeat.

This was after about 75g:


Aside from hauling buckets constantly today I also went out in search of rocks. Unfortunately the area I looked in didn't really have exactly what I was looking for, but I grabbed some and played around a little anyway.

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Old 02-04-2013, 02:08 AM   #29
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So, 200g later I finally said it's time to just put water in gently and see what results I get, and it's mostly clear. Filter should be able to handle things from here. Anyway, boxxer, here are the substrate pics you wanted.





Also, my gf and I are rethinking the hardscape. We'll probably put the rocks in the back corner. Putting them in the middle and working everything around them would probably be a lot trickier than putting them in a place where they have glass to lean on and in the back.
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Old 02-04-2013, 03:00 AM   #30
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It's really coming along now. Your back must be killing you after lugging 40 buckets worth of brown water. How far away is your water source?
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