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Old 02-25-2013, 02:52 PM   #61
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How did you decide on your lighting? Can you be specific as to which lights you selected?

My 125 is progressing exponentially slower than yours. Not sure if that makes you feel any better.

Are you still planning on a sump? That would simplify your filtration questions, wouldn't it? Maybe just a sock and then loads of plastic dish scrubbers... maybe some rings as well.

Keep posting pics. I've been following this thread for a while. Great potential. Can't wait to see it full of fish and plants.
I knew i wanted to go with LED's and had planned on making them myself. but, if i had done that it would be a year before the tank was complete! I'll be using buildmyled.com's "display" plant led fixture. Actually, i'll be using two 32".

I will be using a sump, and that is still in the very early stages of planning. I wanted to use my 55, but it won't fit! The only standard aquarium that petco sells that would fit would be a 29. though, i could source a 37 as well... but I'd prefer to buy from petco during the next $1/g sale. the other option is to buy some acrylic and get to work.

I have around 34" width to fit something, unfortunately. And if I had planned out the base better i would've made sure the inside depth was adequately sized for a tank, as it... it's 11.5". so I can't even sneak the 55 in there.
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Old 02-25-2013, 02:58 PM   #62
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I hope when you make the sump you'll give us a step-by-step, because I've decided I want to do a 29g wet/dry for my 125 also (I'm waiting on the $1 sale too - lol). I can't remember if your tank is drilled? My isn't and I'll be using a hob overflow box.
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Old 02-25-2013, 03:14 PM   #63
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I hope when you make the sump you'll give us a step-by-step, because I've decided I want to do a 29g wet/dry for my 125 also (I'm waiting on the $1 sale too - lol). I can't remember if your tank is drilled? My isn't and I'll be using a hob overflow box.
mine is drilled. I assumed that sometime in the future i may want to do a reef tank so I planned ahead. I also like the idea of hiding as much equipment as possible.
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:13 AM   #64
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I know this might not be what you want to do, but since there is no dry wall up and the tank is on the floor, couldn't you take out the stand framing you have done and turn the boards the opposite way and regain some space? I know it would be some extra work and cash, but it is better to bight the bullet now and do it, then regret the limited amount of space you have after the tank is up and running and drywall up and painted!!

Just a thought!

If it were me I would turn the 2X on their vertical that the tank will be sitting on, and install the vertical supports 90* from the way they are now, and you would have A LOT more space! Then put some cross bracing in the main frame where the tank sits and it would be on the money!

Like I said it would be extra work and $, but it would be soooo much easier now!

Either way this is a COOL BUILD, and I am jealous BIG TIME!!!
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:40 AM   #65
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=< why aren't i more handy? I need to build something like this =<
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Old 02-27-2013, 03:20 AM   #66
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Great build! Where are you in Philly? I'm right by Fitler Square, by where the river trail begins.
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Old 02-27-2013, 02:30 PM   #67
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I know this might not be what you want to do, but since there is no dry wall up and the tank is on the floor, couldn't you take out the stand framing you have done and turn the boards the opposite way and regain some space? I know it would be some extra work and cash, but it is better to bight the bullet now and do it, then regret the limited amount of space you have after the tank is up and running and drywall up and painted!!

Just a thought!

If it were me I would turn the 2X on their vertical that the tank will be sitting on, and install the vertical supports 90* from the way they are now, and you would have A LOT more space! Then put some cross bracing in the main frame where the tank sits and it would be on the money!

Like I said it would be extra work and $, but it would be soooo much easier now!

Either way this is a COOL BUILD, and I am jealous BIG TIME!!!
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can't be done everything is tied in now. the wall, the stand... and we've screwed pressure treated lumber into the cement floor. It would be way too much work. I'd hate to do that to my father in law as well. That and my wife might have a heart attack.

I'll just deal with it, it's really not that bad. I could always give glasscages a shot or order some acrylic and do it myself. Besides, it would be fun. maybe have an 10" x 4' acrylic tank down there? have it flow in from both sides and have the exit in the center.

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=< why aren't i more handy? I need to build something like this =<
it's less me and more my father in law. I came up with the requirements, he planned out most of it. Though, we both did the work. Honestly though, this basement wouldn't be where it is today, and in such a short amount of time, without him.

He's really been the biggest motivation because he's such a work horse, and I am not!

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Great build! Where are you in Philly? I'm right by Fitler Square, by where the river trail begins.
outside philly in the trevose area.
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Old 03-04-2013, 12:31 AM   #68
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got myself a sump tank for free.

This is a 40b from a petco and was used to keep feeder fish. this is already drilled w/ three holes. two next to each other, and another on the same glass but by the other side.

this isn't an ideal set up for me as I'd prefer to have the sump under the tank, but it will work out well enough.

the plan is to have the feed from the 125 go into the two holes that are next to each other. I'll block the other hole and pump out from that end though. I will have a light on it, at least a section, for 10-20g area for growing plants, fry, shrimp, etc.

I intend on using pex instead of pvc pipes for most of the piping to reduce any elbows and keep the system movable in case that needs to occur in the future.

I'm also hoping to take advantage of the space in the "maintenance room" for a rack of 10's or 20's for fry, shrimp, plants, food, whatever. as far as my wife is concerned, if she can't see it, it's doesnt exist! I'd love to have 3 20 longs on top of each other, tied in to the same filtration as grow out tanks. Ideally I'll be able to raise african dwarf cichlid fry here as it is my intention to find some of the other species for this tank and hope for breeding.
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Old 03-07-2013, 01:33 AM   #69
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I'm up the road in Fairless Hills....If youm ever need a hand moving a tank (or sheet of drywall) let me know...not very handy but can certainly lend a hand....

The build is looking great. i didn't see it mentioned but I see its in a basement- is there a floor drain or will water changed need to be carried out up a flight of stairs?
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Thats such a great design- with the room and the tank on a corner...

My 125 sits on two old speakers from the 70s and has a canopy that weighs a ton built for free from scrap wood...

I want a room like yours attached to the back so bad! Can't wait to see the final!
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:21 AM   #71
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I'm up the road in Fairless Hills....If youm ever need a hand moving a tank (or sheet of drywall) let me know...not very handy but can certainly lend a hand....

The build is looking great. i didn't see it mentioned but I see its in a basement- is there a floor drain or will water changed need to be carried out up a flight of stairs?
take a look back through some of the pictures I ran hot and cold water into the room and have 25' of pvc running to a utility sink. anything i need to do should be able to be taken care of behind the tank. clean and easy!

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Thats such a great design- with the room and the tank on a corner...

My 125 sits on two old speakers from the 70s and has a canopy that weighs a ton built for free from scrap wood...

I want a room like yours attached to the back so bad! Can't wait to see the final!
thanks, kind of a dream come true. only wish i had room upstairs!
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Old 03-18-2013, 12:32 AM   #72
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it's been a few weeks since we've had any awesome fish tank updates. since then we've been finishing the rest of the framing and new stairs. couple of weeks ago we drywalled the ceiling, yesterday was the first bit of drywall on the walls themselves... and today we went from this:



to uh... this:



we used mold resistant drywall for the walls, hence the purple/blue/perrywinkle. And, we're 80% done with the drywall. still left is the remaining wall to the right of the picture and the stairwell area.

I can't believe just how far this project has come, not just the fish tank area.

for those running larger tanks like this that have overflows, how did you setup the outflow nozzles?

and the 1st attached photo is of behind the tank. you'll see the co2 tank has a little shelf w/ a hole cut in it to keep it from tipping over. I still need to figure out all this damn plumbing!
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:05 PM   #73
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Really coming together! I'm sure you're feeling pretty good. That's going to turn out really nice.
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Old 03-18-2013, 04:09 PM   #74
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So who wants to come do this for me?
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Old 03-18-2013, 07:16 PM   #75
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Really coming together! I'm sure you're feeling pretty good. That's going to turn out really nice.
it's pretty amazing to just go down there and stare at the entire basement. it's incredible to see what i had in my head coming to fruition for the placement of the tank. I just hope my skill to make the tank itself look good gets better than it currently is!

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So who wants to come do this for me?
I will, it'll just cost you a few grand + material + travel expenses.
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