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Old 07-24-2013, 11:00 AM   #1
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1400 Planted High Tech Tank: from New Zealand


Hi All - photos speak louder than my boring forum posts... so .. (Tank is 2.4Metres by 700 and 800)

edited and unedited shot of the tank 2 weeks in




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Old 07-24-2013, 11:01 AM   #2
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More stuff about the tank in photos







Number Position Scientific Name
1 Echinodorus amazonicus
2 Limnophila sessiliflora
3 Rotala rotundifolia
4 Mayaca fluviatilis
5 Hygrophila corymbosa stricta
6 Hygrophila dafformis
7 Hygrophila corymbosa v. 'Angustifolia'
8 Microsorium pteropus narrow
9 Microsorium pteropus
10 Echinodorus tenellus
11 Hygrophila polysperma 'Rosanervig'
12 Hygrophila polysperma
13 Heteranthera zosterifolia
14 Rotala sp "Colorata"
15 Cardamine lyrata
16 Hydrocotyle verticillata
17 Sagittaria subulata
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:02 AM   #3
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More pics


Sump

Sump in the cabinet and plumbed in!
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:02 AM   #4
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Some pics from the Build

Next we prepped the tank. My wife was happy enough to zip around the remove all remnants of the old tank. Took around 20 mins to clean with a good blade from Hollywoods.

Once the old hardscape was out .. we were left with .. our substrate (which was not very deep)

We laid out the hardscape ..

Then decided to swap the schist for moss rock which we obtained from stone and water world. This required about an hour of water blasting to clean. We also got another 6 bags of black grit from stone and water world. To my surprise it was a very cost effective place to buy it from. Took around an hour to wash the stuff we used.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:03 AM   #5
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Hardscape in the tank. This was a process and a half - but we were lucky to have 3 of use with very keen eyes.

Planting begins

And continues .. (who might that be in the photo )

and filled at last. (but not fully planted yet) end of sat night.

You will notice the temporary overflow setup. This was due to the new custom overflow box being assembled etc.
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Old 07-24-2013, 11:04 AM   #6
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Overflow box


More overflow box

Installed - you can see it on the left back of the tank. Extremely quiet

Final plant layout (click for bigger image) and with my surronds on.
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Old 07-24-2013, 12:35 PM   #7
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HUGE Tank! Looking great!
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Old 07-24-2013, 03:41 PM   #8
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Awesome tank - looks beautiful! What are you planning on stocking it with?
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Cool tank!

Any details on the lighting and co2 distribution?

I am very interested in your overflow setup.

Are you getting any surface skimming? It looks like it is designed to draw from the water column. Are you using bulkead fittings as bolts to keep the two halves of the box together?
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Old 07-24-2013, 09:18 PM   #10
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Wow that is an amazing tank. I wish I had a tank like that but the maintenance must be a bear. Any plans for fish?
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Old 07-24-2013, 10:46 PM   #11
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Cool tank!

Any details on the lighting and co2 distribution?

I am very interested in your overflow setup.

Are you getting any surface skimming? It looks like it is designed to draw from the water column. Are you using bulkead fittings as bolts to keep the two halves of the box together?
The lighting is supplied by K.E.Y and are converted marine lights using cree chips. We got a good match of light spectrums for the planted tank. They penetrate right to the bottom of the tank easily and the plants get plenty of good light.

Here is some info on the lighting.

They are K4-80-D-EX lights. There is also a k4-40 in the centre running front to back.

here is a link to the manufacturers page. http://sh-ne.com/eshowshop.asp?/92.html

Cost was around $2,000 for the setup.

co2 is a standard co2 tank with a bubble counter going into a in line reactor which dumps the potion directly into the sump at the pump.

Overflow - What would you like to know.

Here is a picture I have taken of the overflow on the tank. We cut 2 holes into the back of the tank - and it is essentially fixed onto the tank with the plumbing and soft washers.

Picture of sump.



The overflow has a grill cut into the front of it which goes from top to bottom .. meaning it draws water in from all heights. It also has a half circle emergency overflow in the top .. which you can see in the photo.
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Awesome tank - looks beautiful! What are you planning on stocking it with?
Hi

I have 10 Otocinclus and 4 blackline flying foxes in the tank currently. (not that you can see them) .

I have around 50 Harlequin Rasboras - 25 Glow light or Head Light tetras .. A bunch maybe 20 Cherry Barbs and a small handful of other tetras just at the moment.

I also have 3 opaline gouramis (and I might add 3 or 4 more).
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Old 07-25-2013, 02:45 AM   #13
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The plumbing for the auto top up is due to start this week.
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Old 07-25-2013, 06:22 PM   #14
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This is awesome... I love the hybrid HOB/bulkhead overflow idea.

A few questions:
  • It appears that the divider portion of the overflow has another grille, but just at the top - surface skimming the goal here?
  • The drain area of the overflow...short pipe is full siphon, tall pipe with slots/neck is remainder/emergency full siphon?
  • What's your sump capacity? (appears enormous...is that a full-size watercooler bottle?)
  • The sump...it has that center section...are each of those slots meant for foam?
  • The sump...initial inlets dump onto 'coarse bio sponge' - is this your 'mechanical' filtration? The pictures make it look sealed...guessing this foam is removable?
  • Biomedia, what did you end up using?
  • Your return area...any info on that? Appears to also be nearly fully sealed...
  • What's your turnover rate? (or pump output...) I ask because you appear to be using 1.5" (38mm) plumbing...seems small for a tank this size.
  • Your return into the tank comes in at the far end, do you also use powerheads?
  • Also curious about CO2/UV input.

And lastly...what sort of maintenance does a tank this size require? Any advice to those planning a tank this large?
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