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Old 06-11-2013, 05:51 AM   #1
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Aussies 240g build journal (high tech) PHOTO HEAVY


hello fellow fishkeepers,
well im very happy to work out photobucket and can now share my experiances building my dream tank! a 240gallon 8x2x2 fully planted tank
here are some pics along the way of this long journey to planted paradise please enjoy and keep green from troy

8x2x2 custom made starfire front + sides


starfire visability shown


twin cabinet i made from hmr white and stainless


tank on raw cabinet
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:55 AM   #2
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here are some more pictures of the process of sanding sealing and spraying the mdf satin panels :-)

sanding satin mdf with orbital sander @ (240p) grit paper


mirotone sealer on panels


hand sanding sealer with superfine 3m scotchpad


sprayed panel with base coat black


panels drying on rack


doors,gables and trim on rack
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Old 06-11-2013, 05:58 AM   #3
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ok now onto fitting the sprayed panels to the carcass :-)note the bottom trim is not on
the whole process took me no more than 3 days from start to finish with a lot of drinking in-between



now onto applying the 3d background and drilling the intake/outlet holes,
i used aquaone 3d limestone finish backgrounds as they look sick and really do merge together nicely :-)



using go-bars and some cloth to prevent scratching on the starfire


drilling holes with diamond holesaw @ 32mm dia


eheim installation set with adj nozzel for co2 (1700plh) and custom 25mm spraybar for main outflow (2400lph)
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:02 AM   #4
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next step is lighting, im going all dupla gear on this beast and not skimpin on anything
the hanging pendant style is a dupla electra combi II with 2x150w hqi and 2x24w hpc in the middle. bulbs are 8000k :-)


illuminated
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:05 AM   #5
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now its time to place this bad boy on location, i litterally had to move house to find a suitable place to home this aquarium
my previous place was an old queenslander with stillts and not worth risking putting over 1.5 ton on the bearings.lol

kicker panel i made becouse the floor was out by nearly 1inch from end to end.


with kick now level the aquarium is placed on and should be dead level. with 2.4 meters of length you need to spot on or it will show


with the aquarium in place its now time to get dirty and start the hardscape and layering the substrate with flourite fertilizer
heres some pics of the process enjoy :-)

60kgs of playsand for the front and 30kgs of flourite mixed with around 40kgs of 3mm red river gravel


some driftwood pieces that were laying around in the garden collected from 1770 (agnes)
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:13 AM   #6
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ok guys now on to the fun part the aquascape :-) i had an overall idea in my head for the lay out and wanted a big piece of driftwood hanging over like tree limb and the rest just filling in, i used the golden ration for the focal point and made my tree limb with the pieces of driftwood that i collected.

layering the flourite in dedicated areas that root plants will be placed


fts of substrate in place


final config of main driftwood creation that is nearly 4ft long and over 2ft high coming out of aquarium (open top)


Lts of the terrace


scaped terrace with the plants in place, sorry i hadnt taken more shots of planting but i forgot and was having to much fun :-) overall scape had taken less than 1hr


tank took 1hr to fill and this is a shot straight after, easylife added too (hense clouding)


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Looking forward to updates on this ��
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:19 AM   #8
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after the sand storm had cleared in 5 days the water is left crystal


lts (left tank shot)


mts (middle tank shot)


rts (right tank shot)


fts (full tank shot)


i appolgize the camera i had used to take these pics wasnt very good at picking up light so it appears dimmly litt in the corners of the tank, not the case in real time viewing
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:23 AM   #9
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BEER TIME!! after a hard 9 months of planning and savings and not to mention execution


ok back to business and and time to get the dupla halides hung and install the surround sound :-) this is starting to sound like pimp my fishtank,lol.
the speakers are bose passive radiator monitors that create some nice base considering there only 2inch


hear you can see the air port that the back passive speaker is and the front is opposed


i made a custom sliding rail so the halides and both speakers can be adjusted when doing major maintenance


the finished unit and ready to rock out some soothing tunes
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:21 AM   #11
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now what to stock it with? to tell you guys the truth the main reason i went all out and decided to get an 8fter is my red line torpedo barbs that i hated to see cramped in my old 70g, they needed to swim and i felt so sorry for them i just had to do it. i also had discus at the time and put them also in but at the end there really not suited for high flow planted. ive been through many of fish combinations since inc 50 rummynose and 30 cardinals, congos ect.. but ive finally found a balance and its not overstocked and too busy that it once was. i can finally sit down and enjoy a few coopers and indulge what this project has become, it wasnt easy and caused many headaches,backaches,cuts,bruises,yelling and fustration that only now is getting the results i craved for. you learn from your mistakes and once you make it its like climbing mt tibrogaran and having a beer on top of it, cheers and hope you've enjoyed the build and many more updates to come with growth and wellbeing of the fish :-) Aussie

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recent pics shot from canon d5 mkIII (9 months from setup)
fts


fts(fisheye)


Lts


barbs at play


community school


rts


Video of fish room tour (low res)

thats all folks :-) until then keep green and peace to all
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:38 AM   #12
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Wow beautiful tank! Your barbs and the rest of your fish really must be loving it
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:18 AM   #13
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Really cool tank! Maintenance must be tough! Those water changes!
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Old 06-11-2013, 02:34 PM   #14
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Congratulations on a spectacular tank! I am glad to see someone else who subscribes to 'more is not always better' when it comes to stocking a tank. You have done a great job and should be very proud. I hope you get to enjoy many a beer in front of that wonderful scenery.
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thanks guys for the positive feedback :-)
ive taken some recent pics from last time to show the growth over 12 months plus changed the front substrate to 3mm red river :-) hope you all enjoy

DTS


FTS


left


middle


right


barbs and rainbows


bolivian and fw mussel


blue betta


upside down rainbow (thought it would be funny)


bananananananaa mananana




dupla halide on custom sliding rail with bose mounted monitors, 2x150w hqi (8k bulbs) 2x24w (6.5k) compacts


Equipment down below in the galley


left side (eheim 2180) dupla co2 cyl-reg-mvalve , ista inline reactor, switchboard




right side (eheim 2180) 70ltr siphon bucket+eheim gravel cleaner, custom fert stand with full ferts and buffers



test kits, don't mind the high range its for my marine tanks
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