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Old 04-03-2014, 02:27 AM   #1
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40b The tale of a snail. (Holy 56k Warning)


Well its overdue, And it has taken me forever. As much as I love posting on here giving people advice when I don't even have a tank. I am proud to say I am back.

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Equipment

40 Gallon breeder
Custom Stand
Odyssea 4xT5HO 6500k with Timer
SunSun 303b UV 9w 370 GPH
Home made Reactor =Thanks to happi
Inline diffuser =Thanks to happi
Milwaukee MA957 regulator Thanks to BrokeCurmudgeon for trading me my victor.
4# co2 tank
Ada Aquasoil 100 or so pounds
My diy Chert and Shrimp Stone

Fauna

Foreground
HC=All I could find in utah one half melted pot :/ could sure use some more.

Mid
HM
I plan on getting some reineckii to go with the "HM" if I can find any which I can't heh.

Background
Rotala Indica
So far I want a yellow-red stem plant. I'm open to suggestions

From start to finish

I picked up this 40b online but I hated the color. Soooo I got my butt kicked completely refinishing it. And staining it semi gloss black.


Yikes took forever to sand.

Heres the first coat.




Hers after 5 coats with sanding in between much better.




Now I was deciding on a lid or no lid. Definetly not.





So since I was done with the stand time to work on the tank a little bit. I picked me up some rust-oleum Frosted glass for the background. And i Painted the oak rim.




Made room in my living room. Then set it up.



Here's my reactor build.








Take me to your leader!



I got me a nice 4# co2 tank. I decided not to use my victor regulator. I went for a milwaukee so I didn't have to build the victor. I might build a dual stage and upgrade the tank in the future.




So me and my wife spent a week on getting the rocks just the way I wanted them. I know it's a long time but heck better something that looks just right than something thats off in the end.









Sooo close to what I wanted just missing something.



I added a thrird set of rocks on the left back and it made it look just right. This is the final choice after a week.



A little paint from happi to give me inspiration.


I drove all over salt lake city to only find one pot of half melted hc.
two years ago it was everywhere. I'm not sure whats up with that but one pot sure isn't enough so i had to really break it up.


And planted haha


Ok getting serious took me 3 hours to split plant etc. I hate rock wool!!!!


Soaked the tank, Then i put in a siphon for excess moisture.



And here you go hc checkerboard pattern.




Then I added the HM between the rocks Finished!


Enjoy Updates coming weekly...
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:50 AM   #2
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Wow you have such patience... I hope they grow out well for you!
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:51 AM   #3
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I don't really but that was my problem before I would just slap it together and grow algea. Hahaha

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Old 04-03-2014, 02:55 AM   #4
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Looking good so far!
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Old 04-03-2014, 02:55 AM   #5
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Thank u alby

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Old 04-03-2014, 02:58 AM   #6
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Actually it was craigthor who introduced us to the German guys who "invented" the first HHF reactor now known as the "Cerges reactor".

http://goo.gl/WPKE1D

http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=110100

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Old 04-03-2014, 02:59 AM   #7
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Happi. And I never said it's my own invention just homemade : P

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Old 04-03-2014, 03:01 AM   #8
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Yea I corrected it right after I hit send hehe
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Happi. And I never said it's my own invention just homemade : P

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Subscribed! I like how you go in detail of every steps. Please keep it updated that way too!!
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You betcha :-) I cut it down from 78 photos to 47 heh

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Subscribed! I like how you go in detail of every steps. Please keep it updated that way too!!
just wait till his next update on dead HC lol
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just wait till his next update on dead HC lol
It's What I do.

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looks really nice. I'm thinking of doing a frosted back glass as well but I was thinking the tint/film because I didn't know they made spray. However, seeing the green tubes in the back would drive me crazy! Any plans on going with clear hoses and maybe some lily pipes down the line? Not for everyone, I know.
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Yea I was thinking about that. I might down the line.

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