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Old 08-14-2014, 05:39 AM   #1
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"Dad and Son" - 250 Gallon


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This is the journal of a tank that i built for my dad during my summer holiday when i was in Viet Nam. This is my dad first planted tank i since i figure because of his busy time and the weakness on his certain points, i tried to make it low maintenance and low tech but still as most attractive as i could make. I wish that i had more time to spend for this tank but time was short, i only had 10 days to build it. I hope in the next few weeks i can get more pictures of the tank to show yall, but till then here is the journal.

Tank details:
- Dimensions : 60 x 35 x 28" as LxWxH
- 2 canister filter rated at 350 gal/hour each, one attachs to a skimmer
- 2 x 4 bulbs odyssea t5ho, hanging about 18 inch above the tank. I had the lighting runs 4 bulbs for 5 hours in the morning and all 8 run for an other 5 at late noon.
- Substrate : Custom dirt, mini soils and crushed larva rocks.


Here it comes the pictures:

Day 1 : Fished the stand,fitted it in the spot, made the water in pipe and painted the back wall









Day 2 : Gluing the glasses

First one in, made sure it leveled







Day 3: After i felt like the tank is ready, i started testing and cleaning





I then left it at 40% for a night, i also added all the driftwood in to clean and also.....to test



Here are the rocks that im going to use



Day 4: Setting up the tank

I first added the crushed larva rock as the first layer




Then i added the custom dirt as the second layer

Then I capped it with soil. I did not take the picture of this step alone as well as the step of making the driftwoods, but all the driftwoods were single braches. I drilled and stack them together in my imagined shape . Here is the product





Rocks are then added to support the woods



Even though it was mid night by then but i couldnt stop the excitement to leave for bed so i kept continuing ( i up straight 14 hours to finish the whole thing )

Tied anubias nana var and started fillin water slowly in





I was too tired after this so i couldnt take more picture

Here is the tank right after filled



Then i went to sleep and wake up the next day to this :





Final product




Bonus : The total of everything ( included tank, stand, and everything new ) costs only $800 usd lol. My dad told me that he is going to get 3 pairs of adult discus for $30 ( one of the pairs are 2 all white discus). Things are way too expensive in USAAAAA.

Bump: The plants list is :
Anubias nana petti
Anubias nana var
Anubias coffe
Dwaft sag
Althenera Reneiki
Ludwigia Sunset
Rotala rotundifolia
Crypt x 3 speices
Jungle vals
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Old 08-14-2014, 06:01 AM   #2
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What a great thing to be able to do as a father/ son team. Both of you are lucky.
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Old 08-14-2014, 06:11 AM   #3
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What a great thing to be able to do as a father/ son team. Both of you are lucky.
Thank you very much, Joe
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Old 08-14-2014, 08:54 AM   #4
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Wow, awesome build and in such a short amount of time! Your dad is very lucky to have a son like you!
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Old 08-14-2014, 09:33 AM   #5
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quite the gift! really like how you arranged the driftwood. Nice project buddy!
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Old 08-14-2014, 11:05 AM   #6
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Lucky may not say enough.

The tank is awesome, but the effort goes beyond words.

And you're absolutely correct: Things in the USA are stooopidly expensive when it comes to this hobby.
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:09 PM   #7
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You are quite talented! You've accomplished an excellent looking low tech tank upon setup, amazing job!

Subscribed and looking forward to updates!
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:42 PM   #8
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Tank looks great! Its gonna look even better when it grows in and you get the discus on there. Subscribed!
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Old 08-14-2014, 01:44 PM   #9
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Wow! This is awesome. The pic of you sitting in the tank really put the scale into perspective. The stand looks really great, I like how you suspended the lighting on towel holders, and the low maintenance layout is great looking.

It looks really well thought out, right down to the spray bar setup and the water pipe in the back corner for easy filling. I can't believe you did ALL of this in just 10 days!

My only thought, with it being in a nook like that, how easy is it to get at the back of the tank for trimming and planting maintenance?
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Old 08-14-2014, 02:41 PM   #10
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super cool build, how in the heck are you going to maintain it though, do you have a hovering device?
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Old 08-14-2014, 06:42 PM   #11
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Dear,
Thank you for all the compliment. I'm really appreciate it all.
For the maintenance:
- Water change : 500 g/h pump connect to a long hose led all the way to the window outside, water in by the pipe on the left corner with a simple open/close valve.
- Trimming : a step chair with 4 level, attached foam to the front of the chair so that he can put it next to the tank without scratching it. Scissor and tong are light weight SS, both are about 15 inches.
- Filter maintenance : I have both filters lined up right at the front door of the stand so that he won't have to go inside the stand to take them out.
- All the powers are also led to the front with buttons to turn on and off at ease.
- Most of the plants are slow grower, even slower in this low tech condition. Some might be fast but they wont destroy the scape in 2-3 months without trimming.

I don't want to make this to be an other trouble/hard time but something to enjoy for my dad so i tried to make everything is as simple as it could be.

I will have him sent me updates when the main fish are in!
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:15 AM   #12
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Wow! This is awesome. The pic of you sitting in the tank really put the scale into perspective. The stand looks really great, I like how you suspended the lighting on towel holders, and the low maintenance layout is great looking.

It looks really well thought out, right down to the spray bar setup and the water pipe in the back corner for easy filling. I can't believe you did ALL of this in just 10 days!

My only thought, with it being in a nook like that, how easy is it to get at the back of the tank for trimming and planting maintenance?
An other use of the tower holder is that the light can be moved among these easily for either maintenance or changing the light focus areas
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Old 08-15-2014, 03:18 AM   #13
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How do you get to the plants in the back though when you eventually have to reach back there and trim/replant? 0.0 Awesome project though and cant wait to see this filled in!
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I really wished that was me in the picture, lol.

Nice vacation, why didn't you field trip the plants? those isolated area between the rice paddle fields, filled with aquatic plants!
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Old 08-15-2014, 04:36 AM   #15
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How do you get to the plants in the back though when you eventually have to reach back there and trim/replant? 0.0 Awesome project though and cant wait to see this filled in!
Step chair with built in foam to stay side by side with the front tank, long tong and long scissor. It's reachable as i have planted them in the back my self when the tank was full. I just hope that it wont kill my dad patience to do so hahah

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I really wished that was me in the picture, lol.

Nice vacation, why didn't you field trip the plants? those isolated area between the rice paddle fields, filled with aquatic plants!
I dont really get what you mean here.
- For the center, i did not want to fill it with any plants because we plan to have it as a "play ground" for the bottom feeders ( cory, shrimps, small catfish)
- the back top and sides top, i told my dad to diy some hanging pots and grow color flowers as well as some other nice looking plants. Hope he will find something interesting
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