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Old 02-15-2014, 01:16 PM   #1
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Boxboy's 40 Breeder Project! New Photos last page!


Thanks for checking out this thread and sharing ideas.


This aquarium's intent is to create a self sustaining environment for all inhabitants!
I do have and will use fertilizer & Co2 in small quantities as to keep with a Low/Med light theme.

Aquarium: Marineland 36x18x16" (40 Breeder)
Quarantine Tank: No Name Rimless 20x10x12" (10 Gallon)
Cabinet: Edsal Brand Steel shelving unit (Model# UR364B-C)
Filter: Fluval 205 (125GPH Flow Rate)
Media: Sponges, Polyester Floss & Matrix Stones

Carbon Dioxide Source:
5# C02 Cylinder
Victor SR5B (Single Stage- Light Duty) Regulator
Burkert Solenoid (Type 6013) valve
Unknown needle valve type (Will be replacing before use)

Lighting-DIY-Specs below:

Emitting Color: White
IP65 Waterproof
Working Voltage: 12V DC
LED Quantity: 60leds/m, 5meter/ roll
View angle: 120 ~140
wattage: Max 14.4 W/meter
Color Temperature: 8000K~10000K
Lumen: Max30LM/LED


Proposed fish stocking ideas:
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15-30pcs Boraras urophthalmoides
05 pcs Otocinclus sp (Otto catfish)
When tank is mature may add some Neo shrimps.

Proposed low/med light plant list:
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Hygrophila polysperma (Sunset Hydro)
Tiawan Moss
Bazilian Pennywort
Moneywort
Blyxa Japonica
Dwarf Sagittaria
Amublia
Rotala Rotundifolia
Glossostigma elatinoides

**Plants I already have**
Glossostigma elatinoides
Hygrophila polysperma (Sunset Hydro)
Tiawan Moss
Dwarf Hair Grass
Unknown Phothos
Bleheri Sword
Bazilian Pennywort
Moneywort
Blyxa
Dwarf Sagittaria
Amublia
Rotala Rotundifolia
Ludwigia repens
Bacopa salzmannii

Plants I would like to aquire:
Anubias barteri petite

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Old 02-15-2014, 01:17 PM   #2
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Inspirational design: I would like to create something close to this design below!


Timeline Photos Below:

Setting up the stand for the first time:

Testing out the LEDs, I want all lights on the right side as to get a fadding light effect for the left side and to create some shade for the fish...


Current FTS:

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Old 02-18-2014, 11:29 PM   #3
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Got this shelf liner today to put under the aquarium, its thin but its 18"W x 10 feet long so I can fold ot over 3 times to make it thicker...

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Old 02-18-2014, 11:40 PM   #4
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If the shelf liner is for leveling I think you would be better going with foam board. Unless you just want something under it for another reason. I didn't end up using anything between my 40 and the stand and the leveling on all sides is darn near perfect...which is amazing because its a 2x4 stand that I built myself (I am not a carpenter in the slightest).

Edit: You will love the CPD's! I have about 15 in mine also but they get washed out with all the stink'n endlers I have now. The CPD's will spawn for me in moss but so far I'm failing at raising the fry two different times I've collected now...they hatch and live several days then gone. Feed them a good quality food and their colors will look awesome. I recently changed to new life systems small fish pellet and all the fish love it. The CPD also like the slow sinking hikari micro bytes or whatever they are called.
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Old 02-19-2014, 12:23 AM   #5
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Is that tank rimmed? You dont need any soft stuff under it if it is.
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Old 02-19-2014, 01:49 AM   #6
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TekWarren:

Finding a place that will ship CPDs when the weather is warmer will be a challange, But I do hope that this would be a great group of shoolers... I just got the foam to use as cousion between the tank and plywood, otherwise its level enough...

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Yes the aquarium has a plastic trim on it, I would just rather be save then sorry later down the road...
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Thinking about adding a group of ( Boraras urophthalmoides ) instead of the SPDs... Does anyone have experiance with this fish or the latter?
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Waiting on qoutes for some black acrylic so I can finish the stand and background, will update when I know something... Any comments are welcome as well as advice!
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Stand partly done.
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Stand partly done.
Will the stand be opened or permanently closed?
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Old 02-27-2014, 03:45 PM   #11
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The front of the stand comes off/on just like a panel.
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Forgot to report that this tank is sitting on 3/8" plywood + 2 layers of that foam, needless to say its sturdy and its not going to budge.
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Here is what I am thinking to use as a "All in 1" substrate:

Substrate:
ADA New Amazonia & Fluval "Plant" Stratum Mixed together.

Additives:
Black Tourmaline Powder
Sodium Montmorillonite Powder

Does this look like a good start for a long lasting substrate.?

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Old 03-07-2014, 01:08 AM   #14
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Why not just all Amazonia? It doesn't need capped, plus I have heard fluval plant stratum isn't that great. A good alternative to ada soil (and I think cheaper) is up! Aqua sand. Green leaf aquarium sells it. It is the only thing I have read about that is as good as aquasoil.
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Why not just all Amazonia? It doesn't need capped, plus I have heard fluval plant stratum isn't that great. A good alternative to ada soil (and I think cheaper) is up! Aqua sand. Green leaf aquarium sells it. It is the only thing I have read about that is as good as aquasoil.
I was going to get GLA aqua sand but with shipping it would cost more then ADAs substrate lol Pet smart thats local has Fluval for $29.99 cad for 9L and One 9L bag of ADA with shipping is $60 ish. I dont wanna go broke just on substrate alone...

With the added powders it would make up for anything I miss.
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