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Old 05-28-2013, 07:02 AM   #31
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Rballi's 125 [rescape 4/17]


Sump design done. 3 chambers. Each dropping about an inch. I am thinking bio balls/pot scrubbers for the first one. Second will be or the heater(s) and filter floss, third will be return and co2 needle wheel. Click image for larger version

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Old 06-01-2013, 05:49 PM   #32
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Got my lighting started, I ordered too few bulbs so my coverage on the left and right isn't ideal, but the shimmer is really nice and I am getting a par meter from a lfs here locally to take some readings. I think I will need to do an additional row of gu10's. The light doest appear to be as bright, but these are so directional it is hard to tell without anything in the tank. i stuck a few rocks in there for reference and brought home 13 tetras that were on sale to get my tank started with the cycling. that way, when i get the soil in and my tank planted, I will hopefully have a head start.

Here are a couple photos of the build. The tank looks pretty awesome at night, but the ambient light during the day drowns it out a bit...

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Old 06-02-2013, 03:21 AM   #33
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Great build & great job on the stand & canopy! Where did you get your LED's from and what did you get...interested in them if they work.
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Old 06-02-2013, 04:49 AM   #34
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After poking at the crawl space again, the joists are sitting directly on the foundation of the house right where the tank is going so if anything else I am going to build a small load bearing wall from concrete blocks, then shimmed with lumber for extra support and to keep the floor from bouncing when you walk.

I am struggling to come up with a plan for the tank. I think my sump and overflow plan is quite simple, my lighting will be lower/medium starting out... And I am thinking about dirting the tank but have never done this before. It seems like the amount of maintenance I am looking for, and seems that it is fairly inexpensive. (Not wanting to shell out $35 per 20 lbs of substrate this go around.) I am going to do some research on dirt tanks but anyone with some helpful pointers on doing it with this size of tank would be helpful.

Fish I am thinking of right now.

30 panda cories
20 otocinclis
5-7 bristle nose plecos
~100 cardinals
8-10 apistogramma cacatuoides
40 lemons tetras (not sure about this yet)

Going to be finding some nice manzanita and putting a lot if hard scape in this guy...

I also think it will be pretty easy to put in a drain and taps for easy draining and refill...lots of fun stuff to do with this tank!

If you think you need to consult with a structural engineer, I can get you a few numbers. If the tank is perpendicular to the floor joists, the house is a newer (using engineered I-joists) and along an exterior wall, I have little concern you will run into an problems. Actually I would be more concerned to have a CMU wall built on top of the slab in the basement as they (if just a normal slab on grade) are built to shift with soils conditions underneath. I have not designed anything in Centennial so I don't have much knowledge in the way of the soils, but I suspect they are like other Colorado soils conditions and pretty clay laden.
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Old 06-02-2013, 01:59 PM   #35
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If you think you need to consult with a structural engineer, I can get you a few numbers. If the tank is perpendicular to the floor joists, the house is a newer (using engineered I-joists) and along an exterior wall, I have little concern you will run into an problems. Actually I would be more concerned to have a CMU wall built on top of the slab in the basement as they (if just a normal slab on grade) are built to shift with soils conditions underneath. I have not designed anything in Centennial so I don't have much knowledge in the way of the soils, but I suspect they are like other Colorado soils conditions and pretty clay laden.
Thanks! It was those points exactly that made me feel comfortable enough to fill the tank and see what would happen. It was kind of nerve racking as my stand compressed under the weight and made a couple of nice noises, but everything looks fine from my vantage point. Though engineering isn't my thing I am pretty good at Jenga . I figured I would start to see stress in the tile floor if I was having any sort of issue, and luckily I have really easy access to the crawl space to check on it periodically. House was built in 1998, the joists are 2x12's running perpendicular and resting directly on the exterior foundation wall. I will get some pictures and maybe that would be helpful...
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Old 06-09-2013, 03:52 AM   #36
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So I think I have come closer to selecting my main inhabitants for the tank. I was showing my wife, and an she really liked the many of the geophagus species. I have never kept then before so I need to start doing some reading. I would really love to keep a nice group of apistos as well, but I have heard mixed opinions on this.

Got driftwood in the tank soaking and with all the tannins leaching out, it brought a different mood to the room that I liked a lot.

Project will need to be put on hold for a bit as I need some more money to do it the right way. Any thoughts as to which geophagus species would be appreciated! I am thinking one I the smaller species, tapajos red or something along those lines...

I will get some photos of the hard scape as soon as that is done this week.
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Wood soaking it up...

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Nice!! where'd ya get the wood?
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Nice!! where'd ya get the wood?
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Old 06-10-2013, 04:48 AM   #40
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ahh, looks nice. I purchased one of his nano kits a couple years ago. Great wood. I might have to do that again next year, my scapes usually stick around for a year or so.
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ahh, looks nice. I purchased one of his nano kits a couple years ago. Great wood. I might have to do that again next year, my scapes usually stick around for a year or so.
There are some really nice pieces in this batch, really happy with it. I just need to find some rock locally here now...
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If you can make it up north, Paulino Gardens has rock for a very good price (.50/lb) for moat types. I have river worn lava rock (black) in my flora, and lace rock in my 40b. They have a bunch of types.
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If you can make it up north, Paulino Gardens has rock for a very good price (.50/lb) for moat types. I have river worn lava rock (black) in my flora, and lace rock in my 40b. They have a bunch of types.
Good stuff, I have been calling around to different garden stores looking for some options but have struck out. I think we might make a day out of it and head up I-70 and see what I can find up there for free.

Rio grande Co seems to be one of the only places that I can find #20 silica sand (pool filter sand) and wanted to know where others in Denver area have picked it up.

I obviously am going to have to scrap the dirt idea if I do end up getting geo's, which will limit to some degree what kind of plants and where to put them. I think I will also get a bunch of Indian almond leaves to scatter around. This might end up being a rio negro biotope as things progress. We will see.
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Sand in and I started messing with the hard scape a bit..

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The shimmer from the LED's over the sand is even nicer!
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That is insane, I love it.

geophagus is going to limit your plant choices for sure, but they are lovely fish and you can really make a wicked tank around them. Can't wait to see what you decide on
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