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Old 03-17-2006, 12:41 PM   #31
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Jade_dragon71's 135 gallon** Disaster on 4/10/2013 **


Well the electrical is finished for the base. I am still debating on whether or not to add another box for the lights.


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Old 03-22-2006, 02:32 AM   #32
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Default Blue Line 30X.... ONE QUIET PUMP!!!!

I have to say, this pump is one quiet pump. Powerful, quiet, and cheaper than the Little Giant that I purchased originally. Can't beat that. Anyway, here is a pic of the pump in action. Glad to have water circulating again!


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Old 03-26-2006, 02:49 AM   #33
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Default First round of pics with plants!!

Well after 2 months of construction, the tank is now up and running. It is very sparse right now, but it will fill in quickly as soon as the C02 is up and running. We still are waiting on the CO2 tank to get here and to get filled. We haven't added the fish yet. That will be done soon enough......

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Old 03-26-2006, 03:36 AM   #34
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Finally planted! No aquascape during the "break in" phase, just threw some fast-growers in there. Well, except for the red lotus and the Amazon Sword. The sword actually started out as two larger ones, but then one of my plecos decided to rasp them both beyond recognition.......I had to put them both together and it made one little pathetic baby plant.

Pretty sparse, and very dull for sure, but I'm very tickled about how the lights look at least!! We're supposed to receive our empty CO2 tank Tuesday, and no chance to go get it filled til next Saturday, but I couldn't wait to plant it any longer. The pool filter sand was very hard to find, and I'm very glad we managed to get some.
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Old 03-29-2006, 02:53 AM   #35
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Re-arranged a bit....didn't like how it looked. Even though this is the start-up phase and not how I'm wanting it to be for good, I still want to like the way it looks enough to be able to stand it. Forgive my poor photography skills...any suggestions on future scaping and plant choices would be welcomed! I do want to find at least one more piece of driftwood- preferably a large one.
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Old 03-29-2006, 05:44 AM   #36
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Wow, that looks great. I love the stain... Cherry? Red Oak? And its contrast with the off white sand. I could see a nice long and big/elegant piece of grapevine with lots of moss growing on it dead center. Great job of hiding the sump return overflows. I can barely tell they are there! Another thought on long range plants. I love both Crinum calemestratums and Crypt. balansae (green variety). Maybe in a corner where the long strap leaves of the balansae will flow with the currents. Marselia as a foreground plant.
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Old 03-29-2006, 10:42 AM   #37
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Thanks!!

The stand is constructed out of red-oak. I used "Minwax Dark Walnut" stain on it. It was the closest color that I could find that matched our dining room table and chairs. I used the "Minwax Rub-on" varnish to add the protective gloss finish to it. Mel has worked real hard on planting this behemoth, and I know she isn't satisfied yet. Any suggestions are VERY much welcomed. I really dig the idea of the grapevine.

Where can you find grapevine that is prep'd for tank use? If you have it growing locally, what do you do to treat it so that it can be used in the tank?

The only problems we are having right now are ones dealing with evaporation. No lids on the sump yet. I suspect that having lids will curb the evaporation quite a bit. We really haven't had to many issues with the way that the "system" actually works. I am having a bit of trouble getting a durso, which is on the right side of the tank, to flow as fas as the one that is on the left. I read that its because of the long length of pipe that I am using. So needless to say, I am still playing with the airflow on it. Its not the fact that it doesn't flow, but I think that it just needs alot more tweaking.

I had to throttle back the output of the pump to get a flow that wouldn't "suck" the inhabitants into the overflows, because it will. All in all the tank has turned out just like what I had imagined. I had to change a few things while I was building the system, but for good reasons, not because the wouldn't fit, or whatnot. The only major change was the pump. Little giant makes NOISY pumps. The pumps are VERY powerful, but VERY LOUD. Blueline is the manufacturer that we ultimately went with, and for good reason. They make, in my oppinion, the best pumps out there. Powerful, and super quiet. Hell the water makes more noise than the pump does, and thats the way it should be.

Thanks for all of your comments, please keep them coming!
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How did I miss this thread? What a totally cool tank. You're obviously a craftsman, everything is so neat and professional. If/when I get my 125 I can do it half so well I'll be happy .

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". . . I used the "Minwax Rub-on" varnish to add the protective gloss finish to it. . ."
You can make your own rub on poly, just buy the regular stuff and cut it with mineral spirits. This is what I do. Waaaaay cheaper and better IMHO. I love doing a rub on finish, it's so easy compared with trying to get a smooth, even, drip-free coat using full-strength poly. Five or six coats of that followed up with wax (if it's something that's not going to be exposed to water) . . . .

You can usually find grapevine at a craft store such as Michael's, or sometimes at a chain pet-shop in the reptile section I believe. It won't be prepped as such, I imagine you'll have to boil it and/or soak it for a period of time to get it to sink.
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Old 03-29-2006, 05:08 PM   #39
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How did I miss this thread? What a totally cool tank. You're obviously a craftsman, everything is so neat and professional. If/when I get my 125 I can do it half so well I'll be happy .
Thank You! I guess the neat and tidy thing comes from my dad and my granddad. Plumb & level. When I build anything, I try to adhere to that set of rules. I am still routing wires etc... as we are not 100% done with the stand equipment. I am going to have to build some sort of lid for the sump so that the inflows can pass through the lid, and still have the ability to be taken out of the tank. I have some ideas, just need to see if they will work or not.

We will be in Wichita on April 7th, so a trip to Michaels will definately be in order.

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Not sure where, but Fish stores can order Grapevine. It floats so has to be anchored which is easy. If a big enough piece, over time looks just like bogwood. I would shoot for something not to skinny/stick like, if it was me. I'm on the hunt for some for a new tank myself.
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Big tanks loose quite a lot of water. Covers will help but you need to consider relative surface area.

The flow through the durso is directly proportional to the flow of water into the overflow chamber. Unless the durso is doing suck/fill cycles you are fine.

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I am having a bit of trouble getting a durso, which is on the right side of the tank, to flow as fas as the one that is on the left. I read that its because of the long length of pipe that I am using. So needless to say, I am still playing with the airflow on it. Its not the fact that it doesn't flow, but I think that it just needs alot more tweaking.
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Old 03-29-2006, 06:27 PM   #42
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Yeah, some times it does the ole suck/fill cycle thing.... I slowed the flow down to the tank, and as a result, I had to retweak the durso. You can tell when the durso flow has matched the return flow, the suck/fill cycle stops. Its irritating though when that cycle starts. Any tips on tuning a durso?
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Old 04-02-2006, 04:46 PM   #43
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Default More pics of the tank... Pressurized CO2 installed and running...

I took more pics of the tank this weekend. Still comtemplating on the diffusion method though. The post on our official tank site explains....

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Old 04-02-2006, 07:05 PM   #44
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Well the tank is looking GOOD!! Canopy and stand turned out good too! One question I have thogh is did you have to do away with the painted PVC overflows? I see there are black Plexi with Overflow Teeth cut out around the glass boxes I guess??

The reason I am asking is I have always gone with Sced 80 PVC to get the grey coloring. I am unsure of the Fusion paint being safe for the fish?? I have used Marine paints in Aquariums before, and they are listed safe for Human and Aqualife. As for the Fusion paint I couldn't find anywhere on the cam that said it is safe or potable for drinking water. Did you call or find out from the maker ( I think Dupont) that it is safe!! It will be SUPER if it is, as it will solve a problem with hideing equipment against a black background!!

Well enough about that, keep up the great work and keep the pics coming!
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Old 04-02-2006, 09:06 PM   #45
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I checked and it seems that quite a few people have used the fusion paint before. Seems to be working just fine.
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