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Old 04-18-2006, 09:32 AM   #1
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Lorenceo's 410 Litre Aquarium Journal (56K Warning)


It has been in my signature for a while that a journal is comming soon.
Well today I started setting the tank up, So it seems logical to start the journal today also.
Please excuse the poor photos - I am still learning.

Here is the tank when I first got it. This was in January. Since this picture was taken the tank has been moved into my bedroom.


Before I started setting it up it looked like this:


I started with the substrate. I used JBL AquaBasis and JBL Florapol as fertilisers, and added 2 40kg sacks of gravel on top.
After adding 10 litres of Aquabasis the tank looked like this:


I then added the FloraPol on top:


Once this was done I started washing the gravel.


Once all the gravel was in it looked like this:


From a cory's perspective:


This is all I have done so far. When I have done more I will update. Next thing I plan on setting up is the lighting.
Until then, woooooo

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Old 04-18-2006, 11:17 AM   #2
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Looking good so far Do you have plans for scaping, or you just doing it randomly? And is that black background and just reflections in the pictures? Just looked a bit strange, but I'm guessing reflections from whatever is in front of the tank...

Looking forward to see more
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Old 04-18-2006, 12:36 PM   #3
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Not sure what I'm going to do for a scape at this stage. I just want to get everything growing and no algea before I start scaping.
The background is flat black, I'm not too good with the camera and cant help the reflections.
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Old 04-19-2006, 06:53 PM   #4
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Looking good! Is that a 5' tank? Nice, big setup! The 2' front to back will allow you to get some great depth in whatever scape you do.

I think you're the first person I've seen to do the complete JBL system! I've only ever used it in planted pots (as you probably already know), and I think AussieStar used Aquabasis but changed substrate because it comes up and clouds when you do any replanting. Similar to what I've been reading about ADA Powersand. It'll be very interesting to see your experience with it, especially as you plan to re-arrange as time goes by.

Anyway, as I said, it's looking very impressive so far!
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Old 04-20-2006, 02:35 AM   #5
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Cheers mate.
Forgot to mention the dimensions before. The tank is 150x50x55cm.
Looking back on it now, I should have gone with 150x60x60. But its still big so I am happy.

I was at the LFS to get gravel and I saw the JBL stuff. I asked about it and they said it is in their display tank. I decided to buy it as it wasnt that expensive. Unlike the flourite at $60 a bag.

An update: I have been setting up the lights and have taken pictures, but I don't get the bulbs for it till tomorrow, so I will post the pictures then.

I'm open to suggestions to what to do for the scape, so feel free to chime in.
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Old 04-20-2006, 02:50 AM   #6
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Acchhhhh...........you lucky people and your rimless tanks.....
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Almost everybody here are using JBL fertilizer line. The most popular is JBL aquabasis and second is (because of availability and customer choise) JBL florapol. I have seen tanks set up for as long as 3-4 years without tearing up using these ferts (of course on the way they do inject tabs and pour in liquid ferts). All my tanks are using it. Quite a good option for limited availability and on the budget.

So far as uprooting problem, there should be no serious cloudiness as long as you bury the fert at the bottom, topping with gravel and it will recede fast enough to clear.

Their JBL ferropol is second trusted here (first is TMG), so it is also considered a good product that works.
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Update: No bulbs yet, as they havent arrived from the supplier.

I also installed the co2 reactor. It is the Dupla S Reactor.
It can go in-line, but my cannisters pipes arent 9/12mm and I'm not keen on the idea of reducing 16/22 down to 9/12mm.
I was using this reactor in the other tank and it was very effective, So I will continue to use it until I get an Aquamedic 1000.
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Old 04-22-2006, 03:34 PM   #9
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Can't miss out on the updates for this one. Glad to see you moving on this .
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Old 04-23-2006, 08:23 AM   #10
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Cheers Ted. I hope you enjoy reading, I really like your journals.

Update:
I have been working on the lights, and so far I've got the main lights wiring and ballasts sorted. I don't have the bulbs yet, but I am expecting them some time this week.
I still need to install the moonlights and fans also, I am just waiting on these to be delivered.

Starting with the power. I got this idea from crshadow's 125g thread, but instead of power points, I decided to do this:

It should make it easier when removing the hood as I wont need to get the plugs out from the stand. The black and red RCA plugs go to transformers in the stand. The black one is for the cooling fans and the red one is for the moonlights.

I attached the 2 workhorse 7 ballasts (man these were hard to get in 230v) to the back of the hood to keep them away from moisture and to help get more air flow around them. They get quite hot after running a while.


As can be seen in this picture, I drilled holes through the hood for the wires to go through. Looks more professional than having them go around the back panel and in to where the bulbs are.


Here I was deciding how to route the wires inside the hood.


On both ballasts, their wires go into these connectors, and then the wires to the bulbs and power are attached to these. I havent mounted these connectors into the hood yet as I forgot to get the screws for doing so. I will do this when I am mounting the cooling fans.


The endcaps I used along with stand offs:


Endcaps, reflectors and more wiring. (and cat )


This connector is for the moonlights. It connects to a red male RCA connector at the back of the hood. I am planning to use white cold cathodes for moonlights.


The front of the hood lifts up, and as I am mounting a light here, I wanted to minimise the wires that have to move when doing so. I came to this solution:


The near finnished hood: (Note: Nothing was powered up, the powerstrip wasn't connected. I had it like this as I had been testing the ballasts.)


The hood is pretty much ready. I still need to mount the endcaps and I will do this when I get the bulbs. I also need the fans and moonlights. Will update when this happens.
Note: the reflectors were sitting on their reflective sides in the pictures. They kept rolling around when they were the other way. They are much more shiny on the inside than the back.

Just for fun, the results of testing the ballasts. (Note: These are 54w tubes, not the 80w ones I plan to use.)

The picture doesn't do them justice.. These things are BRIGHT!

Until next time.
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Those bulbs looks kinda skinny. Are those HO T5?

Are those tiny shiny strips the mini reflectors? Any chance that you will be painting the underside white for improving reflecting quality?

Keep up with the DIY project!
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Yep, they are HO T5's. The tubes pictured aren't the ones I will be using though, they havent arrived yet.
The "tiny shiny strips" are the reflectors. They attach to each bulb via clips.
They were in the pictures to give an idea where the bulbs will go.
Here is a pic of one of the T5's on my 150L tank. The reflectors for the new one are exactly the same.
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Old 04-23-2006, 06:34 PM   #13
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wow its looking good so far! be sure to have LOTS of stems in there....

and i know this is quite a random question but how is new zeland for plants? its an amazing place ive heard. how is the lfs and plants around there?

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Thanks. I will be sure to fill it with fast growers.
Getting plants here can be tricky. My two main LFS's both carry plants. A reasonable selection too. However, some plants I simply cannot find here. For example: L. Aromatica and Blxya Japonica.
This was the story with hairgrass a while back, but it is available now, so hopefully other stuff will become available too.
I also cant get cherry or amano shrimp here. I would really love cherry shrimp.
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Old 04-29-2006, 02:48 PM   #15
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Update on the lights:
I have installed the fans and cold cathodes. I still need the bulbs, these haven't arrived yet.
Will post pics when it is finnished.

I am yet to get a pressurised co2 system. I am considering waiting on filling this tank until I have pressurised co2. Will see what happens.
Still open to aquascaping suggestions.
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