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Old 08-30-2006, 04:10 PM   #16
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Wow! Don't leave us in suspense Tom. Please post more pics.

Awesome.
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Old 08-30-2006, 04:29 PM   #17
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ok Tom..which one is you?????
lol
Nice project. The wood placement is awesome! And now for the plants....
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Old 08-30-2006, 05:31 PM   #18
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ok Tom..which one is you?????
lol
Nice project. The wood placement is awesome! And now for the plants....
im guessing blue shirt... (he said the old guy... but they all look pretty young...)

or he could be the one in the wetsuit.... LOL

why does tom have to keep us without pictures all the time!

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Old 08-30-2006, 05:56 PM   #19
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So, how many tsp of KNO3 are you dosing on M, W, F?

Seriously, I can't wait to see this tank grow in. Looks like a planted tank techie dream come true.

What kind, and how many pumps are running this monster through 7 fluidized bed filters?
Quite a few tablespoons, actually I'm going to cups of KNO3

The FBF is 7 ft tall.

No fish in there yet, that's a slow process and I am very weird and careful about that.

Dead fish are not things clients like at all
Algae plants I can cure/bring back from the brink, not fish.

The fish are already bought and quarantined.

We have a meaty metal stand bolted to the foundation.
Filters, etc are also bottled to the ground, this is LA after all.

The techy side will be cool.
Cooler than any tank running to date.

The client is very into that part and wants to check in on the tank while traveling etc.

So:
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pH
O2
NO3
NH4
PO4
Temp
Redox

All measured and data logged in real time contiunously into easy to use software.

2x 1500w titianum heaters.

I took very very few pics, everyone else was taking pictures of me.
We will get them up as they come in and as the tank grows in.

I still have a lot of work to do on the scape and filtration systems, it's a team of folks, not just me.

Tenji is the general tank contractor and they hire me to do the scaping, wood, rock, all things plants.

I get the fun work and consult for the other items and help do the control systems, testing ferts etc and if anything goes wrong, squirrley etc.

Things have gone very smooth with the set up thus far.
I'm the ugly guy in black.

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Old 08-30-2006, 06:11 PM   #20
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Things have gone very smooth with the set up thus far.
I'm the ugly guy in black.
ok, no offense, but there are 3 guys in there wearing black in some shape or form, and I'm not able to (or just refuse to try to) determine which one is uglier than the other (sorry to your team mates).

What is the lighting on that monster! I see what I think are both MH, and some type of Flor.
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Old 08-30-2006, 06:28 PM   #21
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I'm the one with shades and the tank top, working under MH's is bad for the eyes.

The lighting is really special.
One for fish viewing, one for plant tank growth.
The color of the bulbs is a key thing for the client to show off his highly covetted fish community, we will also be adding dowward angled front PC's to better light the fish. 12 x 55w.

I wanted to angled the side MH's top get better light.

The 1000w bulbs are head sized.

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Quite a few tablespoons, actually I'm going to cups of KNO3
I was thinking around .72 of a cup or 3/4 of a cup for KN03
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Old 08-30-2006, 08:13 PM   #23
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2 things what is the estamated weight and is this that 600 dollar plant order from aquaspot world
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Old 08-30-2006, 08:57 PM   #24
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2 things what is the estamated weight and is this that 600 dollar plant order from aquaspot world
A lot and no.

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Old 08-30-2006, 10:52 PM   #25
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that is soooo awesome..... i wish i could build that tank...
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Old 08-30-2006, 11:00 PM   #26
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that is soooo awesome..... i wish i could build that tank...
It's just glass, angle iron and silicone. Piece of cake. Get a couple of friends to help move it into the house. Go on! Live a little! Of course you will want one of those big wind turbines running in the back yard just to handle the heaters.

If I were involved with that project it would soon become an experiment in growing algae. I do that part very well.
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It's just glass, angle iron and silicone. Piece of cake. Get a couple of friends to help move it into the house. Go on! Live a little! Of course you will want one of those big wind turbines running in the back yard just to handle the heaters.

If I were involved with that project it would soon become an experiment in growing algae. I do that part very well.
lmao! (but i think its acrylic....)

oh and why not take another loan for the tank while your at it?

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Old 08-31-2006, 12:08 AM   #28
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My God,one look at that tank and i was totally breathless. Looks like your tank is on it's way to a homemade nature aquarium,to put it literally i mean. Though it is smaller than what Amano has to offer,it is already as great as it is. Absolutely beautiful.
I'm not after copying ADA or the one in SG, I want to exceed them both and the tank will do just that over time, not because on myself really, but the client.

Unlike most tanks of this size, this one will have a nice diversed community and plant species listing, not just "big"....... and I know it'll all work.

I have 3 more to do in the coming months and they will be even larger.
That does not include the other accounts we already have.
I'm going to be doing a lot of work

HC
Hair grass
C parva
Dowoni
Erio cin and seta
Tonia
R mac
Swords Urguayensis and Reds
Ruffle swords.
Lots of crypt species.........
Lots of ferns, moss, Anubias
Eustralis
Limnophila aromatica
Blyxa
R wallichii
Numerous stem plant species.


The tank will not look right till we remove the placement ballast stones
Once they have been set, we will fill those spots in and add more weeds.
Then we will add more flow.

the flow pattern is all down each corn and along the bottom rear wall, these all push the water up towards the front weir boxes, there is 2 on either front side with easy access for cleaning.

Effort was done to ensure quiet operation, larger tanks make lots of racket.
There is a food and live food storage freezer/frig in the side equipment and filter room.

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Old 08-31-2006, 04:19 AM   #29
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I'm not after copying ADA or the one in SG, I want to exceed them both and the tank will do just that over time, not because on myself really, but the client.
Don't get me wrong,every planted tank owner has his own unique style and try as we may,i doubt any of us can ever copy Amano or any of the big guns out there. Just like your tank's,i can see the difference and uniqueness that they exhibit as compared to what i have seen before. I was just commenting that yours is on it's way to become as great as those who are well known in our community,and i have no doubt about it that it can even get better. Really love the drifwood placement and how natural the entire layout looks. Definately gonna be a loyal follower of this thread.
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Old 08-31-2006, 04:25 AM   #30
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I'm curious: everytime I try to use sword plants, they outgrow the tank. Is this one finally big enough to grow swords for many years? If so, that could be fabulously beautiful.
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