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Old 06-12-2013, 06:28 PM   #1
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220 gallon dirted tank with CO2 injection


I got this used 220-gallon tank (dimensions 72"x24"x30") with cabinet stand and canopy from a local hobbyist. The canopy has a couple of T8 lights, and they are going to be replaced with T5HO lights. The blue background will be scraped off, and it will be repainted into black color.


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Old 06-12-2013, 06:54 PM   #2
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that thing is HUGE! Should be a good build. Nice wood in the tank!
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Old 06-12-2013, 07:24 PM   #3
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That driftwood came with the tank. It goes 4"-5" above the tank's rim. I might attach some plants for emersed growth to it.

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Old 06-12-2013, 07:25 PM   #4
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So I started scraping off the blue background...


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Old 06-12-2013, 07:41 PM   #5
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Done!


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Old 06-12-2013, 07:47 PM   #6
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I purchased an 8 oz sample of a regular black acrylic paint from Home Depot for $2.97 and a foam roller with tray for about $6 to paint the background black. I hope this will be enough for 2-3 coats.


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Old 06-12-2013, 08:03 PM   #7
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I went with blue at the behest of my wife. I think you'll be happy with black.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:07 PM   #8
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It does. I can't wait to repaint them someday, but it is probably going to be a while.
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Old 06-12-2013, 08:09 PM   #9
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For some reason, my following message got deleted... Aquaticus, I am reposting it, so it doesn't seem as if you're speaking with yourself.

"I know... Blue looks like a swimming pool, doesn't it? "

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Old 06-13-2013, 03:33 AM   #10
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this is going to be fun once it gets going :P
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I have a similar tank in my garage waiting to be setup. Should be fun! I actually started working on taking of MY blue background. I'm going black as well. Can't wait to see what you have in store!
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Some of our springs down here actually HAVE that blue color...Especially when snorkeling, and when the water is very clear, the color is pretty amazing:

http://api.ning.com/files/4TGCQEa5TL...ngBoil6051.jpg
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Wow! Those springs are beautiful!
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Black background is complete! The 8 oz sample paint was just enough for three coats. I waited about an hour between each coat.

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Old 06-13-2013, 03:42 PM   #15
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Wow!! What a tank. It may take a year to finish it.

Assume since you are upgrading the lights that it is going to be a planted tank? Dimensions 5' by 3' by 2'? What substrate are you going to use?

Being a penny pincher I think river sand from a landscaper would be the cheapest and easiest to maintain. The color is brown thus it doesn't show debris as white sand does.

You could easily do a 3D background in it. Seen a lot of them in the Cichlid forum. They mainly use foam sheets, ceramic and drylock to seal it so that it doesn't drastically affect the water parameters.
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