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Old 04-05-2015, 04:37 PM   #1
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60P "Rio"


Hello TPT and welcome to my low-tech 60P build!

4/21/15



THE SPECS:

Tank:
Mr. Aqua 17.1g (60P) Low-Iron Rimless

Stand: Ikea besta

Lighting: Ecoxotic E-60 w/ DIY iAquaLite controller (http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=783426)

Filtration: Aquaclear 110 w/ inTank media basket

Heat: Cobalt Aquatics Neotherm 75w

Substrate: Bottom layer MiracleGro w/ 30lb EcoComplete + 5lb Sunset Gold sand

Additives: Seachem Excel + Osmocote root tabs

Flora: Assorted stems and root feeders

Fauna:
Paracheirodon axelrodi
Otocinclus vittatus
BUILD LOG


Bottom layer of MiracleGro Organic with a sprinkling of Osmocote



EcoComplete, Super Naturals sunset gold sand, and driftwood added



Ikea besta stand, DIY light bar, and E-60 light



I think I like buying aquarium equipment more than fish/plants....



E-series light remote and DIY iAquaLite controller






Plants and fishies from Big Al's Ottawa












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Old 04-05-2015, 05:35 PM   #2
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Goodjob! really like those acrylic hangers for the light!
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Old 04-06-2015, 12:27 AM   #3
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nice! how tall is that ikea besta stand? do you have a link for it?

I have a besta stand but not nearly as tall as that
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Old 04-06-2015, 12:41 AM   #4
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Question strange similarity in ecoexoti and current plus pro remote

I couldn't help but notice the , almost exact remote controllers for the ecoexotic and the current plus pro. Makes you wander , are these lights cthe same ? Are the controllers the same ? Hmmm ?

Bump: Hmmm ?
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Old 04-06-2015, 02:17 AM   #5
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Thanks guys!

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nice! how tall is that ikea besta stand? do you have a link for it?

I have a besta stand but not nearly as tall as that
The stand is a little over 4ft, so the tank is well situated at eye level. And unfortunately, it looks like ikea has phased out there besta stand line; I just bought this one on sale in Feb. Major bummer ...

@ rick dale: You're right about the lights. Ecoxotic is an offshoot of Current USA I believe, and the e-series is very functionally similar to the satellite+ line. My link for the arduino controller in the first post will work with some tweaking for your sat plus pro if you get the urge to try building one!
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Hello TPT and welcome to my low-tech 60P build!
Love this. I'm thinking you this would probably save you many headaches if you invested is some corrugated board pieces to keep substrate from flowing onto your gorgeous sand. Alternatively, smaller stones would work the same way, but look totally different. If you then planted a carpet plant in the substrate, the island effect would really set it off.

Here's what I mean:





Apologies if this was your plan all along. Will keep an eye out for this one!
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Old 04-06-2015, 12:28 PM   #7
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thanks mitashade! I tried using some small river stones before to make a barrier between soil and sand, but wasn't quite happy with the way they blended the two. I'm trying to find some different options (such as stones similar to the tank pictured above) to create that visual barrier. Some S.repens and maybe some DHG are definitely in the future!
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great lookin tank!
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Hi everyone, just wanted to showcase my tank's development. I added some river stones along the sand border, and planted some DHG and S. repens










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Old 04-24-2015, 02:34 PM   #10
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Beautiful tank! Personally, I like that the black gravel is mixed in a little with the sand with no clear delineation.
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Really nice work! That driftwood looks really good in there.

Also, good choice on the cobalt aquatics neotherm heater. I've got a couple now and they're fantastic heaters! Maybe a little expensive but I think the next best thing to an inline heater. They look so much sleeker than the giant eheim heaters.
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Beautiful tank! Personally, I like that the black gravel is mixed in a little with the sand with no clear delineation.
Thanks! Honestly that was more by accident than design, but I've come to like the more natural look it gives.

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Really nice work! That driftwood looks really good in there.

Also, good choice on the cobalt aquatics neotherm heater. I've got a couple now and they're fantastic heaters! Maybe a little expensive but I think the next best thing to an inline heater. They look so much sleeker than the giant eheim heaters.
Thank you! I was originally using a hydor theo stuck in the aquaclear, but it wasn't able to maintain temperature all that well. Ive been really pleased with the neotherm before, and with the black background on this tank it doesn't stand out at all.

The only time I'd use eheim heaters is if they're completely hidden, like in a sump. My display tank doesn't need a giant adult toy .
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The only time I'd use eheim heaters is if they're completely hidden, like in a sump. My display tank doesn't need a giant adult toy .
Lol.
Great tank!
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this tank is great! the cardinals are lookin good too
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