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Old 11-11-2011, 10:10 PM   #46
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Any new updates/ fish? And thanks for posting the plumbing plan.
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Old 11-27-2011, 03:28 PM   #47
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I'm considering a complete re-scape of the tank at this point. I hate how the substrate always ends up flat after a few months. I'll address that issue, and change the stump around to see if I find something more pleasing to the eye. Gonna need a couple of uninterrupted days with no kids, lol.
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Old 12-15-2011, 04:17 PM   #48
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Did I miss something. I don't see the fini product with plants that you talked about in thread about water changes.
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Old 12-16-2011, 09:47 PM   #49
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Did I miss something. I don't see the fini product with plants that you talked about in thread about water changes.
What are you asking? You mean that thread from.... August??? The pics at the start of this thread are not indicative of the current plant load. Maybe post a link to that thread to refresh my failing memory.
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Old 12-16-2011, 10:02 PM   #50
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Found it
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/fe...ml#post1485462
No, I don't have a current pic. It is never finished
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Old 01-09-2012, 04:27 AM   #51
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OK, here is a quick drawing of how I plumbed for water changes. The bin is actually beside the tank. If I were to do it again, I would have put it under the tank, unfortunately I seriously over built the stand, and didn't leave myself enough access to do it that way. Regardless, it is still out of the way, and \i am quite pleased with the simplicity and ease of water changes. The stock fluval intake was replaced by larger diameter pvc that I drilled the bottom 14 inches of. It is virtually clog proof. The outflow was replaced by the same pvc that I drilled strategically for a spraybvar that runs along the bottom, and placed the holes to direct flow through the pleco caves, so they don't get filled with plecopoop.
It's amazing how light a stand can be built, my tank is a Marineland and it came with the tank, glass tops, light, and a stand but it is built so light if I were to post a thread of me building this same stand in the DIY section here people would be all over me saying it won't hold the weight. I is all vertical 1 by 4 pine with a band on the outside that keeps it from exploding and some really small corner braces inside but it's just enough to hold the 6 to 8 hundred pounds of weight sitting on top of it.
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Old 01-09-2012, 02:32 PM   #52
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Sounds like the stand that came with my 86gallon. I think as diy-ers, we tend to err on the side of caution. We overbuild because it makes us comfortable knowing that "there is no way in hell that my stand is going to fail". If I had the guts and know-how, I would love to build something like this:
http://blog.captive-aquatics.com/cap...onth.html#more
Not a whole lot of material in that build.
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Old 02-20-2012, 07:20 AM   #53
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Are you certain that a T5NO light system wouldn't cost you less in the long run? Petblvd.com has some T5NO light system cheap by SolarMax. Then there is a thread by Hyzer on a T5HO light strip which cost $45 for 29G, which is 30in long
I will tell you that you can pick up a cheap-o 2x T5-NO fixture from HD or Lowes for fairly inexpensive, even for a 48". I believe I paid 25$ for one and $30 for the other both 48". I used two of them on my 40 breeder for years (I just switched a couple months ago) and I received great results with it! all I did was take a reflector out of an old fixture that had broke and attached it to the fixture, put the bulbs back on, and haha really ghetto, but I had it sitting on aluminum foil balls..I always wanted to hang it but never got around to it (yes i know, little lazy on my part but it worked great!).

Also that is an AWESOME wall tank BTW! it has a VERY clean look to it that I really like. Nicely done! And also the water change system I really like, I might use that idea later down the road..how is it working out for you???

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Sounds like the stand that came with my 86gallon. I think as diy-ers, we tend to err on the side of caution. We overbuild because it makes us comfortable knowing that "there is no way in hell that my stand is going to fail". If I had the guts and know-how, I would love to build something like this:
http://blog.captive-aquatics.com/cap...onth.html#more
Not a whole lot of material in that build.
WOW that is an awesome stand! I am with you I put like 4"+ screws into my stands I build and give like 4 per side just to make sure that it wont fall or break lose! And those screws have some insane breaking strength like 250lbs I think! Better to be safe than cleaning up water, dead fish, and calling Servepro haha!

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Old 02-20-2012, 02:55 PM   #54
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You can pick up a cheap-o 2x T5-NO fixture from HD
The 1 I saw had to be wired into the house. So you found 1 with a plug or spliced into a plug?
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The 1 I saw had to be wired into the house. So you found 1 with a plug or spliced into a plug?
Oh ya sorry i forgot to add that part..I had to splice a plug and attach it, if not it has wiring so you can put it directly into the house (positive, neg, and ground)..i just prefer a plug so I can run timmers. Either way worked for years and i was more than happy with it.
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Old 02-24-2012, 02:48 AM   #56
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the water change system I really like, I might use that idea later down the road..how is it working out for you???
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WOW that is an awesome stand! I am with you I put like 4"+ screws into my stands I build and give like 4 per side just to make sure that it wont fall or break lose! And those screws have some insane breaking strength like 250lbs I think! Better to be safe than cleaning up water, dead fish, and calling Servepro haha!
Water changes are an absolute breeze. Love this setup for that. ANd yeah, if I had the guts and know-how, I'd like to build a stand like that for my 32. Very nice.
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Old 02-24-2012, 10:46 PM   #57
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nice tank and design!
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Old 03-12-2012, 05:07 AM   #58
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This is awesome! I am considering upgrading to DIY plumbing from just my regular Fluval junk. You've given me the motivation to plan it out tonight!
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Old 03-13-2012, 03:24 AM   #59
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pics please
it's been almost 4 years
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