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Old 02-16-2009, 01:34 AM   #1
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Thestranger66's Custom Built Nano Project


Hey Guys and Gals,
I have been a member of this forum since about last May when I took my first real swing at a planted tank. However, due to poor planning and a lack of experience the tank fell apart and I was forced to tear it down about two weeks ago.






I have been watching over a lot of threads, particularly those with ADA tanks, whcih I have dreamed of since I first got into the hobby a few years ago. Now since I did not want to risk shipping a fragile tank 3000 miles across the continent, and my LFS who supplies ADA materials charges 165$ for a Mini-M, I decided to build one. My house is currently undergoing renovation and as a result I was able to get the glass for 0.00$ beause we have done so much business with the glass company. After they gave me the panes of glass I headed down to Home Depot for some aquarium safe silicon and began the project with some other self proclaimed "fishheads" in the family who had a little more experience than me in this field of aquariums. So several days of careful siliconing and setting later I have my finished product. (Although I still have to do a comprehensive water test.)

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A pic showing off the nice beveled edges:



Not much to see yet, but I think this tank has great potential. I can't decide on whther or not to do an iwagumi with this tank. I am going to see what the price of another set of panes for antoher tank would be and make a desicion from there though.

As always, any imput is greatly appreciated.

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Old 02-16-2009, 01:43 AM   #2
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Incredible DIY! I can't wait to see this tank evolve!
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Old 02-16-2009, 02:34 AM   #3
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Tank looks great, VERY well put together, nice clean edges! And that piece of DW is gorgeous!

I agree it looks like it has great potential, I can't wait to see it evolve!
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Old 02-16-2009, 03:46 AM   #4
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Excellent job.
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Old 02-16-2009, 05:13 AM   #5
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You did a very good job! And while it's hard to tell, the quality of the glass they gave you seems comparable to ADA's tanks' glass. Nice work.

That driftwood is spectacular! If you're not going to build another tank, DO NOT do an Iwagumi. That driftwood needs to be in that tank. To not use it would be a mistake worse than your self-proclaimed poorly-planned first tank. Seriously, it's gorgeous.
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Old 02-16-2009, 08:10 AM   #6
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And if you don't use that wood pass it on to UG there and make him go get another tank for it

Can't wait to see this one evolve....

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Old 02-16-2009, 01:40 PM   #7
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Thanks for the comments everyone! Yea I do love that driftwood too, but I have always really wanted a nice iwagumi setup.

Here's a question for UG: What kind of rock is that in your mini-s Riven? And how much did it cost. I am looking for that specific type of rock and Steve Lo says it is ryough while I think it is seiryu. Also, how much do you think I would need for a tank this size.

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Thanks for the comments everyone! Yea I do love that driftwood too, but I have always really wanted a nice iwagumi setup.

Here's a question for UG: What kind of rock is that in your mini-s Riven? And how much did it cost. I am looking for that specific type of rock and Steve Lo says it is ryough while I think it is seiryu. Also, how much do you think I would need for a tank this size.

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I believe UG has both in that scape.

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Craig, sorry I didn't speicify I was refering to he larger rock with the white veins running throughout them.

Update:
I just completed the initial filling of the tank and so far it seems very stable and there are no leaks. (I know the tank is not level, I will level the stand once the water test is done.)

Newly Filled Tank:


Also, how long should I test before I actually fill the tank up?

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The rocks with the white veining are Seiryu Stones.

Here is a link to ADG. They sell Seiryu stones for $4 a lb.

I think testing for a week should suffice.
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Regarding the stone in Riven, I'd trust Stephen. He's the one that received and marked the stones. This one was individually marked by him by price and as "Extra nice". Meaning, he probably remembers the stone.

It's very difficult to tell the difference between Ryouh and Seiryu. It think you'd have to be a geologist to know the difference. (A slight exaggeration, but not really.) I've found that the presence of white veins does not differentiate between the two. Meaning, one must study the texture of the rock as opposed to the color and markings to see the difference.
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You guys did a really nice job on the tank, especially for a first time effort.

It's a nice piece of driftwood that'd lend itself nicely to a fern/anubias/moss type scape. That could be a nice option especially if you said you had the last tank go down in flames due to lack of experience. Iwagumi are more difficult but if your heart is set on it, why not? Don't let the wood (or it's lovers here) talk you out of what you really want to do.

I'd suggest squeezing a few more panes of glass out of that company for all the business you gave them. Iwagumi and driftwood scape!
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Old 02-16-2009, 08:51 PM   #13
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Hey there stranger,

Hows it going. I forgot to contact you back last time we talk. That tank is looking awesome and your silicon jobs can't be better either. Is that Driftwood from House of Fins. Looks pretty similar to some of there would.

I remember you asking about wanting some of my ADA driftwood. If you would like some pm me. Anyways I think that this is going to be a great Aquascape down the line.

let me know.
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Old 02-17-2009, 01:24 AM   #14
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How many pounds of rock would be a good estimate for how much ryough I need in this tank? Thanks in advance,

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Old 02-17-2009, 01:41 AM   #15
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I would say 10lbs would be enough. Just contact george at AFA about what kind of tank scape you are looking to make and he should beable to help you out.

Also if I go this week to Greenwich Aquaria I will make sure to buy you some driftwood to go with your scape!
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