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130 gallon journal

I figured I would post a thread on my acrylic 130 gallon tank I have been working on going planted with. It used to be set up as a reef tank. I'm in the process of cycling the sump right now, sanding down and painting the stand. The dimensions of the tank are

69.5" L x 20"W x 22" H. The sump is around 30 gallons.





wrasse keeping me company sanding down the edges of the tank to polish them. I traded him and the sohal tang into the fish store for credit.

The plans:
MTS capped with eco-complete
80x2 t5 HO lighting (still have not got that far yet.)
Keep the sump
EI dosing

I'm going to go with a bunch of lemon tetra's (or might change my mind to rummy nose, not sure yet) and with shrimp of some sort. Eventually I plan on running CO2 in the tank, once I can afford it.



What my 29 looked like at the start of November, its come a long way so far.

My 29 gallon tank. Most of the plants are going to go into the 130 gallon, I'm going to keep this one up with the angel fish in it.

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Nice tank! You can do a lot with a 130 gallon. Be creative.

Your 29 looks great - looks like the plants i gave you are doing very well!
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Nice tank! You can do a lot with a 130 gallon. Be creative.

Your 29 looks great - looks like the plants i gave you are doing very well!
yup they are. The blyxa was having a little bit of trouble, but it was due to me moving it. Its doing a lot better now.
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update, well kinda.

I finally have the aquarium completely broke down. I'm waiting on my dad to bring it over to my house in his truck. My truck wont haul it lol.. I can lay down completely in the tank, my head and feet on both walls and still have a little bit of moving room. I should of got a picture of me laying down in it. I also got the canopy and doors sealed with sealer finally.


My MTS has been coming a long nicely.

I think I also have all of the fauna figured out. I chose 13 for now, just because its a "lucky" number. :p
13 lemon tetras
13 congo tetras
13 blue tetras
2 german blue rams
and shrimp of some kind, maybe snowball




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Got the stand painted, it looks good!



I still need to buy some new hardware for it. Im going to buy stainless hinges and small round door knobs.

Where its going to go, it fits perfectly between the door and window.

View from kitchen.

EDIT: I ordered two more bags of Eco complete for it, so that will bring me up to 120 lbs of it, in addition to MTS. I got a new 250W marineland stealth heate toor. So far its a really nice heater, its all plastic.

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250w is a bit small for 130 gallons especially if you plant to run the sump.. just an fyi.


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250w is a bit small for 130 gallons especially if you plant to run the sump.. just an fyi.
yea, all the fish store had.

I brought two from my parents house, one about cooked my fish. Well the other, about cooked me. I moved the cord, I heard an electrical arc, let go of it really quick then yanked it out of the wall. I cut it open and the wire looked it had corroded. I cut out the bad section, soldered it back together.

EDIT: It will have a canopy on it, and also its 3/4" acrylic so it should stay well insulated. When it was set up salt water at my parents house it never had a heater in it.
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You should be fine.. if you plan on going for high temp fish you may have a hard time keeping it warm enough but I doubt it. My little heater works a bit too often for my taste and I am running 100-110 gallons open top 300w.


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Just wanted to give my personal experience with blue tetras. They are great looking fish, but I've tried them twice and both times they turned out to be very chasey fish and ended up going back the to the LFS. My first experience was 3 in a 12 gallon and my second try was 6 in a 75 gallon. Maybe a large school like 13 will help, but just keep an eye out.
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sanding/polishing tank

my temporary "fish"


Still missing 40 lbs of substrate. I still need to put two more knobs on the doors




One LED light

One blue/white LED, much brighter in person. Im still playing around with moon light ideas.
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Flooded it last night.


Still missing two more knobs I need to put on.



Ammonia and nitrite are reading 0 in it, think it is safe to add the fish? I have had my sump hooked up to my 29 gallon the past two weeks?

I need to borrow my room mates camera and take some good pictures of it. Suddenly all of the plants I had in the 29 look smaller now. ha

Crypt wyndtii bronze,
Blyxa japonica (very small atm)
Najas Roraima
Rotala rotundifolia
Carolina Fanwort
Red tiger lotus
Sunset Hygro
Subwassertang
Heteranthera zosterfolia
Java fern
Anubias Nana

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I agree with rasetsu about the blue tetras. While they are a really cool looking fish, most people don't think of tetras as aggressive but in my experience these fish can be quite aggressive. I had a dozen in my 55 a few years ago and they chased around everything in the tank including each other. Maybe in a bigger tank they might not be so pushy and they dont school together like other tetras I have had.
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