I'm a long time lurker of these forums and this tank has been a long time in the making. Not knowing how long this project would take I never started a journal. I've slowly accumulated and scavanged the equipment for this tank over a period of two years now. So what's under the hood? Well here's the list.
- 38 Gallon AGA
- Refinished stand and DIY hood
- DIY glass hood a la these forums
- (2) 24" IceCap 2X24 watt SLR T5HO Retrofits
- Giesemann 6000K Mid Sun bulbs
- DIY 70 Watt Metal Halides (ballastwise, utility lamp housing, Philips 4200K 92 CRI)
- DIY moon lights
- Rena XP3
- 36 watt UV sterilizer
- Via Aqua 1300 run in parallel (soon to be replaced with a Mag 3)
- Koralia nano
- DIY plumbing
- EI method KNO3, KH2PO4, CSM+B, EDTA Iron
- Autodosing with Wasserpest's small water pump method
- 5lb tank
- Victor VTS 450D two stage regulator
- Custom plumbing to run two separate relays and needle valves for two separate tanks
- Accuair plastic needle valves
- Plumbed to be injected into the external pump (ViaAqua now Mag3 later) for a needle wheel effect
I would have given the mineralized top soil a shot but I just don't have a place to do it while I'm at my school apartment in NY. The wife and kids don't leave me much time to finish a project like this when I do get home to Ohio.
One of my favorite things about this tank is the spray bar. It runs the length of the back wall so I can push a large amount of flow evenly throughout the tank. I'm also considering adding a second Koralia nano to the opposite corner.
I currently only have 3 otto's and 4 amano shrimp in there now. I have another 10 amano being shipped in from ZID ZULANDER. The final livestock will be as follows.
- 8-10 Corydoras Habrosus
- 8 Threadfin Rainbows
- 6 Apristogramma agasizzi Fire red or some other type of apisto depending what I decide will work best. I may also opt to use some nice blue rams I've seen here locally
- 2 Peacock Gudgeons
For plants, I did the dry start method. It took three months because I got some bad advice and killed my first carpet by spraying some excel diluted 1:2 after 1 month of growth. When it finally did grow back I was too busy with school to try and set the tank up. The final list will be as follows:
Tonina lotus blossem
Still need to get
Pogostemon stellatus broad leaf
I'd like to try and get one nice eriocaulon rosette when the tank is cooking
Here's the pics!!
The color of the halides has evened out. They're both the same brand, but I had used one on a 10 gallon I had in the past.
Flip up hood for easy access. When this picture was taken I had yet to install the T-5's and moonlights
I love crown molding, I'll stick it anywhere i can!
There's a Hayco fitting on the end of the T's so that I can put a heater in it and use it inline. Everything has been spray painted black with Kryolon fusion. The ball valves allow me to do easy water changes. Turn some to pump it out, and I have a sump pump in a tank collecting pure R/O water that I turn on to pump water back in. No mess and no buckets!!
I have since installed a separate switch and ballast for the T-5's
Week 2 ^
Week 3 ^
And that's today. The stems aren't arranged in their final spots, I just threw some in there to get it going. Sorry for the glare off the HC, I'm using the camera on my cell phone and can't do any better. I'll get new batteries for my digital camera and see if I can do better in some updates. Criticism and suggestions are welcome, it can only help me make this tank better. Thanks for looking!