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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 08-01-2016, 05:26 PM Thread Starter
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My rimless tanks

I've decided to combine all my tanks into one thread.

I also hope to be able to do a monthly update. Probably not going not happen every month, but I will try.

August 2016

120G (48" x 24" x 24")
Last rescaped August 2016.



22G (24" x 18" x 12")
Last rescaped March 2016.



3G (12" x 7" x 9.5")
Last rescaped March 2016.



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Thats a beautiful 120gal. I think it needs a little height but stunning nonetheless.

What type of light are you using, and where did you get the tank?

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65 Gal. Non planted - Ps. Elongatus "Chewere" - torn down

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Do tell more about the 120 gallon and the plants etc.
It looks like it's going to fill out nice.

I think we just snagged the same plant at a local pet store.
$2.89 a bunch.
What is that floater and it's possible (circled in red) relative?

Our pic is included below of the likely same plant.
Fresh driftwood from the last few months. Water tannin color too.

edit: I forgot to mention that ours is an albino pleco tank.
It looks bare though.
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Pardon me for being light on information at the moment. I wanted to list everything, but it would be a mighty long post, then I wonder if it is such a good idea to combine these tanks into one thread. Then there are stuffs that I have no idea what they are. So I took the path of the least resistance lol. Anyway, I will follow up with more information and picture.

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Thats a beautiful 120gal. I think it needs a little height but stunning nonetheless.

What type of light are you using, and where did you get the tank?
Thank you. Yes the plants are a little short at the moment, just planted them, hopefully they will be much taller in a few months.

The tank is a custom job, there are more pictures of it and the light here albeit I have since beefed up the light and modified the stand a little bit.

https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/12...lect-tank.html

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Do tell more about the 120 gallon and the plants etc.
It looks like it's going to fill out nice.

I think we just snagged the same plant at a local pet store.
$2.89 a bunch.
What is that floater and it's possible (circled in red) relative?

Our pic is included below of the likely same plant.
Fresh driftwood from the last few months. Water tannin color too.

edit: I forgot to mention that ours is an albino pleco tank.
It looks bare though.
The floater, and the plant in your first picture, is hornwort (Ceratophyllum demersum). It's only there temporarily to soak up excess nutrient from the new Aquasoil.

The red plants you circled, I think it is red water millfoil (Myriophyllum tuberculatum). Though I am pretty bad at plant ID. I am not sure if the plant will survive at that spot, might not have enough light for it. If so I would have to modify the scape a little bit.
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120G

Flora

Behind the drift wood, left to right:
Anubias barteri var. nana
Anubias barteri var barteri
Anubias barteri var lanceolata
Vallisneria americana
Vallisneria spiralis
Hygrophila polysperma (not sure)
Vallisneria nana

In front of the drift wood, left to right

Anubias coffefolia
Helanthium tenellum
Myriophillum tuberculatum
Alternanthera sessilis
Hygrophila sp. araguaia (not sure)
Blyxa japonica
Limnophila aromatica
pogostemon helferi
Alternanthera reinickii
Sagitarria subulata

Fauna

1 platinum angelfish
1 honey gourami (male)
4 pink zebra danios
4 platies (2 males, 2 females)
2 guppies (2 males)
2 balloon electric blue rams (1 male, 1 female)
2 Apistogramma viejita (could be viejita/macmasterri hybrid, could be both males)
8 Amano shrimps

Equipments

Custom made glass tank with external overflowbox (48" x 24" x 24")
Glass sump
DIY in sump CO2 reactor (powered by Tunze Nanostream 6025)
(details here: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/9-...2-reactor.html )
3.5L Catalina Aluminum CO2 cylinder with ANS solenoid regulator
Eheim 1264 return pump
DIY light rack with eBay LED bulbs
ADA Aquasoil Amazonia

Parameters

Light timer on: 1600-0000
CO2 timer on: 1400-2300
CO2 bps: 5
pH 5.9-6.8
KH ~1 (not really sure, I have 2 kits and they give me wonky results)

This is my newest scape. I would say the plants, scape and equipments are mostly finalised.

The fishes wise, I am not so sure what to put in. I initially wanted to have 3 pairs of dwarf cichlids plus some very colourful and not too tiny fishes (like dwarf gourami, platies, and etc), sort of a rainbow coloured theme. I thought my tank is large enough, however the current apistogramma and rams are already fighting quite a bit. More of them might spread out the aggression, or it may make the matter worse.

In my last scape I wanted to have platies and guppies. But they keep dying on me. I think they are over bred and have weak immune system, so I may have to go for schooling fishes again. The 4 platies I have, they look like they are going to survive. Though I would prefer larger and more colourful fishes. This is my newest scape. I would say the plants, scape and equipments are mostly done.

The fishes wise, I am not so sure what to put in. I initially wanted to have 3 pairs of dwarf cichlids plus some very colourful and not too tiny fishes. However the current apistogramma and rams are already fighting quite a bit. More of them might spread out the aggression, or it may make the matter worse.

In my last scape I wanted to have platies and guppies. But they keep dying on me. I think they are over bred and have weak immune, so I may have to go for schooling fishes again. Though I would prefer larger and more colourful fishes.This is my newest scape. I would say the plants, scape and equipments are mostly done.

The fishes wise, I am not so sure what to put in. I initially wanted to have 3 pairs of dwarf cichlids plus some very colourful and not too tiny fishes, sort of a rainbow coloured tank. However the current apistogramma and rams are already fighting quite a bit. More of them might spread out the aggression, or it may make the matter worse.

In my last scape I wanted to have platies and guppies. But they keep dying on me. I think they are over bred and have weak immune. Though some say they are susceptible to diseases when kept in soft water. The 4 platies I have, they look like they are going to live though.

The 4 pink zebra danios, there used to be more of them but they are thinning out too. I like their colours but they only hug the water surface in my current scape, which doesnt look good. I prefer fishes that dart in and out or hang out around of plants.

I know I am going to get another honey gourami. Perhaps a pair of koi swordstail, I already ran out of platy colour to collect, and I am not sure if livebearers will do well in my tank (soft, acidic).

The anglefish is nice that it is not tiny, but it is a jerk.

Discus is large and colourful, but I am not going to do many water changes.

At the end of the day, I may have to go cardinal tetras or some other tetras, again.
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22G

Flora

Eleocharis sp. (Japanese hairgrass)
Blyxa japonica
Alternanthera sessilis (may be I should swap this for another Japanese plant?)

Fauna

3 harlequin rasboras
2[censored]ballon pristella tetras
1 dwarf neon rainbowfish
7 Amano shrimps
2 red cherry shrimps

Equipment

Custom made glass tank (24" x 18" x 12")
Maxijet 1200 pump
Ista Turbo CO2 reactor
2L CO2 steel cylinder with Ocean Free regulator
Eheim surface skimmer 350
DIY light stand with eBay LED bulb
Seachem Fluorite substrate

Parameter

Light timer on: 1200-0000
Surface skimmer timer on: 0000-0530, 0600-1130, 1745-1815
CO2: 24 hours a day
CO2 bps: 2
pH 6.3-6.4
KH ~1 (not really sure, I have 2 kits and they give me wonky results)

I collected the rocks when I was hiking on a mountain.

The last time I overhauled this tank, I washed at least 80% of its substrate. Nevertheless that 10% of unwashed substrate still gives me 15 ppm of nitrate a week. It is on EI dosing with half the dosage at half the water change frequency, Also minus the N part (Potassium sulphate instead of potassium nitrate). I like this tank that it is very low maintenance. I am hoping to repeat this for the 120G.

The surface skimmer is on timer so that if shrimps get it, they can get out when it is turned off.

It was initially meant to be a shrimp tank. I initially added 10 dark blue neocaridinia shrimps, thinking they are easy. Not only they don't breed, they eventually died out. So I thought may be the lower grade shrimps are hardier. So I got myself 20 of the lowest grade cherry shrimps. I am left with 2 now. The amano shrimps have been in the tank for may be a few years already. Although I suspect they shrunk in size since I got them. I would appreciate some enlightenment on this subject.

The fishes in this tank might seem an odd choice. They are all survivors. They used to be at least 10 of each in my 120G. Once they dwindle in their number I moved them here. You can see why I am thinking of moving my zebra danios over from the 120G here.

I am thinking of giving away all these fishes. Then I will go shrimp again if I ever manage to figure out why they die. Or house a pair of dwarf cichlids plus some dither fish.

3G

Flora

Lucky bamboo
Mini Anubias nana
Marimo moss ball
Hornwort

Fauna

1 male betta

Equipment

Crystal glass tank (12" x 7" x 9.5")
Ocean free surface skimmer
Ikea light stand with eBay gooseneck and LED bulb
River sand

This tank is mostly in neglect, it had seen better days. Water change and fertilising are irregular. The fish is the for mosquito patrol, I am wondering if I should do mosquito dunks instead of fish.

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120G

DIY light stand, holder, and eBay LED bulbs. I added in my own mix of LED chips to get the right colour. It looks naked and I plan on building a light cover when I get around to it.



External overflow box with adjustable water level. Originally designed for silence flow for reef tank, but also works well to prevent CO2 loss in theory. The drop in water level can be adjusted to 2" or less. All connecting tubing are submerged under water except for the emergency secondary drain pipe which is only engaged when the primary drain is clogged. Takes up no real estate in the tank.



Inlet tubing and the external overflow box.



Sponge section and CO2 reactor section.



Return pump section.

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Anubias corner.



Myriophyllum tuberculatum



Alternanthera sessilis and possible hygrophila sp. araguaia.



Limnophila aromatica and Blyxa japonica.



Possible Hygrophila polysperma, Vallisneria nana, and what seems to be Alternanthera reinickii.



Some of the fishes.

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DIY lightstand with cooling fan and eBay LED bulb, again I replaced some of the LED chips to get the right over all colour.



Hidden equipments. I tried using stem plants to cover the panel, but they need weekly trimming as the tank is only less than 8" from substrate to the water line. I switched to slower growing plants like Blyxa but they will take forever to grow tall.



3G

Same thing, I used a piece of black plastic sheet to cover the equipment and use wood to cover the plastic sheet.

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120G

DIY light stand, holder, and eBay LED bulbs. I added in my own mix of LED chips to get the right colour. It looks naked and I plan on building a light cover when I get around to it.

Thank you for the hornwort Ceratophyllum demersum reply.
I like the pine needle thing going on.

I have been all over the net looking at 48x24x24 and 48x24x30H.
Your thread got my attention due to your rimless dimensions.
3 of 4 tanks are rimless over our way.

I included a 3 photos of tanks with fancy wood covers and more of just stand ideas for you if you need some creativity.
I like a little trim without doors and a pretty sump to show off with quiet pumps.

A Stand and Canopy Done Wright - Page 3 - Reef Central Online Community

The one guy has a thread on how we made the one slide out of the way, as drawer slider gizzmo.

Some of the guys have some nice ideas for slabs of wood they toss on for trim with magnets or screws after the stand is up.

Your freshwater tank is gorgeous with much potential.
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Thank you, though I live in an apartment, those elaborate woodwork are unfortunately out of my league.

I don't have a workshop or a garage, when I "DIY" it usually means something really simple to make and I have to think out of the box. The light stand for example, they are make out of water pipes. All I needed are a pipe cutter, PVC glue and spray paint. And a drill if I want to run my wiring inside.

For now my only idea is to make a lampshade of sort out of corrugated plastic sheets that I can cut with a blade. I am still trying to come out with a better idea. Fortunately my living room and furniture are of minimalist style, they tend to be easy to make.
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