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post #1 of 15 (permalink) Old 10-23-2016, 03:59 AM Thread Starter
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45g Planted Hardscape

Hello All,

I have been wanting to post my tank build for a very long time. I finally had some time to sit down and get everything organized so here it goes.

Tank:
45g (Received from neighbor for free.99)
10g Sump (Found on side of road while driving one day)

Substrate:
Eco Complete (3 Bags from Petco)

Lighting:
Finnex Planted 24/7



Plants:
Purchased from aquariumplants.com



Fish:
4 Various Angels
3 SAE
5 Amano Shrimp

So lets start with the sump. I wanted to model my 10g sump from an image i saw online. I thought it was simple, yet provided a great variety of everything a sump should have.



Here are my sump calcs for baffles and total water displaced. After all said and done, no modifications were needed to be made. It all worked out perfect.



Overflow was machined on Bridgeport from 1/4" acrylic and glued together using silicone. I was very pleased with the way it came out.









Heater: Jetsu 300 Watt Heater
Pump: Allied Aqua 793gph Pump
Bulkheads: Allied Aqua 3/4" Threaded

Sump Progress Pic



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I used the overflow as a template for the holes I needed to drill in the tank. This was very nerve racking for me.







I needed to verify the nuts from the bulkhead wouldnt interfere with the rim of the tank. All said and done, I wish I could have drilled the holes close to the rim, however there was interference.





With the overflow finished and the holes drilled I started pluming the supply and return lines.



Sump starting to come together...



Sump Contents:
Fluval Ceramic Filter Media
Marineland Bio Balls
Filter Roll
3 Air Stones with tubing (Mounted under Media)



Co2:

Luxfer 2.5lb CO2 cylinder
Co2 Art - Complete System
Aquarium CO2 Regulator with two Gauge and 12V DC
Magnetic Valve
3m of CO2 Resistant Tubing
Aluminium Aquarium CO2 Bubble Counter for Solenoids and Regulators
In-Tank Diffuser Bazooka Atomizer
Aquarium CO2 Drop Checker





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Wanted to do a great focal point piece so I decided to make a rock bridge. Could not find what I wanted so I decided to make it. A big giant rock puzzle!



Rock structure complete with added driftwood.









Then here comes the substrate. Also wired up the Finnex 24/7 planted light. Love this light!



Timer:
Co2
2nd Light
Air Stones



Always Running:
Pump
Heater
Finnex 24/7 Light

Water is terrible where I live. So I went out and got some!



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Here are some pictures when the plants arrived! Best day ever. This is just the first round of plants. I still plan on adding the following within the next month.

Ludwigia Acruata
Ludwigia Macrandra
Hermianthus Micranthemoides
Rotala SP Green
Ludwigia Inclinata Var. Cuba
Didiplis Diandra

0 Weeks In:







4 Weeks In: Diatoms at its peak as expected.











5 Weeks: Diatoms fading. Small green algae growth on rocks. First trim is done. Also added Amano Shrimp





6 Weeks: Looking to begin a dosing regiment. Also looking to start filling the tank with back-round plants.





I will keep you guys posted with more soon!

Thanks for looking,

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So today I placed my diffuser in the sump instead of in the tank like I originally had. I put it right under my pump, since I have my pump suspended off the ground in the sump. (Helps with vibration)



Every since I did this, the Co2 dispersion in the main tank is unreal. Looks like its snowing in the tank. The Co2 dispersion looks to be better now so I dropped from 3bps to 2bps and will monitor Co2 levels within the next couple of days.





Are people doing this? I know others will run through a power head but are others putting the diffuser in your sumps?



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Modified my pump so that the diffuser fit right in side of the intake. Here are some pictures. I am also now working on a custom lid for the tank.

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Here is the link to a video of the diffuser with C02 running through it.

https://youtu.be/DhP2WFzhivc


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Sick setup man. I like the DIY sump along with the rock bridge. looking nice but how are the plants doing underneath the rocks, i assume they aren't getting as much light.

May I also ask where did you get your CO2 setup and the cost?

overall great looking tank!
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super interesting setup, I've never seen a tank with a arch like that! only suggestion I have, as far as the plants in the tank, I would add some height behind the arch (where the two "legs" of the arch are at). not a red plant as there is already a lot of reds and beautiful fields of green plants in your tank. so I suggest something tall, and yellow/orange colored plant behind the 2 arch legs stunning tank.
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Nice overflow. That's pretty much how I did mine but no teeth.

Can you see your waterline in the tank? With teeth your water level is lower than the rim of the tank and see it.

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Nice overflow. That's pretty much how I did mine but no teeth.

Can you see your waterline in the tank? With teeth your water level is lower than the rim of the tank and see it.
Hi Ichy, no water line. It sits perfectly above the bottom of the tank rim!


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That's one of the most detailed setup journals I've seen. Looks good.
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Update Picture - Background plants growing in nicely. Gonna let it get a little overgrown now before I start shaping the plants a bit.





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Gorgeous set up! Did you buy the rocks or find them..? I had problems with the ones I found as they ended up being calcified.
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Thanks for the compliments. I found them locally around where I live. What sort of issues did you have ?
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