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post #46 of 56 (permalink) Old 01-09-2017, 02:26 PM
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A lot of acrylic tank builders and repairman advise not to use foam under a acrylic tank, A nice 3/4 inch hardwood ply with recessed screws and sanded smooth is the advise I have gotten. Monsterfishkeepers has a lot of discussion on this.

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I think yoga mats, thin ones, work well too. But yes, a hardware store should have thin foam. I think Bulk Reef Supply used some mat in their 52 weeks of reefing series on YouTube. May be worth checking out since it was a HUGE acrylic tank like this as well. One of the first episodes is them setting the tank on the stand. It is a good chunk of information.

I couldn't find an answer when I googled, I got a bunch of DIY tank builds. Someone can fill you in on why a buffer is preferred.
That was a glass reef savvy tank if I remember correctly.
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A lot of acrylic tank builders and repairman advise not to use foam under a acrylic tank, A nice 3/4 inch hardwood ply with recessed screws and sanded smooth is the advise I have gotten. Monsterfishkeepers has a lot of discussion on this.

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That was a glass reef savvy tank if I remember correctly.


Yup! It was, in FACT, a glass aquarium. I was WRONG. Plywood is the suggestion. I watched this video since posting my original reply. I will correct my original post for searches as well.


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Interesting read. There really is no right or wrong answer based on what I read on monsterfishkeepers. I did trim my foam to the size of my tank for no spillage outside in plain sight. So I hope I won't have any issues.....
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So I rigged up a new intake and outtake system. The parts I used were all one-inch PVC 90-degree elbows and one-inch ribbed tubing for my intake. For the outtake, I used 5/8 inch ribbed tubing to 1/5 inch PVC straight pipe and 90-degree elbows. The problem I am facing now is a lot of air being trapped within my canister filter. It has become loud and I can visibly see the outtake pipes dispersing a lot of bubbles. I tried everything from priming the filter to filling the intake and outtake pipes with water. I am thinking, maybe it is from the 90-degree elbow being used on my intake? I checked my setup for any water leaks and haven't found a single drop. All my hose fittings are sealed with pipe clamps. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Also note, the outtake return fell off as I moved the pipe, my PVC to PVC connections are all non-glued slip fittings for easy cleaning and I do eventually plan on painting them black.
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Some suggestions.
On the 1" intake it is possible there is an air bubble at the highest point of the up and over loop. An easy fix for this would be to get a plastic check valve (like the ones used for air pumps / air stones). Drill an appropriate sized hole in the highest point of your up and over loop. Insert / glue in the check valve such that air/water can be drawn out of the check valve. Once installed, use some air line to draw out the air pocket.

Trying to remember, are you using a CO2 reactor like a Griggs or Cerges? If so, these can present their own problems with priming a canister filter. In my personal experience, I have found if I use something like this...

you could use a quick disconnect on your filter output to allow you to drain out the water that is in the output pipe / reactor. Now you have a place for air in the canister to go when you turn the canister back on. Gotta remember to remove the device in the pic above or you will have a beautiful fountain above your tank. Pretty sure we were talking about my PVC lily pipe adapter. Here is a pic of that installed.


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post #51 of 56 (permalink) Old 01-22-2017, 09:39 PM Thread Starter
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Just an update: my DIY plumbing has been cleared of air trapped inside my canister filter. My tank looks very empty as I do not have a lot of plants. Does anyone have any recommendations as to plants I should add? Current plant list are jungle val, ozelot sword, regular sword, water sprite and dwarf sag. Feel like a 220 can handle a lot more plants. Any suggestions would be vastly appreciated!
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You could definitely add more swords, maybe some crypts...it all depends on what look you're going for. Remember too, that as the swords grow into their full size, they will take up a good amount of real estate, but until then it looks sparse. Easiest thing would be to get some fast growing stem plants and just pack them in there until the swords dig in and start really putting on size.
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So my filter is acting up again and making a rather odd noise. Have any of you guys come across this type of issue?

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I answered on your other post about the filter and I think the problem is your DIY intake strainer doesn't have enough holes and is causing the problem you are experiencing.

I made DIY intakes for my Eheim 2260/62 filters and used 3/4" PVC pipe which fit perfectly into the Eheim green hose and just used the Eheim intake strainer on the end of the PVC pipe.

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Update time, at last. So far I have seen some impressive growth on my ozelot sword and of course my dwarf sag. I am disappointed in my jungle val growth. They will spread runner but they seem to be maxing out in height of around 4 inches or so. I recently finished battling a massive alagea outbreak in my take so I'll take that as a win! I also have an excessive ramshorn snail population which needs to be scaled back. Any takers on those? lol. My goal is to carpet the entire bottom of my tank with dwarf sag or another plant but am unsure about other plants out there. I have the light to grow pretty much anything but am lacking Co2 at the moment. Any ideas?
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UPDATE TIME: Been quite some time since I posted here last. Since then, the tank has become an overgrown jungle. I added co2 and my plants have exploded! However, I rescaped today to give the plants and fish some breathing room. I need to add some larger pieces of hardscape to my setup as well as adding a few other plants. My current setup contains vals, sagitaria, wisteria and two amazon swords. Speaking of swords, my snails decimated them but they appear to be growing back which is good. If anyone here has an issue with snails, I recommend a clown loach. I am amazed at how well of a job this fish can do to alleviate a snail population explosion. I also noticed with adding co2 to my tank, my sagitaria grows quite tall. Anyone have any recommendations on plants I should add? Also, my fish stock is pretty low for this tank. I have four large angels, four black phantom tetras, six mixed cory cats, one rummy nose tetra and three neons (most have died randomly), one red tip shark, one albino shark and one clown loach. Need some stocking ideas for sure

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