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Deep Blue 80 (goby build) - Wattage Minimalist 48x24x16"H

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Here is photo-filled thread of an 80 rimmed build.

I'm trying to to stay on the minimalist side.
- Easy design.
- whole build is based off of what will fit in an SUV for travel.
- board comes off the stand.
- stand is lightweight.
- open looking design.
- strong.
- low maintenance with some cool stuff like an InkBird and possibly a cheap water top-off robot.
- nano fish.
- small wattage used overall.

I have a ton of pics for some ideas to share.
They may come in spurts.

Here is the top board.

- 2 sheets of decent wood were glued together and dried with heavy objects and old weight plates around the house (anything heavy).
- maple strips were added to the 2 sandwiched/glued boards.
- clearcoat was used.
- stain kept making a yellow-like color.
- somewhat lightweight, no help needed for moving.
- fits in home doorways.
- Fits in an SUV or midsize vehicles.

I was trying to get that Birch verneer Ikea furniture fake blond look.














The stand.


- 2x4 el' cheapo.
- open bottom legs.
- fits in an SUV.
- no asking for help to move this object.





Shims added.
- Unlevel 2nd floor created a need for a few degrees of tilt.
- they sink in the carpet (not really seen).




Getting there.
- top board was screwed into the stand for strength.




Some posts get added.
- 2x4 el' cheapo.
- paint black.
- drill hole and drop in female threaded nut for the Kessil light.




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Looking good so far! I've got the same tank, but went with the rimless version. Looking forward to seeing how your Kessils compare to my Radions. How're you going to filter it?

I'll be following this build for sure.

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Looking good so far! I've got the same tank, but went with the rimless version. Looking forward to seeing how your Kessils compare to my Radions. How're you going to filter it?

I'll be following this build for sure.

Cheers,
Phil

Phil,

We have the rimless as well.
I think its in the photography section.
https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/14...d-project.html

We purchased the A160 Kessils and they work great on some plants, but some plants seem to burn from a hot spot.

If I make a salad bowl shaped circular arena of plants with the A160WE, then the hot spot has to hit the bottom centerfield area.
The edges of the light's throw travels to what would be outer plants that come much closer to the top.
-they dont mind it up there.

- The Kessil A160WE works well in our 24x24x24"high cube, but i could see it used in a 30x30x24"high as well.
It depends on what plants for are used for sure.

Anyways, we're about to snag 2x Kessil A80 fanless 15watt LED for this build.
It's either 2x 40watt Kessil model A160WE on low or 2x new Kessil A80 15 watt.

No filters used yet on that Kessil A160WE 40watt build pleco project.
I may need something if I keep beating up my anubias.
They have some holes.
-it could be water related.

I think your radions would destroy me with light.
How big is your tank with radions?


I'm dealing with two 16inch high tank builds.
The other is a 24 high.

I chose Kessil due to the "look".
The out-of-the-way coffee mug shape sold me.
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My tank is the 48x24x16 80 gallon Deep Blue just like yours. I encountered the "spot light hell" when doing my first aquascape. I ended up putting all the wood, anubias, and ferns in the hot spot, and we all know how well that works. So far I can't say for sure I've encountered the hot spot burn thing. It's probably because the lights are up so high. I've been seriously considering getting the 120 degree TIR lenses to get some better spread even though they come at a PAR loss. Running at 50% now that's just a big pile of LOL.

The second design is a bit more open with a lot more room for stems in the higher PAR spots. Right now I've got the Radions approx 24" from the water's surface and set to 50% on a 6 hr photoperiod. I only redid the tank a week ago so I can't say much at the moment, but things seem to be doing a lot better. I really should get the PAR meter out but I'm too lazy.
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Driftwood fuzz outbreak.
It was bad a week after the wood went in.
Driftwood had to be pulled out and soaked with aquarium salts.
In the end, the slimy leftovers had to be scraped carefully with a few bristle brushes.

Below is the current look of the driftwood.
- room in the front for plants.
- the Kessil A160we is on low power and will be replaced by a A80 tuna sun 15 watt.
- the nitrites and nitrates have zeroed out.
- first a guppy, then a few small plecos helped cycle the tank.







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Digging the look right now.
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I will grab some better pics soon.
We're still adding plants and fish.

The plants and fish are still all alive...
-that was the main task for the month.

The AC110 is getting an upgrade of an Ehiem Skim350 skimmer for the film on top or A Seachem Tidal110 will replace both the AC110+Skim 350.

The Kessil A80 is just like a A160WE on low.
I think the A80 gets a bit more light out than the low A160WE.
It's so close to tell.



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o mai God, wish I could hardscape like that @theDCpump what kind of magic tricks do you have up your sleeve when you scape? this is to good of a tank to be true!
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As always, a beautiful tank from you. I don't think I ever noticed a tank of those dimensions, either. I think I know what my next one is going to be.


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o mai God, wish I could hardscape like that @theDCpump what kind of magic tricks do you have up your sleeve when you scape? this is to good of a tank to be true!

Your silly.
Thank you for looking though.
The 80gal. tank is still pretty empty.

Wine/beer....whatever works.

I think the other pics out there on the forum speak for themselves.
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As always, a beautiful tank from you. I don't think I ever noticed a tank of those dimensions, either. I think I know what my next one is going to be.
Every tank in the room is now 24 inches front to back.

All the 18 inchers are sumps or at my apartment.

The 24 inches of landscaping is the best thing I did in my aquarium life.
A 30" or a 36" must be a dream.

I almost grabbed the 36x36x27 Deep Dimension cube with the cornerflow, but the price was way up there.
Those are $750 if we're lucky.

This 80gal was $279 locally.
The glass is not as thick as our 60rimless or 80 rimless though.
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Have you had any trouble getting decent full tank shots of that thing? The dimensions have been making it difficult for me to get an FTS that shows any sort of detail since I have to be back, or zoomed out, so far to get the whole thing in view.


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Have you had any trouble getting decent full tank shots of that thing? The dimensions have been making it difficult for me to get an FTS that shows any sort of detail since I have to be back, or zoomed out, so far to get the whole thing in view.
Are you asking for a front view photo of my 80 gallon, correct?
I'll see if I have something different sometime soon.
Here are some shots from this week I think.










Farlowella stick fish (look for arrow below)
The catfish is up top of the drift wood on the upper center of the photo.








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Deep Blue 80 - The Wattage Minimalist 48x24x16"H

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Are you asking for a front view photo of my 80 gallon, correct?
I'll see if I have something different sometime soon.
Here are some shots from this week I think.









Fish ids please... nice pics!!!!!!!!!!!!!



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Tank inhabitants:

5 Bumblebee gobies.
6 Cardinal neons.
2 Male threadfin rainbows.
6 Stiphondon gobies (various).
1 Panda loach.
2 Farlowella catfish.
4 Male albino plecos.
1 L200 green phantom pleco.
1 three inch tiger striped pleco of some sort(trying to catch it).

Lots of horned nerites and assorted design (easy to spot) nerites.
6 Amano shrimp.
10+Ghost shrimp.

Wood/Flower/Bamboo shrimp of Singapore is last invert addition I believe.

The goby 30gal. before this current 80gal. standard minimalist was near completion(below).
Also the 75gal. before the current Oddball pleco 80 build:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dfYc4gdqRQs
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