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First planted tank [55g]

I'm starting this build journal off at the planning stage. I've started sourcing components and am looking to get into the build in the next 1-2 weeks.


Build Goals

  • Clean appearance (all glass where possible)
  • Quiet (will be in bedroom)
  • Filter & co2 out of sight
  • Minimal visible tubing
  • Minimal co2 bubble haze
  • Quick view of diagnostics info (co2 bubble, temp, etc)
After scoping out stands locally, I've landed on an Aqueon Accent (48x12x28). Was pleasantly surprised by the build quality. Visually it matches the bedroom furniture well, but it does present a little bit of constraint on my desire to keep most components hidden.

Aqueon Accent (middle compartment) - ~22" x ~20" x ~11"
Eheim 2217 - 16" height (additional ~4" for tubes)


CO2

Having never done a planted tank, this is new territory for me... Had to do a lot of research on co2 methods, 24/7 vs timers, monitoring outputs, etc.

After looking at regulators, I was pretty unimpressed with the reviews for electronic regulators that I can keep on a timer. I am familiar with co2 already from building a kegerator. At the end of the day, I decided to go with a high quality regulator from a homebrew brand I already know and trust, and then build in the features necessary for an aquarium.

Planned co2 flow:



Water Flow

For the water flow, green tubing will indicate water that's not ready to go back into the tank. This means dirty inflows as well as outflows that have additional stages to go through.

I've never used lily / violet pipes... I'm torn between the 2. I am leaning toward a violet pipe for the outflow, with a Hydor Nano 425 running on a timer to create surface agitation.

Planned water flow:



Other Components



Automation
  • Heater powered by temperature controller
  • Finnex lighting on 24/7 cycle
  • CO2 flow:
    • On - 1 hour before "sunrise" cycle
    • Off - 1 hour before "sunset" cycle
  • Surface agitator:
    • On - 2 hours before "sunset" cycle
    • Off - 1 hour after "sunrise" cycle

Now to start planning out what to put into the tank itself...

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Don't forget ferts.
Since you most likely have not bought a bottle of Flourish, don't.
I would recommend NilocG.com for ferts.
Buy a dry EI package and mix whatever you want.
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Don't forget ferts.
Since you most likely have not bought a bottle of Flourish, don't.
I would recommend NilocG.com for ferts.
Buy a dry EI package and mix whatever you want.
Thanks! Definitely still an area I'm looking into. If there's any good reading material you recommend on EI, I'm all ears. I've seen it mentioned a few times but haven't seen much info for those not in the know.

Haven't yet dug too deep into what will go into the tank, beside which substrate, rocks, and wood I'm considering.

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