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UNS 90U - Bachelor's Dilemma

Hi Guys!
I just moved out of my parent's house and into an apartment. That means only one thing...no holds barred hobbying! ...two things actually - I'm more broke than ever (sadness).

I previously had a UNS 60U, but I just upgraded to a UNS 90U...It's nothing short of amazing, and nothing short of gargantuan. LOVE. The possibilities and hours of staring feel limitless.

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UNS 90U
Eheim 2217
Stainless Steel pipes
Twinstar 900E
100 lbs Seiryu Stone (oh gawd yes)
Controsoil
BBQ lava rocks
Self-built stand - 2x4s and panel sheeting
5 lbs CO2 with aquatec regulator/solenoid- inline CO2 recirculation reactor
300w Inline heater

FYI, I hope no one minds, but I'm creating this thread a little retroactively. No need to worry though because I'm going to post step by step and get up to speed very quickly

More to come....

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Stand and tank

I picked up the UNS 90U, which is a 74.5 gallon tank--small compared to some of the other tanks here, but it's huge...It's especially huge, went you have to lift it up 3 stories by yourself! I used a dolly, but 10/10 would not recommend or do again...

I also custom built a stand using 2x4's and some sheeting material. The front will have two panels that will attach via velcro ;-)

Here's the tank strapped up after lifting...


Here's the stand I built based on a couple youtube videos. Let me know if you have any questions


Painted


Refrigerator for scale


and BOOM! let there be light.

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Great start

Finally, someone posted an ultum 90u build! Ive been playing with the idea of getting this exact tank! I'm so tempted to buy one. but like you said, it's a lot of tank!
I am really looking forward to seeing what becomes of it. Nice job so far!
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I'm looking forward to watching this progress but one thing scares the hell out of me here. As a former bachelor myself albeit many moons ago, having buddies over for beers and all the fun stuff I often reminisce about. Please put a stop for the fridge door it will take one drunken buddy or the girl grabbing a water for the long walk of shame home and the next thing you know your kitchen will be sporting some new substrate and seiryu stone but not nearly enough water for your plants and fish .

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It's hard to tell, but do you have a mat under that tank?
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Finally, someone posted an ultum 90u build! Ive been playing with the idea of getting this exact tank! I'm so tempted to buy one. but like you said, it's a lot of tank!
I am really looking forward to seeing what becomes of it. Nice job so far!
Yes! It's so great to have a big tank. Believe though, the more you work on it, the smaller it gets. ha ha. I'm doomed. Time to upgrade to the 120 before I even get started.

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I'm looking forward to watching this progress but one thing scares the hell out of me here. As a former bachelor myself albeit many moons ago, having buddies over for beers and all the fun stuff I often reminisce about. Please put a stop for the fridge door it will take one drunken buddy or the girl grabbing a water for the long walk of shame home and the next thing you know your kitchen will be sporting some new substrate and seiryu stone but not nearly enough water for your plants and fish .

Dan
Mannnn...good call! It definitely hits right now.

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It's hard to tell, but do you have a mat under that tank?
Yes, there is. It's a hard rubber foam that came with the tank

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I ended up getting 120lbs of Seiryu stone and 2 large bags of Controsoil (anyone have experience with this?) from buceplant.com. I think this is way overboard, but it gives me a better selection of how i want to scape. I also bought a few bags of lava rock gravel from home depot and BBQ lava rocks which are a bit larger to help me build up the foundation.

Cleaning the lava rock gravel was a pain in the butt in my apartment. It would be so much easier with a hose outside.

Check out this video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0olpSN6_TCc
It talks about how sand is mechanically stabilized. I'm planning to implement this principle in my aquascape to support the large stones, while keeping a high "angle of repose."

Here's what 120 lbs of seiryu stones look like..doesn't look like much huh?


Put the first layer of lava rock down and window screening




Here's a photo of building up the foundation a bit more


Stay tuned...

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Ah doesn't look like a lot because you seem to have gotten mostly very large stones. Also they are quite heavy. Consider smashing ones that aren't very interesting to get some more smaller sizes.


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For a very long time, I could not decide if i wanted to do Iwagumi, or dutch. Iwagumi looks so elegant, but it gets a little boring for me. Dutch, or like "Rocky Dutch" would have gotten unmanageable, and its quite hard to use/acquire so many different plants effectively. After pouring through hundreds, if not thousands of aquascape photos, there came only one logical outcome...do both. I will attempt to try both styles in the same scape, and keep them essentially separate.

Here are the adjectives I kept in mind as I was setting this up: vast, expansive, complex, simple, mountainous, jungle, dynamic. Here's what i came up with

Placed the first "mother stone" and went from there.


Here it is partially filled in with soil


and as a precursor to set up your mind to prep you for what you are about to witness. Here's a photo of a cloudy sky


The final product. Please let me know what you think! Left side will be Iwagumi, and it will slow transgress into Dutch. The right side will have two ridgeliines. Mid ground will be a mix of different varieties. Then for the bottom, I'm not sure if I want to do a white sand "pool" or fill it up with a foreground or plants....that's to be determined after i start planting. I actually only used about 60 lbs out of the 120 that I bought. I think you should definitely get more than what you need so that you have more options.

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Looking great

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Looking great

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Thank you Dman! Any suggestions on the lower front right?

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I'm probably the last person on this forum to give advice on aquascaping. You have what's looks like a great start best not to ruin by asking my advice

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I'm probably the last person on this forum to give advice on aquascaping. You have what's looks like a great start best not to ruin by asking my advice

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HAH! no way. The rock work is the easy part. I always mess it up with plants, and water, and algae, and dosing (lack of), and trimming, and fish, and balance, and everything else that can go wrong. It's a demanding hobby, and at some point, for all of us hobbyists, "anything that can go wrong, will go wrong"

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I've been keeping up with your build and I'm exited to see what it ends up like. One question though, do you think that your one twin star light is going to be enough light, because it is a fairly deep and tall tank?
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I've been keeping up with your build and I'm exited to see what it ends up like. One question though, do you think that your one twin star light is going to be enough light, because it is a fairly deep and tall tank?
I hope it is. Going to run with it. I know another guy who has the same tank/light combo that did an Iwagumi and was very successful, however I don't know if this will be enough to bring out the reds in the plants I want.

If i find its insufficient, I may get another unit. I also heard Twinstar will be coming out with a new model which will be dual panel and dimmable. (I wish BML -buildmyled was still around!!)

-Matt

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