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post #1 of 19 (permalink) Old 06-02-2017, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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60 Gallon Cube Low Tech

I haven't had a big tank in my house for some time now, ever since I sold my reef a couple years ago. I've had a 12 long running with Neos for a while and surprisingly my wife decided we needed a big tank again. She said her favorite tank we've owned was the 55 planted from about 5 years ago so I set about finding a "new" tank. For some reason I can't justify the cost of a brand new tank when really good deals can be found so that's what I did! I found a reef ready Marineland 60 gallon cube on Craigslist with stand for $100, talked her down to $90.

The tank itself isn't too bad, some scratches in the front and side panel but they aren't really noticeable when the tank has water in it. The stand was another story though. I usually build my own but this one had good bones and was the perfect size so I set about stand beautification. Pics below. I still haven't put sealer on it so it will darken up a bit more. Lots more pics to follow!
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Awesome! I like what you've done to the stand. Love seeing people do the diy rebuilds on things(not just aquarium stuff!!) I would never be able to come up with something so crafty.

I love the shape of that tank. Any plans on what y'all will be doing with the new tank? On the cube style tanks, I'd suggest that you make sure to have driftwood that occupies the full depth of the tank & not something that only goes 1/3 of the way to the top.


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I'm on the hunt for a centerpiece of driftwood. Have been for weeks! I also don't plan to completely cover it in plants, I like to see the hardscape. I'll probably also use some leftover dragon stone I have lying around. Being low tech I'm going for buce and crypts, but I'll try to get some more unique crypts for it. Also, no carpet! This will be a sand bottom, possibly dirted. Crypt parva will be the closest thing to a carpet in it.
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Damn! You're talking about a tank that's right up my alley! I've got a 55ish gallon, cube-like tank in my garage that I'll build one of these days with the same basic plan in mind! I love the less common Crypts. C. parva would be my ideal carpet. The crypts love having dirt underneath the cap. I've had great success using MGOPM combined with flourite which add a high CEC into the mixture.


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Tank is finally in place and I received the driftwood I found on [Ebay Link Removed] Great seller! Only paid $40 shipped for that huge piece.
For those following along, the walls behind the tank weren't blue last weekend hence the delay.
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Got the plumbing finished up, dirted with PFS cap. Also received my lights, heater and filtration for the sump. Should have some plants and water by this weekend!
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I think the driftwood would look alot better dug into the substrate a bit, also some rock rubble around the base would look nice.

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I have some Dragon Stone I can play around with, I'll see what I can come up with.

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@Dragonfish How did you get the darker hues/aged look after painting the stand? I really like it, it looks great!

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Look up General Finishes Black Glaze. There are a lot of steps to the process but the end result is pretty nice. My wife decided my other hobby would be refinishing old furniture for her

I can't believe nobody has mentioned the first picture yet! I thought I was being ingenious draining the water from the leak test into the basketball hoop base

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That color isn't my thing, but the finish looks awesome. A big piece of wood and crypt parva... what could be better?? Most of the front areas of my 2 new tanks is crypt Parva or crypt Lucens. I hope it does well for the next few weeks while I get money together for C02. I wasn't aware that Parva did well without at least glut?? Have you done it in low tech before?
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No! I assumed it had the same requirements as other crypts, which is basically light and water. Luckily I do have a lot of excel on hand.

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The tank has been wet for almost a month now! The driftwood floated like a cork so I had to attach it to a big slate tile. I got some of the plants from my local Petland and the rest came from Buceplant. Can't say enough good things about my experience with them! I also added 10 Long Finned Zebra Danios about 3 days ago. I'm also fighting tannins and have already exhausted one bag of purigen. I'm going to try to regenerate it this weekend.

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2 Amazon Swords
4 Hygrophilia Difformis
2 Cryptocoryne Usteriana
Cryptocoryne Nurii tissue culture

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Kedagang Long
Belindae
Raven
Fino Sherry
Red Cloud
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Just love the color of the stand !! and the wood is just amazing. Brings out that rustic look! Good job. Can wait for updates
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Killer job on the stand! Looking forward to seeing the grow out in a couple of months! Great job.

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