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post #1 of 24 (permalink) Old 08-26-2017, 12:00 AM Thread Starter
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20 gallon long

I've been wanting to build a long ada Amazonia style aquarium for awhile. I recently have been side tracked with my other hobby mini drone racing, mostly freestyle. Since that is starting to be boring and hard to get out of the house with an 11month old and second on the way. So why not spend a bunch of money on an aquarium am I right!

Aquarium: I recently purchased the starphire glass from a local glass shop. Lessons learned, you have to tell them you want it polished on the edges. Also, write down what you want to order before you order. I ordered all 5 pieces in starphire when I had only planned to do the front on sides, oh well. The dimension are to match a shelf I have making the aquarium 41x12x10. Roughly 21 gallons I think. I've tapped the glass and I'm still contemplating doing this injection method I keep hearing about or the traditional method. Any suggestions? I should have that done this weekend.

hardscape: Ironwood and stone, if I can find the right wood. My LFS has an ok stock of stuff for the planted tank. Not a big thing in my area. I'm very much inspired by James Findley's 12g http://youtu.be/7ZpNDYYXi2Y.

Substrate: Going for it with the ada power sand, aquasoil regular and powder. Probably going to use some regular old white sand too.

Lighting: I have a Kesel on another take and I like it. I like the look of pendants. Probably going to get the smaller one a80 or something. Going to amazon tonight, just got paid for a wedding I shot and looking to burn it.

co2: I'm waiting for GLA MINI-SS to be in stock again. Should be in a week or so. I think I'm going to do inline this time instead of diffuser.

filtration: I have an Ehiem ecco laying around that should be fine, along with some glass in/out pipes I got on amazon. Why the ADA and other brand are so expensive is beyond me. The stuff I get from JARDLI off of amazon it just as good.

Plants: TBD

Fish: ember tetras

Let me know what you think. I should have pictures of the tank this weekend.
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Glad to see another ADA F series type of tank "long and shallow". I haven't ever raced drones officially but my dji phantom 4 goes pretty fast. LOL


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Here's the tank almost ready for silicone.





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figured out how images work...
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COOL!

I love it when people build their own tank!

I'm moving soon, and want to do another looooong tank as soon as we have the place moved over. I did a 60" x 10" x 10" a while back and want to do something similar again...
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Well putting an aquarium together is much harder than it looks on youtube. It turned into a giant mess and it leaks on one corner. Now searching how to repair leaks.
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After some advice from others I've started tearing it apart and cleaning the panels. Hopefully the next attempt goes better.
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I've finished tearing it down. Just a couple of blemishes in the glass. I think it will be ok. I'm stripping off the all the silicone now.
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At least this turned out good.
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More like 20 g super long... love the dimensions... hope the second try is a charm.


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Your reactor will probably clog very fast with foam filters pieces in there.

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It's never as easy as it looks... but that will be worth the effort! We're you super light with the silicone?? I had planned on a Cerges reactor, but finding parts was a pain. I've built 2 Griggs style and building the third today for my 150. They work incredible well and I would bet are easier to mount and no maintenance. Just a thought. I spent about $30 -$35 on parts for each one.

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Nice dimensions, looks good! Will follow this one.


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It's never as easy as it looks... but that will be worth the effort! We're you super light with the silicone??
No definitely not too light. The first time it got the tiniest little leak, about a bead every second or so. The second attempt I got bubbles on the sides and the leak was a bit bigger. Then broke a plate pulling it apart again. I'm down to starsaphire on the sides and front. I Think I got it figured out now though. We'll see how it goes.
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Just finished third silicone attempt and I think I got it this time. Be back in 48hrs.
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