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Well i thought I would start a thread with my new build. I am new to here so bear with me. I have a 65 gallon tank, I want it to be a high tech planted.
T5HO lighting - 5 or 6 24" by 39watts
substrate - black Flourite and Black Carib Sea Sand
Filter - Sump DIY with Rio 12HF pump
Eventually CO2 tank

Here are some pictures to start - I built the sump and overflow and spray bars.
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Very nice build so far! The only problem I can see with it is the sump with CO2. Sump + Pressurized CO2 = No CO2/CO2 Gassed Out

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Put a lid on the sump and your fine
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I am going to try to cover the sump and reduce the off gasing as much as I can. I did read alot on this forum about it. Might just use Flourite excel to start. I like fact that with a sump you can hide a lot of the equipment. I hope to have water in this tank by the weekend, i will finish the stand once everything is running, I am moving everything I have in a 35 gallon planted tank. Thanks for your reply.
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On the eurbracing on the sump I drilled holes for the return line - drain line from the DT and a backup drain line so i can put a cover on the sump and not have to fight with the drain and return lines.
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this is a great start im following this one!


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this is a great start im following this one!
Now I am feeling the pressure, I have seen so many beautiful buils on this site I just hope I can get this one to look half as good. Thanks for the encouragement.
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no problem! i cant wait to see it all setup


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I am going to try to cover the sump and reduce the off gasing as much as I can. I did read alot on this forum about it. Might just use Flourite excel to start. I like fact that with a sump you can hide a lot of the equipment. I hope to have water in this tank by the weekend, i will finish the stand once everything is running, I am moving everything I have in a 35 gallon planted tank. Thanks for your reply.

In that case, you are fine!

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Update - I changed the existing plug with a GFCI and i added a pond liner for the bottom of the stand just to keep any spills off the hardwood floors. Got a sweet deal at our local pond place 10buck for a piece 3'x9'. Let me know what you all think. Thanks for looking again.
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Awesome! Now set this thing up quick. I wanna see it running!

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Awesome! Now set this thing up quick. I wanna see it running!
Thanks JakeJ - I hope to have the counter up tomorrow night and tuesday start cleening the flourite and black sand, and then move my plants from the 35 gallon
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Thanks JakeJ - I hope to have the counter up tomorrow night and tuesday start cleening the flourite and black sand, and then move my plants from the 35 gallon
Cool. Can't wait!

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Well here it is - I moved the plants today, thanks for looking
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