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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-08-2018, 06:38 PM Thread Starter
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60gallon, soil, first tank in 20 years.

Starting early. Haven't finished the stand yet. Wife agreed to a tank for my 40th if I built a nice piece of furniture for the stand. First of all, she wanted it to look nice. Second if all, she figured that my building the stand would act as a governor on my impulsivity, slowing things down.

2x4 frame, skinned in plywood, pine top and trimming.

I'm a light sanding away from being ready to paint.. now I have to wait for her to choose what color she wants! I'm at her mercy now! Haha

The plan is a 60 gallon, because that's the biggest tank with a 13" width (which is my limiting factor). I'm going to use soil and blasting sand. Should be an interesting project.
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-08-2018, 06:42 PM
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Happy wife = happy life. Stand looks good, btw.
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Yes, definitely. I learned the last time* how true that is. Very easy to get carried away with things YOU want and ignore the things SHE needs.

This will be expensive, but not nearly as much as it COULD be. Soil vs co2, home made vs ready made stand - I've already saved hundreds! Haha

*Previous hobby, previous wife.
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Stand looks great! Nice job. Blasting sand can also save you some money as well. Plenty to spend your money on though. I also am returning after 20 or so years. I can't believe the selection of plants available today compared to 20 years ago, that has been quite a shock - a good thing, but a bit overwhelming.
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I appreciate the compliments. This one will be painted. The next stand might be good enough to stain!

My brother and I always kept large sa chiclids and oddballs. Couldn't even keep the gravel where we wanted it, let alone plants.

Ive always wanted a tank, not just fish, but a tank to be proud of. Plants, etc. Should be fun.
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Nice start and good woodworking skills!


I also had to make a few compromises with my wife when setting up my tank (another dirted member here) - but at least she said yes so can have the tank and a happy home!


Got any info on the equipment and stocking that your considering? Will definitely be following along.

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I'm not 100% sure what I'm going to do. It's a work in progress. I've got a few large pieces of wood and sand. I'm not 100% sure what I'm stocking, aside from my betta.

I'm thinking a school of non-nipping tetras, kuhi loaches, Cory's , rainbow gobies maybe, and cherry shrimp. I'll probably try to establish the shrimp before I add anything that might destroy then without mercy (betta). I'll see after I get things running.
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Finally got the tank...

Since i decided on a 60 gallon, I built a stand - for a 60 gallon.

By the time I finished building the thing, everyone was sold out of the tank, and it was goingb to be weeks before they got them back. I actually found a near New one on Craigslist, with t5ho light and glass top, for less than the tank itself. It seems like new, and the guy said it was only 2 months old. Leak test pending... Haha.

I set up a dry start, just to get the foreground plants started. I'm getting jungle vsl, anubias and Java ferns tomorrow, then I'll fill it up.

I'm going to get a led light soon, but this will work for the time being.

The tank is a walstad tank, with soil under sand. Canister filter will be arriving tomorrow, so says Amazon.

I was initially going to use a single piece of wood, but it was way too big. The Cypress knee will work as a separation - I'm hoping the betta will stay in the right side, where I'll plant the jungle vals. The knee should reduce the current to that side as well.

I'm going to float some plants, but I wanted to have some floating wood as well. Any hints as to securing a floater? I was thinking of a suction cup stuck to the end of a small log.
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