After 1 year of research and bribing my wife, it is finally time. I got my new tank. My experience is mostly theoretical but I do have a nice looking planted 6 gallon low tech nano tank. To make this work, I will need YOUR help! Certainty of death, small chance of success, right?
Here it is, my custom made 55 gallon acrylic tank. I really wanted the 90p ADA one but with a 18 month old toddler, this was the responsible choice. It's flawlessly crafted and I am very happy with it.
36 inches long, 20 wide 18 high:
I've got it from Underwater Depot in LA. Great store with knowledgable staff and healthy fish.
The rest of the equipment will come from Underwater Depot, Nature Aquarium in Santa Monica (ADA store), Nilocg.com, GLA Alan Le from this forum and Bulkreef supply. Here's what I got so far:
The key equipment are:
- Eheim 4+ 350 external filter
- Apex controller with PH and temp probe
- DOS dosing to connect to the apex
- CO2 controller by Alan Le and CO2 reactor by nilocg
- 2x satellite pro +
Here's a closer look at the CO2 system. It's not yet set up.
And here's one of the satellite pro + lights:
The plan is to create a lush forrest aquarium with a grassy field in the back and side on the right The aquarium will be easily visible from the right side as well so I'll have to plan to make it look from that angle as well. This weekend, I'll go shopping for wood and stones. Meanwhile, I am facing two issues. The main one is my floor. It's super uneven. I shim-ed the tank from multiple sides and got it close to level. It's still a bit off and I wanted to check with you guys if this good to go or if I should keep working on the level:
The other issue is the eheim outflow. I need some recommendation how I could elegantly install the spray bar without bending the tube too much. I'd like to keep all equipment on the left side of the tank. Here's a pic explaining what I'm trying to do:
That's all for now, thanks for reading. Any advice is very welcome. This forum gave me so much knowledge, I figured it would be fun to do this together
I'll promise to update this as often as my hectic real life lets me.