I've just made a big international move back home after a few years in Australia. Now that I'm back and permanent I want to get a fairly large planted tank up and running.
I've started ordering items so it's ready for move in day. The plan is to have the tank filled and running by mid-late February 2019.
As progress is made I'll post updates and pictures but figure no place else to start but the beginning so here's the outline!
Will be drilled on the right side of the tank with overflow into Custom Aquariums Overflow Stealthbox
The overflow will be modified as a Herbie System to ensure it runs silent.
The returns are also coming from Custom Aquarium, the Siphon Stopper
. They will be on the right side of the tank as well on either side of the overflows. I will use additional Locline and Y it allowing 4 different returns to be running to disperse flow significantly below the waterline without risk of back siphon.
I will be using stick on window frosting across the back and the right side of the aquarium
This will be all the "equipment" in the tank
The stand has been preordered from a Welder in my local area. I want something very modern looking and the options from my LFS's just weren't what I wanted. The only options I did like had a divider under the tank preventing me from running a sump. I'm trying to mimick something similar to the Cade River Series
I was running a 90g high tech planted tank overseas and bought equipment that was small so I could bring it back. I will be lighting the tank with 2 Kessil Tuna Sun 360WE's
and the Kessil Light Controller. Only complaint is the lack of dimming under 20%.
CO2 will be pressurized, I have a regulator as well. I just need to buy a new stem and nut for it so it works with CGA threads rather then the BST threading overthere.
I'll be purchasing either a 10lb or 20lb tank depending on what my local HomeBrewing store has available.
I was looking at using a reactor for the CO2 but am now thinking of 2 diffusers. I dont want any equipment outside the sump and haven't seen a reactor setup that isn't overly bulky or a stand alone unit.
I already have a dosing pump, I'm still deciding on EI or PPS method, I've only done EI so might look for a change depending on plants.
If I need more flow in the tank then I have a Ecotech powerhead that I will put on the left side of the tank.
The tank will be run off a Ecotech Vectra M1
that I've already ordered.
I haven't decided on a heater yet, leaning towards 2 Cobalt units but still contemplating that.
The sump is a 35g tank I left in storage. It's 36"x12"x19". I've just purchased 7 glass baffles from a local glass shop. It sounds like a lot but it works for what I want.
The drains will be in a 6" section and enter the first baffled area which is a vertically placed sheet of Matala Mat
. I've ordered a sheet of each density/colour. Each sheet will be adjacent increasing in density. A baffle will be seperating each sheet forcing water to run through them vertically. Each sheet is 1.5". If the first matala mat is too dense for aquarium use then I will remove it and slide them all forward and have the last baffle as a piece of 30PPI Poret Foam
That's my mechanical section, I will then have a bio section which will likely be some form of ceramic noodle, I haven't decided on this either.
After the bio section then it enters the last filtration area which is a 4" area that I will use for water polishing and ultrafine filtration. I have a 4" thick piece of 45PPI Poret foam filling this gap and I'll have quilt batting on top of that.
This then feeds into the return pump section where I'll also have the heaters.
I have no idea!
Currently I'm leaning towards rainbows but I have a soft spot for longfin mountain minnows so I'm always considering just a monstrous school of those with a massive colony of cherry shrimp.
Plants are also undecided, I know I want a carpet of dwarf hair grass and a bunch of AR mini. everything else will develop over time
Anyways! Thanks for checking this out and hopefully somebody's interested in this as much as I am!