50 Gallon Zoomed Lowboy
Hello everyone! Today I am happy to announce that I will be beginning a tank build using the 50 Gallon Zoomed Lowboy!
I discovered this tank on youtube and thought that with its unique footprint, it would be an interesting project. Unfortunately, it took me almost 6 months to find one. I could not find a vendor willing to ship one to me for a reasonable price. Ultimately, I discovered one at Dallas North Aquarium, a shop about 30 miles from my home. I think its also worth noting that I can't find more than one or two records of people using one with freshwater rather than corals, as it was originally intended.
Because of Nurse Practitioner school and other responsibilities, its been sitting in my closet untouched for several weeks (burning a hole in my mind). However, I recently experienced a back injury so I'm currently on hiatus. During my recovery, and with the help of some friends, I'm planning on getting this thing up and running.
So without further ado, the plan:
I think I would like to try my hand at keeping some higher-end shrimp. I'll likely start with CRS, and if successful move on to some other Caridina species. Any other suggestions would be appreciated!
As far as equipment goes, these are my thoughts-
I'm going to build a stand myself. I've researched quite a bit and the only pre-fabricated ones I can find with the proper dimensions are cost prohibitive. Rod-Iron stands are less expensive but I want to enclose all of the equipment to keep a clean look.
I have an Eheim 2217 that I can use for filtration. I also have lily pipes, but I think I'd rather go with a pre-filter sponge and a spray bar to keep flow down for the shrimp. I'll probably purchase the black Eheim ones from an online source. I'll also use a Hydor in-line heater that I already have.
I also have a 36" Current USA Freshwater LED+, but I'm not sure about the length. If I purchase one of the brackets they make for these, I'm not sure if the elevation will allow enough light spread. If not, I'll buy the 48" and another bracket.
Finally, I will be purchasing about 50 lbs of Fluval Stratum and the appropriate mineralizer for shrimp. Beyond that, I haven't decided on hardscape. I've got a lot of real estate but not much elevation. I am intrigued by the terraced rice field look one would find in the fields of Japan.
Finally, I don't want to go with CO2 because I don't want to risk gassing my shrimp by mistake. Furthermore, with such a large surface area, I think I might have a hard time with just losing it to the atmosphere. Maybe I'm wrong.
That's all I've got for now. A friend is planning on helping me with the stand this weekend, since I can't currently bend or lift a lot of weight. Stay tuned! Photographs to follow.