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I had been thinking about this tank non-stop since I saw it last weekend because it's the perfect size to upgrade my 22 and it was 15% off this morning so I snatched it. They extended the sale to any equipment I wanted to add so I couldn't say no.



I'm going to stay low tech with this tank, lots of driftwood, stone and plants for the fish to swim through.

Some of the fish and equipment is migrating over from my 22 gallon

Tank: Planet Aquariums 65 Gallon
Light: 36" Fluval 3.0
Management: Digital Aquatics ReefKeeper Basic
Substrate: Fluval Stratum and CaribSea Torpedo Beach
Filter/Heater: OASE Biomaster Thermo 350
Skimmer: JARDLI Stainless Lily Pipe and Skimmer
Hardscape: Seiryu Stone and Driftwood
Powerhead: Current USA eFlux Wave Pump

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Its convenient
You just saw it last weekend and suddenly its on sale this weekend.
Ummhmm

It's a sexy beast for sure

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Its convenient
You just saw it last weekend and suddenly its on sale this weekend.
Ummhmm

It's a sexy beast for sure

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On sale because of Aquashella! But yeah, crazy timing.


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Thats a beauty--- and the most perfect discus tank evah!

180 g. low tech w/ wild South American cichlids, corydoras eques, and African Congo riverine tetras.
60 g. low tech w/ F1 Alenquer pair /Stendker "Tefe" discus and wild Altum Angels
30 g. low tech w/ Wild Tucano tetras
30 g. low-tech African Biotope
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Good looking tank!
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Thats a beauty--- and the most perfect discus tank evah!
I'm not going to lie, I'm definitively tempted, but I don't think I could keep up with the water change schedule that would be required on a tank this size.
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@JJBTEXAS , I see wet armpits in the near future, tank is deep.


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Growing is not that difficult.
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Nice snatch


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Decided to try out the OASE Biomaster Thermo 350. Rated for 300GPH, it should turn over the actual water volume in the tank a little less than 6 times an hour when running at full tilt. I plan on making a few adjustments to the filtration and will measure the actual flow rate once everything is set up. The heater is a 200 watt unit which should be able to manage the temperatures in the tank considering it will be in my office. The temperature delta should never be more than 10-15 degrees F from my target temperature in the tank. The power is supplied separately from the filter so it can still be controlled by my ReefKeeper Basic.


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4/10/19: It's Here!


Tank arrived this morning along with the Fluval 3.0 and the substrate. The only missing piece is a Current Powerhead I ordered which should arrive on Friday. There's also a piece of driftwood that is sinking in my outdoor pond. Should have everything to put the tank together by this weekend except plants. I had those all lined up and ready to order but many of them went out of stock...
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4/11/19: Progress



Made some progress last night. I used egg crate and silicone to build the dividing wall and will fill the substrate new the wall with Dwarf Sag. I also ordered some Bacopa, Ludwiga Repens, Staurogyne Repens, Pearl Weed, Scarlet Temple and Bolbitis heteroclita "difformis" and already have a good amount of Anubia Nana Petite and some buce.

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4/12/19: Baby Steps



Got the Current 660 gph powerhead controller set up along with the Reef Keeper. Really just waiting for a few more small seiryu stones and the plants now.
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4/12/19: Tank Filled



Filled her up this weekend! Still waiting on the Ludwigia Repens and Bolbitis heteroclita "difformis". I ended up not going with the Staurogyne Repens or Pearl Weed.
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Filled her up this weekend! Still waiting on the Ludwigia Repens and Bolbitis heteroclita "difformis". I ended up not going with the Staurogyne Repens or Pearl Weed.
Damn. That progressed quickly! Good work mate! Looks really great. Now we wait for the water to clear and the plants to thrive whilst the tubing of the system takes place.
I'm tackling my own low tech now and so will be following your progress!
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Looks really good!

Following along for sure
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