60g rimless cube build - The Planted Tank Forum
  • 1 Post By harris611
  • 2 Post By harris611
  • 1 Post By harris611
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-16-2019, 04:42 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 26

Getting started on a new ground-up build on 24" rimless cube planted tank. I'm going to try my hand at an Iwagumi set-up with an HC carpet and a couple of yet to be determined low-light plants for shaded areas. I've done SPS reef tanks for years, but this will be my first foray into high-tech planted tanks. Very excited about finally getting going. Here is quick equipment list:

AquaMaxx Premium Cube Low-Iron Rimless Aquarium - 57 Gallon

DIY -- ¾” Veneer Plywood, pocket screws and glue
2k lbs. leveling feet (8), Euro-style 170-degree cabinet hinges

EcoTech Marine Radion XR15FW PRO G2 LED Freshwater
Custom 80/20 T-slot aluminum parts for adjustable wall mount

ADA AquaSoil Amazonia Normal Type
Lowes natural slate tile for rock structure base (10)

Hydor Smart Level Control Auto Top ATO
Innovative Marine HydroFill Ti ATO Return Pump
SpectraPure® Auto Shut Off Valve Float Kit for RO Systems
AquaFX Barracuda RO/DI System w/ Chloramine Blaster Upgrade - 100 GPD

Hydor ETH 300 In-Line Heater 300 Watt - 5/8 inch

CO2 Art Dual Stage Pro Regulator
GLA Aluminum Inline CO2 Diffuser
5 lb aluminium canister

Fluval G6 Advanced Filtration System
JARDLI Glass Lily pipes
Sunsun Pro Canister 370gph (for ad hoc polishing and back-up)

Jebao Auto Dosing Pump DP-4 – for EI

Hopefully I will have all the equipment set up by next week. Pics of progress so far to follow...

And thanks to everyone in the forum -- I would already have blown it if not for all the good info on this site.

DIY cabinet. Decided to just go 3/4" plywood, but screwed and glued the s#!t out of it. Based the design on the Red Sea Reefer cabinets. Designed to be perfectly flush with the tank with no hardware showing. Basically a featureless black pedestal.

It has 8 adjustable feet that hold 2,000 lbs each. I'm sure I just needed one in each corner, but hey, they come in a pack of 8. Door is attached with Euro-style concealed 170 degree hinges so that the front door overlaps / is flush with the sides when closed.

So, this is the tank as it sits today. I've got the aquascape pretty much the way I want it and should finish installing equipment over the next week.

Now I am going to have to actually decide between dry start method vs. immersed w/ CO2 injection. I'm leaning toward flooding it, letting the ADA AS cycle it and then planting heavy relatively quickly, but still wavering on that plan.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Cabinet 1.jpg
Views:	8
Size:	257.7 KB
ID:	880583  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_3175 (1).jpg
Views:	9
Size:	257.4 KB
ID:	880585  

Click image for larger version

Name:	Cab3.jpg
Views:	7
Size:	187.9 KB
ID:	880587  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_3232 (2).jpg
Views:	14
Size:	204.5 KB
ID:	880591  

Click image for larger version

Name:	Tank view 1.jpg
Views:	18
Size:	205.4 KB
ID:	880593  

Click image for larger version

Name:	tank view 2.jpg
Views:	20
Size:	294.6 KB
ID:	880595  

Click image for larger version

Name:	Tank view 3.jpg
Views:	17
Size:	314.7 KB
ID:	880597  

Discusluv likes this.

Last edited by harris611; 07-11-2019 at 03:59 PM. Reason: Please use the edit function for back to back posts to keep threads cleaner
harris611 is online now  
Sponsored Links
post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-16-2019, 08:40 PM
Planted Tank Obsessed
Jamo33's Avatar
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Feb 2014
Location: Florida
Posts: 359
I love how dramatic this scape it mate, very cool. One thing I will say, from experience with my own hardscape, that very shaded area will be difficult to plant. Even anubis may not survive as it is more like no light than low light. I hope it will work out though!
Good luck!

To view links or images in signatures your post count must be 10 or greater. You currently have 0 posts.
Jamo33 is offline  
post #3 of 8 (permalink) Old 04-16-2019, 09:01 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 26
Thanks! Yeah, its a pretty hardcore shadow. I tried to fill it with as much rock as I could, figuring it would be difficult to get stuff to grow there. I can maybe add more stone or some other kind of hardscape to fill it in if its a total no-go for the plants.

Here is the light mount straight, and then swiveled out of the way. Made it out of standard 80/20 parts and it seems like it should work okay. Wife loves it when I drill holes in her walls, btw.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Light arm2.jpg
Views:	16
Size:	189.0 KB
ID:	880603  

Last edited by harris611; 07-11-2019 at 02:50 PM. Reason: Please use the edit function for back to back posts to keep threads cleaner
harris611 is online now  
post #4 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-11-2019, 03:14 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 26
Update -- so far, so good...

Well, got sidelined for a while, but finally have the tank flooded, planted, and working on establishing the HC. Besides my constant battle to keep the HC anchored in the Aqua Soil, its going really well so far! Two weeks in on the plants. No melting or die off on the HC tissue cultures. No algae at all yet (not sure when that will start, but figure its inevitable). Carpet is beginning to fill in a bit and I do get some pearling on both the high tier and the plants at the bottom.

Have the Radion on a two week ramp-up cycle that started at 50% of 90% power (I put a diffuser on it to help with shadows -- worked better than expected, but cuts PAR by about 25%). Running 8 hour photo-period with sunrise and sunset ramps of about 1/2 hr. Also really pushing CO2 levels since I have not put in any livestock yet. Plan is to go another month or so to try and really establish the HC, then dial down CO2 and add fish and shrimp.

Circulation seems good with the Fluval -- says its only at 70% on flow after I filled media baskets, but it looks sufficient. Have not measured actual output, but I'd guess I'm getting 250-300 gph turnover. So a little low, but even the back left corner plants are pearling, so I'm assuming they get enough CO2 (plus its obviously higher light up there, so maybe that compensates).

One issue was that the 300 watt in-line heater was not enough for the open top in the cold basement (I keep the house at 67 at night, must be like 65 down there). Had to put another 200w in the tank while I wait for a new 500w inline coming next week.

Next week, setting up ATO system. Week after that I'll set up for auto-dosing EI with Jebao DP-4. Still trying to decide what low-light plants to try in the shadow areas.

And, btw. Getting the HC plugs to stay put was one of the more frustrating things I've done in 2019. At least a three f-bomb project.

First pics are right after planting. The clearer ones are at the two week mark.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	Flooded1.jpg
Views:	7
Size:	206.4 KB
ID:	883987  

Click image for larger version

Name:	growth1.jpg
Views:	9
Size:	213.8 KB
ID:	883991  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_3550.JPG
Views:	6
Size:	147.2 KB
ID:	883993  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_3551.JPG
Views:	6
Size:	92.7 KB
ID:	883995  

Discusluv and Shrimp_Daddy like this.

Last edited by harris611; 07-11-2019 at 08:06 PM. Reason: typo
harris611 is online now  
post #5 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-11-2019, 07:30 PM
Algae Grower
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: May 2019
Posts: 24
Just subscribed! The tank is awesome man! Personally I'd never be able to do an iwagumi because I lack the self control to limit myself on plant species but with that hardscape and design, I'd loathe to cover it up with tall stem plants. Did you use ohko stone for that hardscape?

Also I might actually do a massive rescape on my tank now because that aquascape is just so nice
Sabdali is offline  
post #6 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-11-2019, 08:03 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 26

And yes, ohko stone. Also, I made the hill by taking natural slate floor tiles and breaking them so I could make a stack that tapers / stair-steps in the shape of the hill. That way the core of the hill is really solid and MUCH less expensive vs. ohko or Amazonia. Then built terraces from the dragonstone around the slate to hold soil at the different levels.

Thank you again for the encouragement. I'm trying to enjoy the honeymoon period before things start going pear-shaped as they are apt to do with a new tank...
harris611 is online now  
post #7 of 8 (permalink) Old Today, 06:57 PM Thread Starter
Algae Grower
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Sep 2018
Posts: 26

Ok, so some minor changes and replanting, but things are still progressing well a little over 3 weeks in. Plants seem to be doing fine, tank has started to cycle, and no algae at all yet.

About a week ago I decided to add some soil and replant the right front corner (during initial planting it kinda flattened out). I spread the more establish plants from the hill to some bare patches in the back (out of view) and planted some new HC in the revamped front corner.

I've also now shifted to water changes using primarily RO/DI water reconstituted with Seachem Equilibrium and Alkaline Buffer. My water is really hard and I wanted more control. American Water keeps changing the mix of stuff in the tap here in St. Louis.

Finally, I've started to dose ADA Green Brightly Neutral K daily. I'll start adding Micro elements next week. Plan is to start 1/5 dose EI fertz at about the 3 month mark. I am also going to start trimming a little more aggressively to promote lateral growth -- getting a little bushy in spots.

I think I'm going to go another few weeks with heavy CO2 and no fish, just trying to get the HC really established. I was pretty set on Cardinals, but I'm now feeling that they may be a little flashier than I want. Currently, I'm leaning toward rummy-nose tetras instead.
Attached Thumbnails
Click image for larger version

Name:	3weeks.jpg
Views:	1
Size:	332.3 KB
ID:	884603  

Click image for larger version

Name:	IMG_3607b.jpg
Views:	1
Size:	137.8 KB
ID:	884605  

Shrimp_Daddy likes this.
harris611 is online now  
post #8 of 8 (permalink) Old Today, 07:31 PM
Algae Grower
Shrimp_Daddy's Avatar
PTrader: (0/0%)
Join Date: Jun 2019
Location: Sacramento CA
Posts: 13
That's a beautiful scape, keep the updates coming!
Shrimp_Daddy is online now  


Quick Reply

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the The Planted Tank Forum forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.

User Name:
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.


Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.

Email Address:


Thread Tools
Show Printable Version Show Printable Version
Email this Page Email this Page
Display Modes
Linear Mode Linear Mode

Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
A Kessil LED Powered Rimless Cube Build ange062 Tank Journals 46 07-11-2017 02:13 PM
18" Cube rimless planted tank magical2506 Lighting 1 04-10-2016 04:18 PM
48 x 18 x 18 High Tech Rimless Build (photo heavy) GDominy Tank Journals 416 04-06-2015 03:40 AM
Brennan's 60g Build xbrennan Tank Journals 0 02-24-2015 11:21 PM

Posting Rules  
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On

For the best viewing experience please update your browser to Google Chrome