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post #1 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-05-2019, 06:08 PM Thread Starter
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32 gallon Flex Build

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I've been a freshwater plant tank lurker for quite sometime! As you can tell with my account creation date. I have been in the saltwater side of the hobby for a long time and almost made the switch back to freshwater many times. I can officially say that I have started the process of having a planted tank! I have a lot of things ordered and now its just waiting for things to come in. But thats alright by me because I am still doing a lot of reading and learning. Here are some things I have ordered:

-Fluval Flex 32 gallon
-Additional Fluval aquasky LED so there will be 2 lights under the hood (Fluval made a spot for a 2nd one if you chose to add another)
-Seachem Flourite for substrate
-CO2art Pro-SE Series Complete Aquarium CO2 System with in-tank Flux Diffuser
-Manzanita Driftwood
-Dragon stone

I am also having a local guy build me a stand for the aquarium. I was not a huge fan of the stand offered from Fluval.

I also have a RO/DI filtration system in place that Im still debating on using and adding the minerals back into the water. I feel like that is a safer method for clean water. I am also going to mod the filtration that is on the back of the tank once inTank Aquatics gets done designing a basket for it, which they said will be very soon.

I will continue to update this thread once the ball gets rolling more.
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post #2 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-07-2019, 02:55 PM Thread Starter
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The tank is in!
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post #3 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-08-2019, 09:50 PM
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I really enjoy my smaller Flex and think you're going to like the large version.

Have you decided on the critters you plan to keep?

You'll likely be pretty happy with the existing filtration setup. Sponges + ceramic media is more than enough for a planted tank. You'll even have room for additional media, as you'll be unlikely to use charcoal. The large sponge blocks are surprisingly nice and I've enjoyed them on my two Specs and Flex.
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Im happy to see someone with a Fluvel Flex 32 on here--- I am coveting that tank! Im spread a bit thin right now with 7 tanks going, so cant get one now; but Ill get some satisfaction by following your build.
I have the F. Flex 9 gallon and its a great little tank!

Look forward to following the process of your build.


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post #5 of 22 (permalink) Old 11-11-2019, 06:09 AM
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I have the same setup with the dual aquasky’s. I’m wondering how long to run the lights for each day?
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Little update it’s been a busy weekend! Got the stand from a local person who built it, I’m happy with it! Cleaned the substrate and also did a little aquascaping. I’m still waiting on my driftwood to come in but it will be here Thursday. I made a 1/2” hole in my floor and ran a rodi line and co2 tube from the basement. All rodi/co2 equipment will be below the room in the basement. I also decided to add a ATO that will be ran from the basement as well. So overall there will be virtually no equipment in the tank room. I will respond to everyone once I get on my desktop computer. I don’t quite have this figured out on my phone yet.
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Little update itís been a busy weekend! Got the stand from a local person who built it, Iím happy with it! Cleaned the substrate and also did a little aquascaping. Iím still waiting on my driftwood to come in but it will be here Thursday. I made a 1/2Ē hole in my floor and ran a rodi line and co2 tube from the basement. All rodi/co2 equipment will be below the room in the basement. I also decided to add a ATO that will be ran from the basement as well. So overall there will be virtually no equipment in the tank room. I will respond to everyone once I get on my desktop computer. I donít quite have this figured out on my phone yet.
Nice stand. Really like...


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Nice stand. Really like...
I concur. Very nice setup so far! I like the open shelf look on your stand.


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I really enjoy my smaller Flex and think you're going to like the large version.

Have you decided on the critters you plan to keep?

You'll likely be pretty happy with the existing filtration setup. Sponges + ceramic media is more than enough for a planted tank. You'll even have room for additional media, as you'll be unlikely to use charcoal. The large sponge blocks are surprisingly nice and I've enjoyed them on my two Specs and Flex.
I do have a small fish list together right now. So far I want Celestial Pearl Danio, Cardinal Tetra, Endler's Livebearer, German Blue Ram


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Im happy to see someone with a Fluvel Flex 32 on here--- I am coveting that tank! Im spread a bit thin right now with 7 tanks going, so cant get one now; but Ill get some satisfaction by following your build.
I have the F. Flex 9 gallon and its a great little tank!

Look forward to following the process of your build.
Thanks! It has been fun so far getting everything going.

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Got some more done today. The 2nd Aquasky led came in. I got it installed and programmed. Went and filled my co2 tank today and fished the install with that and also got the drop checker in. I really like having the equipment below the room in the basement, it’s clean looking in the fish tank room. My driftwood came in so I’m soaking that and will get it in tomorrow. The cycle has been going for days now but not much movement on that, which is expected.
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They better not make you trade that tank vs refill!

Very nice installation.

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They better not make you trade that tank vs refill!

Very nice installation.
Thanks! Yeah I’m only going to get it refilled. There is a few places around that fill them.
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Plants came in today and they look great so far!






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Very, very nice. I so want this tank but at the same time have thought of downsizing my 7 current tanks. Maybe combining 3 of my smaller ones into one of these - that's downsizing, right?
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Very, very nice. I so want this tank but at the same time have thought of downsizing my 7 current tanks. Maybe combining 3 of my smaller ones into one of these - that's downsizing, right?

Lol yeah that could be downsizing. I probably would rather to get rid of 3 tanks to have one bigger one. Thanks for the comment.

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