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post #1 of 3 (permalink) Old 05-20-2020, 07:28 PM Thread Starter
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44g Tall Office Tank

I have an old 44g tall (20x18x28) tank that's been sitting in the corner of my home office unused for a couple of years. Although its not an ideal size for a planted tank (its awfully tall), I've decided to clean it up and see what I can do with it. As a little bit of background, I had a 57g (48x18x18) planted tank for years when I lived in the UK, then when I moved to the US I decided to do something different, and went with a 104g (60x20x20) Lake Malawi cichlid tank.

I love the cichlid tank, but I really miss live plants (as you can see, I've tried Java fern and Anubias in the cichlid tank with limited success, the lighting really isn't enough, but the Anubias is surviving, which is good enough), so, the office tank is going to be a pressurized CO2, high light (pretty much essential due to the depth) planted tank.

So far, I've made a start on stripping the tank down. The old light fixtures are off (probably going to trash these, I can't see ever using them again), the glass lid is off and has been cleaned (its not perfect, there is some really stubborn limescale haze on there that doesn't want to come off).

The tank itself isn't pretty at this stage. Its partly drained and I'm going to remove the air pump and diffuser, then clean the glass next (for having been sitting so long, its actually not as bad as I expected). Then, get it completely drained and remove the gravel.

Most of the equipment is sitting ready to go. I need to add a heater (this tank was originally temporary housing for a koi, so was unheated), the CO2 cylinder, diffuser and CO2 probe. I'm also going to paint the back and right side of the tank matt black.

Next update will hopefully be a stripped, cleaned tank, ready to start preparing for its new life!

Hope this wasn't too terribly boring and to have some prettier pictures to show in the coming days and weeks...

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Such an interesting aquarium shape, looking forward to seeing how this turns out. Do you have any early ideas for hardscape and plants to fill the height of it?
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Do you have any early ideas for hardscape and plants to fill the height of it?
I do have an idea, yes. I'm going to try something a bit different. The rough idea is to keep one or two of the terracotta plant pots , have one roughly in the middle with something like a red Echinodorus (if I can find one, most places I've look are sold out, so I'm open to suggestions there) as a specimen plant growing in the pot. That way I cheat the height a bit by raising the specimen plant a few inches above the substrate. Then the remainder of the planting will be likely Vallisneria at the back and right (Gigantea at the back, one of the standard Vallis at the sides) and shorter plants (maybe Echinoderus Tenellus interspersed with the odd Cryptocoryne for colour) at the front.

The concept is something like a "sunken garden" with the Vallis looking like tall, overgrown grass. I'm not sure how it will come out, but it looks good in my head!

With respect to the state of the build, the tank is now completely drained, stripped down, the gravel removed and the glass cleaned. The glass isn't perfect, but the tank is so tall I just can't reach past 3/4 of the way down with any pressure on a cloth to polish it clean. Its just water marks, so they'll disappear when it is refilled, and its not too bad.

The next step is to paint the back and right side flat black. That will probably take a little while as I'm expecting to need a few coats. I'll also remove the return hose from the filter and start building up the inline equipment (CO2 diffuser, heater and I've decided to add a small UV clarifier as I'm worried the light is going to be bright enough to have green water problems, at least early on, and I'm hopeful it will help stop or at least slow build up of algae on the underside of the lid).

Next update will probably be in a few days when the painting is done...

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