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Mein tank 20g




I gave this tank to myself as a gift. I wanted a tank with very little maintenance (hence mosses), and an open top that would humidify my room in the stale El Paso air. I made most of the components but still ended up spending on a G on this tank. I have problems.

Lighting: Current Satellite Freshwater LED+
Filtration: Eheim 2215
CO2: GLA Atomic V2 with $30 upgraded needle valve. Using Atomic diffuser and bubble counter with integrated check valve.
Substrate: ADA Aquasoil, Caribsea supernaturals white sand.
Flora: Needle Leaf Java Fern, Singapore moss, Mini Pellia carpet (future)
Fauna: CRS (future)

I made the tank out of starphire glass (28"x16"x12" tall)
The stand is pine and white glossy formica. I used soft closing drawer slides.
The backlight is a single module Ikea LEDberg on a timer.
I made the lily pipes out of acrylic pipes, using silicone tubing and a heat gun.
I bought a WeMo so I could turn the lights on and off from my bed with my iphone.
I love the Satellite LED+ fixture. I thought all those dynamic features were silly, but it's relaxing to play around with the color before I go to sleep. I took out the pigtail legs, spray painted the middle, and snipped the wire for the receiver and soldered it to make it shorter. I suspended it from an Ikea bookshelf with fishing line.

*Update: the satellite plus broke- it wouldn't stop blinking so I just mounted some LED par 38s. I like not having a fixture directly over the tank, but I can see the LEDs from my bed and it's a bit too bright.


The tank is currently cycling. I'm looking for a good deal on a lot of mini pellia. Does anyone have a lot they'd be willing to let go for cheap? I've already spent $50 on MP but kept killing it during the dry start.



I used an American DJ as the electrical control center.


I think I'm going to put a scape in this quarantine tank. Are there any plants that do well in high temps?






I'm happy with how the lily pipes turned out, but they are very hard to clean. I bought a trombone cleaning snake, but I have to take a lot ridiculous measures to prevent my drain pipe from siphoning.


This is what I see the first thing in the morning:


Playing with the Satellite LED:



Videos of the lightning (it's much better in person. And when it's raining outside, heheh):

Previous Tanks:
1st Planted (fluval edge):


My mother dropped a glass on it and shattered the top, so I converted it with some DIY Leds.




But in the end I converted to the dark side (cycling):


In case you're wondering why all my tank stands are white haha:





I'll be posting some things I learned from my DIY when I have some time. I pretty much learned everything from these forums so
Thank you everyone!

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You've gotten a lot better nice job!
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dang.. this is a sick set up.
i really like everything about it.

i thought this photo was funny:
bottom left corner... :P
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Would you be willing to share your approximate materials cost for the stand and light setup?
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Thanks for the feedback y'all.

This is my estimate of the stand and light bar:
$1 conduit ($40 conduit bender if you want to keep one)
$10 2 cans of spray paint primer
$10 2 cans of spray white paint
$14 2 euro hinges
$1 cabinet feet
$5 wood putty, wood screws
$3 machine screws, plastic grommets for the light bar
$50 8'x4' birch, 3/4" thick- this stand only need half of this. I made another stand with the other half.

In retrospect I would have gone for another wood. I chose birch because it looked really sturdy and high quality, but I think I could have gone with something cheaper. I bought a few pipes of conduit for practice. The next time I make a stand I'm going to ask the people at Lowes to cut it for me.

Laminate (which I didn't use on this stand) in my neighborhood is around $90 for the cheapest sheet of 4x8. I didn't know you could roll it up and put it in the backseat of your car. I had no idea it was so easy to cut precisely for the trim pieces of the light- just score and break, like you're cutting plexiglass.

The last thing I learned is that I hate installing euro hinges for the doors. It's pretty hard to do right. My next stand will probably have sliding doors.
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Any update of this?
Yes! See first post- it's now a nano reef hahaha. But I have a new shrimp tank!
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I love your sense of aesthetics, it seems your taste is very similar to my own (my apartment has a ton of white furniture and a white tank stand as well lol). Care to share a pic of your tank's current state as a nano reef?
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Thanks, I'd like to see your tank. The nano-reef has been dismantled!
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