Hello to all,
Lots of people asked me to show my new tank....
Here it is.
Marc showed wonderfull pictures of Mr Amano's tank in Japan. Rimless and on a nice cabinet with open top.
Link to this thread : https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=14399
Well, to be short, I decided to build one and exchange the old big tank.
I bought some MDF ( wood), paint and a few tools and start building the stand.
5 minutes later :
10 minutes later :
Finished the woodwork with some grey paint and ordered a rimless tank.
Size 90 Gallons ( 360 litres) measuring 120 x 60 x 50 cm H.
Next day : testing day. See if it holds the 90 Gallons. Important, as Scolly can justify
(Sorry mate, I couldn't resist...)
Right, the lights where not ok. I decided to test several pendants and came up with 6 x 54 Watt T5 dimmable.
You can see this pendant in this thread : https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=16792
in which I explained why I choose this type of lighting.
I threw in some wood, plants and gravel and let it all grow.
It didn't looked very nice but I needed time to collect the right plants, wood and rocks for my future aquascape. So, in the meantime the tank could mature a little bit.
The technique used, can be described as "High Tech". I wanted everything to control, just to make it easy for me.
Whats under the hood :
From left to right :
UV-lamp ( 11 Watt)
CO2-reactor ( Aquamedic 1000)
Eheim Pro II with internal heater
Light computer ( for the dimmable T5 pendant)
CO2 computer / dosing computer
3x dosing pumps Aquamedic with liquid holders ( self made kitchen equipment)
Details are important, so look at the DYI outlet for the dosing tubes :
Maybe the most important thing to do, but the clean empty tank looked already awfully nice in my house. Almost a shame to fill it with water and stuff
But ok, here's an overview of the small steps in aquascaping land.
First the mature-tank-a-bit-with-plants :
Found some nice wood and rocks and changed the entire tank! Aqauscaping time!!
I decided to go for the "island concept". Mmm, very difficult but worth to give it a try anyway.
The plants are growing very very fast.
Still, the total green lotus ( Nynpheae glandulifera) became one of my favourites and I wanted to give it more credit... Well, I moved the wood slightly to the left and made some free space.
Ahh, better I guess and here's the result after pruning and arranging some plants.
As for the health of the plants :
And what could do such a tank on brochure??
Well here's a test :
And last but not least, the water details etc of this tank. If any interesting at all :
- bottom : some clay and peat (only a little) with gravel on top
- PH 6,65 ( average)
- KH 4
- GH 5
- NO3 between 5 - 10 mg ( KNO3 dosing)
- PO4 0 - 0,1 ( PO4 dosing)
- fertilizer 1/2 dose a week
- water change 20% / week
- T 24 degrees C
10.30 - 12.30 50% 4 T5
12.30 - 17.30 80% 6 T5
17.30 - 20.30 50% 4 T5
20.30 - 23.30 2% 2 T5 ( evening light )
Have fun, see you at AGA-show??