As I promised.. I'm sparing some time to take some pics of my 260 gal open top tank. This tank used to be a reefer before it goes into dark ages of neglect on an empty state. Then I bump into planted tank and started to experiment whatever I learn on line into my 25 gal. After some time I decided to give it a go to my 260 gal ex reefer. As time goes I made some modifications and lots of DIY projects to get the tank into the current state. They seems to work and I save lots of money to build another tank. This tank has just undergone a pruning maintenace. Some plants just grow too fast to handle, they need to be cut down at least once a week (you can even measure them grow in a day
) While a minor others does not survive too well due to unapropriate conditions inside the tank.
Here is the front view
Front left part
Front right part
I'm using this tank as a room divider/centerpiece so I'm getting 3 sides to view. Scaping to look good from all directions proved to be difficult and currently I'm still trying to re-scape and replacing plants that are not suitable (dead of not thriving too well) refine the view.
180 x 80 x 80 cm (approx 260 gal)
Sump overflow filtration, wet type. Sump is Eheim 50W
lighting : 3 x 150W Billboard MH with 6000K daylight osram bulb + 4 x 40W T12 Hitachi and osram 6200K & 10,000K. Both suspended on a DIY aluminium bracket. 9 hours of photoperiod daily with 6 hours of full blast.
Substrate : 1,5" of JBL aquabasis and 3" of volcanic Malang black river sand.
Tank is kept at 25-26 C by DIY chiller from freezer components (see DIY section).
CO2 is a 1 meter tall bottle with N2 valves and accessories. A bubble counter and a one way valve. Reactor is a commercial vortech "rex" style moved by a powerhead.
30% WC every 10-14 days.