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90G custom - journal

Well ... let the story begin !

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Now couple months later I'm ready to go with my first rimless tank. Decided to get 48x22x20 for longer depth (*should have went for 24" since stand is 24") while keeping 20" high for easy prunning. Tank is finished with clear silicone, diamond finish, 4 starphire glass. I have to be honest and say that tank is sweet ! however the finish is not what ADA is all about. Buy hey .... price is a lot different too so I can not complaint.

I purchased All-Glass Mission Series Cherry stand (*great deal through LFS) and went with standard 48x24. Becase of stand's frame design I had to create additional support on the back to provide resting area for shorther 22". I installed three 2x4 and 1/2" plywood.

Here is original setup




I cut L notch to fit stand's frame and secured it with screws.




Stand ready to go with installed three 2x4




I placed mating board (*still need to get styrofoam) to cover any visible plywood




Tank placed on the stand




Tank with the light - Aqualight Pro 24" - 2x65W PC + 1 150W MH. There is another same fixture which is not on this picture.




That is it for now ... patiently waiting for ADA substrate delivery.

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Beautiful tank, Jay. I'm looking forward to seeing it full of plants.

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You take really good quality photos! Nicely done done so far.

I really like the empty tank stage myself. It's as clean as it'll ever be and so full of potential!
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Oh man I just love those rimless tanks! And the lighting system looks real sharp, too. This journal should be pretty sweet. . . . .

Can't wait to see what you set up for filtration, co2, and whatever else!
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Looking good Jay, keep it up
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Can't wait to see the rest of it too ...

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About time, Jay.

Man, that glass if really clear. Can't wait 'til you get the Amazonia.

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I agree very nice. Just be make sure you add enough plants when using the aquasoil. Also make sure if adding powersand it does contain some ammonia, so you need to change water often the first few weeks. I am having problems with green water, I believe Eric is having some problems too.


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I agree very nice. Just be make sure you add enough plants when using the aquasoil. Also make sure if adding powersand it does contain some ammonia, so you need to change water often the first few weeks. I am having problems with green water, I believe Eric is having some problems too.
I looked at your 60cm journal and I see a major problem which could be possibly related to your current problems. This is what you should see when applying Powersand, definitely not what you did in your tank.


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Thanks for taking the time to share, Jay. That tank is awesome; beautiful. You certainly know how to take a nice photo.

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Jay!!! Wow! Esthetically that looks outstanding! The cherry stand, plus the all glass tank in your first post looks KILLER.

The powersand and all that is really interesting... but at the end of the day for me, it's all about "how does it look?" I suspect it is the same for you, and I can't wait to see how this turns out! Great start!

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Jay I do see what you are talking about, I took a look at an ADA setup book. I guess I did not lay it out right, but my guess is that it is done for more of an esthetic reason not functional. Its done so you can taper the substrate in the front. BTW how much powersand did you use? 1 9 liter? Anyway the tank is really nice, I wish I could get one like that. What plants are you planning on putting in there?


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Slowely moving things along. Finally unpacked my manzanita order and began soaking process. I ordered 70$ package and have more than enough of wood for this 90G project. Here is a quick snap of my selection. Each picture is pretty much different section.


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JAY,

Please tell me where to buy driftwood like that. I have been looking for years. I've googled about every word combination you can think of. I've checked aquabid and eBay every week. I can NEVER find it. Please help me out. I promise I won't copy your tank .

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JAY,

Please tell me where to buy driftwood like that. I have been looking for years. I've googled about every word combination you can think of. I've checked aquabid and eBay every week. I can NEVER find it. Please help me out. I promise I won't copy your tank .

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Ted,

place is www.manzanita.com

Here are instructions for aquarium ready manzanita wood:

- old / weathered / sandblasted
- saw cut only at the base
- branchy / twisted / knurly
- pieces should complement each other
- same color / same texture
- some long / some short

Also you can talk to Rich. He is very familiar with "aquarium community" so just tell him dimensions of your tank and that you want "aquarium package".

I was very pleased with what I received.

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