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Sietch's 122g - The start - New pics 30-10-06

Hello everybody,

I have just finished to plant my open top new tank that some of you may have seen in the DIY section !

I cannot wait to show you some pictures (really bad, I know, just shot after a few hours of planting) :





Any comment to help me improve this water cube is the most welcome !

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Looks amazing. What fish are going in there?

In college....so no aquariums for a while.....
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I like where this is going. I'd sure like to see some ADA Glassware in there, though! I like how you brought the sand around that one side. I haven't seen that done too often.

What lighting are you using?

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That Looks amazing, can't wait to see it develop.


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Very nice, looks so clean and I love the "island" you creating with the use of sand. Cant wait to see this bad boy fill in!

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Frameless ADA style... on pedestal type too. Now that is tasty! Good luck to you, it is quite a challenge to decor it multi sides (and keeping stable with that low plant load). Lets see some specs please?


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is this the no lighting tank idea ? case if it is it seems bright you must have decent room lighting ! it looks amazing cant wait to see it grow in


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I really love the open tank concept. If only i had a tank like that. Love the island effect you have created as well. Even though the tank is in it's early stages of setting up,it is already a beauty IMO. l'd love to see it develop. Great job!
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I love the set up. I can just see how it will grow in. Great job!. Get some lillies or knock offs though. That white hosing is taking away from the serenity you are trying to create with your scape and other components.
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Thank you all for the kind words !

To D.Gilly, yes it is the no-light tank as you say !
But now there is light, I made a DIY fixture. I am still thinking of no-light though....

I'll give some specs:
You can see pics of construction here: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...t-fixture.html
Tank is 136x59x57cms (53"x23"x22")
Light: I installed 6x55W PC lights, 6,500K with electronic ballasts. On the pictures above only 2x55W are on.
Filter is a 2028 for time being. I plan to add my 2026 on the other side when I stop my other tank (still a plant growing tank)
I do not plan for CO2, but time will tell.
I already started adding some Excel to help plant settle down.

Plants:
- A forest of Crypts ! (that's the plan)
- Echinodorus Amazonica,
- Valisneria
- Echinodorus Tenellus
- Anubias on the driftwood.

I do not plan to add more plant species (maybe some fast growing plant that I still have in my other tank to help with algae in case but only temporary)
The only one I would like to add would be a lotus on the far left end of the drifwood....but I know it is not available here on regular basis...

John P. & fresh_mewby, yes I know some ADA lilly pipe would look good, but :
- their price, plus shipping cost to where I'm living, make these way out of my budget...
- I have two little monsters at home, and the tank is sitting in the middle of the living room so I had to make something not too bad looking, but more important had to be "kid proof", "crash proof", "pull proof", "hang proof", etc....
But I am confident they will find a way of playing with it that I have not yet imagine myself !
- then PVC became the only available option with local choice of grey or white...I choose white. Actually looks better in reallity that on the picture where it's really too bright...But not perfect I know....

mrbelvedere: for the fishes, the idea is one large school for small fishes, but choice is not made yet. I will also have to cope with the limited choice available here
Any ideas are welcome !

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- I have two little monsters at home, and the tank is sitting in the middle of the living room so I had to make something not too bad looking, but more important had to be "kid proof", "crash proof", "pull proof", "hang proof", etc....
But I am confident they will find a way of playing with it that I have not yet imagine myself !
Looks awesome...if I had that in my living room, it would have an electric fence around it. Probably some barbed wire too, for good measure.

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Thank you all for the kind words !

To D.Gilly, yes it is the no-light tank as you say !
But now there is light, I made a DIY fixture. I am still thinking of no-light though....

I'll give some specs:
You can see pics of construction here: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...t-fixture.html
Tank is 136x59x57cms (53"x23"x22")
Light: I installed 6x55W PC lights, 6,500K with electronic ballasts. On the pictures above only 2x55W are on.
Filter is a 2028 for time being. I plan to add my 2026 on the other side when I stop my other tank (still a plant growing tank)
I do not plan for CO2, but time will tell.
I already started adding some Excel to help plant settle down.

Plants:
- A forest of Crypts ! (that's the plan)
- Echinodorus Amazonica,
- Valisneria
- Echinodorus Tenellus
- Anubias on the driftwood.

I do not plan to add more plant species (maybe some fast growing plant that I still have in my other tank to help with algae in case but only temporary)
The only one I would like to add would be a lotus on the far left end of the drifwood....but I know it is not available here on regular basis...

John P. & fresh_mewby, yes I know some ADA lilly pipe would look good, but :
- their price, plus shipping cost to where I'm living, make these way out of my budget...
- I have two little monsters at home, and the tank is sitting in the middle of the living room so I had to make something not too bad looking, but more important had to be "kid proof", "crash proof", "pull proof", "hang proof", etc....
But I am confident they will find a way of playing with it that I have not yet imagine myself !
- then PVC became the only available option with local choice of grey or white...I choose white. Actually looks better in reallity that on the picture where it's really too bright...But not perfect I know....

mrbelvedere: for the fishes, the idea is one large school for small fishes, but choice is not made yet. I will also have to cope with the limited choice available here
Any ideas are welcome !
Hey bud...do a search on this forum...there are some pretty sweet knock offs for cheap. You can also do them out of acrylic pipe for really cheap. You seem to be a DIY kind of dude. I can do them, so anyone can.

There are several threads, but try this to start... https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/di...=acrylic+lilly
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I like what I see there. The swords will have room to grow in there and come out the top in time.
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Looks awesome...if I had that in my living room, it would have an electric fence around it. Probably some barbed wire too, for good measure.



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Hey bud...do a search on this forum...there are some pretty sweet knock offs for cheap. You can also do them out of acrylic pipe for really cheap. You seem to be a DIY kind of dude. I can do them, so anyone can.
There are several threads, but try this to start...
Thanks !
I think I know these threads the DIY section is certainly the one one I've visited the most these past months
And yes acrylic pipes are really needed there...
The point is I didn't find any acrylic (or even tranparent PVC) here...
I am actually living in the middle of the desert
So I guess I will bring some back from France at my next trip back home !

As for the "DIY kind of dude", my wife will tell you "crazy DIY'er"...
I built our own home back in france, cause I could not find one house or contractor that would match our whiches....


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I like what I see there. The swords will have room to grow in there and come out the top in time.
Thanks, I even hope I could get flowers !

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sweet tank

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