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2014 New Year New Aquarium 120 Gallon Planted Aquarium

I've recently closed down by 35 22"x22"x22" planted cube aquarium. I wasn't going to start this project until after April as my
wife is expecting with our first child then, but I found some free time during this christmas break and I decided to set up this aquarium with the go ahead from my wife

I would like to share my journey of this aquarium with everyone.

Took a few photos on my latest adventure.

The specs of this aquarium setup are:

120 ish gallon aquarium 48x24x24" bought off my frined who's also on this forum.
TEK T5HO 8x54watt light fixtures, with 4 giesman aquaflora and 4 mid day tubes
Eheim 2080 Filter
Eheim 2075 Filter
10lbs CO2 tank with a 3 way manifold on 24/7 with 2 difussers in this tank
6 bags of ADA Amazonia substrate


Some background:

I've fairly experienced with planted aquariums and have been successful with growing plants except my aquascaping sucks.
I've had planted aquariums since 1996 and the usual method I use is high light, high co2, high water flow + heavy substrate fertilization.
My cube aquarium is almost algae free except for the occassional BBA on the filter intake tubes, which I usually remove manually pretty easily.

Here's the start.

Here's the last images of my cube aquarium before tearing it down, most of the plants are out grown and needed a trim.

Here is a front tank shot


Here is the tank with the ada like cabinet my friend build for me



As you noticed the lights are a funky mixture since I've sold off most of my lights for this aquarium and I'm left with 46watt CFL's (which work great!)

Here is an image of my cube aquarium emptied
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Ok that should be enough photos of my old aquarium, onto the new one.

This one's been sitting in my garage for about 4 months besides my motorcycle (so after removing the aquarium and shifting things around I can park my car inside my
garage again!, enough of scraping the frost off my windows in the morning, the extra 5 mins of sleep helps!)


Finally got the tank in the location I wanted with my buddy Ed's help


Boxes of ADA Amazonia from Pat from Canadian Aquatics


DOH! only needed 6 bags of ADA, now I have 2 bags left over and some photos of the petrified wood I'll be using from King Ed Pets


Here's Ed extremely happy finally filling in the aquarium


One of the two moster filters I'm going to be using, an Eheim 2080 from JL Aquatics boxing day sale


Tank filled with water, super cloudy


The TEK T5HO Fixture from Tom Barr that I'm using for this tank


The two filters side by side Eheim 2075 and a Eheim 2080, unfortuantly they are too big and won't fit in the custom cabinet for low viewing so had to put it on the side


Here's a tank only shot, I know the sponges on the filter intakes look ugly, but when the plants fill out it'll cover them




Here's a front tank shot with the cabinet



thanks for looking,

hope to update in another month when the plants fill out.


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I'm surprised there was no way to get those canisters inside the stand!! You couldn't flip the canister sideways to get it inside then stand it back up?

Looking forward to this progress!


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Here is my aquariums 6 weeks later
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Wow looks awesome!

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like it a lot
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Very nice.

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Man thats a ton of growth!


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thx for the kind comments,

during these 6 weeks, I've trimmed the stem plants a few times, trying to get some of the other slower growing plants to fill in.
more photos soon!
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I can't believe it grows that much in 6 weeks.

And where did you guys find the perfect size stand? I am looking one for a 90G tank now.


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I got the tank from my friend and the stand was custom built!

oh I was just in Toronto last week, went to aquaaspirion, shrimp fever and a few other stores.

pretty impressive selection, compared to Vancouver
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I like what you've done. Now you can rock your baby to sleep in front of a beautiful aquarium. What a great start to life.
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It looks very nice!


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Just picked up my 2 new 20lbs co2 tanks upgrade from my 2 x 10lbs


Old regulator vs. new regulator, 3 port manifold vs 4 port manifold


New regulator attached to the new co2 bottle



thanks for looking
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Very nice ray!
What method of CO2 diffusion are you using for that beast?

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