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6ft/800Litre Amazon Adventure! (Pic Intensive)

Latest Project: 6ft x 2ft x 2.5ft - 800Litres

This is a customer's display tank for an apartment residence. Set in the living area. Whole job took 10 hours from start to finish including the time taken to tear down the existing scape.

Glass: 10mm Starfire Premium Custom made Tank
Stand: Custom made painted matt black
Lighting: DIY Metal Halide 2x 150w & Downlight fixture (To be replaced with Dupla Electra Kombi 2)
Filtration: 2x Eheim Pro's
Co2: Dupla Alpha Set & Aquamedic Reactor 5bps
Heating: 300W Dupla heating cables & 2x 200W Hydor inline heaters
Substrate: Plain 3mm black gravel & thin layer of Dupla laterite
PH: 6.0 Controlled by Dupla
Temp: 29'C

Flora:
Echinodorus Tennellus
Anubias Nana
Anubias Barteri
Various Swords
Crypt Walkeri
Java Fern
Java Moss
Blyxa Japonica
Pogostemon Stellata
Thin Vallissnera
Aponogeton Crispus

Fauna:
Blue Turquoise Discus
Sterbei Corydoras
Clown Loach
Bristlenose Catfish
Ottocinclus

Day starts by draining water and taking everything down


Make sure you have plenty of towels, there will be major spillage!


Setting out equipment and supplies


8x 80L bins to house existing water and all the fish. Notice they are being filtered to keep water oxygenated


Plenty of space for work


Plants laid out. Make sure water is constantly sprayed to avoid plants drying out. Its 37'C today!


River rocks. They're not from the local creek I swear!


Existing plants. Needing to be trimmed of dying leaves/algae ridden leaves


Draining the rest of the tank. Almost there..


Clearing the old gravel and taking heating cables out


This tank is big.. and I mean big.. it could fit 3 of me!


For a job this size, get as much help as you can


Almost empty.. Man this is tiring so far


Laying out hardscape. For this scape, I decided to use the golden ratio and mount two mounds using river stones to hold the mounds in place.


Climbing back in, this tank is too deep to work from outside


Laying out black gravel slowly


Checking depth


Basic layout almost done


And done..


Adding driftwood with moss tied on using cotton thread




Hardscape done


Starting from the front moving back




Planting finished. Whole planting process took 4 hours. Started to fill again slowly


Finished filling. Checked all hardware. Good to go


These lights are pretty bright already


Still cloudy, should clear by tomorrow
















Please excuse the dark pics, not good at taking pics

Overall although this was a big job, it turned out pretty much how I wanted. We used all the plants and there was still room for a bit more. Fish were added an hour after filling.

Hope you enjoyed this journal and please feel free to comment.

Cheers,

Brandon.
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impressive. and i thought my 150g is big. you make my tank look like a 10g. keep us update.
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Very big Ausi! Must be fun working on a huge tank like that..
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Great setup! 10 hours must have been a long, but fun day! I'm a bit surprised that you added all the fish right away as well. Everything was preseeded and the filters where on well before this setup I presume?

You mention this is for a client, if you don't mind can you explain how you charged them for this setup? I'm working on a business plan for aquarium maintenance and am trying to get all the information I can on the pricing because it seems to be so variable.

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the rimles tank itself is beautiful. those anubias are huge. i'm quite surprise you put in the discus so early.


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I love Journals with these big pictures of everything. This journal is gonna be interesting

One month in.
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Turned out nicely. Good looking discus as well.


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Nice light fixture. Looks great!


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Nice fixture, which one is that? Look like aqua-medic.

*Edit* Nevermind, sorry missed it in 1st post, Dupla Electra. Where did you get it?

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Very nice post. Very nice tank.
Why not go with Amazon plants?

Is it just me, but how can you spend a couple grand on an aquarium and go with that light mounting setup? I mean, tell your client to open the wallet and mount the ballasts out of sight and hang the halides from the ceiling or something. :P

EDIT: Nevermind, in the updated post, it looks like he/she got the message.
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WOW! the tank and Discus look beautiful!
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Great work!!!

Makes me want to re-scape my tank for the 4th time
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