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My new 37 gal. tank 30x16x18 PICS

Ok after weeks of searching and building stand and asking stupid questions I had the tank up and running on sat. night.

Tank---------30x16x18
Stand--------28x18x42 out of 2x4s and plywood with wood stain
substrate-----schultz aqua soil on the 2 sides and tahitian moon sand in the middle
lights---------will use 2x36 watts pc but it will look ghetto(might upgrade)
filter---------eheim classic 2215

Fish ListFish that I plan to house in this tank)

white clouds------------2 albino and 5 regular (only fish in the tank now)
cardinal or neon---------~15 to 25
ottos-------------------~5
cory--------------------~3 to 5 (not sure whats good)
god tetra---------------~5 to 10
endlers(peaceful?)------???
angels???---------------??? wife's only "want" fish

Shrimps:

RCS & CRS ------- # depends on if my shrimp tank will produce some good quantity :P

MTS -------------already have 5 to 10 in it...and I assume they will reproduce like nuts?


Stand from scratch


custom tank 30x16x18(supposed to be 28x16x18 but the extra inches don't bother me)


structure done


tank/stand in place(there will be a door for the center small storage compartment)
it will be a open bottom tank because eventually i will have a rimless shrimp tank there.


rocks that will be using for the tank


what my friends called sewer water


after hours of fooling around


closer look of the tank


I still haven't really finish the stand yet as in painting and finishing up the stain as well as adding some moldings to it...but I had to set up the tank this weekend or I won't have time for another 2 weeks or so and I know that will drive me crazy...so I will finish up the stand while the tank is already running....how I donno but I will find a way.

any suggestions or advises? anything will be great...thank you for viewing!

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Ehhhhhmmmmmm....

Is that tank really hanging over the edge of the stand by about 2"?


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If that is a standard aga 37 gallon then it is only 12 inches deep, not 16 like your measurements say.


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why didn't you build the stand to fit the tank?

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yes the tank is 2" out becasue the stand's 28"L but the tank is 30" long due to a mistake by the manufacture when I order the tank...initially I asked for a30x16x18 but at the end I changed it to 28x16x18 but when they made it they went with the initial measurement...they were gonna re-make another one for me but it won't bother me that much so I just take the tank.

The reason I didn't make the stand 30"L is because of the location where it stands. if you pay attention on the picture you will see on the bottom that the stand is tightly fit into the spot...

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You can get around that problem by adding a support to the side of the tank stand. It's pretty important to support the entire length of the tank. you're asking for trouble otherwise.


other than that the scape looks good. what do you plan on doing for lighting?


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i am going to put support there for sure....not sure if I will put a right angle/triangular molding or brackets....

I am planning on putting 2x36 watts pc lights from my old reef tank...I am just waiting on the light bulbs to arrive. I will be using 2 screw in CF for now until it comes...i will post pictures later...

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ok here's the ghetto, temporary lights...2x23 screw-in CF 5500K





any suggestions??? no inputs..

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shorten those ehiem hoses a bit. I would have also placed them closer to the filter. When you disconnect it you will have hoses dangling all over.

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the one in the stand? any reason why? I have fairly good currents now..I am not sure because the tank is still pretty empty or something but I think the current is pretty good...hmm..any reason for shorter hoses?

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It will look better. Plus extra hose flopping around restricts flow. The straighter they are the better. But will will want a little play.

But that is me.

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i c....i will see what I can do thanks a lot for the advise...

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If you can, move the Double Disconnects closer to the filter. The piece of tubing connecting the filter to the double Disconnects should be about 2" as per the directions. makes maint. easier.

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i want to confirm 1 quick question....do I just let the plants grow all the way up to the top and then do a major trimming and let it start to grow again to create the "bushy" looking?

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bump for the previous questions and....

updates: FINALLY I decided and got a T5 tixture and running three 24 wts for the tank (2x6000K and 1x10,000K) for about 10 hours a day.

I have the tank up for 2 weeks. The plants don't seem to be growing...how long does it take them to "settle" and start thriving? I dose excel about 3 times a week. thank you.

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