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120G 48x24x24

Hi Folks.

I have decided to start fresh and tear down the 150G glass tank and have a custom made acrylic tank.
Ive decided on bulk heads on the bottom of tank just so I have no junk on the back.
Here is my plan as of now.

Tank, 120G 48"x24"x24"
Filter, Eheim 2262, with a power-head.....
CO2, Danner Needle wheel with built in Venturi..Sweet
Substrate, Aaron T's mineralized substrate
Lighting. 54wx6 T5 pendant style fixture Tek

I need some good ole fashion feedback from you fine folks..

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IMO, 8x54W is overkill. I guess it would work if it had at least two switches (4 bulbs + 2 bulbs) so you could do noon burst lighting, but 8 bulbs all at once is too much I think.
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Yes I do have 2 switches, and also planned on a noon burst. The fixture will have 6 bulbs

Thanks Epic!
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I'm looking at doing a larger tank and would like a clean look as well. I am curious as to how you have the cannister plumbed to the bulkheads. Can you explain.

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Hi jjp2,

I plan to retro fit some barbs to pvc that will be attached to bulk heads.
Its very simple to do actually.
Leaves the tank looking clean and free of stuff.
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Out of curiosity....who's building your tank?



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A friend of mine owns his own custom build tank shop in Ocala Florida.
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will you being using overflows or just pipes coming up from the bulkheads?

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I will have modular fittings for the outflow and screens for the inlets.

No overflows..........
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I also think 8x54 watts of Tek is going to be overkill, Orlando... I think you'd do great even with just 4x54, and with 6x54 you'll probably have 2 bulbs off more than on...

What type of timeframe are you looking at getting this bad boy off the ground?





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The tank will take 2 weeks to build, I have everything else.
Im now currently working on the mineralized soil, what fun that is...
So I would say 2-3 weeks time.
The lights will be hung up so Im not worried about light intensity. They will be fully adjustable.
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Well, Stephen has started building the tank It will be 2 weeks before
we get to see it finished....So much time to plan a hard scape and don't know where to start.
Maybe head over to Toms Cypress for some wood or rock..Hmmm
Or go to the springs for some inspiration.....
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Hi Orlando,

Sounds like a nice tank....except for the acrylic part .


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I will have modular fittings for the outflow and screens for the inlets.

No overflows..........
So there will be no surface skimming?

Does both the return and outflow come in through the bottom bulkheads?

Why did you decide against using a sump?

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Hi Steve, A friend of mine in Ocala has acrylic tanks that are both marine and planted and they are a few years old and I have to say the acrylic looks amazing compared to glass.
The downfall being easy to scratch if your not careful.
I was versed on how to remove and eliminate scratches at his shop, although time consuming its a piece of cake.
You cant beat the clarity of acrylic tanks..

The return and outflow will be fitted through the bottom of the tank as well as my needle wheel pump for my co2 feed.

I don't care to much for sumps, I do like unions and valves for closed loop systems. Easy to maintain, back flushing takes less than 10 minutes.
Also water changes are going to be a breeze with the new valves.

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Few changes...
I will be using a GenX pump to power a Mazzei for my CO2 feed...
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