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140 gallon Square journal - updated 6/8/2009

I started a new project this weekend, quite excited to see how this tank will turn out

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custom 140g 36 x 36 x 25 high (sorta cubish I guess)
with custom made stand

my plan is this tank will be a discus tank, also a high tech one as my 125g
I am still looking for a good lighting option. either a 6 x 96w PC or 1 x 400wMH +4x39w T5HO

This weekend I went to check out the stand, its in the process should be done in 2-3 weeks. Its entirely made of 4x4s and will be 36 x 36 x 27 in the end.

I choose 4x4s because this tank will weight a ton and I dont want it to collapse. My good friend who helped me build this thought it will be overkill, but at least its secure.

as a teaser, here are some pictures of the stand. these are not yet secured.
my friend used some wood glue to show me how big this thing will be (I think I am in over my head)





hey...my algae pearls

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are you going to have an automatic water change system?
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are you going to have an automatic water change system?
nope, I am the water change system hahaha

I will do weekly 50% water changes as with my 125, I wont start with juvie discus but I will instead go for the 5 inchers.

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70 Gallons of water a week?!?!?! wow! That's crazy!
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wow, LOTS of water to change frequently :/

this seems like a fun project, cant wait to see it
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wow, LOTS of water to change frequently :/

this seems like a fun project, cant wait to see it
yes it is alot of water, but since this is in the kitchen I can hook up hose to the sink and drain the water down the sink

also I think 50% is overkill once the tank establishes, so the 125 will be reduced to 25% WC next week

I am quite excited about this project

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i am excited too!!! i really would do and auto water change system, make it easier, more for you to enjoy and less hassle. all you have to do is scape, trim, and rescape
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Very cool!

Any ideas yet on how you are going to scape such an odd footprint?


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Very cool!

Any ideas yet on how you are going to scape such an odd footprint?
hmmm detail wise, no, not really

but so far I do know I plan to use some tall and long plants such as Barclaya Longifolia, Crypt Retrospiralis, crypt aponogetifolia, or even aponogeton ulvasceus as the background. Rocks and lilleanopsis brasiliensis as the foreground.

I might use a Tiger lotus as the central plant, not sure yet though

I am limitted by what kind of plants I can use in a warm discus tank

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hmmm detail wise, no, not really

but so far I do know I plan to use some tall and long plants such as Barclaya Longifolia, Crypt Retrospiralis, crypt aponogetifolia, or even aponogeton ulvasceus as the background. Rocks and lilleanopsis brasiliensis as the foreground.

I might use a Tiger lotus as the central plant, not sure yet though

I am limitted by what kind of plants I can use in a warm discus tank
A tiger lotus would look cool as a central plant.

Is the tank going to be up against a wall or in a corner?

It must be so much fun to have that much space to work with!


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A tiger lotus would look cool as a central plant.

Is the tank going to be up against a wall or in a corner?

It must be so much fun to have that much space to work with!
this tank will be at a corner,

its quite some space to build height and depth

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It would be neat to do something that shape with mangroves. Good luck with your tank build.
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this tank will be at a corner,

its quite some space to build height and depth
Wow, what a great size, I'm sure it will look fantastic (especially after seeing your other tank)!

If you're putting it in a corner aren't you worried about the fact that you won't be able to reach the bottom of half the tank? Or have you got a way round that?

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actually a few people have asked the same question,
how do you reach the back of the tank, to be honest I am not sure but I think it would be kind of funny if I slipped and fell headfirst into the tank ahahahahahahahahahahahah

This tank will be reachable from 3 sides so I think I will be fine, and I have a ladder to help me

As for an update, the lighting for this tank should show up within the next week or so

It is a 36" Catalina Ultra Reef 1x 400w HQI 10K 4x39w T5HO 10k and 6 Lunar lights

once I get the light I will post some pictures

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holy cow!! There is this one tank in lexington that is a 4 foot cube, I cant wait to see what you do with this!!

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