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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-18-2014, 01:42 AM Thread Starter
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New guy - 46g bowfront

Hey guys,

Completely new to the hobby! I was inspired by a beautiful tank I saw on reddit a while back and have been lurking a while since trying to absorb as much as I can.

Hoping that I am finally ready, here's what I have so far:

Hardware:
46g bowfront
Ada amazonia
Fluval 306
10lb co2 with diy 2 stage regulator, solenoid, nv-55 needle valve
Diy inline reactor
Fertilizers - macros and micros dry picked up from a hydro store

Cheers,
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 12-18-2014, 02:46 AM
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Looks awesome! Those are some BIG rocks!
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Thanks! Got them at a landscaping store for a total of $6.
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It's a good start! Nice grab on the rocks, they have some nice character. However I think the rocks are spread out too evenly and lack a focal point. Depending on what kind of scape you want to create, I think you should assemble them differently. I took a screenshot while recently watching a movie that gives a good example of what I am talking about...The rocks even look like yours!



Notice how the rocks join together and create a large mound? They are placed bunched and crowded, but still separately accents one another.

Having a good idea of what kind of scape you want to create can prevent you becoming unsatisfied with the result later. Plus, its much easier to move things around now with an empty tank versus a tank filled with water, plants, and fish!

Good luck! I am looking forward to the updates.


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Well you are on your way. Smart way to get your rocks. Looks like you know what you know what are doing. Looks like lights are next. Best of luck. Last time I was in Toronto must have been 1969 or 1970. Ran into John Lee Hooker in a bar that couldn't hold over 20 people. He wasn't playing just in there drinking.

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An update, I did move around the rocks a bit and got another bag of amazonia to create a slope. Also had a few of my TC jars start growing mould, so I planted the affected plants into the tank (DSM) in the mean time, they've been there about 2 weeks and have begun to grow in well.





In the mean time, I did put together a CO2 reactor and got my in-line heater in.



I also got my LEDs from ledgroupbuy and have begun to put them all together. I have a bit of wiring to finish, as well as to put the lenses on - but they are BRIGHT. Once the wiring is done, I will get a pic of them on.











That's it for now!
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Quick update. Got the lenses in, finished the wiring and got to test it out.

Also got the filter tubing hooked up to the co2 reactor and inline heater.
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I can already tell you're going to have a great tank. You've definitely got things in order so far. Subbed, looking forward to seeing what you create.


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Thanks for the sub!

Not much to update today- ordered an RO system as I will be needing to cut my tap water about 50/50 to bring my GH and KH down from 11d each.

I'm thinking of setting the system up in my basement, and running a line of the RO water and tap water right up to the tank, possibly using a couple of flow meters to get the ratio right during refill? Still thinking about this.

TC plants are growing fast. I should be adding a few more jars worth of HC cuba and the A. reinickii mini soon.


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Filled the tank! Added some more plants as well. Some of the DSM HC Cuba has turned yellow. I think its due to the excess ammonia coming off the amazonia. Hopefully it will bounce back with a couple water changes and the cycle starting.



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Cycle complete! Fish have been added.




Had an issue where I was gone for the weekend, and the light timer broke in the ON position, came back to lots of algae, and the HC cuba browning. It has begun to recover, most the other plants were okay. Luckily, this was before the fish were in!

Working on an Arduino based tank controller (similar to the ones in the DIY forum) to perform all the day to day activities for when I'm not around.


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Arduino tank controller has officially taken over care of the aquarium!

Thread here: https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...d.php?t=842329



Also in need of a MAJOR trim.



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Wow, really looking good, nice progress!
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Nice tank. I love bowfronts. I got a new 60 gallon , not a bowfront , wish now I had gotten one now. That will be my next one. Your tank looks great. Good job.


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