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New Tongariro National Park Inspired 70L Rimless

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This is my first post on this forum. Ive been reading through posts for a while now but I just joined up today. This is also my first planted tank. I will use this thread to document it. I am from New Zealand and one of my favorite natural places is the Tongariro National park in the middle of NZ's North Island. I snowboard there in the winter and this year i collected a selection of dark rocks to use in my aquarium. The tank is 900mmL X 300mmD X 280mmH about 70L i think. It sits on a custom built acrylic stand that i built at the university workshop. It is drilled in the bottom so that i don't have visible plumbing. Thanks for having a look. Any and all questions are welcome.

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I like your stand and those rocks are huge!
By the way, is your table concave a bit or is it just an illusion?
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The source of your inspiration is amazing! The tank, stand and rocks all amazing. I'll keep an eye on this one to see how it comes along. Thank you for sharing and welcome to the forum.

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Hi. I like the tank a lot. However, I'm a bit worried about the outlet/ inlet of your filtration system. Noticed you placed 2 holes directly at the bottom of your tank. Are you going to attach some plumbings through those holes so that the outlet/inlet will be above the substrate? If not, definitely those holes would churn up a sand storm in your tank once the substrate is in.
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Cool set up. I have to agree those are some huge rocks for that tank, but I'm really liking them anyways...lol


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thank you. the rocks are large for this size tank however in reality they are actually not huge. i haven't seen any tanks use a rock arrangement like this before so i am excited about how it might turn out. If it doesn't end up looking good with plants i can always remove some. This was only my first try at arranging them so im welcome to any ideas anyone might have to make it look better.
To answer your question it is my camera that is making the table look concave, its straight as an arrow.
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Thank you very much, what a pleasant way to be welcomed to the forum. let me know if you have any ideas on planting it, at the moment i am thinking alot of moss and maybe some hair grass at the back or possibly just a few ferns sticking out of the cracks between the rocks. Im still up in the air about plants. I want to keep it simple though. Im only running two 24W philips energy saver bulbs which are 6500k. Im hoping this will work. But i can buy a proper aquarium pendent if i need to.
For fish i think i will have about 7 or so rummy nose tetras plus algae eaters. I also really like glass cats and i think they would look great against the dark rocks however i think they will get too big for this setup. i don't have a large filter on this tank so i need to keep my fish load light.

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Thank you for your concern. No need to worry though i have that covered. The bulkheads both have extensions on them and the intake has a grate over the extension. I'll snap a pic for you later to show you how i've done it. The last pic was taken before i had put them on, as i was just testing the plumbing.

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Thanks mate. They are larger than usual but its always fun to do something a bit different. let me know if you have any advice for me it terms of planting, fish selection, or changes to the hardscape etc.

I have one bag of flourite black sand in there at the moment. I'll probably need two more bags to finish it off.

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I really like the super-sized scale of the rocks. I'd love to have that sort of hardscaping in my tank, though I'd probably need a crane to get those rocks into place, lol. I'm favorably impressed and look forward to seeing this planted.

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Wow! this is looking really nice already. I'm definitely looking forward to once its all planted. Keep it up!
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im so subscribed! its going to look amazing when planted!
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that is awesome!!! love the hardscape, tank/stand, and filtration is super sweet!


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Very nice. Plant list?


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I think you did an amazing job with the hardscape, and wouldn't change a thing. Subscribed!!
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Thanks for the kind words guys.

gmccreedy - no plant list yet but im thinking a moss / fern combo as most nz bush streams have this. im open to suggestions.

More photos on my build and some more inspiration






whitewashing and protecting pine ply





rocks




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view from my room haha couldn't help myself



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water test




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stand just after first being built






my old marine tank which i miss badly



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