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450 Gallon starfire planted manzy tank

This is a small tank, perhaps the right size for many of us, it's in a client's office.
The tank is a euro braces starfire glass made by LeMar in LA area. Nice tank. Lighting is about a tad under 2 W/gal and then it's more T12 lighting than PC(one bank only).

CO2 is done via 4x AM100 reactors and there are 6 top of the line ehiems on this tank, 2 with internal heaters and 2 x 40 W UV's.

Sediment is Black flourite sand.

CO2 is measured and will be controlled via aprtial pressure meter and Neptune controller using the mV input and scaling the out puts to mV = 20 mV for each ppm of CO2. A 50 Ohm resistor is used for this conversion since input is in mA.

Wood is all old, aged Manzanita and a single piece of Redwood root for terracing only.

The display will be fairly simple, hair grass, some dwarf hygro, a few swords in the back, some Crypts, open in the middle, and anubias on some of the branches, the wood needs to be shown through, not covered too much.

After having worked with these folks together for several projects now, we will start doing smaller versions for other clients. We have an excellent carpenter, plumbing person, a LFS with good work and basics, and then myself. For even larger projects, we employee Tenji for large scale public sized aquariums.

This is not just me, I do the scaping and after work mostly. It's a team and includes the client's input more than anything. These are made for them and their taste.

This tank should be fairly easy to care for, Tony placed a semi automated water change system in the office that's hidden from view. Very easy and not mess/work to change 50%.

Ehiems are also very easy to care for, and with low light, this is going to be a fairly easy tank to maintain. 1000 Green neons will go in here. Perhaps CRS and Amanos.

The goal is to have the balls of schooling fish dart from one group of wood to the other.









Enjoy

Need to plant it sometime soon.

The tank has been leak tested, and ran, and the wood and hardscape have been water tested for stability also.

Nothing moves.

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Tom Barr




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This is a small tank,
Indeed. That's a lot of them filters.

Nice one, thanks for sharing, just wanna be in for the ride.


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Awesome tank. It seems like a great size. What are the dimensions on the tank, looks like 8 ft x 2 ft wide x 4 ft deep?

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wow...I love the wood, where did they get it from?
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What are the proposed lighting specs Tom? I see you briefly explained it, but was curious if its a retrofit of some kind or just some generic fixture. Are T-12's going to be enough light to penetrate all that water for the HG?

Surprised they are going with foreground plants. Will be a bit of a bear to maintain, no?

Just out of curiosity, how much does a tank like that cost. From build to delivery?

How thick is the glass?


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wow, this is awsome, gonna take a mission to fill


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I will go along with all the other comments, wow!
First class setup, Tom
You guys do some of the best!
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the filter pic made me giddy ....and your right this is a perfect size tank for most of us subscribed

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I really like the plan for 1000 green neons. That will make for a great school. I like massive schools of small fish in big aquariums.


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Very cool tank. But I can't imagine having to try to reach down to the bottom of that thing for trimming.
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wow, nice filtration.


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Can't wait to see how it comes out
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I really like the plan for 1000 green neons. That will make for a great school. I like massive schools of small fish in big aquariums.
X2! I'm assuming that this wood is from your recent collecting trip? I am definately green with envy. Can't wait to see this filled and planted.
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