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Hi all: I've sold my plant and fish raising business and almost all my tanks and moving to a townhome. I had to have at least one tank so bought a 150 gal(48"x18"x29"h). The LFS had a good deal on it because it was a special order with the bottom drilled for 3 holes and the buyer did'nt pick it up. This tank is going to be all DIY from the stand to the filter,lights etc. I'm making it a Lake Tanganyika biotope aquarium. I thought I'd keep a journal on all the work as it goes. I just picked up some 3/4" birch plywood to build the cabinet and have started the stand. As soon as I get the picts going(tonight?) will publish them to here. I'm also putting this up to the Cichlid forum website..Wish me luck and maybe we'll all learn somthing new as I go(lots of Research).....Jim
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It is not 150 gallon, about 110gallon.


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Shalu, Lets see if I've got this right 72" x 18" x 29" = 37,584 cu. in. divided by 1 gal = 230 cu in (+- a smidgon) = 163 gals. I've checked it with 3 differant tank calculators so it seems my 150 is a little bit bigger than I thought. Called the LFS and he told me it was special ordered to size too. BTW heres a built in entertainment center I built 3 years ago. That's a 120 gal tank 48"x24"x25" I'm pulling all the fish and stuff from here. The picture is 2 years old....Thanks, Jim
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In your first post you said
"48"x18"x29"h"
In your second post you said
"72" x 18" x 29"

Therein lies the confusion of 110 vs 150/163
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Wow That's a big tank. I'd prefer probably 24" depth with that height, but I imagine the visual impact is... impressive.

Would you have a bigger photo?


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I'm getting old, sorry 'bout that. I'll take my Geritol now and go to bed. I thought I proof read that but apparantly not well...Actually Shalu I'm glad you said that. It made me check the size and now I'm going to have to make the filter bigger.....Let's see check twice, cut once.... while I'm editing!! I also checked out a 150g at Petsmart not for the tank but the stand. I'm using pretty much the same construction technique but lots stronger 3/4" birch plywood. By using 2-4x8 sheets I can cut the sizes to 2 [email protected]"x72"(front and back), 2 [email protected]"x17"(sides), and 2 [email protected]"x17"(top and bot shelves). I'm going to screw and glue everything together. By using math I havnt used in 20 years, that should be able to hold my truck at 4200 lbs.. Lets see 163 gal x 8 lbs/gal=1304lbs+200 for the tank+300 for rocks and plants=1804. Might make it! ;-)...Jim
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I'm really looking forward to following your progress... checking twice and cutting once is always a good rule. Good Luck Jim, keep the pictures coming.
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Heres the pictures of the birch plasywood after cutting and drilling holes. Will assemble in Morning.
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Attached you'll see pictures of my progress this morning. Being old and decrepid I'm kinda slow but here they are. The 1st pic is the front, I cut out for the doors(be careful, you might want to use the cutouts as doors). 2nd pic shows gluing anf screwing braces top and bottom of the front. 3rd pic shows assembly of both sides and front and lower shelf. 4th pic shows stand from the front. Will show finished stand this afternoon. I'm in the process also of drawing up a plan for the stand. I'll try to get it done tommorrow.
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Just to let everyone know. I plan on also building the canopy (with 3-6',56w,4100 and 6500 flourescents and 4-25w,4100 flouescents.) 6'-0" tanks are hard to light but I think I've figured it out for about $155.00. Thats about 268 watts and comes out to about 1.6 watts/gal. Theres plenty of room if it needs 2+watts/gal to add more light. Then I'm going to build a fiberglas background and show how to color it using a cheap air brush. I'm going to use a 40 gal sump just because it will keep all the elec(heaters, pumps,etc) and keeps me from having to top off the tank more than I want too. It also alows me to use it for a mechanical filter. Good plant tanks don't really need a filter if you do 30 to 50% water changes every couple of weeks, but to keep stuff from floating around I'm going to filter out
detritus. Of couse then I'll show my lack of plumbing skills. The tank will also be set up to drain and fill by using lots of PVC and a couple of valves. Stay tuned it'll be good for a laugh anyway,,Jim

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The stands coming out nice so far. Keep the pics coming, I love these tank journals.

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Just to let everyone know. I plan on also building the canopy (with 3-6',56w,4100 and 6500 flourescents and 4-25w,4100 flouescents.) 6'-0" tanks are hard to light but I think I've figured it out for about $155.00.

It's not too hard, I have 4 - 96watt PC's, that does a great job. That will cost more than your current plan. But i'm very interested in how your lighting idea will turn out. What will you use for a reflector?


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OK Folks, Heres the canopy as I put it together. I wanted it to fit on the outside of the tank and lower over it by 1 1/2" to hide the black plastic top piece. I'm putting small blocks inside(see pic ) to only allow it to go so far. I'm not finishing either the stand or the canopy until we move at the end of the week. The screws will be hidden by trim pieces but that will be next week. Please excuse the mess in the garage, between a garage sale, sending items to various charities and moving, we're a couple of wreaks....Jim
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Just finished figuring out my lights. By using 4 t12 72" bulbs @ 56w ea = 224Ws. Plus using 4 36" bulbs @ 25Ws ea = 100Ws. Thats 324watts total/160 gal=2.06watts/gal. High enough to keep the internode length down on Najas and Hydrilla but low enough to qualify as low maintenance. By backing the canopy with Mylar I should have all the lumens I need. For you tech minded outhere the bulb specs are 2x6500k and 2x4100k on each of the differant length bulbs. It will be a tight fit but they'll go.....Jim(Ever on the hunt for the elusive and msyterious plants from "The Lake")I'll post what plants I'm using later.
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Sorry for not keeping up with this better but heres a picture of the tank in place. I've plumbed water to and from the tank. To a RO unit under in the stand(the water here is really, well, strange). and to a drain to the outside. more pics will be forthcoming, I'm still in shock from the move. ;-).....BTW I'd rather smash my fingers with a hammer than move again, the pain goes away a lot faster.....Jim
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