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DIY planted tank project

Hello! This is my 1st posting here so I hope I put it in the right forum.

Month ago I decided to build a planted tank. I already have 2 malawi tanks and now I decided to try planted one

So here is what I have so far:

I already bought 150L(90x40x40) tank with pump, heater and substrat.


Some driftwood. I wanted better but this is the best I got:


Some blue foam for mechanical filtering:


Timers for lamps and CO2:


Pipes, termometers and other small stuff:


Pressurized CO2 system:


And black sand 2-3mm:



I'm waiting for my stand which I receive on monday. It is made from 35mmx35mm steel and will be coated in wood. Will post pictures later. I also receive light this week. I ordered 4x39W T5 lamps with 1x grolux, 2x daylight and 2x aquastar(10000k) lamps). That produces about 1W/l of water.

I also love fish so I decided to put 30-40 wild caught red neons(Paracheirodon axelrodi). What do you think?

I tried to read as much articles and forums on the internet as possible. What do you think. Did I do any mistakes, what would you change,...

And now the plants I was thinking of putting Valisneria all over the background, anubis and javan(Vesicularia dubyana), on the ground I would put a carpet from riccia(Riccia fluitans).

What do you think of my project?

BTW, pictures from this tank/project and other projects are also on my site http://digital.planetq.org/akvarij

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It looks like you have done your research! This should be a great tank!

Edit: What type of lights and how much light are you using?


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First true attempt at a planted tank.
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I ordered 4x39W T5 lamps with 1x grolux, 2x daylight and 2x aquastar(10000k) lamps). That produces about 1W/l of water.

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2x39W set with reflectors (light bulbs come next week). Reflectors are top of the art/tech with 95% reflection. (more about them here: http://www.reflekta.com/Page SLO/Tests SLO.htm). I wasn't able to look at lights from 1,5m. My eyes were hurting me,


You can see the reflection in reflectors. They are like mirror.


Water resistant bulb throat


Water turned a little brown due to driftwood in the tank. I filled the tank to test all the equipment and it works like a charm


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My lamps at work:


1st (upper) lamp is 120cm 39W T8, 2nd T5 39W 85cm and 3rd T5 39W 85cm with reflector...


Here are the measurement of 1x54W Aquastar 10000K which is placed 40cm above with my reflectors



The same measurement with normal (I think it was JBL) reflector....


No reflector...

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How did you get those measurements?


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The man who makes the reflectors have a special device for measuring the intensity... I can ask for exact name and company which made it if you want...

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You'll be wanting more foam under that tank


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Like drops of fertiliser into the tank, so are the days of our CO2...
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yea I will get some more

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Well, today I got my frame for the stand. It is made from 35mmx35mm steel


Frame from front side. The big place will be a closet for shoes and the small one for CO2, electricity and other staff for tank...


Joint


From the side

I also ordered water resistant wood for the top(22mm) and for sides (15mm). I get them on thursday. The paint will also be made on thursday...

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Will the metal frame be sitting on top of something?
A wood frame for example?
Just curious about the choice of four relatively small legs.
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is the over hanging lip on the tank so that it can fit over the heater on the wall? If so.... woudlnt any potential leaks from the tank go right onto the heater? Imagine a fish jumping out... LOL *ewww*
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Some plastic will come on the end of the legs, but 50kg/leg is not that big of a pressure. One of my other closet has 8 legs and a little over 500kg of wight and everythink is ok...

The hanging will have no function now... I planned doors there but I decided to go another way... I would explain what I wanted to do, but my english is too bad

There will be no header behind

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Your English is fine!
A heck of a lot better than my Slovenian!
Keep us posted.
This thread got me to google up exactly where Slovenia is.
Gotta love that tourism board's motto: "Slovenia: our middle name is LOVE!"
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Ohhh well, new work has been done,so let check what I have been doing the past few days


Painted frame. It was dust painted and is also rust safe


All the necessary equipment


That is a side plate


The long ones will be used to screw side plates and short one for top plate


Top plate mounted


This is a hole for side plates


Closet done(well, I gotta get the door too and top frame, but I can build my tank now

Price:
Steel for the closet cca 6000SIT
Wood and cutting (okol 1m^2): 10000SIT
Screwers(I dont know how they are called ): 200SIT
Painting 4800SIT

Everything together 21700SIT. That is a little less that 90 Euros or $107.

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