Join Date: Oct 2006
Location: Ranchi, Jharkhand, India
My DIY Planted Aquarium
Though this project started from the moment I acquired some square steel tubes for the stand and continued to construction of the stand, the tank, its corrections….. Before the setup, I must leave out most of that story as I don’t think it was fishy enough for this forum.
The tank size is (in inches) 60x24x24. The bottom glass is 16mm, side glasses 12mm. After sticking up the glass and allowing the silicon to set, I filled it up to test for leaks. There were none, but the long glasses showed a definite bulge out, discernable visibly and easily. Braces were needed, and I hate cross braces. I find them to be too much of a bother when attending to cleaning process; the bottom of the braces get discoloured with water stains and the top gets dirt causing blockage of light. So I fitted it with a 2” strip 12mm glass all along the rim. Tested it again, and there was no measurable bulging.
I still use UGF. I have adapted it for my fish and plant aquarium and have posted many a tales about it from time to time, so I will touch the subject very lightly. The front 1/3 of the aquarium is walled off from the rest of the floor by a 3” high acrylic strip glued to the floor with silicon. Interlocking UG plates cover this 1/3 of the floor. I have 2 rows of UG plates. In each row, every third plate is connected in series to a pipe which is the suction of a submersible pump. I have covered the UG plates with mosquito proof PVC net to allow myself to use finer gravel than normal. This allows me to increase mechanical filtration, a supposedly weak point of the UGF.
The picture has been taken from the top. You can see the UGF setup and the suction pipes leading to the bottom portion of the pumps to be installed. The dark grey is the styrofoam under the tank seen through the bare glass floor. The band of tan colour you see is the graded sand of the UGF. The hardware you see are the suction pipe and the lower section of the submersible pump. This is to demonstrate the floor division for the UGF.
If you have a choice, you have a problem, till you elect your choice. No choice, no problem, only consequences, learn to live with them.
Last edited by essabee; 11-27-2008 at 03:42 AM.