Hello fishtank people, new member here.
I've got a new 120L all-glass tank, no hood, no equipment, and a big leak down one joint.
No cracks, no scratches, and 30x35x120cm.
So once the leaking seam is patched, we'll be making a hood, splash shield and lighting rig. In the meantime (while the silicone arrives, I'm doing design work.
Got some nice driftwood, though it'll need to be tied down for a bit, and a big daddy rock (collected local granite with quartz veining), with two medium sized ancillaries (not pictured) for the wood to drape over and between, mimicking the push of root erosion in my local cliff faces. I'll be dirting it (first time!) and capping with charcoal colored or mixed-stone gravel.
Here's the bit I need a bit of advice for: I'm making my own sump tank, using a 19L tank. Here's my preliminary design, please criticise! (Nicely.)
I'm planning on a 1000Lph pump, with a built-in choke to adjust down if that's too much flow. I have no idea what power air pump to get though, suggestions?
The only livestock I'm planning on are my female guppies, (to be mated only occasionally!) and some yoyo loaches or ottos.
Planting wise, I'm going to focus on mosses, with the vertical crevices between rocks faced with phoenix moss, and weeping moss draping down over the wood over the joins. I'll be using some of the anubias nana babies from my other tank as accents on the wood, and I'll carpet some of the free swimming space using either flame moss or taiwan moss. The back, where it's not covered in rock, I might screen with bacopa m. but I'm open for suggestions on that.
LED LIGHTING SYSTEM: HOME MADE
We use LED ribbon/tape routinely in the workshop, so I've got a hold of;
2.5m of RGB 3528 SMD, 60 LED/m
2m of 5630 LED 'cool white' (~6000k) 2400 Lumen per m, 120 degree beam angle
For a total of 4800 lumen of daylight, with additional dimmable night lighting in RGB.
We use aluminum U bar, (lighting track like, only rather more sturdy) so I have a few samples of that. It conducts the heat away, so there's no need for a heatsink. So far, I'm thinking two bars of the white, approximately 5cm off the waters surface.
Good, bad? Y/N?