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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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My tank started its run yesterday...(pics)

Hi all,

I finally started my tank yesterday. These are the specs:
18" cube (low iron) with eco-complete, four 23w cfl with 6500k, co2 system with diy co2 reactor ( https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ht=co2+reactor), I also made the diy external heater (https://www.plantedtank.net/forums/sh...ad.php?t=36257). I have the seachem system for ferts and my filter is eheim 2213. In order to get approval from the wife on the aquarium I had to hook all the 'hardware' (co2, filter, etc) behind the wall which is basically the basement space. You can see it in the pictures. Next step is order plants and start planting.

I have some questions:

1. What pressure should I have my co2 gauges show? I have the "AQUATEK CO2 Regulator Solenoid Single Outlet".
2. what temp are people keeping their tanks at this days?
3. how about lights duration?







Not sure why they are like this... I rotated the.
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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 08-19-2012, 01:23 PM
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Looking good. On my Aquatek, the high pressure gauge shows 900 and the preset working pressure is about 32.

If you're just starting out with a brand-new aquatek, take some time to check the factory-made connections between the gauges / outputs and the regulator body. Most of the connections on mine had slow leaks until I took it apart and reassembled everything with pipe dope.
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Wow that's a ton of plumbing for an 18", good start tho!

Good CFL light will last you upwards to ~3 years, but lighting capacity does diminish over time. Temp.. depending on what you're keeping in here, 74-78F is a good range to shoot for. No experience w/ CO2 :/

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I rather have a ton of pluming outside my tank then any plumbing inside the tank. Also, this allows me to increase the water volume.
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I'm not very handy so whenever I see something like that it makes my jaw drop

It's HOB filters for me, till I pay for professional help.

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I received a huge bundle of plants today from OVT. Incredibly fast, extra plants, and excellent packing = I highly recommend!

Tomorrow I'll post how the aquarium looks with all these.

I'm dead for today.


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Now I just need a carpet.... I was thinking glosso..? Thoughts?

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Vesuvius looks a bit trashed at the top

I'd try Dwarf Hair Grass in front. Maybe add Blyxa japonica between the 2 rocks: sort of looks like a path leading deep into the jungle, especially with a bit of slope-up.
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I received a huge bundle of plants today from OVT. Incredibly fast, extra plants, and excellent packing = I highly recommend!

Tomorrow I'll post how the aquarium looks with all these.

I'm dead for today.


great guy isn't he!

Cube is looking very nice! I like the fact you were able to hide so much of the equipment!


I am still trying to bring the color out on my aromatica and a few others from ovt.

On the plus they are growing like crazy! haha


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OVT - yes it is a bit trashed on the top but I am confident they will spring back. Most plants pearled yesterday a bit so I hope they will be better soon.

Thanks NWA!

I never used Eco-Complete before and I am quite surprised by it. It seems like it is just rocks and no nutrients like ADA. I used to have much bigger tanks and did my own soil and it was also muddy.... Is this Eco-complete have anything in it?
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I added 2 black molly and 3 oto. I will wait for a week before adding anything else... (that's hard to do!)

Pictures coming soon.
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