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post #1 of 37 (permalink) Old 05-16-2018, 09:50 PM Thread Starter
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Hi guys,
My name is James and I live in Australia.

I recently purchased a custom built 82Lx24Wx31H glass starphire aquarium brand new from an aquarium store in Melbourne.

The tank was one of five that was supposed to be installed in a large building but the builder sent the wrong measurements so the tanks wouldn’t fit into the wall cavity. I picked it up for $600aus.

Anyway, I plan on creating a heavily planted open top aquascape for this project. Rather than have larger fish in a tank this size I want to make use of the space and have schools of small fish like cardinal tetras, Rummynose tetras, cory Cats/cherry shrimp etc. it’s important for the tank to look natural and to mimic nature and to become its own balanced ecosystem.

The next step I to the build will be construction of the hardwood stand, I plan on making it 1 metre tall so the tank will sit 1.8m tall once on the stand, I also want plenty of space underneath for cO2, filtration etc.

Here is my list of equipment I plan on using, you guys are the experts so any changes you would make or any advice would be greatly appreciated, nothing is set in stone as of yet.

I plan on running 2x Fluval FX6 canisters.
4x Kessil 360WE tuna sun with rigid tank mounts
1x6.8kg cO2 cylinder with pre-made Rex grigg reactor from Nilocg aquatics.
I haven’t decided on heating as of yet because of the possible complications arising from the Fluval tubing.
I will run a wavemaker if recomended,
I would also like to run glass intake/outtake if there is a way to do so with the 1’ tubing.

This is all I’ve settled on so far, I will upload a few snaps of the tank also.

Any advice would be greatly appreciated!

Cheers,
James.
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Welcome James!

You forgot to add a ladder to your list.
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Congrats on the tank. I will be following the progress. I see you are also a fellow Festoolian. Nice CT... Wheres the rest? I can't wait to see the stand.
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Why Kessil?
What is the PAR for the Kessil at say 36"?
Arguably better lights..
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260G got my attention.

That looks like a very nice tank.

Loads of possibilities there, and has the makings to be something special.

Looking forward to seeing what you do with it.


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This looks like it is going to be an awesome tank, wish I would stumble onto something like that here in Texas.


Just wanted to add my opinion, since I have very recent experience with using a reactor from Nilocg aquatics and a Fluval Fx6. Let me be clear, this is NOT a knock on Nilocg, they sent me a beautiful reactor that does exactly what is advertised. I simply made some miscalculations.


First, unless you're swapping out the ribbed Fluval tubing for vinyl, you'll have a heck of a time getting it to fit on the 1" ports. I ended up having to boil the ends and then place hose clamps, so at least I know I won't have any leaks.
Second, if running with the FX6, the 2' reactor isn't long enough to fully dissolve all of the CO2 you would need for a tank that size. The push from the filter is just too strong and the number/ size of the bubbles too high. I've added a spray bar and my own homemade inline bubble agitator, and I still get a few bubbles in the tank. Perhaps ask the folks running Nilocg if they can make you the longest reactor they offer and put the bio-balls in for an agitator. Otherwise, you may consider building your own.


I'm running all this on a 150g tank, along with 3 Tuna Suns of my own. This project appears to have a lot of promise and some similarity with my own, so I'll be following closely!


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Damn that's pretty tank. I'm jealous.

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I think lighting at that depth with be the most of your $. Unless you go low light or pound the light with cash it'll be an experience that'll make you frustrated.
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Can't wait to see more of it, James. Wow, 260G for 600AUS, tanks get expensive!


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Congrats on the tank. I will be following the progress. I see you are also a fellow Festoolian. Nice CT... Wheres the rest? I can't wait to see the stand.
Thanks mate! I use the vacuum as a utility for my concrete grinding business, best vac I’ve ever bought!

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sorry mate, I don’t know the PAR rating of the Kessil’s I just sent the details of my tank to multiple aquarium lighting companies and these lights were recommended by the majority.

I’m definitely open to other suggestions so you think the Radeon’s will be powerful enough at 30”?
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This looks like it is going to be an awesome tank, wish I would stumble onto something like that here in Texas.


Just wanted to add my opinion, since I have very recent experience with using a reactor from Nilocg aquatics and a Fluval Fx6. Let me be clear, this is NOT a knock on Nilocg, they sent me a beautiful reactor that does exactly what is advertised. I simply made some miscalculations.


First, unless you're swapping out the ribbed Fluval tubing for vinyl, you'll have a heck of a time getting it to fit on the 1" ports. I ended up having to boil the ends and then place hose clamps, so at least I know I won't have any leaks.
Second, if running with the FX6, the 2' reactor isn't long enough to fully dissolve all of the CO2 you would need for a tank that size. The push from the filter is just too strong and the number/ size of the bubbles too high. I've added a spray bar and my own homemade inline bubble agitator, and I still get a few bubbles in the tank. Perhaps ask the folks running Nilocg if they can make you the longest reactor they offer and put the bio-balls in for an agitator. Otherwise, you may consider building your own.


I'm running all this on a 150g tank, along with 3 Tuna Suns of my own. This project appears to have a lot of promise and some similarity with my own, so I'll be following closely!


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Thanks for the tip, hmm very frustrating. The ribbed hosing is a pain. I wish it was as easy as swapping it out for a different tubing. I’ll hunt around and see what I can find.
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I think lighting at that depth with be the most of your $. Unless you go low light or pound the light with cash it'll be an experience that'll make you frustrated.
Yes, I fully expect to spend around $2,000 for lighting this tank. I plan to grow a carpet on the substrate so I’ll need something to hit the bottom.
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Here is a shot of the unfinished cabinet, made from plywood in seperate compartments for extra strength, this stand is double braced and has a full sheet of ply along the back. I’ll be staining it And applying a water proof polyurethane for protection.
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