Planted Tank Enthusiast
Join Date: Apr 2011
Location: Pasadena, california
I am debating my next move. At minimum I want a tank capable of supporting some angels and rams. The idea of my ideal keeps changing but here is the current fantasy:
I also want a 75 with a sump for discus, but am hesitant to take the plunge as a renter, and the money to get what I want is a bit of a hurdle as well.
The way I would set it up has changed a few times. I wanted to get a 75 that was too wide, then use a piece of frosted glass along the whole length of the back to act as a calflo overflow. In another post it was brought up that the frosted glass would provide a textured surface for algae to cling to so this may be out. The plumbing would come up through the bottom of the tank, behind the frosted glass, with 3 drains and 3 returns. One return on one side, and two on the other. I would use Lilly pipes, or possibly one Lilly pipe and one transparent spray bar on the corner returns and plumb them over the top of the frosted glass overflow. One return would have Inline co2, the other, an Inline heater. The third return line would be plumbed to a set of drip emmiters piped upward to fall in line with the light fixture. The led fixture would have true sunrise and sunset with a mix of magenta, blue, and white emmiters to allow color progression and moonlight, with a controller capable of simulating lightning storms and activating a solenoid to initiate the rain.
The sump would be completely filled with mechanical, chemical and biological filtration. It would have a drain hole allowing particulates to be swept into and drained off. The pump would be Inline drilled into the bottom of the sump for maximum volume on a given tank. There would be an auto dosing set up. The tank would be on a constant water change system where an Ro filter would constantly be feeding into the sump, and the overflow would siphon off into a catch tank for the garden. All data would be sent to a computer.
The fantasy keeps going, but I think you get the point.
I could probably buy the tank, plumbed, with stand and sump and keep it simple and bare while I grow out some discus, then slowly add the other features as $s allow, but Im not sure I trust myself to be patient and I don't want to make a habit of tapping into house savings for fish tank money!