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Well here it is. I found this beauty at a LFS that sells "scratch and dent" tanks and stands. Its a reef ready 58g Oceanic that cost me $235, stand included. The glass top ran me an additional $40. A deal of a life time IMO :) The tank frame and stand had some minor scratches but the glass is in perfect condition. After a little sanding the stand looks better than new.

This photo was taken on Nov. 10, a couple days after I set it up.

I will have a photo update posted later tonight maybe tomorrow :icon_roll with additional tank details, species list, hardware specs. etc.
 

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Wow, doesn't look like it has a scratch or dent :tongue:!

It's amazing- a 90 gallon set up that comes with everything is $125, and 58 gallon is $235... What a difference!
 

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58G! Awesome! Great sized aquarium! :proud:

Initial layout looks great. I can't wait to follow your progress! :proud:

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I took this photo a half hour ago.
Plants:
Left hand side- Hygrophilia polysperma 'ceylon', Hygrophilia corymbosa, Lobelia cardinalis 'small form', Nymphoides sp., and Dwarf Hair Grass
Right hand side- Ammania senegalensis, Didiplis diandra, Limnophila Aromatic, Bacopa sp., Hygrophilia difformis, Polygonum sp 'Kawagoeanum' and Rotala pusilla
Mounted on driftwood- xmass moss, regular and Windelov Java Fern.

Equipment:
Primary filter XP2
Eheim Classic 2213 that drives a 300w Hydor Inline Heater and DIY Inline Reactor (Pressurized CO2 with a Milwaukee regulator)
2x96w AH Supply retro in a DIY light strip.

Substrate:
2" of Soilmaster Select-Charcoal, topped with 1.5 to 2" of 3M Colorquartz T-grade.
 

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Beautiful. Just beautiful :proud:.
 

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Very very nice!! Great deal! I was debating a bit ago on whether to get the 58 Oceanic you have or the AGA 65 I have now...mine was $200 for tank and stand, while the 58 would have been $325....this is with a bunch of trade-in credit so the price is skewed :). My hardware setup seems almost identical except the xp!

The setup looks good! Lets see how full it can get in a month!!
 

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Thanks for the complements. I admit I was nervous when I plugged the filters in. I didn't know what kind of reaction may occur running a Renna and an Eheim on the same tank :hihi:

The wood in the background was collected from the Niagara River and attached to a frame I made out of 3/4" PVC. The wood was still floating when I started setting the tank up so I filled the PVC with old aquarium gravel to give the frame some weight. Once cemented together the frame was sanded with 100 grit sand paper and spray painted with a paint made to adhere to plastics by American Tradition.

In the initial photo I had black craft mesh tied to the frame with the intention of tying moss and ferns to it. Good idea but a PITA in practice. Long story short I removed the mesh and went with a different method that I have used in the past. I cut the black craft mesh into strips, snip out a couple squares and push in two or three suction cups, tie some java fern to the mesh with black thread and attach it to the wall of the tank. I think of it as modular java fern. It has worked well in the past and in this case gives the tank some added depth.
 

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dude, nice job

[SIZE=7] :icon_roll Man you are crazy about the DIY plant setups, your like the Bob Villa of planted tanks. Cant wait to see the tank in person.
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I have some algae problems and was unsure of my dosing schedule so I asked for assistance in the thread below and Craig was kind enough to help me out.
http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/water-parameters/26397-dosing-regiment-algae-help.html

Well I have done a few things to address my algae problem. First, I removed the driftwood background. The wood was acting like a haven for green dust algae. Second, I cut the lighting schedule from 14 hours to nine hours. Third, I set up a mist CO2 reactor. I have seen increased growth, but it's not "wowing" me. The brown stuff is in decline and the green dust has slowed. I can't say I'm a fan of all the bubble in my tank though. After taking a second look at my in-line reactor I came to the conclusion that it is woefully inadequate. It worked fine on my 33 gallon but it is much to small for a 58 gallon. I used 1-1/2 inch PVC for my old one because that's what I had in basement. I just finished making my new reactor using 2" PVC and am looking forward to installing it on Sunday.

I have removed a number of more delicate/fine leaf plants, most notably Rotala Vietnam and Rotala wallichii until the algae subsides. Tomorrow I will scrape the tank, do a double water change and trim the stargrass along with any plants that have heavily algae infested leaves. I'm hoping that once I get the CO2 straightened out I can concentrate on the 'scape rather than algae.
 

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First, great deal on the 58. I have one too, so I am kind of partial to that tank. What are your water parameters (co2, kh, nitrate, phos. etc...) If you post those someone here can probably help you out.

I liked it with the wood and the abundance of plants. It looks like you lost or removed quite a few. The algae on the wood would have eventually gone away.

Anyway post those water para. so you can stablize your tank.:thumbsup:
 

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I love that background with those tangle wood! It creat so much depth! Beautiful tank btw
PS the forground need work. :p
 

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cprroy73 :
First, great deal on the 58. I have one too, so I am kind of partial to that tank. What are your water parameters (co2, kh, nitrate, phos. etc...) If you post those someone here can probably help you out.

I liked it with the wood and the abundance of plants. It looks like you lost or removed quite a few. The algae on the wood would have eventually gone away.

Anyway post those water para. so you can stablize your tank.
This is my current regiment:
Sat-50% water change, dose 1/2 teaspoon KNO3, 2mL Fleet
Sun-10mL CSM+B
Mon-dose micros same as Sun
Tue-Wed-dose macros same as Sat
Thurs-dose micros same as Sun
Fri. Nothing
KH 3.5-4 degrees, pH 6.0-6.2

CO2 is my problem. No matter how much I crank up the bubble rate I can't get the fish to gasp in the morning. Not that I'm looking to torture my fish but it is a likely indication of poor reactor efficiency. That is why I am trying the mist reactor and have built a new 2"x24" inline reactor to replace my old one.

I like the wood background too, but wiping algae off the tank walls is much easier. The wood along with most of the plants in the initial photo will go back in after things stabilize.

simonbrown403: Looking good mate, i have to say i like your idea for the luminar, simple and effective the best combination if you ask me

Keep up the good work
Thanks. I had the commercial light strips in mind when I made it. That is I wanted it as thin as possible. I have made one modification since that photo was taken. I glued felt under the cleat and on the inside of the strut so when I am working on the tank I can easily slide the light back without scratching the frame.
 

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