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I never knew that starting a planted tank would be this hard or require so much learning. I bought a 65 gal. tank, (36"X24"X18") and immdediately realized I didn't have a clue as to how to make a stand or canopy. It took a lot of mistakes and learning to make the canopy and stand. You can tell that it is my first time; warped canopy top, cracks and uneven stand doors, etc. But I loved it, it was really fun! Too bad my wife wasn't THAT impressed. (Deep down, I think she was, but she was probably afraid to show it, lest it lead to more purchasing of tools and such, haha)

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1. You can see the light leaking out from the top of the canopy due to the warp...
2. 2 AHSupply 96W lights, along w/ 2 case fans installed. I don't know how you guys do it, my wiring is so messy!
3. Light comparison, top is 10,000K and bottom is 6,400K
4. The stand. Notice the uneven installation of the doors (and the visible cracks in top and bottom of doors)
5. The Whole set up.
 

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As I was building the stand and the canopy, I began to buy all the necessary equipments.
Eheim 2028, Regulator and ferts from GLA (Orlando REALLY is awesome as people say, he threw in a drop checker for free when I told him I was thinking about going the diy route!), Hydor power heads, Fluorites, etc, etc.
I also ordered some plants from dewalltheway & mrkookm, some snails from joraan.
I was so ready to start this thing! And then, I happened to read the sticky about the MTS by torpedobarb.
I knew I just had to try it! So, with torpedobarb graciously agreeing to help me out even after his surgery, everything was put on hold.
Except, the plants that were already coming!!!
What to do? I had to put them in Homedepot 5 gal. buckets.
It's been two weeks, raining A LOT in Crown Point, Indiana (torpedobarb's home town)...
My wife asked me the other day, "Why do you keep checking Indiana's weather?" hahaha...
Hopefully, he will be able to ship it out by next week. Ah, the waiting is so hard!!!

Pic 1: Supplies just sitting around
Pic 2: Plants and snails being kept in Homedepot buckets
 

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Finally, Torpedobarb was able to finish the MTS despite many, many days of rain. The package arrived today, after Torpedobarb sent it the second time because the first one was some how lost! :angryfire
I am so grateful that Torpedobarb was able/willing to send out another package so quickly.

So, I was able to set up the tank today. Poured in the MTS, topped it with flourite, added DW and plants I had keep in the bucket for a couple of weeks.
Then I set up the Eheim 2028.
I was going to setup the powerheads when I noticed water all over the floor!
Eheim was leaking. But why? It was brand new! Upon close inspection, I noticed a crack right below one of four hinges...
Sigh...

Well, finished setting up other things.
I'll have to see how long it'll take to return and get a new one.
Keep on keeping on!
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Welcome to the hobby. I suggest doing something really nice for your wife to make up for all the agony you're going to put her through. :D

I hope you enjoy the journey! It's a wild ride, but a fun one.


Regards,
Phil
 
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