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Specs:

[x] Aquarium: Mr. Aqua Low Iron 12 Gallon Long (35.4" x 8.4" x 9.4")
[x] Stand: Custom: 3/4" Hard rock maple on MDF core with 3/4" hardwood top
[x] Lighting: 36” BML Dutch Planted 6300K MC
[x] Moon Lighting: Neptune Apex LSM; 2 LED String
[x] Filter: Eheim Classic 2215; Stainless Steel Outflow and Inflow
[x] Heater: 200W Hydor Inline
[x] CO2 System: GLA SS Pro; 10lb tank; UP Aqua inline diffuser
[x] Controller: Neptune Apex EB8
[x] Dosing Equipment: Neptune Apex DOS and DDR


[x] Substrate: ADA Powersand S, ADA Amazonia Normal, ADA La Plata Sand
[x] Hardscape: 40lbs Seiryu Stone
[ ] Fauna: TBD
[ ] Flora: TBD

[x] Indicates items acquired
[ ] Indicates items yet to be acquired

Updated Photo: 3/04/16

Sorry for the long hiatus, there has been many changes!
Unfortunately no water yet but, the hardscape is probably complete.
Enjoy!

Cabinetry Shelving Wood Building Kitchen
Full Tank Shot

Wood Display case Fish Space Pet supply
Scape

Shelving Audio equipment Shelf Gas Building
Equipment

Updated Photo: 12/03/15

Tree Monochrome photography Art Wood Font

Thanks for looking :)
 

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Process Photos:

Pictures of the process: Newest to Oldest

My Neptune Apex arrived!!
Gadget Audio equipment Packaging and labeling Wood Font

Background Painting- Complete
Cabinetry Furniture Wood Interior design Drawer

Background Painting-In Progress
Rectangle Bumper Automotive exterior Gas Wood

New dosing containers showed up!
Electrical wiring Wood Gas Hardwood Flooring

Got my new regulator and co2 tank hooked up.
Gas Wood Machine Hardwood Idiophone

Painted light brackets to match the legs and handles.
Cabinetry Wood Floor Flooring Wood stain

Property Fixture Wood Handle Flooring

Cabinetry Property Wood Flooring Wood stain
 

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Discussion Starter · #4 · (Edited)
Emersed Setup

I am unable to start this tank because I will be moving to a temporary location while my wife and I are looking for a home. I don't want to start the tank until I have a permanent place for it. This is why I started the emersed setup below.


Updated Picture: (6/9/15) As always, please pm me if you see something you are interested in.

Plant Groundcover Shrub Flowering plant Leaf vegetable

Progress of my project:

Setup:

Office equipment Wood Home appliance Gas Electronic device


Day 1 (3/9/15)
From top to bottom: DHG Belem, Glosso, HC courtesy of Bartohog

Plant Purple Rectangle Flowerpot Violet

Day 4 (3/13/15)
From left to right: DHG Belem, Glosso, HC- all courtesy of Bartohog, S. Repens and P. Helferi courtesy of Foster.

Plant Purple Ingredient Groundcover Cuisine

Day 9 (3/18/15)

Plant Purple Ingredient Violet Lavender

Day 15 (3/24/15)

Plant Purple Food Ingredient Violet

Day 23 (4/1/15)

Plant Flowerpot Groundcover Grass Shrub

Day 30 (4/8/15)

Plant Photograph Purple Light Black

Day 36 (4/14/15)

Plant Flowerpot Leaf Houseplant Grass

Day 42 (4/20/15)

Plant Grass Shrub Groundcover Flowerpot

Day 50 (4/28/15)
Changed my setup and sold my first portions of S. Repens and Glosso

Plant Purple Flowerpot Fines herbes Leaf vegetable

Day 56 (5/4/15)

Plant Purple Rectangle Grass Groundcover

Day 64 (5/12/15)

Plant Ingredient Leaf vegetable Fines herbes Grass

Day 70 (5/18/15)

Plant Purple Fines herbes Grass Rectangle

Day 92 (6/9/15)

Plant Groundcover Shrub Flowering plant Leaf vegetable
 

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Funny story about the 10lb tank...I went to the welding supplier I originally bought my 5lb to exchange up to the 10lb and the guy said he didn't want to do all the paper work required to add me into their system. He then told me he was going to write it up as a repair and only charge me $30.00 including the fill. He repaired my empty 5lb into a full 10lb :wink: He's good.

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I think you'll need a much larger main rock. Both sides look like they have the same size rock.

Love the stand though, it looks great!
Thank you, My hopes are to give some variance once I have the substrate. The largest rocks will be raised up with egg crate and I'm hoping to have them an inch or so from the top of the tank.
 

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its better to adjust with aquasoil in your tank
Ha Ha thanks, I suppose it would be tricky outside the tank. I haven't bought the AS yet because then I know I would fill the tank and I don't have a permanent spot for it. Its just fun to play with the variable that I do have.
 

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Question any advice on how to raise the substrate on a more economical way. Using aqua soil to do it seems an expensive proposition. I have used in the past cheap gravel then added2-3 inches of aqua soil. Any other suggestions????
 

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What is the light hanging fixture? Where you get those rods?
The hanging kit can be found on marine depot here:
http://www.marinedepot.com/AquaticLife_Stand_Light_Fixture_Hanger_Hanging_Kits_for_Aquarium_Light_Fixtures-AquaticLife-AK01209-FILTACMOFTHK-vi.html

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Question any advice on how to raise the substrate on a more economical way. Using aqua soil to do it seems an expensive proposition. I have used in the past cheap gravel then added2-3 inches of aqua soil. Any other suggestions????
There are many solutions. I personally use aqua soil.

If cheap is the goal then why not just blasting sand with some type of fertilizer supplement.
 

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Question any advice on how to raise the substrate on a more economical way. Using aqua soil to do it seems an expensive proposition. I have used in the past cheap gravel then added2-3 inches of aqua soil. Any other suggestions????
If you'll have rocks over them, I've heard styrofoam pieces are a great way to create raised areas (you can sculpt that stuff too, which is handy). Other popular choice is lave rubble. It works double duty as a support and aerator for your substrate as well.
 
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