Ha. I just looked through my pics of it, and I took a handful, and yet I didn't think to take a single shot of the inside. I will say however that the inside is nothing to write home about.Nice work. Got any shots of the inside of the cabinet?
That's going to be way more than enough substrate for a 40 gal. Just for reference I used about 4 1/2 bags in my 90 gal. and it's 2" in the front and as much as 6" in the back corners. At least you will have extra to fill in (or start another tank). That's what I keep telling myself with the 2 1/2 extra bags I have.Ok so I ordered all the parts to DIY a CO2 reactor that will go in line from the filter. I spent a little extra to get a piece that I -hope- will allow me to open it up and remove any bio balls and get a cleaning tool in there to clean it all out. Not a genius idea, just something I haven't seen done.
Anyway, once all parts are in and I get started I'll post pics of the build. Provided I remember to take pics! lol.
Oh and the 4 bags of AS came in, one more on it's way. I decided I want a lot of substrate...
Thanks for the reply! And yeah go bolts! 1 and 1 so far... seems just about right! lol.Awesome journal and, Go BOLTS! I am originally from Escondido but live in Maryland now. I am about to start a similar build. Do you think 4 bags is too much? I was thinking 3 would be good for the 40 B. And do you have build pics of that stand? Very nice! My first attempt at a stand was a fail. I want to try again with the 40B
Ha, well I'm glad to have more than enough then... And I'm hoping one day to make a 12 gallon long, so this would be sufficient then if I have that much more than I need.That's going to be way more than enough substrate for a 40 gal. Just for reference I used about 4 1/2 bags in my 90 gal. and it's 2" in the front and as much as 6" in the back corners. At least you will have extra to fill in (or start another tank). That's what I keep telling myself with the 2 1/2 extra bags I have.
Thanks a lot! I do too lol. I'm looking over at the tank right now with all the crap sitting in it, and thinking to myself I might need some additional rocks to make the scape I want. I REALLY love the 12 longs, but I wanted something a bit bigger for my first planted tank. Slightly more stable I suppose.Hope to see this 40 turn out as you envision. I'm thinking of a 40 breeder or 33 long myself and look forward to your build journal. But you should definitely get a 12 gal long as well. I love mines.
Thanks for subbing! Now I really hope I don't disappoint... I think you're the first person to subscribe haha. I paid $35/bag for the AS, free shipping. And man... Kuwait. All I can say is thank you for doing what you do. I hope to see a build thread from you when you get backSubscribed! Can't wait to see how this one turns out! How much did you pay for the ADA soil if you don't mind me asking? I have two tanks at home. Currently they are being stored as I'm deployed to Kuwait until APR 2014. I'm eager to get back home and set them up. I'm curious how well the ADA works for you! Love the build!
Yikes, that IS way overbuilt! My stand is pretty much an oak plywood box with holes cut in it and trim added. The only dimensional lumber used for it was on the bottom of it to elevate the bottom ply wood an inch, and for the doors (for the rails and stiles). It's relatively light weight, pretty much as square as hand tools can get, and strong as an ox. I'd recommend a plywood stand build to anyone who has a pretty basic knowledge of tools, and some time on their hands.The first stand I built was for my 56 column. I waaaayyyyyyyyyy overbuilt it(I used 4x4 and 2x4, that thing was ridiculously heavy) and didn't build it square. Live and learn though. Rookie mistakes that I learned from.