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It grew out more than this but I didn't save any pictures for some reason. If I come across a later picture I'll update this at some point.


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Tank-125 gallon, 72"L x 18"W x 24"H
Sump -Aqueon Proflex Sump Model 4 w/Biomedia Kit
Overflow-CPR CS202 w/aqualifter
Return Pump-Mag 1800
Heaters-Two Hydor External Eth 300
CO2 System-GLA Supreme CO2 Regulator, Mag 9.5 w/Fractioning Impeller, GE High Flow Household Water Filter Unit (GXWH40L)
UV System-Turbo Twist 12x
Wavemaker-Vortech MP40
Lighting-Two ATI 36" 8x39W Dimmable SunPower w/Controller
Bulbs-Combination of these listed
Giesemann PowerChrome Aqua Flora T5 Lamps* (36" (39W))
Giesemann PowerChrome Midday T5 Lamps* (36" (39W))
ATI Blue Plus + T5 HO Aquarium Lamps (36", 39W)
ATI Purple Plus T5 HO Aquarium Lamps (36", 39W)
GE Starcoat 6,500K T5 High Output HO Aquarium Bulbs (36", (39W))

Controller-Neptune Systems Apex Controller

Substrate-4" of Amazonia (10-9L bags)

Hardscape
Mazanite Wood

2015 Flora
Alternanthera Reineckii 'Variegated'
Ammannia Senegalensis
Crypt Striolata
Eichhornia diversifolia
Eleocharis 'belem' (DGH Belem)
Hottonia Palustris
Hygrophila sp. 'Araguaia'
Ludwigia "Red" Hybrid
Persicaria Pratermissa
Rotala Colorata
Rotala Wallichii

2013 Flora

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Looks like you have a lot of work to do. I will be watching this thread intently as I am going to start a 125 gallon soon.
It's not work if you enjoy it :)

I got a good portion of the plumbing dry fitted and some cemented together today. Waiting to finish the cementing of the PVC until my wife is out of the house because of the fumes.

I've been playing with the aquascape and background/above tank ideas. I really don't like the look behind the tank so I want to spruce it up or cover it up some way. Here are some better picks of the wood and stone. The final picture(s) is of me playing with the aquascape.







 

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I actually have two canister filters that I originally bought but decided to go with the sump instead. I think both methods work fine but personally I like the sump method better.

I had the two hydor's is the only reason I'm using them. I plan on picking up a heater(eheim-Jager) for sump down the road but didn't want to spend the money right now. I live in Ohio so I definitely need back-up heaters. The hydor's uses 5/8" connections (same as UV unit) so removing them from the plumbing scheme won't be an issue.

Yes, the lights are overkill but it's the dimmable unit so I can run them around 30-40% power and have really good spread over the entire tank. The other reason is if I ever decide to go with a reef the lights will work for that application as well.
 

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I haven't done too much with the holidays and my work schedule. The wife and I were traveling to see our families for a week or so. I have the next 3 days off so plan on finishing off the plumbing.

  • Aquasoil has a 1/7/13 delivery date
  • My second light is still on back order but the initial date they gave me was the week of the 7th.
  • I believe I have everything else except for the plants and fish. Plants I'll order once I have all the equipment setup and running. Fish will be a few months down the road.
So I probably won't post much until the weekend of the 12th I'm guessing. If I have time I'll show some pictures on my plumbing....not very exciting :)


Oh yeah, I'm probably scraping the DIY background or at least holding off. I started it and don't really like how it's turning out. It's in my garage and I'll probably mess with it over the next few months. I did spray paint the back of the tank a flat black to get better contrast and hide the ugly wall behind it.
 

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I spent today finishing up cementing all the pipes and then I took them to work and used the paint booth to spray painted them all black.








I also worked out my EI dosing scheme this evening if anyone is interested.



I'll probably put together all the plumbing tomorrow (it's drying overnight at work). I did mount some of the electrical equipment yesterday and worked on setting up the wireless network with the controller.

If anyone has any comments/questions/suggestions I'm all ears. :)
 

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The 10 bags of Aquasoil got delivered about an hour ago :)

I finished all the plumbing this past weekend but still have a little bit to do in terms of electrical. I was having issues setting up the router connected to the controller last night. I can manually control everything but it's not quite automated yet...hopefully tonight.
 

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Filter Setup




Leak Check


Everything Works



The tank is currently draining so after dinner I'll be adding AS and starting to aquascape.


Brief look under the tank at my dry ferts


Screenshot of the Apex Control Panel on Computer



I also have the Android app hooked up so I can control everything from my phone :icon_lol:

So here is my current plan/to-do list....

  • Add aquasoil tonight (1/12/13) and start aquascaping.
  • My second light that was on back order shipped Friday. I should get it Monday according to the tracking number. I'll hang the lights this upcoming week when I have time.
  • Install hooks inside cabinet to hang some tools.
  • Clean up room
  • Fill CO2 tanks
  • Buy Plants

I'm not entirely happy how the electrical/controls/back wall looks in terms of aesthetics so I know I'll do something with it sooner rather than later.

Once I start aquascaping tonight I'll post pictures for feedback.

If you have comments/suggestions/etc. I'd love to hear them.
 

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So the piece on the right, I had buried the base. It looks like this





I took a suggestion from Tom Barr and flipped things so it would look more natural...going to work on this setup some more tomorrow. I'm not completely happy with the rock layout.





 

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Quick update for tonight....

  • First off, I decided to get rid of the piece of wood on the left. I am purchasing one that better matches the layout from Tom B. So I probably won't have an update for a week or two.
  • Got the lights hung up
  • I ordered some more toys today...Apogee PAR meter, LaMott's AQ-2 test kit, TDS handheld meter, a couple back-up aqualifts, aqualifter holder and a replacement pH probe. I also grabbed some leftover SS mesh from work to cover the CPR202 inlet.
 

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Yeah, I plan on doing that. I bought another piece of driftwood that better fits the layout so waiting for that to be delivered before messing with the AS more. I was more trying to get the wood figured out in the pictures above. I never really liked the one on the left but kept trying to make it work. The new wood piece was shipped earlier this week so I'm hoping I get it tomorrow but if not probably Monday.

I have plants being shipped Saturday and Monday so I should get them early/mid next week.
 
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