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Hello TPT!

I have spent the last several weeks reading thread after thread. You all have some amazing tanks!

I have been in the hobby for a number of years, mostly salt water, only recently delving into the fresh world. That is not to say I haven't had FW tanks in the past, even planted tanks, they were just never a focus of mine. They were usually the result of, 'oh hey I have this spare tank sitting around doing nothing' well you get the idea..MTS.

In late September I dismantled my reef system (40B) and replaced it with a new 40B that I planted. I went high tech on the system with CO2, Ferts custom LED lighting, all the fun stuff. The build and design was a lot of fun but over far too quickly. I have had a desire to build a small tank for a long time, originally I wanted to do a shallow reef system. Now that I have the 'green thumb' I decided to do a nice shallow planted tank.

So here is what I have on the way:

- ADA 60-F
- Garden Mat 60cmx30cm
- Archaea Ultra-Gro LED (60cm) - I will suspend above the tank
- 55lbs of Seiryu Stone (not all will be used)
- 60lbs of Brightwell Aquatics Florin Volcanit Rio Escruo-XF (not all will be used)
- ADA Power Sand Special S
- Eheim 2211 Classic 150
- Hydor 200w inline heater
- 5lb CO2 tank
- I will build another CO2 reactor for this tank (have one on my 40B)
- Digital Aquatics RKL (Reef Keeper Lite) will use this to control the tank (RKE is running my 40B)

Things I still need:
- Lily Pipes - not sure exactly what I want to get yet, though glass is a definite.
- CO2 regulator
- Drop Checker (I have a spare but might order a new one)
- Stand - I will probably build a stand to match my bedroom
- Other stuff I can't think of right now.

I have not decided on plants as yet but this will be a traditional Iwagumi style tank. One aspect of the tank I know for sure is I will have at least one stone breaking the surface of the water, my intention is to have terrestrial moss growing above the water, thus the title 'Piercing the Surface'.

I have been toying with the idea of doing a DSM, I guess that will depend on what plants I decide on, well at least what carpeting plant.

That's all for now.
 

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Box of rocks...

22lbs


14lbs


Bump: Just for the heck of it...


This is my 40B



 

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Gorgeous 40B! I'm eager to see what you do with your new 60F!
Thank you! I am excited to do a shallow tank. I am itching to get started!

Nice tank! What is that plant ca shading over the rocks?
Which plant? Pink tips or the back left corner?


Dude! This tank looks awesome! Makes me envious my 40B isn't as pretty lol. Can't wait til you get all of your pieces together for this! I'll be watching. Those look like some great stones too, the more options you have the better! You have plenty. Keep us all updated!
Thanks Mark! I'm rather proud of my little 40B. I can't wait to get the 60F up and running!
 

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Looking good.

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Thank you!

Bump: Well I ordered the last few items I needed last night. The only thing I need to do is pick up another CO2 tank.

Waiting for things to arrive is going to make me crazy. I would have to wait and order all of this stuff right before Christmas. DOH!
 

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I took the stone out of the box (pic above) and took another pic of it. There are some nice pieces in there, though I think I want to pick up a large stone stil.

 

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beautiful scape, you did an awesome job. Love the HC rolling off that rock.
vvDO is correct it is Monte Carlo. Thank you very much!

Looks like Monte Carlo if we're looking at the same section.

Can't wait to see the build, I like shallow tanks.


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There is no HC in the 40B it is all Monte Carlo.

I can't wait to get started building the shallow tank!
 

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What all are you waiting for before you begin?
LOL!

All I have right now is the rock. Everything else is in transit.

I got confirmation today from AFA that the tank is shipped and on the way along with the light, power sand, mat and canister filter. I also need to get a new CO2 tank. My lily pipes, drop checker and heater have also shipped. My substrate shipped yesterday. Nothing will be here before next week according to tracking info.

I still need to decide on a stand, I'm leaning towards the same Ikea cabinet that you are using, though I will probably put legs on it to raise it a bit.

So the short answer is I'm waiting on everything to get started :-/
 

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Sounds like a painful streak of patience to me. I do definitely recommend the ikea besta stand tho! Near exact dimensions with the tank so it's almost seamless. The feet for it are a good idea, I wish I did that but I'm still pleased with the results.
Yeah it seems like a lot of people setting up 60cm tanks are using that cabinet. I would normally just build one so it can be custom to my needs but that cabinet appears to be perfect for what I want to do. I just need to get over to Ikea and pick one up.
 

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I'm getting excited! I have stuff for the new tank out for delivery today. I'll post pics when they get here!
 

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Fiddle Sticks!!

The package I had out for delivery was dropped at the leasing office and they were closed when I went by. They don't open up again until tomorrow. I did however get the new RED and GREEN Leds for the 40B Looks pretty good I think...

Since I don't have much to share about the 60F here are a few shots of my 40 from today:






 

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Well I am less than pleased...

My lily pipes and drop checker were allegedly delivered on Saturday. According to the post office the package was delivered. I however received a slip stating it was dropped at the leasing office. Alas the leasing office does not have a package for me. I called the post office back and they cannot find it and I have to wait until tomorrow when the driver that delivers on my route comes in. :-/

Substrate is scheduled to deliver tomorrow. The tank, light, power sand, canister filter, and a few other items are scheduled to deliver on Wednesday. I'm going to Ikea tomorrow to buy the cabinet (decided not to build, I can buy cheaper).

I estimate that I will be in full build for this tank by next weekend.
 

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I got goodies!!!!!







Now I just need a few more things. I need to take a trip out to Ikea for the cabinet, wait for the lily pipes to come tomorrow (confirmed with the post office) wait for my heater to arrive, pick up a new co2 tank...been waiting on that. I'm still waiting on my regulator and a few other minor items.

Getting closer!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
 

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Having all of this sitting here is going to make me crazy. I want to get this build going....UGH!
 

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You can always play around with the rocks and get familiar with them so that you'll have a plan once the rest is set up.
That is the plan actually. I have had them soaking for the past couple of days.

Your 40 breeder is amazing. Can't wait to see this tank started.
Thank you! I can't wait to get things started.
 

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My stuff sat in my living room for about a month. It was torture. Love the dimensions of this tank.
There is no way I would be able to wait that long. The only thing that will allow me to wait a little longer than this weekend is the fact that I have enough extra substrate to rescape my 54g corner tank.

You have more self control than I do!
 

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Finally got my lily pipes...



I am still waiting on my regulator, co2 tank and the cabinet.
 

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The slow grind to beginning a nice build thread, it sucks! Hopefully you get all of your other equipment soon so you can get this bad boy going!
LOL...Now I have concerns about even starting it. I have recently received an offer with a company in NC....If it pans out I might be moving rather quickly.

UGH!!!!!

I still need the CO2 tank and cabinet before this build can get going. I've been dragging my feet a bit. Work things going on and the possibility of a new job....life is getting in the way of my tanks!
 
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