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    Planted Cube

    The following pictures and description detail a planted tank that I set up about 3 years ago.

    Tank Specifications
    24x24x24 60 gal
    oak stand and canopy
    4x24” t5 lights 6500k “normal light”
    1x175 w hps 3500k “midday sunburst”
    Pentair
    Mechanical filter,
    chemical filter ,
    Heater,
    UV sterilizer ,
    and CO2 diffuser modules.
    5lb c02 tank
    Milwaukie ph controller
    Pentair qo 4000 high head pump
    Florite substrate

    Setup


    Water added


    After about 120 days


    With All lights on


    Front view


    Sorry for the below average pictures “my digital camera is Junk”

    I am currently working on a matching reef cube to be finished in a couple months and looking forward to getting started on the long process of establishing a reef in the living room!

    Hope you all enjoy this and let me know what you think!
    MD

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    Awesome looking!
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    Looks like the Amazon or something. Great job!
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    That is a beautiful tank!

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    Sweet looking tank

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    MD, I really like the white washed oak. Very nice job!!!
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    thanks kh, sb, jxxx,dw and aquaman.
    it was a nice project!
    i will update it in a day or 2 with all new pics! and a story i think you guys will enjoy!

    Thanks again for all the kind words

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    That is a very nice tank. I really like your designs.
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    What did you name your tank? Yes people in the freshwater side of the hobby tend to name their tanks.

    It looks like a volcanic explosion! Sweet tank

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    thanks questin,
    no name but at the moment i have a few choice words i have been call it! . will follow up with reason!

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    Update
    This tank developed a problem with a seam about 5 months ago! It started turning white !
    As this got worse over time I had to take the thing down “one good thing about diy if you have a problem you can only blame yourself” another good thing is you can just build another!


    Take down


    put old tank outside for dog to piss on “sorry for language”


    oh boy I get to change a bunch of stuff to make it easy to maintain


    ahh! Many hours later its about back to normal



    as this tank was done 2 times better maybe it will hold water 2 times longer he he

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    That is a sweet hardware setup you got going and I have always loved those inline canister filters, they are by far some of the easiest to work with and do a great job. I have not seen those in a while.

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    whered you get the cube from? ive been looking around for 1 so i can make it a dark tank

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    Quote Originally Posted by rekn View Post
    whered you get the cube from? ive been looking around for 1 so i can make it a dark tank
    DIY
    its a hobby that i combine with aquariums
    i have a garage full of tools so building something only takes money,time and an idea!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Questin View Post
    That is a sweet hardware setup you got going and I have always loved those inline canister filters, they are by far some of the easiest to work with and do a great job. I have not seen those in a while.
    they do work nice, very heavy duty!, BUT you need a drawer or good access imho to use them.
    it takes about 5 min or less to change filter as is, and you do need to change them often. for me its 1 time a week just to keep good flow.
    media filter module is a poor design imho "most are" it will pack a.c. or other media into a rock and slow down flow so i use media socks and just slide it in.
    uv module is also nice, most commercial systems use this type only bigger ones and stacked in line.

    kind of $$$$ for a full setup like what you see in that drawer with co2 and controller is over $700,

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    Updated Pic

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    Figured I would update this thread with some recent pictures.
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    Your tank is looking beautiful! I shall enjoy your pictures for a long time.
    I am in the progress of turning my 55G into low light tank until I can deal with the CO2 problems or obtain a new regulator. I figure I should go low maintaince anyhow, I've been busy lately, its hard enough to trim the plants when they are growing like wildfire.

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    That tank is beautiful.

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    thanks thurge and jinx
    jinx i consider my tanks as low light tanks. he he less then 2 watts per gal. if you like to use those types of measurements.
    ph controlled c02 is the key for best results imho. very little algea, healthy plants and fish. 5lb bottle runs for close to a year at these light levels. plants even grow at a reasonable rate so i dont trim this tank very often.
    that said you can always do the diy co2 "cup of sugar 1 tsp yeast and a liter bottle" i use this on 2 other tanks with good results. imho they get way to much c02 using this method in combo with the low lights. so i use a power head to help drive off c02. as you know to much of any one thing, "light,fish,fertz or c02" and you have a mess on your hands!
    thanks again for kind words!
    md

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