300 litre 4ft Island (Reactor scrapped)

Discussion in 'Journals' started by Mark Keetch, 2 Jan 2020.

  1. Mark Keetch

    Mark Keetch Member

    Joined:
    8 Nov 2019
    Messages:
    206
    Location:
    Milton Keynes
    So today I drained down the tank and gave it a clean ready for my return back from AG tomorrow.

    Tank
    48x24x18 rimmed with glass sliders made by ND Aquatics

    Filtration
    Fluval FX5 with smooth piping instead of ribbed, Eheim surface skimmer, Interpet gravel cleaner

    Lighting
    LED unit with blue and white LEDs, White and RGB LED strips outside tank for back lighting wired into a dimmer/programmer

    C02
    Fire extinguisher, dual regulator, JBL inline diffuser

    Hardscape
    Tropica Aquarium Soil, bogwood, Seiryu rock

    Plants
    Java Fern
    Bucephalandra Red
    Bucephalandra Haedes Purple Blue
    Anubias
    Mixture of Crypts
    Monte Carlo Tropica
    Eleocharis Acicularis mini Tropica
    Staurogyne Rubescens
    Pogostemon Erectus
    Alternathera Reineckii
    Rotala Green
    Bolbitis Heudelotii
    Hydrocotyle Leucocephala
    Hygrophila Compacta
    Heteranthera Zosterifolia
    Rotala Orange Juice

    20200102_165304.jpg

    20200102_165322.jpg

    Now I need your guys help with positioning the inlet and spray bar, or outlet spouts. So I'm going for an island design so will not have any tall plants at the sides. The tallest part of the tank will most probably be at the top in the middle of the island and that will probably be java fern or something similar. I will also have tall stem plants behind the island.

    With this in mind, which setup do you guys think will be best? The first 3 will be using the stainless inlet pipe and spray bar. The 4th option will be using the standard FX5 inlet and outlet.......

    Inlet is yellow, spray bar is red

    20200102_052125.jpg

    20200102_052508.jpg

    20200102_070638.jpg

    With this one, I'll have one of the outlet spouts angled slightly down and facing the front and the other spout angled parallel to the water surface facing the inlet pipe

    20200102_134337.jpg
     
    Last edited: 8 Jan 2020
    Gill likes this.
  2. Mark Keetch

    Mark Keetch Member

    Joined:
    8 Nov 2019
    Messages:
    206
    Location:
    Milton Keynes
    Ok so here we go. Time to put it all together how we had it at AG. A massive thanks to Dave at AG, really helpful nice dude. Spent a lot of time with us today

    20200103_134731.jpg

    15780594200577051106719190766286.jpg
     
    Gill likes this.
  3. Mark Keetch

    Mark Keetch Member

    Joined:
    8 Nov 2019
    Messages:
    206
    Location:
    Milton Keynes
    Well it didnt turn out exactly like we had it in the shop. But this is the 1st attempt. I might make adjustments to it or it could grow on me. I think its cause there is too much space between the pieces of wood. Which I know will be filled with plants once its filled up but it's just hard to visualise it now

    20200103_155411.jpg

    20200103_155431.jpg

    20200103_155452.jpg

    20200103_155503.jpg
     
    Gill and tacy k like this.
  4. Mark Keetch

    Mark Keetch Member

    Joined:
    8 Nov 2019
    Messages:
    206
    Location:
    Milton Keynes
    Ok.....I'm finished now for the layout. Removed the piece of wood from the left and rearranged the rocks a little. I think I'm happy with this

    20200103_180009.jpg

    20200103_180019.jpg

    20200103_180042.jpg
     
    Gill and PARAGUAY like this.
  5. Costa

    Costa Member

    Joined:
    20 Oct 2016
    Messages:
    356
    Location:
    Athens, Greece
    Inlet and outlet on the same side (1st and 3rd pic in your first post)

    Re the scape, you can easily add some more rock, shouldn't be too expensive
     
  6. Mark Keetch

    Mark Keetch Member

    Joined:
    8 Nov 2019
    Messages:
    206
    Location:
    Milton Keynes
    Thanks. I think I'm gonna go with the 3rd pic.

    As for adding more rock, i do have more rock to add, it's not the same colour or patterns as the rock in there now. But, I have left gaps in between the rocks because I want to fill them with either carpet plant or small crypts.
     
  7. Mark Keetch

    Mark Keetch Member

    Joined:
    8 Nov 2019
    Messages:
    206
    Location:
    Milton Keynes
    Tech all in place and wired up. Just need to make up some wiring to finish off the LED backlight strips. They didn't come with long enough wires attached to them.

    I have tied all the wood down to the rocks and to each other with black thread. Fingers crossed they all stay put and they dont float and ruin my layout. Lol.

    Filling is in progress........

    20200104_215831.jpg

    20200104_215827.jpg

    20200104_202644.jpg

    20200104_202619.jpg
     
    Gill likes this.
  8. Mark Keetch

    Mark Keetch Member

    Joined:
    8 Nov 2019
    Messages:
    206
    Location:
    Milton Keynes
    So tank is full and wood has stayed where it was...... just. I could see the slack in the thread taken up so at least the rocks are playing a part more than just aesthetics. Lol.

    20200105_144635.jpg

    20200105_144643.jpg

    20200105_144649.jpg

    And I now have a plant list together which I will stick in the tank once AG have all of them in stock

    Java Fern
    Buce Red
    Buce Haedes Purple Blue
    Anubias
    Mixture of Crypts
    Monte Carlo Tropica
    Eleocharis Acicularis mini Tropica
    Staurogyne Rubescens
    Pogostemon Erectus
    Alternathera Reineckii
    Rotala Green
    Bolbitis Heudelotii
     
    Gill likes this.
  9. Mark Keetch

    Mark Keetch Member

    Joined:
    8 Nov 2019
    Messages:
    206
    Location:
    Milton Keynes
    So a massive thanks to @zozo for helping me out with what parts are needed to buy to set up the backing LED strips. It's all wired in now and working. I just need to play around with the levels and fades to complete a full days cycle of lighting.

    20200109_232244.jpg

    20200110_163926.jpg

    20200110_170118.jpg

    20200110_170610.jpg

    20200110_171114.jpg
     
    Bon MotMot, Simon Cole, Gill and 4 others like this.
  10. zozo

    zozo Member

    Joined:
    16 Apr 2015
    Messages:
    6,985
    Location:
    Netherlands
    Great job! Compliments..

    To play with colours and find them have a look here
    https://www.december.com/html/spec/colorper.html

    The displayed colour and the given RGB percentage is amazingly accurate with light as well.

    Then if you want to dim it, divide the percentage down for each colour as evenly as possible.

    For example honey - rgb (100%, 90%, 67%) = full power rgb (50%,45%,33%) = 50% overall fade same colour.
    or rgb(12%,11%,8%) = also same colour,
     
  11. Mark Keetch

    Mark Keetch Member

    Joined:
    8 Nov 2019
    Messages:
    206
    Location:
    Milton Keynes
    Awesome bud. Thanks. I'll check out that link
     
  12. Mark Keetch

    Mark Keetch Member

    Joined:
    8 Nov 2019
    Messages:
    206
    Location:
    Milton Keynes
    5 hours later and it's all done :D:D

    So C02 is on at 2bps and 7 hours for now, lights on for 6 hours for now and dosing TNC ferts at 10ml per day.

    Now to just wait for the plants to grow and roots to spread out so I can add some fish :D

    20200114_200904.jpg

    20200114_200913.jpg

    20200114_200922.jpg

    20200114_200937.jpg

    20200114_200947.jpg

    20200114_200956.jpg

    20200114_201027.jpg
     
    Bon MotMot, Ady34, Gill and 4 others like this.
  13. PARAGUAY

    PARAGUAY Member

    Joined:
    13 Nov 2013
    Messages:
    1,558
    Location:
    Lancashire
    Looks good ,great start:)
     
  14. Mark Keetch

    Mark Keetch Member

    Joined:
    8 Nov 2019
    Messages:
    206
    Location:
    Milton Keynes
    Thanks :thumbup:
     
  15. Mark Keetch

    Mark Keetch Member

    Joined:
    8 Nov 2019
    Messages:
    206
    Location:
    Milton Keynes
    So a slight change in layout thanks to the brainstorming with @Jason harris

    Trident Fern moved from the left and placed at the bottom right to cover up the big gap. Bolbitis from the top centre moved to rear centre and Buce put in its place. And another piece of Bolbitis moved from the bottom across to the left as it was covering the piece of Anubias

    20200115_205724.jpg
     
  16. Mark Keetch

    Mark Keetch Member

    Joined:
    8 Nov 2019
    Messages:
    206
    Location:
    Milton Keynes
    More tweaking done. A barrier put up to stop floating plants getting sucked to the Eheim surface cleaner and caught behind the inlet and outlet pipes. They will only be there until I remove the floating plants

    20200118_230129.jpg

    20200118_230546.jpg
     
    Janci likes this.
  17. Mark Keetch

    Mark Keetch Member

    Joined:
    8 Nov 2019
    Messages:
    206
    Location:
    Milton Keynes
    Love the effect the Eheim surface skimmer leaves behind

    20200120_134426.jpg
     
    Bon MotMot and Gill like this.
  18. strat100

    strat100 Member

    Joined:
    20 Jan 2011
    Messages:
    59
    Location:
    Doncaster
    Did you reduce your Fx5 hose size to get your atomizer on there? Are you losing any flow?
     
  19. Mark Keetch

    Mark Keetch Member

    Joined:
    8 Nov 2019
    Messages:
    206
    Location:
    Milton Keynes
    No reduction needed. The diffuser is a 19/25 diffuser so the FX5 sized hosing fits straight onto it
     
  20. Mark Keetch

    Mark Keetch Member

    Joined:
    8 Nov 2019
    Messages:
    206
    Location:
    Milton Keynes
    First bit of livestock in the tank now. 5 ammano shrimp. They got loads of biofilm in there to last them a week or so :D

    Screenshot_20200121-204628_Video Player.jpg
     
    Jayefc1 and Gill like this.

Share This Page

Facebook Page
Twitter Page
  1. This site uses cookies to help personalise content, tailor your experience and to keep you logged in if you register.
    By continuing to use this site, you are consenting to our use of cookies.
    Dismiss Notice