DIY 75 x 42 x 40 cm

Discussion in 'Journals' started by alexandre, 19 Feb 2008.

  1. alexandre

    alexandre Member

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    After the leak of my 40G, I decided to build my own tank, doesn't make sense really :lol:


    The glass cleaned, degreased and masked.

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    Assembly.

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    Drying with a bit of water to keep the humidity high, to speed up the curing process.

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    Testing the seals.

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    And almost finish.

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    This picture is few weeks old, I will take some to night and post them.

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  2. Arana

    Arana Member

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    Great Job and a very nice scape :D

    More Pics Please :D
     
  3. George Farmer

    George Farmer Founder Staff Member

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    Great job mate!

    'Scape looks really good with the dragon stone. I can see it filled in - mmmmm!
     
  4. Themuleous

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    Don't think I'd have the confidence to make my own tank!!

    Scapes gonna look quality once it fill out a bit.

    Sam
     
  5. Dan Crawford

    Dan Crawford Founder Staff Member

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    Nice one, looks great. Looking forward to some more mature shots, this already looks ace and it's gonna get better!:D
     
  6. alexandre

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    Thanks very much for the comments.

    Few pictures from tonight. I done the first trimming last week so the plants don't look at there best and other been planted last tuesday.

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    I will post the details of the tank later, I need to cook the diner now :D
     
  7. gixer

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    Looking fantastic alexandre.

    I've just started this hobby and i'm in Athens, what do you do in the summer mate to keep your tank cool?
     
  8. TDI-line

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    Awesome tank, wish mine looked like that. ;)
     
  9. johnny70

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    Very nice, beautiful layout, do you have any problems with the substrate being very deep at the back.

    JOHNNY
     
  10. alexandre

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    Thanks. I use a 12V PC fan, it cool down the tank of about 2 to 3C. During the day I am at home so when it is very hot I have got the air condition on. The tank is about 28C during the summer.
    You can see the fan on this picture.

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    Thanks. It does level a bit, but there is not a lot I can do. The stones and plants help and if I pull a plant I do it very slowly.

    Thanks, I wish I had more time when I build it, it could have been a bit better, but the plants was in the bath, fish and shrimps in a been. So I had to be quit. ;)
     
  11. alexandre

    alexandre Member

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    Lighting: 5x 24W T5 10H/day (3x Osram Luminux Deluxe 965 - 2x Giesemann Powerchrome Aquaflora).
    Substrate: 5L Tropica Plant Substrat + Black gravel.
    Filter: Eheim pro II 2028 (2 Liter Ehfimech + 4 Liter SUBSTRATpro + 1 bag Purigen).
    CO2: 5kg extinguisher - Aqua Medic 1000 - 24H/24.
    Fert: 3x per week - 1.25g KNO3 - 0.3g KH2PO4 - 0.3g K2SO4 - 5ml TPN.
    Water change: 50% weekly - 2/3 RO+ 1/3 tape water + Prime.
    PH, GH, KH, N, P etc: ?
    Fauna: Black Neons - Flammeus - RCS.
    Flora: Eleocharis (Parvula, Accicularis, Vivipara) - Ludwigia Arcuata - Rotala sp. Green - Hemianthus Micranthemoides - Ludwigia Repens Rubin Narrow - Juncus Repens - Hydrocotyle Verticillata - Echinodorus Tenellus? - Didiplis Diandra - Glossostigma Elatinoides - Rotala Wallichii - Rotala Macranda Green.

    I think I cover every thing ;)
     
  12. zig

    zig Member

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    The new layout looks very nice Alexandre it should be really good in a few weeks. Just one question though why did the old tank leak? I just built a new tank and you are making me nervous :?
     
  13. alexandre

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    I am nervous to :lol: .
    No seriously, the old one I broke it....Trying to remove the trim :oops:
    This one is 8mm so it is okay. Silicone is a very strong glue, the main thing is to clean and degrease properly before assembly.
     
  14. alexandre

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    I added some Peacock moss, it give a darker shade of green and it is a good thing. The bad thing is I don't really like it, I think Weeping moss would have been better for that purpose.
    Any suggestions? I am tempted to remove it.

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    I will start to shape the bushes next week, I just need some of the stem to grow a bit more before trimming ;) .
     
  15. Arana

    Arana Member

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    Lovely Scapes, can't wait for the next update :D
     
  16. alexandre

    alexandre Member

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    Thanks Arana, I will do some photos monday after the trimming so I can keep track of things and will post them.
     
  17. TDI-line

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    Awesome tank.
     
  18. alexandre

    alexandre Member

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    Here it is after a good trimming. You can see as well my GDA probleme :? .

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    Any suggestions and critiques are well come. I remove the moss, did not like it.
     
  19. Themuleous

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    Aren't you supposed to let GSA complete its life cycle, i.e. left it complete alone for 2 or 3 weeks and it should clear up of its own accord?

    Scape should look excellent once its recovered after the prune :)

    Sam
     
  20. Garuf

    Garuf Member

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    Is this still holding out, Diying a tank this huge would terrify me!
     

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