DIY 75 x 42 x 40 cm

alexandre

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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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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
 

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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?
 

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

Awesome tank, wish mine looked like that. Wink
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. ;)
 

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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 ;)
 

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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 :?
 

alexandre

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zig said:
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 :?
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.
 

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 ;) .
 

alexandre

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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.
 

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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
 
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