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40b Nature Aquarium

Discussion in 'Journals' started by bshenanagins, Oct 24, 2019.

  1. bshenanagins

    bshenanagins Junior Poster

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    Been out of the game for a while but I’ve been itching to get back into it and I’ve now got my 40B well on its way. I’ve grown very fond of the nature style tanks and I have been collecting materials for a while now. I’ve always wanted to do a sump so I decided to drill my tank and hooked up the Eshoppes Eclipse Bean Animal. It’s certainly overkill for my size tank, but an overflow to me provides a clean look. I had an old AGA tank stand that I had initially coated with spar urethane but I have since stripped, sanded, and painted it white with topside paint. I also added new bronze hinges and knobs to the front of the doors. I have collected several pieces of spiderwood for my hardscape, and managed to get some great rock locally from an outdoor hardscape center for $20 and I still have plenty left over. I’m trying for a triangular layout and this is what I have created thus far. I think I did a good job for my first go round but let me know what you guys think. The plan is to utilize either a complimenting gravel or sand in the front and the entire rear of the scape will be filled with aquatic soil. I will use plenty of buce and anubias for the cracks in the rock work and the branches of the spider wood. I also plan to use some java fern and bolbitis in the center of the spider wood. For the background, a mix of stem plants that will gradually slope to the right to give the triangular effect. I’ll continue to update my progress, as I need some more items to get the tank running. CO2 injection and the Twinstar 900S is my plan. I also mocked up my own internal Venturi from Tom’s design. Appreciate any feedback

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  2. bshenanagins

    bshenanagins Junior Poster

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    Nice set up so far...stand looks great.
     
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    bshenanagins Junior Poster

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    Thanks so much! This is kind of a big project for me, never drilled a tank, never had a sump, and I have to really impress my wife so big shoes to fill!
     
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    Looking good! Nice stones


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