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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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    Nice set up so far...stand looks great.
     
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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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    I’m planning to add a group of tetras to this tank, and I’d like to have an apisto pair as well. Is there anyone on this forum that breeds apisto or know of any breeders? I’d like to get them from a reliable and healthy source.
     
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    My Twinstar 900S is on the way! I also orders the “Way2top” controller with 100 steps of dimming. Still need to hard plumb everything and set up the sump. The money keeps adding up its unreal...
     
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    image.jpg Just received my Way2Top S2 Pro light controller. Super compact, and super easy to set up. Based on what I could figure out, it has 8 time intervals you can set up and it will gradually ramp up to the intensity you set it to. Just from playing with it works very well.
     
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