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Emersed Rack

Discussion in 'Emmersed / Wabi Kusa' started by Tihsho, Aug 17, 2018.

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    Tihsho New Member

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    While working on getting my new fishroom together, I ended up jumping the gun and bought a few tanks with the Petco dollar per gallon sale. A few LFS's as well as local clubs are bringing a lot of plants in and I just wanted a place to store some plants as well as grow them out and propagate them like I used to years ago. Rather than work with the limited space of a half tall 10 and a 15 gallon as I used to, I figured it would be worth adding another range of tanks to get the job done. Why 10's? Well, they fit the space I have and I'm able to separate different species of plants in order to prevent some of the noxious carpetting plants from getting into other pots. But for now, less typing on my end and the initial shot of what's going on.

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    **Update 8/19/18**

    For some reason my pictures are not loading, but I'll work on that when I get to a PC. My laptop died, so I'm going to be doing a lot of updates via mobile for now.

    Today I went through and painted the first row of tanks. The 10 gallons are temporary and most will end up being used in my breeder rack for spawning and raising of fry in the long run. For now I painted the rear (a short side since these will be stacked in a rack layout) and the bottoms with plasti-dip black in case I decide I want to go with another color scheme later. With 3 tanks done, I started to lay out the heating mats that will be providing base heat to each tank with one tank housing the thermostat probe. The controller will be set to 80 degrees F which should be ideal heat. I was able to find a brand of seedling heater mats that could be daisy chained to a single controller, we will see how that works out. Tomorrow I plan to setup the new LED lights when they come in. I decided to try an off brand from Amazon as the lighting won't have to be anything too special as I'm not dealing with depth of penetration through inches of water. Aquaponic pots, a cheap circulation pump (testing it out for the first time), and a timer for the lights I'm just waiting to be delivered.

    I'm currently up in the air when it comes to substrates. Certain plants will be potted in MGOPS, where as others might be planted in old inert Flourite Sand with osmocote mixed in.

    The plan in the meantime is to run 6 tanks. In the process of running to a slew of Petco's for the dollar per gallon sale on its last day I got all but one tank. Since I'd like to keep the setup running with 6 tanks I'm going to use an old cracked tank, that happened to crack at the top during the move, to keep things going. Right now the planned layout is to house crypts in one tank, stems in another, anubias and Java ferns in another, oddball plants in the fourth, carpeting plants in the fifth, and have the 6th as a running spare for anything else that comes across. With my previous experience of Utricularia Gramnifolia and Hydrocotyle sp. Japan invading other pots, I think I might move what I have to individual 5 gallon tanks to prevent the contamination of these species in other pots.

    The only thing left that I need to get together prior to having everything running are lids of some sort. I'm contemplating whether I should get panes of glass cut, or go the greenhouse pane route. Anyone have any thoughts on which way to go?
     
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    **Update 8/21/18**

    Technically this is an update for yesterday, but I was running around so much yesterday I didn't have a chance to post.

    First off, fixed the first post pic. So that's progress! I went through and painted two of the last three remaining tanks just like the first ones when I got home from work, so now 5/6 actually match! While measuring the inner lip gap to figure out how much material I'd need for lids I made a little snafu because I didn't notice the difference between the two manufactures tanks. I measured the width correctly on one tank, but the length I measured with the AGA tank and it threw me for a loop. In the long run this resulted in lids that were a wee bit short on length as a friend at a local hardware store cut some extra duty glass for me to use as lids. I went to re-measure the top frames again and noticed that the odd child of the group was way different than the rest. The 6th tank, an old All Glass Aquarium (AGA) tank was way smaller than the Aqueon branded tanks that I'm now running. So with that being the case, I'm going to end up not setting that tank up and retiring it. The lids I had cut were 8" x 9 11/16" where I needed the 8" to actually be a 9.25". Overall I was planning for a bit of a front to rear gap to allow a gas exchange rather than creating a glass steam box, as well as to allow wires and any hoses to enter from the rear portion of the tank top. This will work out in the long run as I plan on running these panes as the front pane and getting the rear pane a little longer.

    I was still expecting the lights to show and had not seen or heard the USPS driver come by. Then while looking out my back window, I noticed something odd on my deck. It seems the USPS person was nice enough to leave the package in the covered portion outside rather than leave it out in the elements on an overcast day. +1 to my mail delivery person! The lights I ordered were by a brand I'd never heard before, NICREW, but for $38 shipped each I figured I'd give them a try. They are primarily white LED's with blue accent lighting that I can't turn off, but they don't look horrible. I'm more concerned if the plants will appreciate the spectrum being provided. Per the reviews, I read a decent amount of people had success with this light and plants and the pictures on the reviews were decent enough to support the fact. I have to admit that the units are BRIGHT. They are either on (white with blue), on night light mode (blue), or off. Pretty simple and something I can attach to a timer, so I'm content. I was able to zip tie one of the lights on the second row to the underside of the top shelf and this spread the light out a little more, as well as provided working room. I might have to go through later and suspend the top light in order to get the same working room.

    With the lights now on, the lids cut to fit and setup so that 4/5 painted tanks I decided to fill the top three tanks, throw in two air stones to circulate the water (since it's all I had sitting around) and kick on the heat mats. An hour later, I saw that the tanks were getting up to 81.5F when I had the controller set to 81, so that's just what I'm after! When I get home tonight I should be greeted by another package containing new pots, a timer, and the circulation pump I was going to test out. Since I can get pics working now I'll provide an update with them. Till then!
     
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