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Geektom’s 135g Adventure

Discussion in 'Journals' started by geektom, Aug 17, 2018.

  1. rjw

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    Nice set-up!
     
  2. geektom

    geektom Junior Poster

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    Since I was stuck at home today, I decided to at least get some progress done on the tank.

    Got the FX4’s placed and the hoses measured. These filters are designed for taller tanks than mine, so I had to cut down the inlet tubes to make them shorter. I had actually planned on sloping the substrate even higher in the back, so I will have to be careful.

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    The FX4’s *just* fit under the low stand with enough room for the hoses to come out at the right angle.

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    The side panels will extend all the way to the wall, with a cut-out at the bottom for the baseboards.

    After an long delay trying to figure out how to adapt the 1” hoses to an in-line heater and CO2 diffuser- I am throwing in the towel. I just can’t find a solution that works, and it has delayed me over a month already. I can’t lie- I am getting impatient to set up the tank, and my other tanks are bursting at the seams with plants I have been holding onto.

    The disadvantage of the gray background (which I still like) is that the filter pipes really stand out. Now the heater(s) will just make it harder to have a clean look.

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    My positioning of the big wood pieces will mask most of the inlet pipes:

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    I am thinking I will have 2 CO2 diffusers in the corners to get pushed around by the outlets, and position 2 300 watt heaters between the pipes to help circulate the warm water, and also help them hide, while still giving me easy access to them. I don’t want any equipment in the middle- both for looks, and because the big top panel would make it hard to reach anything anyway.

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    Open to any and all suggestions, though!

    Looks like I will not have enough room under the stand for a CO2, tank though. Might as well upgrade to a 20lb tank then, I guess. Anyone paint their CO2 cylinders?

    I will be using 2 diffusers, but they can be the same bubble-count. Can I just use a splitter in the line?
     
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  3. toads74

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    Some places exchange cylinders instead of fill them for you. Can make a cloth sock to fit over it. Or even do a hollow box to fit over it so it will blend in with the furniture and stand. FWIW. The important thing is to make sure it won’t get knocked over.
     
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  4. SingAlongWithTsing

    SingAlongWithTsing Junior Poster

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    hey tom which LFS did you pick up the tank from? need to add my more socal shops to my list lol. Think I'm about 20 mins from riverside
     
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  5. geektom

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    Where are you at? I wish we had a decent LFS, but we don’t have anything local.

    I got it from Peter at CK Fish World in Azusa, which is pretty much my go-to LFS for everything. He has a great relationship with the folks at Vizio.

    It is not low-iron, and it is not rimless (obviously), and not drilled, so I got a really good deal. I was willing to make some sacrifices to get a big tank weighing my budget- and while old-fashioned, it is built extremely well.

    If you are not a member of SCAPE already (www.scapeclub.org) you should join! Many LFS out here (including CK) give a 10% discount to SCAPE members.
     
  6. burr740

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    Boy that's a sweet footprint and height! Great job on the stand and everything too.

    Do you even need heaters? I didnt catch your livestock plans but if the room stays low 70s and up you dont even need a heater for plants and common livestock.
     
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  7. SingAlongWithTsing

    SingAlongWithTsing Junior Poster

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    I'm in San Bernardino.

    Only 2 stores around here I can think of are:
    Petworld SB and Elliot's Pet Emporium. Petworld's been getting some Ultum Nature stuff so it might be worth checking out again in a few months I guess. I can't say much for Elliot's since I rarely go there.

    Didn't know SCAPE got discounts til now xd
     
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  8. geektom

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    We are pretty warm here year round, it is true. And during the rare cold weeks (30-40 degree Fahrenheit at the lowest) the house probably doesn’t get below 65.

    The main stars of the tank will be a group of Bolivian Rams, the rest will be some fairly standard tetras, some laser corys if I can find them, maybe a fancy pleco, and clean-up crew, of course. No Discus or cardinals or anything particularly warm-water.
     
  9. geektom

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    Elliot’s is good for pet food, but I wouldn’t buy fish or plants from there.


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  10. geektom

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    First round of hard scape is happening today! Finally!

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  11. geektom

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    Starting to come together

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  12. geektom

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    Really happy with this so far- going to let it sit for a day and look at it with fresh eyes tomorrow.




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    Playing with the lights:

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    Well, there are some things I *really* like about these lights: there are almost invisible, which is really important to my spouse, and the app/controls are very easy to use and eliminate the need for a timer.

    I definitely messed up by not considering the placement of the large wood pieces before just assuming I should evenly space the lights. That would have worked great with a Dutch-style tank, but with all this hardscape, it just won’t work.

    I don’t want to put more major holes in the ceiling by moving the mounts, however. The lights are not that heavy- I think I can get away with using a strong hook set about 6” to either side, run the wire over that to adjust the hanging position, and keep the original mounts in case I ever want to go to a more traditional tank.

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  15. geektom

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    Ok! I have finally decided how I will stock this tank:

    1 black arrowana
    4 red-tail catfish
    1 giant gourami
    155 marble hatchetfish

    It’s gonna be awesome!!!!!
     
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    How many hatchet phish will end up on the floor? :rolleyes:
     
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  17. geektom

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    Should I increase it to 250?


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    Just add two Pacu to the stocking list all will be fine.
     
  19. geektom

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    >takes notes<


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    Final position on the lights. I am happy with the mix of places for high, medium, and low light plants- and some cool shadows, along with caves and openings for the fish to swim through (which I personally prefer over the manzanita branch look)

    FYI- this is the lights at 65% intensity.

    They can actually be “overclocked” to 125% at a loss of energy efficiency.

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