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Old 04-10-2015, 07:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I figured I would introduce myself before bombarding yall with questions and the myriad of problems I will encounter with my new tank build.

My name is Rick. I live in Wylie. I was a reefer several years ago until a week long winter black out killed all my reef tanks. I ended up selling all my tanks out of frustration. Before that I was a cichlid guy which resulted in my building a fish room. After several years breeding my cichlid days ended with a rock avalanche, and roughly 2,000 gallons of water and dead fish in my carpet(shared wet dry). ServPro loved it.

My latest catastrophe in the making is sitting on my living room floor at the moment waiting on me to build a stand for it. I am cheap and have redneck tendencies, so this should be an entertaining build to watch from afar, key word, afar.
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Hello and welcome!

This forum is a great resource for all things planted aquarium related. What size tank do you have and do you think your gonna go high tech or low tech?
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Hi, Aquarist and thank you.

I am weird and will likely find a middle ground high tech and low tech. I do plan on CO2 but want real soil in there as well. The tank is weird like me. It is a shallow 250 or so gallon tank with a foot print of 36" by 72".
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Hi Gonzoman, welcome to the DFWAPC forum.

I don't have any soil tanks but have a fish/planted tank room with 8 tanks. Half are low tech and the other half are high tech. Substrates are ADA Aquasoil, Eco Complete and Flourite.

The club has a few members with soil tanks with Michael being our resident expert on soil tanks.

Hope you can make it to a club meeting.
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Thank you Crownman.

Yesterday we built the stand. Unfortunately, I miscalculated the angle and I have some overhang. So we are going to have to go back and make adjustments. This tank is oddly shaped making it a real pain to build a stand for. The back is 84 inches long. The front is 72 inches long. The right side is 90 degrees. The other side slants toward the back. I am going to re-deck it about 4 inches higher to compensate for the missed angle. If there is ever a tornado I am going to instruct the family to get under the tank. We used the reef central design with 2x6s standing up and legs in the center for additional support. That stand should survive WW3.
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Welcome! For a stunning example of what can be done with a big, shallow tank, see this thread: https://www.aquaticplantcentral.com/f...rt-thrice.html
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Amazing thread! What an incredible tank. Heck, at this juncture I am just looking forward to adding water to the tank.
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Welcome Gonzo, besides planted, I have reef if you ever get an itch for it. I'm a big DIY guy. When it comes to soils, you need to pick an option that best suits your involvement in the tank. If you're the kind to set it and leave it, soil capped with sand would work. If you're going to do a lot of pulling up and moving plants, than an aquatic soil would be better fit. For CO2, I run regulator on 20# tank from welding store. Do get a ceramic diffuser.
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I think I have decided on a combination of Scotts premium topsoil, and miracle grow organic potting mix for the soil, then I am going to cap it under a thick layer of black diamond blasting sand from tractor supply. I think this will keep the expense down a bit and should provide lots of nutrients. Given the foot print of this tank I can not imagine buying the specialty soils in the quantities I would need. I am going for a low/medium light environment with CO2 augmentation.
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Welcome Gonzo, besides planted, I have reef if you ever get an itch for it. I'm a big DIY guy. When it comes to soils, you need to pick an option that best suits your involvement in the tank. If you're the kind to set it and leave it, soil capped with sand would work. If you're going to do a lot of pulling up and moving plants, than an aquatic soil would be better fit. For CO2, I run regulator on 20# tank from welding store. Do get a ceramic diffuser.
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I think I have decided on a combination of Scotts premium topsoil, and miracle grow organic potting mix for the soil, then I am going to cap it under a thick layer of black diamond blasting sand from tractor supply. I think this will keep the expense down a bit and should provide lots of nutrients. Given the foot print of this tank I can not imagine buying the specialty soils in the quantities I would need. I am going for a low/medium light environment with CO2 augmentation.
Add some clean iron nails, steel wool or iron shot to your soil. Under anarobic conditions the iron will turn into Fe3 and the root feeders will love it.
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