03-08-2011, 03:54 PM
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Dallas, Texas
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At long last I am ready to set up a new tank. The technical decisions have been guided by the generous advice and discussions by members of DFWAPC, especially the threads "An (excited)word about filtration" and "Discussion of laminar vs. turbulent flow".
Tank--40 gallon "breeder", 18" x 36" x 16" tall
Stand--black metal office cabinet, reinforced and modified
Light--48" Coralife fixture with 2 T5 NO 6700K tubes, suspended 4" above the tank. Yes, it hangs over the ends. I estimate this to be medium lighting; fixture can be raised or lowered to adjust.
Filtration--Eheim 2217 with coarse pre-filter on the intake, and 100% lava rock bio-media in the cannister. Intake and outflow are mounted in the middle of a short side.
Additional circulation--Tank layout will have two locations for Koralia powerheads to boost the circular flow pattern in the tank if needed.
Substrate--mineralized Miracle Grow Organic Choice potting mix with added KCl and clay, capped with natural quartz gravel and/or expanded shale.
Other decor--Texas "holy rock" limestone, driftwood may be added depending on appearance of stone.
No heater or CO2.
Here are some pictures of the black box. I'll post more when the stone and substrate are in. Comments, critiques, and suggestions are welcome!