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Old 12-19-2007, 01:15 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Gilles' 125 gallon tank and 40 gallon sump

Well this is my first big post on APC. I've been working with aquariums for about 2 years now, mainly using them as "i have nothing to do, lets trim the aquarium" kind of thing. In other words, i did not take a lot of time to "work" on my aquarium.



My (old) 50 gallon tank:
I have been fascinated with the aquarium even since i first got my first, and when i moved to my appartment i decided to go from a 40L to a 180L aquarium. To convert these values to Gallons, you have to divide them by 3.8. So first i had a ~10 gallon and then i purchased a ~50 gallon.

Not long after i had this 50 gallon tank, i switched from the internal filter to a tetratec EX700 filter, and decided to inject CO2 using an Aquamedic 1000 reactor. Here are some pics of my first aquarium.






My (old/current) 125 gallon tank:
Almost 8 months ago, i switched to a 125 gallon tank and a 40 gallon sump. This has been nothing but a disaster to be honest. The overflow of my tank was wrongly build, and it had no second overflow. A snail got stuck in the overflow to my sump and the pump kept on pumping, well you get the idea.. I had a wet floor 3 times untill i finally got around and knew how to fix it.

The tank has 4x36w T8 lighting, with electronic ballasts, the return is done by a pond pump, and i have a UV filter attached. My electronics where not kept seperate from my water flow, so when the tank flooded i got a short circuit.

The hood of the tank was made from thesame material as my other furniture, meaning 18mm thick plywood. Off course, this was WAY to heavy, but then again, you never know you have to look out for something untill you bump your head.

I am injecting CO2 in such a manner that i have my PH steady at 6.8 with a KH of 5, giving me approx. 30ppm CO2. My lights are dimmed by an aquarium computer, which means i have a beautifull sunset and sunrise.

First i added CO2 directly using an air stone in my sump, but that caused me to use approx. 10kg of CO2/month which is (off course) not good for the environment. Right now i am using a reactor (Dennerle Cyclo Turbo XL) which is driven by a seperate pump in my sump.

I will spare you the other problems i had, but again, here are some pictures of the current tank.



My (new/in progress) 125 gallon tank:
Besides the seperation of the electronics from the water (100% seperated = no more short circuit) i had the idea to incorporate my return lines in my DIY background (made from isolation material, tile glue and epoxy coating) and off course there is a second overflow. There is also going to be a bottom heater and the other (good) parts of my current tank will move to the new tank.

The POND pump will be replaced by a pump which can be found in about every boiler in the world (yes, a boiler pump). These pumps are used a lot in the Netherlands, they have 3 different speed settings ranging from 30,45,60 watts and pumping out 900-1700 gallons per hour. Off course this is going to be less, since i am using a lot of PVC with bends and so on, but you'll get the idea.

The CO2 injection will be done (once again) by a Aquamedic 1000 reactor, which will be incorporated in my return lines. I will have 4 points from where my water will be returned, 3 below water and 1 spraybar which will keep the oily surface away. Besides that, it will also "move" all dead leaves to the overflow.

My lights are going to be upgraded. Instead of 4x36w T8 i am going to use 4x36w T8 and 2x54w T5. The reason i did not switch entirely to T5 is the initial price you have to pay. All in all i am going to end up with approx. 2.1w/gallon, maybe i'll add another two 54 T5's, meaning i'd go to 3w/gallon. All in all, it is way better then my current WPG which is 1.2w/gallon.

The stand will be made from metal piping, and is allready constructed, grounded and painted with hammerite black. Pictures describing the building progress will come very fast, since i am allready half way with the construction.
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The last thing i did on my current tank was to fix the short circuit i had, by switching from 2 to 4 T8 lights. The plants responded very well to this, producing much bushier/compacter forms.

P.s. so far the (current) tank. Next pictures will be from the construction of my new tank, off course with pictures.
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Well i was hoping for some reactions but unfortunately no-one has replied. Maybe it is because i did not give you enough information on my new tank. Well i'll let the pictures do the talking and i'll comment some of the pictures.


Right here you are seeing a picture of my CO2 tubing. My CO2 Canister is 20 kilograms and because of the size of the thing, my girlfriend asked if i could put it outside. Therefore i needed a very long tube. Unfortunately, each time the PH computer activates (due to the long tubing) a major ammount of gass is added to my reactor, causing it to "over-bubble" which means gass escapes.








Next step is off course the construction of my new tank. To be honest i am a very busy man (sometimes i just don't have the time to work on my tank because i need to work for my company, or i want to relax by playing a computer game)...




My background is also DIY, which means i had to glue in Styropane (tempex?) onto my aquarium wall. Because i hate the white background, i decided to paint them with schoolboard paint (the paint used in schools on the chalkboard). This paint is 100% non-toxic for fish which means i could easily use it.

After it had dried (took ages since i had to paint so many different sides) i glued it step by step into my aquarium, using water to apply pressure.









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Next step was to model the background. I did not want any pipes to be visible when my tank is completed therefore i decided to integrate the pipes into my background. I also added a PVC pipe for my bottom heater, that way i don't see the cables from my bottom heater.














After a while, i used quick drying concrete to firm the piping. The following pictures show the left return, the CO2 return and the right return. The spraybar is not glued into the background.





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Up next; model your background into something worth looking at and add "tile glue" (a few layers). As you can see, no more ugly pipes and nice rocky formation for algue to grow on and shrimps to walk on. It looked like this:








First layer of Epoxy coating (to dark):







Second layer of Epoxy coating (to red):







Third layer of Epoxy coating made the entire background look better. Still not convinced. I added sand to the epoxy to remove the shiny glow and to create a more realistic look.





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I ended up with working on my tank stand. Nothing fancy just a metal stand with lots and lots of PVC tubing. All is explained when i connect the piping.









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