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Old 06-15-2018, 03:03 PM   #1 (permalink)
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My Father's Day present arrived today from Amazon, sent by my daughter! I'm selling my 65 gallon tank on Craigslist, and planning to put this tank in its place, on the same stand. I will modify it, as needed, to use for freshwater with plants, instead of saltwater with corals, etc. I see this as a long drawn out project, but in the end this should make my tank maintenance job much easier for someone my age.

The tank stand is in the background - it is a laminated MDF stand I made just to prove to myself that it could be done, and it is by far my favorite DIY project. http://www.plantedtank.net/forums/20...me-change.html
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Omg im amped to see this journal.
What type of scape (if any) did you have in mind for this?

So excited to see hoppy do a journal haha!
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I have few ideas yet for the aquascape. My interest is largely in the plants and how they grow, not in the artistic aspect. I'm considering a dry start, with a carpet plant, and perhaps with P. h. Downoi, but it is likely to be a few months before I get to that decision. I'm also planning to move again before starting it. I do need to put a top on my stand as one of the first projects, and I need to do it before the move, while I have a semi-workshop to work on it.
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Progress: I listed my 65 gallon tank, its light fixture and filter, on Craigslist, and got a buyer today! You would probably get sick if you knew how much I sold them for. Let's just say the market for used aquariums is not really very robust.

The top I will add is laying on the stand just to see if the proportions are acceptable. It is a sheet of hardwood plywood, with oak veneer edging to be glued on, and the whole top stained a dark brown, to make the transition to the black framed aquarium that will sit on it. I couldn't bear to sell the stand!
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I finished attaching and sealing the stand top - using water based MinWax polyacrylic satin. And, the Biocube aquarium sits on top very well. Now I need to fill the tank with water only, clean it, test the filter system, test the light system, etc.
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hoppy that looks super nice
I have a suggsestion if u wanna hear it
I recently drilled into my tanks stands (interior, right and left top sides) and I hung my cords and outlets on there, never regret it super handy.
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hoppy that looks super nice
I have a suggsestion if u wanna hear it
I recently drilled into my tanks stands (interior, right and left top sides) and I hung my cords and outlets on there, never regret it super handy.
My stand has no back at all, so I just run the electric cords down behind the tank to under the stand. One thing I like about the BioCube is that it doesn't need an exterior filter or a separate light fixture, so only one cord from the tank handles all but the heater, which I have to add myself. That means I can use the inside of the stand for fish food, etc. instead of for the filter, the timer, the big extension cord, with multiple outlets, etc. The only other thing that will be inside the stand is the DIY CO2 system, but it will be 1 liter bottles instead of 2 liter that I have been using. I'm planning on running the CO2 through the water pump, modified to chop up the bubbles more, and move less water per minute. The existing pump is made for reef aquariums, not planted tanks.
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My stand has no back at all, so I just run the electric cords down behind the tank to under the stand. One thing I like about the BioCube is that it doesn't need an exterior filter or a separate light fixture, so only one cord from the tank handles all but the heater, which I have to add myself. That means I can use the inside of the stand for fish food, etc. instead of for the filter, the timer, the big extension cord, with multiple outlets, etc. The only other thing that will be inside the stand is the DIY CO2 system, but it will be 1 liter bottles instead of 2 liter that I have been using. I'm planning on running the CO2 through the water pump, modified to chop up the bubbles more, and move less water per minute. The existing pump is made for reef aquariums, not planted tanks.
oooooh kk yea that is convenient! What is the dif. in reef pumps and planted ones?
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Apparently reef tanks need more water circulation than planted tanks. The one in this tank is 265 gallon per hour, which is about 8.25 water changes per hour. Aqueon recommends not using that strong a pump if the tank is used as a freshwater planted tank. I think I could replace the pump with the one they use on their 14 gallon biocube, which is a 185 gph pump (13 changes per hour in the 14 gallon tank, or 5.75 gph in the 32 gallon tank that I have.) Those pumps are pretty expensive - about $40 each.

A few years ago it was found that you can drill holes in the pumps rotor arms without harming it, and it will chop up CO2 bubbles into very fine mist. That should also reduce the flow through the pump. Or, you can split each "paddle" lengthwise so each one is split into 3 separate, but much thinner paddles and make it chop the bubbles even finer. Before I try that I need to make sure I can get replacement rotors and not have to buy $40 replacement pumps.
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I now have the water pump modified, with 6 small holes in each of the 3 rotor paddles, and a check valve attached to put CO2 in the inlet chamber of the pump. And, I put a 100 watt heater in the first chamber of the filter at the back of the tank. And, as shown above, I have the light on. This is the daylight LEDs only, none of the very blue LEDs. Looks pretty blue, doesn't it? Too blue for me, so I'm going to look for a planted tank version of the LED board, hoping it doesn't cost more than $100. One good thing about that light is that it gives about 70 PAR at the substrate level at the center of the tank. That is enough to grow almost any plants.

Need I say, it doesn't leak anywhere?
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