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Old 01-06-2010, 07:40 AM   #21 (permalink)
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Very nice Dan,

I really like your stones. That was a lot of rescaping
Actually I emptied the tank and started completely over. I was disgusted with being rushed and forced to start over, I decided to step back, take my time and do things differently. When I realized I had the bag of ADA Bright Sand available and a box of Seiryu Stones that I haven't used yet (stuffed in my closet), it just came to me. Everything seem to just fall into place.


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Just stumbled on to this thread. I really like you DIY stand very nice job! I particularly like the clean look of the light hangers!
Thank you but I can't take all the credit. Had it not been for forums like this one as well as many others, I probably wouldn't have had the inspiration or the blueprint to get it done. The simplicity of Amano's design for a tank stand was where it all rooted from. But of course we all copy, innovate and try to save some money best we know how in the process.

The hangers was simple enough. The 12' (twelve feet) long half inch thick conduit pipe cost me a total of $1.69 at Home Depot. Yes, that is not a typo, I said, ("One Dollar Sixty Nine Cents") although I had to purchase the pipe bender which was about $30, it still looked like an awesome deal to me. When I was done with the pipe bender (which took all of about 10 minutes) I went to Home Depot for some usual household items and told the manager that I had purchased a pipe bender, used it once and didn’t need it anymore. Surprisingly the manager told me to bring it back for a refund if I wanted to, which I did. Wow, talk about service!


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With a needle wheel and 2217 you must have heck of a flow in that tank!
You would think so but I used a little ingenuity to make up for the brute force of the 2217 by extending the pipe return which worked out beautifully. I used this:

with enough extensions to take up the entire back wall of the tank. That slowed the flow down to just where I wanted it. The longer the return pipe the slower the flow. The shorter the return pipe the faster the flow. I got it just right where it did not up root or blow the plants around the tank.

In addition to the 2217, I use the Eheim Compact+ Marine Pump which are use for skimmers. Here is a photo of it:


The pump has a flow control knob that I use to dial in the flow of the pump. So whenever I want a little more flow I adjust the pump to my liking. It makes life a lot easier. Here is a photo of the flow control knob:


Next time I do a water change, I will open the pump and take a photo for you of the internal part that controls the flow just so you can see how simple it is. I really like this pump but I realized that it is not a self primer meaning if you don't prime the pump properly it will vibrate loudly (I think cavitate is the word I'm looking for) and make an awful sound. Its only when the pump is primed properly does it remain quiet.

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I forgot to mention I use pre-filter sponges on all returns. I especially use it on the pump to keep all of the nasties out.

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dantra do you have pics of how you mounted the conduit to the back of your stand. im gonna mount my lights with a contuit over head also.

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Sorry I don't however you can google EMT straps. That is what I used to mount the conduit pipe to the back of the stand. I also used a "L" bracket under the pipe sort of as a stopper for the conduit pipe then use the emt straps to mount the conduit pipe on the back of the stand. On the "L" bracket itself, I glued some neoprene to prevent any noise that can come from two pieces of metal touching each other, especially from vibrations.

The "L" bracket isn't necessary but I used it because it gave me a peace of mind.

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yes yes im actually mounting my contuit now thanks

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I got some rotala macrandra in
Please excuse the reflection and glare but this photo was taken with daylight coming in and lighting up the room.

Rotala Macrandra:

I just put it in the tank last night but so far it has responded nicely. The leaves and stems are becoming redder by the hour. That's just using two bulbs on the Tek light.

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Excellent tank and pictures!
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Very nice layout and very clean set up. What type of ferts do you run- are you going with the ADA program or your own? Sorry, if I missed those details.
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Excellent tank and pictures!
Thank you.

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Very nice layout and very clean set up. What type of ferts do you run- are you going with the ADA program or your own? Sorry, if I missed those details.
Thanks endgin33, I'm following EI (Estimative Index) which is explained here and here however I deviated a bit from it hence the estimative part.

This is what I use to dose:

+/- 1/8 tsp KNO3 (N) 3x a week
+/- 1/32 tsp KH2PO4 (P) 3x a week
+/- 1/4 tsp GH booster once a week(water change only)
+/- 1/32 tsp (2ml) Trace Elements 3x a week
50% weekly water change

Now I dose:

1/4 tsp KNO3 (N) 3x a week
1/8 tsp KH2PO4 (P) 3x a week
3/8 tsp to almost 1 tsp of GH Booster
1/16 tsp Trace Elements 3x a week

1/32 tsp Calcium Sulfate 1x a week (tuesday)
1/32 tsp Calcium Chloride 1x a week (thursday)
1/64 tsp Magnesium Sulfate 1x or 2x a week depending if the plants need it.

I know it may seem like a lot to some but it works very well for me and once I figured out what the plants needed they responded very favorably.

My GH use to be 2.24 and by the end of the week it was almost non-existent but with my new dosing regimen my GH is maintained at 4.48. My pH is 5.5 (with CO2 injection) which okay with me because New York has very soft water, I just needed to raise the GH by a degree or two. Fish are happy, plants are growing so all is well

If you have anymore questions just ask away.

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