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Old 04-27-2015, 08:18 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I am have never been one for rules. And I hate mowing my lawn and trimming shrubs. My goal with this tank is to create a noN geographically specific wilderness tank. I do not want it looking sculpted, or aquascaped. On the contrary I want it to loo look somewhat savage and naturally random.

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Old 04-27-2015, 08:28 AM   #2 (permalink)
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So this is what I started with. It was on craigslist. Roughly 260 gallon, heavily calcified and mucky turtle tank.

The last pic should give perspective to my 1st challenge. Tha tank is trapezoidal on the left side, not rectangular.

The back is 84 inches long, the front is 72 inches long, width is 36 inches, and the height is 21 inches.

My second challenge is the tank stand is only 20" tall. This would make the aquarium a very convenient play thing for my two dogs. Needless to say, building a stand was a priority
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Old 04-27-2015, 08:39 AM   #3 (permalink)
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After researching stand building techniques I settled on the design everyone seems to be using on reef central. It is a very strong design! I am happy with the results.
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The pics of the stand
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Lighting was yet another challenge. By my very nature I am cheap. I decided to buy 50 watt led spot lights for the lighting. Suspending these was a challange. I wanted something highly adjustable, unusual, cheap, and somewhat simplistic in design. This is what I came up with.

I asked my 6 foot tall friend to pose for size perspective.
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Cool! Good work on the stand.Eagerly waiting for updates!
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So this is after the 1st layer of planting. Please ignore the two large rocks ontop of the driftwood. They are there to hold it down for a while and will be broken up and shaped for later use when the driftwood does not float.

I will post up pictures of yesterdays plantings tomorrow. Your thoughts and advise are welcome. A special thank you to Michael and Crownman on the forum for all the wonderful advise and trimmings!
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Old 04-27-2015, 06:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks for showing us all the steps in your set-up, it is looking very good! I really want to put the club PAR meter under your LED spotlights and see how much light you are getting.
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Anytime, just let me know. Are you worried the light does not look right?
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Old 04-28-2015, 08:03 AM   #10 (permalink)
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No, the light looks good in the photos. And like you, I am always interested in cheap but effective lighting.
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