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Hello all.
I wanted to share some pictures of my 55 g cube i built last summer.
Build details are
55g 24x24x24 3/8 acrylic tank
oak base cabinet and light hood
Pentair air modular filter system
Mechanical. module,
Chemical module,
co2 dif. w/ ph probe module,
heater module and 8 watt uv module
5lb co2, reg. and ph controller
all plumbed into a closed loop system
fluorite substrate
4 t5 vho lights
1 175 watt mh
 

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Welcome to APC :D ... Very well done!
 

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thanks alot! not much of a plant layout, just wanted it to grow wild and i would work out the looks as i go along on this one.
 

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Update to this display tank and thread!
removed oak canopy. i like the open look these days :)
replaced tank with a new one that uses a rear overflow for filter supply.
installed large filter return piping for high volume, slow flow.
then replanted


closeup

recent picture from 12.04.2k8

cool picture from top.


hope you enjoy viewing the pics!
MD:D
 

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What a great tank! I like the open top look as well, it's neat to see the plants from the top. I like the untamed look of the stems. It's interesting without being overbearing.
 

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What a great tank! I like the open top look as well, it's neat to see the plants from the top. I like the untamed look of the stems. It's interesting without being overbearing.
Untamed is a good description, i like that!
i wanted a wild or untamed look. with plants growing together and around each other.

Thanks! :D
 

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Very Nice MountainDew!

I take it you built the stand, very nice carpentry skills there. Love the look of the new tank. I am messing around with replacing an existing 18 gallon eclipse with a 24" cube. How do you like the acrylic tank? Is there any chance of seeing how the overflow is plumbed?

Great work...


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Very Nice MountainDew!

I take it you built the stand, very nice carpentry skills there. Love the look of the new tank. I am messing around with replacing an existing 18 gallon eclipse with a 24" cube. How do you like the acrylic tank? Is there any chance of seeing how the overflow is plumbed?

Great work...

Freshwater

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Todd
Acrylic tanks are great. they are very clear, unlike most glass tanks.
on the bad side, care must be taken to not scratch acrylic when cleaning.
some detailed pictures of tank and filter system will follow this reply.
i just need to look around hard drive and upload some.

thanks again.
MD
 

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Here is a picture of rear overflow and return piping. during fabrication.
after setup i replaced all black pipe with 1" clear pvc, including elbow fittings.
Also rear black acrylic panel was removed not long after setup. I liked having the pipes and valves show, made it look modern


Picture of tank in place.
and about ready for connection to filter system.
 

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You've done a great job! Having your equipment on a drawer seems very handy, good idea! I'm looking forward in following the progress. Keep everyone updated!
 

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I've never seen clear pvc. Where could I find that?

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A few places on the net have it! i use savco supply . com for most of the stuff i build! they have about the best prices and a good selection of the plumbing parts i need or use.
 

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You've done a great job! Having your equipment on a drawer seems very handy, good idea! I'm looking forward in following the progress. Keep everyone updated!
thanks Dan,
having the filter system in a drawer, does make it easy to maintain. Just open cabinet/ drawer and check operation of equipment, c02, ph, uv, heater and if filter change is required then turn power off to pump, close valves and replace with clean one.
MD.
 

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First of all good job on building a tank it looks great. Could you post a plant list, im most interested in the stem plant with small leaves, I have one that looks just like it and I dont know what it is. Beautiful layout by the way.
 

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First of all good job on building a tank it looks great. Could you post a plant list, im most interested in the stem plant with small leaves, I have one that looks just like it and I dont know what it is. Beautiful layout by the way.
thanks for your nice comments
the stem plant is a Rotala Sp. but it could be some other as they are not always sold and marked correctly by lfs.
other plants are.
Glossostigma elatinoides
Java Fern
Sagittaria subulata "small sword plants"
Echinodorus bleheri "large sword"
Hydrocotyle Leucocephala "pennywort"
Echinodorus opacus hybrid
Cryptocoryne walkeri (lutea)
i think thats it!
 

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What a wonderful job you have done on your tank. I'm always impressed with the craftwmanship displayed on this site.
thanks tex gal

i have tried to combine my hobbies of woodworking and acrylic fabrication
with aquariums and photography.:)
 
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