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    Multiple tank builds

    Hey everyone my name is Kenny, I'm new to the forum. I'm more active on plantedtank.net and on instagram(@Kaquatics). I currently have three tanks running and another two in the planning stages. I'll do my best to outline the details of the tanks below.

    Tank: ADA 45p

    Light: Twinstar 450

    Filter: Eheim 2213, ADA 1/2" clear hose, Viv outflow, Jardli intake

    Co2: Concoa 312, Burkert 6021, Parker needle. 5lb tank. On the 45p I'm injecting co2 via GLA inline atomic diffuser.

    Substrate: ADA Amazonia powder, Super sand special, ADA La plata sand

    Heater: in the winter months I have a Hydor ETH200.

    This was my first scape. I should say, this was my first attempt at an aquascape. I had done my research, but I hadn't had any first hand experience with laying out hard scape or looking into the future of a matured scape. I just knew I had some expensive equipment and some pretty stones. My first experience went well. Hc Cuba covered the foreground stems did well. Besides the rotala sp. mini red. Everything in this scape was blossoming until the first heat wave of the summer hit Southern California. Tank temps shot up with out me noticing, hair algae took over, melting occurred.

    Flora in this tank included; HC Cuba, Rotala sp. mini red, Rotala sunrise, Pearl weed, Dwarf hair grass Belem.



    After the rough patch, I decided to tear down the scape instead of putting more effort into reviving it. I wanted to keep it cheap. So, i crushed up the original stone with a sludge hammer, ordered some ADA La plata, reused the soil, picked up a piece of manzanita from Ck fish world, and Buceplant was kind enough to supply me with all the flora.

    Flora: Micro sword, Dhg, Hc Cuba, Christmas moss.

    Only battle I'm having with this tank is that due to the low volume of plants, I'm struggling trying to find the balance in nutrient dosing. Currently having a battle with a small amount of green hair algae. A little melting but nothing bad.



    Second tank

    Tank: ADA Mini M

    Light: ADA Aquasky.. now Twinstar 360e

    Filter: Eheim 2211, ADA hose, Jardli 10mm spin pipe & 12mm intake

    Co2: Running a second needle valve off the regulator for the 45p. Injecting via a Do!Aqua Music glass 10D.

    Hardscape: Seiryu stone

    Substrate: ADA Amazonia powder type, Super sand special and La plata.

    Flora: UG on the foreground and behind the main stone I have planted Myriophyllum sp. mini Guyana/ Dhg.

    Heater: nothing yet, most likely a Hydor ETH 200.

    The initial scape was tweaked a bit. I did dry start the tank for about 3 weeks prior to flooding. As stated above I am now running a Twin Star 360e. I'll post updated pictures soon of the light.




    Third tank

    Tank: UNS 3N

    Filter: AquariumMastets nano hob(same thing as as the Azoo)

    Light: Kessil A80/ Spectral controller

    Hardscape: spider wood, lava rock

    Flora: buce, Anubis, swords, Christmas moss.

    On this tank my goal was to have a low tech tank. Also, wanted some plant that would break the surface and becom emersed. That's where the swords will play a role. Now that it is running I am considering setting up a paint ball co2 system.




    Some side notes:
    Each tank is being dosed with Tropica Specialized fertalizer. I was using nilocg pps pro, but with the maintenance i do I feel like dosing one bottle is much easier than having to deal with two separate bottles. I do two wc a week with rodi, remineralize with nilocg GH booster and clean out my canisters every two weeks. Sometimes sooner. I attribute my clear water to this maintenance schedule. It's a lot of work but at the end of the day you have sparkling tanks.




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    Welcome to the forum. Nice looking tanks

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    Great work

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    They all look fantastic. Love the plant choices too.

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    Love the a80 stand!!
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    Thanks everyone!

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    Love the a80 stand!!
    I couldn't stand how ugly that goose neck looks haha! Thank you!



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    Everything is super clean


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    Multiple tank builds

    Update pictures on the tanks:





    45p update:

    Planted Ludwigia repens super red & Ludwigia Arcuata




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    Last edited by Tnalp; 08-31-2017 at 10:30 PM.

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    Well.. UG lives up to its hype. Might try to replant it. Almost tempted to just grow a hc carpet or dhg belem.




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    Well 45p was taken down. Wasn't 100% happy with it. Was going to rescape but decided to go up to a 20g.

    In better news. With the flora I pulled out of the 45p, I gave Wabikusa a shot. Had some extra ADA soil. Balled that up and wrapped it in some landscaping tarp stuff. Not sure what it is. Just know it holds.

    Flora: hc cuba, dhg, red tiger lotus, ludwigia red, xmass moss, hydrocotyle sibthorpiodes.

    Hardscape: dragon stone, peddles out of moms center piece decoration.

    Tank: UNS 20c

    Light: Aqualighter Nano




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    Great looking tanks!

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    Updated photo of the 3N. More plants added.




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    Well, I went to IKEA the other night to pick up a Besta cabinet. The 60cm shelf frame with the added door. Brought it home, assembled it, and started scratching my head. I know others have used this stand with no problems for 60cm aquariums, but I honestly don't know how they feel comfortable with close to 200lbs sitting on it. Long story short I picked up some 2" .065 square tubing. Pulled out the hack saw, sharpie, tape measure and got to it. Ran out of metal tonight but will get some more tomorrow. Ultum nature systems 60u will sitting ontop of this. Twinstar 600sp will be illuminating it. I will be having a buddy with a bender help me bend a piece of 1" tubing that will stick up from behind and bend down and across the top of the stand.



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    I would say not too shabby for some one who barely knows what their doing. Never have I attempted mitered cuts. I wanted to make this clean so I googled it up and wala.. search and you shall find KNOWLEDGE. I will be welding a front metal panel to hide the equipment. I'd like to try and make a door but we'll see if I can pull it off. Still have to make the beam that will come out of the back and wrap up and across the top of the tank. For the 600sp




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    Here are some shots of the stand all wrapped up.
    Yes the stand was fully welded before painting.






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    Wabikusa update!

    Before cleaning:


    After:



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    Quote Originally Posted by Tnalp View Post
    Here are some shots of the stand all wrapped up.
    Yes the stand was fully welded before painting.






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    Lol...that metal stand is hardcore!! DIY'ers always overbuild their stands but this one definitely tops them all. Steel stand for a 20 gallon FTW! Everything looks great and super clean.

    By the way, how are you liking the Aqualighter Led? You are the only other person I know that uses them besides myself. I have 7 of them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by phreeflow View Post
    Lol...that metal stand is hardcore!! DIY'ers always overbuild their stands but this one definitely tops them all. Steel stand for a 20 gallon FTW! Everything looks great and super clean.

    By the way, how are you liking the Aqualighter Led? You are the only other person I know that uses them besides myself. I have 7 of them.
    The truth behind the over the top stand is that I suck at working with wood lol I have more experience with metal. 80$ in material also is better than spending 250$ on a particle wood cabinet from those online retailers. For 20$, I am very impressed with the light! Iím actually planning on buying more soon!


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    Would you consider a welding project for me?
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    Tank options???



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    PM me with what you have in mind

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