300l of Responsability

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    I got my new 300l tank on Sunday and will be setting it up over the next few weeks. I will be putting in 3-5mm silica gravel as the substrate and using Flourish tablets with column dosing via Seachem Fundementals and Essentials. For lighting I am looking at 39w t5's x2 to start with. I currently have Anubias, Vallisneria, Amazon sword, Bacopa (?) and a few others but I will post pics for confirmation/ID. Here is a pic of my pride and joy.
    Marc
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    Re: 300l of Resposability

    Have you decided on dutch garden-like style?. :p
     
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    Re: 300l of Resposability

    Nice tank man!
     
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    Re: 300l of Resposability

    Hey Marc,

    Great looking tank there!!
    This will make a fantastic centre piece in any room.

    Just one question,....why did you decide on using Seachem's ferts? I personally think there are better ferts out there, that's more cost effective
     
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    Re: 300l of Resposability

    Please share. :scratch:
     
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    Re: 300l of Resposability

    If going the high tech route, which everybody does eventually, one can use Tropica Plant Growth Special Fertilizer as a all in one fert suplement, instead of having Seachem's.... Flourish, Iron, Phosphate, Nitrogen, Potassium.
    And you dose once a week with Tropica.

    Don' get me wrong, Seachem is a fantastic product, and I also, have used it for years
     
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    Re: 300l of Resposability

    DJ - No style - At the moment I tend to throw plants in my tank and scape as they grow.

    Slagter - Thanks very much. I'm really chuffed with this tank and cannot wait to start putting it together.

    morris - Thank you. It looks awesome. It's off to the one side of my lounge and my current 100l already gets great comments. I'm new at planted tanks and Seachem's products are what was suggested to me hence the use. I'm always open to suggestions on other products and especially if they are going to save me money. As to going high tech I cannot see that on the cards for a long time. I love all the tanks I see here but I have a lot to juggle in my life at the moment so trying to keep it fairly simple with as little maintenance as possible. I will probably go DIY CO2 and see what that gets me - probably more algae. I think the plants I have are fairly easy to keep and except for a bit of an algae issue they seem to be doing ok.
     
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    nice tank!
    pitty about the braces though...


    why not up your light? i dont think 2x 39watt will be close to what you will need. maybe 2x54watt with very good reflectors should keep things going.
     
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    is that piece of polystyrene on the right temporary?

    dont try and level the tank on the stand like that, level the stand rather..
     
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    Lloydster - Thanks. I'm very happy with the braces as it gives me extra piece of mind :laugh: . Once I fit the base and canopy you won't see them. I cannot have an open top tank because of my fish (jumpers) and the level of the water (normally 10-20mm from the top of my tank). I'm not decided on the lighting yet as it will depend on the internal dimensions of the canopy. 54w bulbs are 1.16/1.17m long. Once I've added end caps they might not fit in my canopy. If I do go the 39w route I will eventually fit 4x39w and have to stagger the bulbs to avoid "dead" spots. I will probably do a DIY on the reflectors.

    wearsbunnyslippers - The tank builder only had poly in 1m x 0.5m so I had to get that extra piece to cover the remaining "gap". I will cut them to size this weekend to fit inside my DIY base/surround. I intend on making a 75mm high base that will slip down over the tank. I DIY'd that cabinet and my intention is to take the tank off, level the cabinet and then fit the tank back on.
     
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    Looks nice! Just check that the cabinet has enough bracing in the centre to support the tank otherwise you will have plenty of water to clean up.
     
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    JP01 - Thanks Man. I will post pics of the inside of the cabinet tonight. This unit is seriously braced due to my paranoia of dumping 300l of water on my wooden floors. :laughing7:
     
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    Slagter told me about it once but will a yoga mat not work under a tank of this size instead of poly?
     
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    Hi Trepcoz - I know Ryno has used a gym/camping matt under his tank. The question I've never asked is why? Why use the matts instead of poly?
     
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    I think aesthetics more than anything else. Some people like the colours you can get instead of the white poly I guess. I have one under my 3ft tank and it "seems" to be working :thumb:
     
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    Thanks guys. I thought it had something to do with spreading the weight or something. My lower frame/trim will slide down over the tank and sit flush with the top of the table (75mm high frame) hiding the poly, bottom of the glass and about 55mm of the gravel. Now that I'm writing this I see I will have to make it 50mm high.
     
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    For those of you not on TASA, this is what the internal supports of my DIY cabinet look like. I will post in the DIY if anybody is interested.
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    That looks awesome:)
     

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