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  1. wearsbunnyslippers
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    i am going to try an ADA style iwagumi layout.

    i have a 90x45x45cm tank, i am going to build an ADA style stand, like jason's except mine will only be 90cm, so it will only have one door. i have ordered storm grey formica from pg bison. i am looking for a nice MH hanging light fixture, or i might get a hanigin t5 pendant, not sure yet, i will see what i can afford later. i will use 25-30mm ply throughout, it should be strong enough.

    i have an eheim pro ii 2026, but this might be too strong for a 100l, what do you guys think??

    in my previous 200l and 400l i had to drill loads of holes in the spraybar to cut down the return flow, i would like to switch to glass pipes at some stage, so not sure what the flow will be like coming out of a lily pipe...

    i also still need to buy a router so i can finish the formica nicely, so once i get going i will post some more pics.

    once i am happy that everything is working nicely and i have everything dialled in, i would like to try build my own low iron glass tank ADA style...
     
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    I saw some new CF pendants at Pet masters.
    I will take a pic for you next time I'm there.

    Work carefully and ask the hardware to cut the Formica for you.
    A router takes a lot of practice,and formica is difficult to work with,

    Lilly pipes spread the flow quite amazingly.you have to see it to believe it.
    I have a plastic lilly adapter for an Ehiem,you are welcome to play with it.
     
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    Great project. I suggest that you stick with 2 doors. It will not only look more balanced, but will be more practical too. Had it been 600mm long, I'd agree that one door is ok. But not 900.
     
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    @rattail - you are right, the original ADA 90 comes with two doors...

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    Damn, that's a really nice looking design... I might do the same kind of think on my 4ft tank...
     
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    i got two sheets of ply this weekend - R200 each at builders warehouse.

    it is 18mm ply, so i am going to glue two pieces on top of each other for the top, and add a central support pillar...

    things are progressing...
     
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    Where be the pictures sir?

    This is going to be a fantastic project! I look forward to the end result!
     
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    My question is what are you going to use as a substrate, people on all the overseas forums rave about ADA's substrate I see even Tom Barr uses it...
     
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    @slagter - no pics yet, i just have two big sheets of ply in my garage :p

    @phil - i havent got that far yet, i might use flourite dark...
     
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    the tropica substrate needs to be capped, i would rather import aquasoil if i was going to import anything...

    if i check out how much it would cost to ship from the uk to the us, it costs about R3k to get 5 bags of aquasoil from green machine, i emailed them to see how much to ship to sa from the uk...
     
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    3k is a bit out of my budget, ok has anyone looked into Eco-Complete Plant Substrate? although comparisons on the net seem to favor ADA AquaSoil Amazonia???

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    Wouldn't it be nice to just go to the LFS and pick up a bag or two at reasonable prices :(
     
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    just got a mail back from jeff senske from american design group, the ADA distributors in north america, and they are not permitted to ship outside of north america. but he told me that he heard a south african distributor was coming soon... wont that be awesome????
     
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    Ja, but when? Soon? Could be in a couple of years knowing South Africa... I'd love to get some ADA...
     
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    You could plant a serious tank with that stuff, and it looks really good to! hopefully it will be before I set up my next tank ::)
     
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    here is a pic of the progress so far...

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    i am going to join it all with biscuits and screws for strength. the two sheets for the top are going to be glued and screwed together also for strength as it is only 18mm ply.

    i have the sheet of formica now too, so it is coming along nicely. i am going to paint the inside gray to match, and not leave the natural wood like i have seen others...

    the ADA stands are 700mm high, it seems quite small when it is all put together...
     
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    Looking good so far Raymond.

    Have you found any lights yet?
     
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    Nice... I like the way you used your car for width reference. I think it will look fantastic when it's done. I'd like to try something similar. Can't wait to see the end result.
     
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    I spoke to a friend of mine who makes eurostyle kitchens.
    I'm trying to convince him to make Amano style stands to order.
    He made my tank cupboard.

    They would be awesome
     
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    i have found a few t5 pendants on ebay, but i really need to sell my house in jhb before i start splashing out any cash on a fishtank...
     

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