Forrest Gump : 260 litre with sump

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    This thread will share my highs and lows of the tank. Hopefully more highs! The main reason for the tank is for my own relaxation purposes and also as my television. As I don't believe in tv. I'm sure it won't be to everyones taste, and certainly won't be award winnin, but if it relaxes me and puts a smile on my face, then I've been successful. Currently it's dry starting. I will see how that goes. In case you're wondering about the designs I'm a mechanical engineer and like to fiddle.

    1320 x 470 x 510mm high tank, made of 10mm Optiwhite glass. Sump (around 70 litres) below (also from Optiwhite as pure luck – paid the same price), with the “Bean Animal” overflow box and piping design. Tank and sump built by Graham Pead of Gapedi Tanks. http://www.gapeditanks.com/

    ADA Powersand M.
    ADA Aquasoil.
    Flourite Dark.
    SICCE Syncra 2.5 pump.
    SICCE Scuba 300 Watt heater.
    Do!Aqua Violet glass outflow VP3.
    Jebao WP-10 wave maker.
    Twinstar Nano.

    5kg CO2 bottle with solenoid/needle valve/bubble counter and DIY inline reactor.

    Lighting under DIY hood with Alanod reflector, and 1 x dual 54 Watt electronic high efficiency ballast, and 1 x single 54 Watt of the same type of ballast, powering the three 54 Watt T5 tubes >> 1 x Grolux, and 2 x Radium 8800K. Also one IP67 rated LED strip of blue LED's for occassional night viewing.

    The tank and sump I had made (but next time will build myself although very impressed with Graham!) and everything else I did myself. It took just under 6 months to build. Could have taken perhaps half the time. The steel stand takes all the weight, and the "cabinet" is just a three sided unit which can be removed so that the sump can be removed.

    All plants from Richard of http://www.betterweather.co.za/shop/

    So far only four species. There were limited options to begin with, plus dry starting is mainly for growing the carpets so I've went for the small stuff. My aim is mostly Dutch style. I may remove those rocks entirely later. I'm not phased - as long as it's chilled for me. As I tend to have a mind that races at full speed.

    I obtained help via this forum. Although this is not my first aquarium, it is my first proper planted tank. Thank you very much to the very helpful people stalking these forums :)

    Hope you enjoy the photos and progression.

    Cheers,
    Adrian

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    Lilaeopsis novae-zelandiae (cobra grass)
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    5 days into dry start and looking very good, I think. The rotala is really growing fast, jeesh. glosso not much happening. Hard to tell, I haven't paid too much attention. Cobra grass growing. I stuck a 10mm into the tank and got a few quick snaps just now :) When the tank is full (or when I am not as lazy/busy), I will try get some quality macro photographs too.

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    Very nice progress.

    Keep the updates coming. :)
     
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    Looking very nice. How much did that tank cost?
     
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    Thanks. It's very far from complete. I will have to further my investment at Betterweather I suspect to get where I want to be.

    I had an Excel spreadsheet on Google Drive which I neglected, but all in all about R28 000 to R30 000, I would have to confirm and check a few things. I could have done it cheaper, no doubt. And of course it can be done very cheaply with incredible results. But I also wanted it to be a part of my home, which is important to me. Everyone is different.
     
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    Looking good bud!
     
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    nice start! thanks for the order :)
     
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    Great looking setup, and fantastic forethought with your planning!

    One (noob) question: with regards to your usage of Flourite, would this be from the point of view of substrates such as this (and others like the CaribSea Eco-Complete) "absorbing" nutrients and allowing for slow release back into the water column? As you have placed it in between the layers of ADA soils, I don't think it's for aesthetic reasons.

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    maybe to bulk up the AS.. because ADA is clay based too (same as flourite)
     
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    Thanks everyone :D

    Well I went a bit overboard in the beginning I must admit. The iron content is quite good, and I also liked the look. At that stage I was in a hurry and to be honest my planning of certain things was quite lacking :eek: I stood in the lounge last Tuesday and thought should I use it. Then I realised, maybe 3 bags of Aquasoil just won't cut it, and I wasn't keen to have different layers on top so thought screw it, I'll put it in between, and yes the nutrients will slowly release. I have osmocote as well BTW. Have not put them in, yet.
     
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    Update. Took these last week Thursday night. Plants doing very well. Tonight I cut the rotala and replanted. glosso growing horizontally nicely. Stoked with the growth given the coolish temperatures.

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    External flash and a marco lens. I think most of these were at f/14. Skill low with the macro. Slowly getting to grips with it.
     
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    LOL. You make most of us crawl into a ball of shame!
    I wish I could figure out my camera, but I always forget what I learnt the last time and get confused with the settings. :icon_tongue:
     
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    Fish ect website has a long but great article on photography with fish in mind. Check it out to refresh your skills.
     
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    I should have used a tripod I guess. But impossible really when sticking it into the tank :) Flash I just held by hand and guessed. Will be easier when full of water.

    Very happy with the results of the dry start so far! Better than I thought. Especially given the cooler temps.
     
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    More of a photography update. I got some cool and usual angles. Something which will be harder to do later, and I'm usually too lazy to get my housing out for underwater shots. But ja, progress is good. The glosso roots already tapering down 40 to 50mm. I am impressed. 2 more weeks perhaps, or 1. Then more plants and immediately more water. Pics for your pleasure:

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    Great pics.
     
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    nice Adrian.. this has been a long journey..
     
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    Thank you!

    What do mean a long journey Richard?! Only half way :laughing: (maybe) hehehe...

    I think I am growing tired of the dry start. The glosso has grown like a mother trucker, very pleased there. And generally happy otherwise. But I think I must invest in Betterweather.co.za once again and when those plants arrive, just fill her up.
     
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    And just ordered: Hygrophila difformis, Alternanthera reineckii 'rosaefolia', Lysimachia nummularia 'Aurea', Ludwigia repens, Rotala sp 'green', Pogostemon Octopus and Ludwigia sp. 'Rubin', all obviously from Betterweather.co.za :thumb: So when they arrive the dry start ends. The cobra grass and especially the glosso have grown very well. The staurogyne repens has done quite well too, but much slower growing. The rotala colorata did very well, then I chopped in half and some of the remaining bottom halves seem to have taken some strain. Possibly because they are higher up in the substrate and have less access to water. Although I have been spraying all the plants once a day with water. Lights 12 hours. When I add the water I will crank the CO2 very high to help ease the strain on the plants and hopefully avoid all melting and tap the lights down to about 8 or 9 hours, will see what happens. Exciting times ^-^
     
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    10 August 2014
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