Journal: My Southeast Asian Community Tank

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    After waiting for 3 weeks, I finally got my tank yesterday :funnyh:. This topic will journal the progress.

    During this 3 week period, I have researched many ideas. Thanks to a suggestion by Ryan (thanks Bud!! ;)), I researched and eventually decided on a SE-Asian community tank. It will not be a biotope because my chosen fauna and flora come from the GENERAL SE-Asian area, and not a specific spot. (I plan on doing an Amazon biotope in the future, but more of that when we get there).

    During the past 3 weeks of waiting, I have had fun researching, (and learnt a lot!) but fortunately my tank arrived before my patience ran out. Now the work starts.

    I'll probably be planting in 2 week's time as I have loads to do and prepare, and also I need to gather a lot of plants as well... 9 different species to be exact. Then I'll plant. (So if anyone is cleaning up....??)

    In the meantime, watch this space.... as I'll be updating it with the other things that go along with setting up a lo-tech (el-natural) tank from scratch.
     
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    Looking forward to it!
     
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    This gonna be good!!!!Keep us updated.
     
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    Hi Folks! Here is an update on my project.
    I am currently still busy with constructing the cabinet. Once I have completed the doors, I’ll post pics of that. In the meantime, I have done my aquascape planning.

    Firstly, I researched the plants, ensuring that they all come from SE Asia, and have similar requirements. The Tropica website gives heights and diameters of each plant, which enabled me to make discs representing each plant and to put these onto a cutout representing the tank’s bottom as a first draft.

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    Next I positioned the driftwood, and pasted pictures of each plant on its associated disc so that I could visualize the finished product in my mind’s eye. (A plain white disc simply doesn’t do it for me!) Then I did the final layout,

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    And viola! I have a plan to work from.


    The above has enabled me to know the exact quantity of each plant type I will require.

    Java Fern x4
    H. angustifolia x1
    H. difformis x3
    C. lucens x3
    C. Wendti "tropica"
     
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    Looks good man!Your planning it perfectly!
     
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    Nice.... looking good
     
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    Awesome job planning it out, Richard. Just a warning, as far as I know V. spirallis needs slightly harder water. Perhaps mixing in some aragonite at its roots will do?
     
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    shucks wish I could bring some plants that grow back home to you.. especially some microsorum pteropus sp. ;) nice plan for an southeast asian tank
     
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    Richard, I know thats what the site says but it actually does'nt! It will either grow very slowly or stunt.
     
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    I have V. spiralis and it grows very well in my planted tank.
     
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    OK thanks Jared, as long as it works for you. I have not had great success with it and the stuff we saw at berts also was'nt looking too hot.
     
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    I also had v. spiralis before, It didn't do well too with my soft water, but my friend who uses deep well water had great looking val. spiralis.
     
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    I think it has something to do with the Spiralis being a Bicarbonate feeder which it gets straight from the water column as opposed to CO2 from the atmosphere. So I guess as long as there is some alkalinity in the tank it should do ok.
     
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    Hmm, I might get good growth from all the shells in my water. :-\
     
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    Hi Rattail,

    I have not forgotten to give you a diagram of the control Panel wiring diagram. I am still busy with it.
    I have done the layout and diagram, but must still put in the info, then convert it from "Turbo-Cad" to a .pdf file.
    I am flying tomorrow morning early to Plett, to do a job there, and will be back Tuesday. If I manage to finish it before I leave, you'll be lucky!

    I like your planning and layout of your new setup. Good show!
     
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    Well, I am definitely making progress. I have completed the cabinet, and tested the bottom half of the tank for leakage.

    I used 22mm pine shelving to construct the cabinet sides, top, back, and base.
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    All other reinforcing is from 22mmx96mm solid pine. To ensure that it would be able to hold at least 400kg, I reinforced the sides with 50x70mm pine purlins.

    Fortunately I have a good, understanding wife -    the cabinet construction was done in the kitchen (because of the cleanliness, and the lighting),
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    and in the lounge (because that is where the finished product will stand!)
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    (note the gap at the back where the cabling and plumbing will be routed)

    Because the aquarium cabinet has to blend in with our lounge décor, and specifically with my TV cabinet, I had to use cane matting in the door panels. Fortunately I managed to find this locally.
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    Next up: the canopy. There are few things that distract from a beautiful aquarium the way an ugly canopy does! Besides the fact that I did not do woodwork at school, this is going to be the biggest challenge in the whole aquarium stand/canopy project, because of the bent glass tank. More of that next time.


    Cheers!   :)
     
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    Wow, thats too cool. Well done Richard. Perhaps I can commission you to design me a canopy too?

    Regards
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    Very very nice!!!
     
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    Rattail,

    IT LOOKS AWESOME!!!!!! I'm definately going to remember you when I set up my next tank

    Well Done

    banjo
     

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