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Thread: New old 55 tank.
01-20-2014, 03:57 PM #1
New old 55 tank.
So now not only did I rescue my BIL's goldfish, now I've rescued his whole 55 tank! It's about a year old so everything is good, EXCEPT the brace is split. I've read a dozen posts here on AC and I chose a 1 inch by 1/8 inch thick aluminum stock repair. I happen to have had this in my junk pile. After all said and done I'm less than 1/16 inch out using a 4ft flat edge on the glass. I found you have to be real careful as to the plastic frame. It is not a tight fit, (meaning glass meeting up to plastic, not that the whole top is loose) I wonder if many people realize this, or at least check cause all tanks are different I'm sure. At least on this tank has approx. 1/16 inch space between the glass and frame on the outside. You can just stick a fingernail under there. Thats all the way around, top frame and bottom. So if your clamping it across the top, the clamp presses (dimples) the plastic a whopping 1/8 inch (front and back combined) before it even affects the glass. Very hard to measure and bend stock to take this into account.
I painted the aluminum matte black and riveted it in 3 spots to the brace. You almost don't know its there and doesn't interfere with my lids. So for free I'm pretty happy. I smell a cichlid tank forming here! More to follow......
01-24-2014, 04:31 AM #2
So now the goldfish and a pictus cat share the 20 gal for now. After I transferred the tank, water and stuff from my BIL house, did some mods and repair, I ran it for two days. All is great. Especially proud of my repair on the brace, cannot tell its there! Then in went the "Tucan Tetra" I inherited as well. Also what I think is a fire empress I call bullet because he has matching black on both sides! Oh and my two parrots. Today I picked up a golden malawi, cobalt zebra and a blue johanni. Hopefully with some tax money I'll grab another fluval canister. At $180 I have to make due with what I have for this minute. I have my own aqueon, his two whispers and I hand made another one today, so I'm WAY over filtering. I just HATE tetra filters though! Here are a few pics, let me know if I got the names wrong. Thanks!
01-24-2014, 02:52 PM #3
What pretty fish! Do you have a full tank shot?46 gal fw tank with black skirt tetras, neon tetras, spotted corys, green corys, 1 guppy, cherry barbs, otoclinus, snails & 4 amano shrimp - plastic & live plants
5 gal QT with green corys & 2 guppies
01-24-2014, 03:19 PM #4
Those are some nice fishCurrent tanks:
37G FW - 3 Pearl Gourami, 4 Black Mollies, approximately 20+ Molly Fry, 5 Assassin Snails | 10G Planted FW - 14 Molly Fry, rocks, DW and an Anubias Nana - journal
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How to cycle without fishies!
01-25-2014, 12:02 AM #5
Here is a quick pic I snapped with my phone. This tank has my DIY algae scrubber. And the water bottle filter I made up yesterday. The scrubber works awesome in this tank. I had made it for the other tank but it is too planted to work good. This one only has a few bamboos and one little pennywort. Almost time to scrape the algae out! As for the water bottle, I figure I'm about 70-80 gal filtering for a 55. For now till I get the new 306. I've always been a fan of over filtering too.
Under the pink house is a reptile ramp I just got. They love it!. In my other tank I have the large tree stump from walmart, now the lobsters home. I think this weekend I'm going to grab THREE for the new tank. I want to stagger them on atop the other, drill and zip tie them together. Like a tree house hut! I have the car and a gas can ornaments/caves. But they only use them as a pass through. I also made the black pipe in the left they use sometimes, but under the pipe is my crayfish home. The fishing bobbers were my spouses idea ;-0