Aquarium Forum

  · Tropical Fish Home
· Fish News
· Aquarium Forum
· Buy & Sell
· Calculators
· Equipment reviews
· Free Aquarium Ebook
· Feedback
· Link to us
· Photo gallery
· Plant species
· Tropica Plant DB
Tropical fish species
· By Common name
· By Scientific name
Tropical Marine fish
· By Common name
· By Scientific name

        Via paypal

  · African Cichlids
· Algae Control
· Aquarium Decoration
· Aquarium Resources
· Aquatic Plants
· Barb Fish
· Betta Fish
· Breeding Fish
· Catfish
· Central American Cichlids
· Cichlids
· Clownfish
· Corals
· Corydoras Catfish
· Discus Fish
· Dwarf Cichlids
· Fish Diseases
· Frogs and Turtles
· Goby Fish
· Goldfish
· Gourami
· Invertebrates
· Jellyfish
· Killiefish
· Lake Victoria Cichlids
· Livebearers
· Malawi Cichlids
· Marine Aquariums
· Marine Aquarium Fish
· Other Fish
· Pleco
· Predatory Fish
· Photography
· Pond Fish
· Responsible Fish Keeping
· Rainbow Fish
· Shark Fish
· South American Cichlids
· Tanganyika Cichlids
· Tetra Fish
· Tropical Fish Food
Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 25
  1. #1

    Default Longshots 150 gallon

    0 Not allowed!
    I finally filled my new tank, there is a lot more to do before it is complete, but I figured I would cycle it while the rest of the work was being done. I will start with a few pictures and a little info about it, and I will update as I make progress towards moving my fish from their current 55 to this new home.

    Older used 150 gallon glass aquarium
    DIY pine stand and canopy
    3x 300 watt heaters
    36" Coralife t5ho fixture with 2x 6500K bulbs (mounted in top of canopy as opposed to sitting on the tank top. this lights the inside of the canopy so I can see what I'm doing.)
    2x 792 GPH pumps
    building DIY canister from 8 gallon drum (will be running a Jebo canister in the meantime to cycle)
    20 gallon tall inside canopy to house heaters
    artificial plants
    slate pieces for cave, driftwood, and gravel
    4 outlet petco air pump

    The plan is to install bulkheads into the 20 gallon and plumb into the canister return. The water will re enter the display via 1 1/2" PVC standpipe. I am currently debating trying to plant some Java moss and Java ferns in the 20g which is located next to my light fixture. This will be a first attempt at live plants, might as well try it out in here, should help reduce some nitrates while gaining experience. If this goes well I will begin to live plant the display with low light plants. A few of my friends think that I have gone off the deep end because of this Overhead idea instead of just running a wet/dry underneath- but they obviously haven't figured out that I am a weirdo and don't usually stick to convention, lol. I am awaiting the arrival of the diamond hole saw I ordered, then I will be able to install the bulkhead fittings.
    I need to buy a few more artificial plants to hide my 2 submersibles behind the driftwood, I decided to put them inside the tank because they are near silent under all that water, so far the only noise I hear is from the air pump.

    pumps behind wood
    sorry for the poor quality images.
    When in d0ubt read it until it makes sense, then read it again!

  2. Default

    0 Not allowed!
    Tank looks great but I would go for live plants. They look a lot better and there are many that you can grow very easy.
    20 gallon tall: empty
    29 gallon: moderately planted with 9 bloodfin tetra, 1 german blue ram, 11 glow light tetra and 1 BNP
    10 gallon QT: empty

  3. Default

    0 Not allowed!
    Looking good, +1 to the live plants.

  4. #4

    Join Date
    Aug 2012
    Gods Country, Eastern High Sierras, California

    Awards Showcase

    Happy Birthday!!!!! - Silbar Happy Birthday! - RiversGirl Here's to new fish... - Slaphppy7 Thanks for the Rep! - Silbar congrats on 14,000! - RiversGirl 
    Congrats on 14K posts! - Slaphppy7 Here's to new fish!! - Slaphppy7 Watching the game - RiversGirl Have one with me! - Slaphppy7 Happy Sunday to you, too1 - Silbar 
    Children with Disabilities - Parkinson's Disease - VACTERL - Young Onset Parkinson's Association - steeler1 Childhood Cancer - steeler1 Anti-Tobacco - Colon Cancer - Colorectal Cancer - steeler1 Mourning - Anti-Gang - Melanoma - steeler1 Mourning - Anti-Gang - Melanoma - steeler1 
    Bone Marrow Donation - Childhood Depression - Depression - Environment - Eye Injury Prevention - Glaucoma - Kidney Cancer - Kidney Disease - Kidney Transplantation - Leukemia - Lyme Disease - Mental Retardation - Missing Children - Organ Donation - T - steeler1 Troop and Military Support - Amber Alert - Bladder Cancer - Endometriosis - Equality - Liver Cancer - Liver Disease - Missing Children - POW/MIA - Spina Bifida - Suicide - steeler58 


    0 Not allowed!
    Tank's off to a great start, I look forward to seeing how you stock it.
    Perfection is not attainable, but if we chase perfection we can catch excellence.
    Once you learn to quit, it becomes a habit.
    -Vince Lombardi

    Be more concerned with your character than your reputation, because your character is what you really are, while your reputation is merely what others think you are. ― John Wooden
    Sandy Hook Elementary......Lest We Forget
    See my profile for my tanks and what fish I keep

  5. #5


    0 Not allowed!
    10 times tank volume/hour is a lot. Combined with the air bubbly things.. I'd advice you to go for very robust plants.

  6. #6


    0 Not allowed!
    for the past few days I have been mulling over the idea of transitioning to live plants in the display, I can't afford better lighting right now so I was strongly considering planting the 20 gallon, in the canopy, with a mat of java fern, java moss and maybe some anubias. I would have to find a way to diffuse the return water so that it doesn't turn them into salad. I have ZERO experience with plants of any kind, but I'm not afraid to try it out. Maybe if I bring the return from the filter into the center top 1/3, end cap the feed and drill holes in the pipe down two sides, it might divert the water by creating a spraybar effect and reduce the concentration of force? But all that aside, my light (2 bulbs x 6700K @ 39w ea.) are right next to the heater tank, it should be enough for low light plants, or am I mistaken? I would like to do a trial on a smaller scale instead of going for broke right off, without prior knowledge. I wish I could devise a way to keep the water calm enough to put some sort of critters in there with the plants. would like kind of cool- but 1 step at a time here, lol. If I were to go with a planted tank ( and I agree wholeheartedly that it would look incredible), what would you guys suggest for live plants and lighting? I am totally game for live planting but I don't want to screw it all up and waste what little money I have to save up. BTW, the return to the display will be via a 1.5 inch gravity feed so it should be pretty docile.
    When in d0ubt read it until it makes sense, then read it again!

  7. #7


    0 Not allowed!
    And this danged water is turning yellow from the wood, already. just hooked up a DYI reactor full of carbon housed in a 55 gallon drum, don't know if it will help with the color but gonna try it out.
    When in d0ubt read it until it makes sense, then read it again!

  8. #8

    Join Date
    Jan 2011
    methuen ma usa

    Awards Showcase

    Merry Christmas! - Lab_Rat thank you for the birthday wishes - mommy1 Happy One Year AC Anniversary! - Rue For being understanding, thank you - Cliff (closest I could find to a catfish) Thanks for the nomination! - sheamurai 
    Thank you for the MOTM nomination - mommy1 I think you deserve a random gift. Yes, I think you do. - PhillipOrigami For being a fellow MA native! - Lolita Happy Birthday to you. - jeffs99dime Merry Christmas - Cliff 
    World Trade Center Victims and Heroes - Fireworks Safety - genocidex 


    0 Not allowed!
    well if you get the current down enough to not salad up all your plants then we can certainly help you with lighting. since you have a canopy allready, maybe working with some spiral CFL and clamp lights would help you. if not then look into t5ho fixtures. 150g are high tanks so you would need to stay with some of the high powered lights. if you did like 8 clamp lights with 23w bulbs in them (6500K) im sure that would give you at least medium light in the tank. but i dont have experience with deep tanks yet so i dont know for sure.
    I wonder if i plant one of my tiger barbs would the demon seed grow to a full tree?
    gotta love them bunnies!
    I.R.S.: We've got what it takes to take what you've got!

  9. Default

    0 Not allowed!
    I like where you're going with the 20G idea, it has the potential to be a good Refugium IMO, if one of the filter returns are plumbed through it.

  10. #10


    0 Not allowed!
    Hmm, when I have a moment I will make a drawing of what I have planned for filtration and I will post it. Would be curious for input.
    When in d0ubt read it until it makes sense, then read it again!

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts