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02-05-2012, 06:11 PM #1
Building my first tank
So i have wanted a tank on the bookshelf that sits above my desk for quite some time, but i due to the odd size of the bookshelf nothing would really fit. I have decided that if i want the tank there, i will have to build it myself. I have a million questions, but i figured i would give everyone an overview of what i was thinking and get some feedback. I would like to do this on a reasonable budget, i was thinking under $200, but it is no big deal if it winds up costing more. I was thinking of making this a guppy tank.
The dimensions of the tank are going to be 38" x 9" x 9", which makes it about 12 gallons. I was planning on going with .25" glass, and also using mirrored glass for the back, so the lack of depth isn't as noticeable.
For the lighting, i was planning on going with led lighting, i found a nice looking light bar that has 129 leds for $50. I do plan on having some plant life, and i haven't had leds on a tank with plants before.
I love sand as the substrate, i have the crushed onyx sand in two of my tanks and love it, but i was thinking just using play sand in this tank to save a few bucks.
The filtration is what i am most concerned about. I had already ordered a mini canister filter from foster and smith for another tank that moves 80 gph, i was thinking of just using this for the new tank. I haven't used a canister before, but i have heard such good things that i decided to give it a try. I was also thinking of moving a sponge filter that i have as secondary filtration in another tank over to this tank as secondary filtration and to speed up the cycling process.
For in the tank, I was going to lightly plant a couple of leafy plants to hide the sponge filter, and going with something low to the ground to provide cover for the fry. I was thinking of going with 2-3 otocinclus to control the algae. I have two female cobra guppies in a community tank that i would love to move over, and once the tank is settled i will add a male and possibly another female if i can find another one i like.
I am very busy during the week, so this is going to be a weekend project, I'm looking at getting my plan down this weekend, getting the tank built next weekend, giving the silicone a good week to dry, then adding plants, filters, sand and water. I am thinking that it wont take too long to cycle because it will be planted and i will be borrowing a filter from another tank. I certainly wont add the fish until the tank is testing well. Hopefully i'll be up and running in a little over a month.
So, i know this is way longer than a post needs to be, but i wanted to put my plan out there and see what you guys think. Will this work??? Is there anything i have forgotten about???
02-05-2012, 06:32 PM #2
It's good to have a plan. I like your stocking and the instant sponge filter cycle.
It's a pretty sturdy bookshelf right? The water alone is going to weigh about 100lbs.Gas mileage isn't everything OIIIIIIIO
Lack of planning on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part.
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02-05-2012, 06:37 PM #3
Yes, it is a very well made bookshelf desk combo, not just one of those cheap ones from walmart. I figure the final weight of everything will be about 125-130 pounds, which shouldn't be a a problem