Aquarium Forum
 


Menu
  · 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

  AC news is a part of
      Nature Blog Network

      Reef Aquarium Blog

Privacy & Ad Policy

Articles
  · 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 4 123 ... LastLast
Results 1 to 10 of 32
  1. #1

    Talking Bignellm's 50 Gallon Acrylic Project


    0 Not allowed!
    As discussed in my blog, now brought into the public with this blog creation in general blogs.
    http://www.aquaticcommunity.com/aqua...wjournal&j=592

    Been working on upgrading from a 10 and 16 to a 50 gallon+, with little success until this fall. Went out after getting frustrated and ordered a full custom 50 gallon acrylic from a local fish store/tank builder.

    Got the tank on Jan 25th, and rounded up last of the equipment in Feb. Went about and created some hand drawn designs and then today, decided for laughs to do a test fire of the system.

    A 20 Gallon Storage Tote w/ Driftwood Piece for tank
    Front Tote ____Back Tote ____Rena Xp3
    0226121928a.jpg0226121929a.jpg0226121929b.jpg

    Upon installation of the 200W heater, 2x39W T5 HO, Rena, and LED bubble wall; I was pleasantly surprised by the shimmer of the lighting off the surface, which was rippling from the upwards pointed Spray Bar attachment. It was a mini fountain effect and I will certainly install the system like this again, for that shimmer effect on the 50 gallon.

    The only hitch on today's "Test Fire" was a little water build up in the motor compartment of the Xp3. I'm about 40% certain, it's not a huge deal, as the water line was only 40" above the top of the canister. Can anyone with Rena Filstar experience tell me if a little water build up is normal? I figure I'll just need a water tray under the canister to catch any drizzles and to catch spilloffs from the disconnect on maintenance day. It wasn't a huge gusher buildup, just about 5 or so tablespoons of water which was trapped in the assembly after test was over. It came out from the power cord area, with prodding. Overall, today was a gleaming success and bumped up my excitement to install this for real.

    Till then, took the bio-media rings that I bought and stuck some in the Fluval C3 I have on my 16, in the empty carbon basket--to build up a little colony for the Rena.

  2. #2

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Location of equipment in the pictures to be reconsidered on location. Am likely to swap the intake to the opposite side and install the out flow to the middle and direct turn it to face the original side of the intake. Then again, I don't want the Rena to suck up bubbles. It was quiet on the test.

    Layout of Equipment/Substate, Plant Identification, and Plant Locations
    55 Gallon Equipment Plan.jpg55 Gallon Plant Placement Identification.jpg55 Gallon Plant Placement Planning.jpg

    Equipment:
    Rena Xp3
    Aqueon Pro 200 W Heater
    Fusion 500 Air pump
    Cora Life Timer system (Day/Night electronic timers)
    Hagen Glo Lite 2x39w T5 HO
    Plant Spectrum T5 bulb (spectrum escapes me atm)
    Marine Spectrum 10000k T5 bulb
    18" LED Bubble wand (Not Marineland, brand escapes me atm)

    Substrate:
    Black Flourite 3-20LB bags
    Colorado Color Carib Sea Gravel
    White crushed Carib Sea Gravel

    Possible Livestock changes:
    Rehome single Danio (most likely to occur tomorrow)
    Consider adding a Mated Pair of Blue Rams (LFS has one, saw them today)
    Add Flame Moss to Driftwood, upon arrival.

  3. #3

    Cool Stand, design


    0 Not allowed!
    Next Item of business, to design the stand for this tank. Got by my figures, 5 20LB bags of substrate, which will probably displace an area of water 36"x17"x1.5" or 4-5 gallons water. Making this 45 gallons water approximately for water weight. This should be approximately 375 Lbs of water and 100 Lbs of substrate. So, on the low side, the stand will need to be able to hold 475 Lbs. This shouldn't be a problem. I even have an idea for installing parts to make this a tank with level-able feet, via adjusters.

  4. #4

    Default Aquarium Stand DIY Prestage - Stage 2


    0 Not allowed!
    Well, here we go. Everything's finally in motion and am now reciting the past 24 hours of work.

    Below is the planning stage and first Dado Cuts:

    Below here is the last of the Dado cuts and Stage 1 assembly:

    And this is the result of what I looked like after Dado Cutting with two of my tanks in the background. The "Holding Pens".
    I learned pretty quick that the Dado Jig disabled the dust collection capacity of my table saw.

    All this work took about 4 hours.

  5. #5

    Default Stages 3 - 6


    0 Not allowed!
    And here we go with the next few hours.

    Below is the addition of a floor and the resulting jungle gym my oldest thought I was building:

    And below in these stages, the addition of a side and a back panel:

    And in stage 6 here, the fitting of a top and the beginning of piecing together of trim pieces:

    All in all, these steps took me another 4 hours.

  6. #6

    Default Stages 7 - 9


    0 Not allowed!
    The above was finished by the end of the first day. Below is the completion of the work up to this point in time.

    Stages 7 and 8, completion of trim and doors:

    Stage 9 and my children still treating it like a play thing:
    Close up of Jungle Gym antics:

  7. #7

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    That's some nice wood working there

    Any thoughts as to how you want to finish it ?
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

  8. #8

    Talking Stage 10


    0 Not allowed!
    Below is the final step I've taken today.

    Stage 10, Affixed the top with screws and construction glue:
    Stage 10.jpg

    This leaves me with an unfinished aquarium stand, that needs some veneers for the paneling I used, on hand, and staining. I'm opting for the 2 in 1 Minwax Polyshades. The color I'll be using with be American Chestnut Satin.

    Time to date on this project? About 12-16 hours of real work. Cost? Lost count. Weight of stand? Heavy! Two man job or one man with dolly. Stable? No fear of collapse from aquarium.

    Anyway. Was fun to build to date and hopefully looks awesome with aquarium on top too. Let me know if there's any issues I don't seemed to have addressed.

  9. #9

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Quote Originally Posted by Cliff
    That's some nice wood working there

    Any thoughts as to how you want to finish it ?
    Turned out well. Looks better in person. Going with iron on veneers to hide the plywood edges and using Minwax Polyshade American Chestnut in Satin finish.

  10. #10

    Default


    0 Not allowed!
    Nice choice of stain

    I'm looking forward seeing pics of the finished stand
    If you take your time to do the research FIRST, you can successfully set-up and keep ANY type of aquarium with ease.
    "Not using a quarantine tank is like playing Russian roulette. Nobody wins the game, some people just get to play longer than others." - Anthony Calfo
    Fishless Cycle Cycling with Fish Marine Aquarium Info [URL="http://saltwater.aquaticcommunity.com/"]

Posting Permissions

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