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    Back to basics

    Hi y'all! My name is Janie Smith. I live in Savannah ga.
    30 some odd years ago, I was a aquarium loving Beast!
    I had over 30 tanks from 1 gallon micro reef, to an 800 gallon diy in the wall coral grow out tank.

    Time marched on, and after the birth of my special needs son, I broke down and eliminated all.

    Time once again has passed, so I'm Back!

    This will be my first planted freshwater aquarium.
    I'm THRILLED! !!!
    Pictures below detailing different aspects.
    By the way. ... I honestly dislike paying for anything I can build / make.
    1) 42 gallon bow front aquarium. 7 years old freshwater driftwood that lived in a dried flower arrangement all these years. I baked it overnight before adding to the arrangement. 3 zip lock bagged bricks are holding it down while it saturates again. 2 bags of Flourite, but adding a sifted soil later, to plant in.


    2,3,4, and 5 are of my diy refugium. Note: ceramic tile was switched out for cut glass from a ten gallon.
    Cat litter box is the bio media and polishing step.
    Middle will house all electronic equipment except return pump. (I'm hoping this will also be a nursery.)
    Third chamber is the return.

    6) The pump for the return.

    7, 8) I'm diying the overflow box. 7 is what I am using. 2 of these, to make 8. A separation in the second, drilled for the hose, and attached to a ball valve.

    Hopefully in 2 years I'll have one Heck of a show tank.

    Lighting : planning minimum 2-3 wpg. Distance 8" from surface. DIY build again.

    Co2......researching a build for that, and a way to measure.

    So. There it is!
    Janie


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    So had to do a rethink on my proposed system.

    I've ended up with a 29 gallon aquarium and a 20l refugium wetdry sump.

    Same florite with a sand cap.
    Currently lightly planted.
    These are my video build journal.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eclecticjanie View Post
    So had to do a rethink on my proposed system.

    I've ended up with a 29 gallon aquarium and a 20l refugium wetdry sump.

    Same florite with a sand cap.
    Currently lightly planted.
    These are my video build journal.

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    First : https://youtu.be/6OnJMRHCW1Q
    Second : https://youtu.be/ZwXRL2gMxc4
    Third : https://youtu.be/03S64ICLG6U

    What do y'all think?

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    Looks good. First step in getting back to your previous number of tanks?

    Hope you will share your DIY lighting.

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    Quote Originally Posted by canoe View Post
    Looks good. First step in getting back to your previous number of tanks?

    Hope you will share your DIY lighting.
    Yup! That's the plan ;)

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    This is essentially what I do. Just with 4 bulbs.
    https://youtu.be/6wcCdAahOwQ

    Janie

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    Love your ideas. Never thought of using slate for the dividers in my sumps. I am currently using one as a refergium (I am a horrible speller) on my 120 African tank with plants in the bottom to help absorb the nitrates (seems to be working). Would love to know how you connected something to that powerhead to make it into a return pump (never been able to figure out what to do there).

  8. #8
    Just a trip to the home improvement store for hose.
    Water testing little movie.

    Actually in use, second image.


    Fast forward 4 weeks, plants added twice; silent cycle
    complete; 7 Leopard danios added 11/13/17; 2 gallons water change, 30 ppm Nitrates 11/17/17.
    Enjoy!
    Janie http://cloud.tapatalk.com/s/5a0ede2d...20test%201.mp4

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