Making An Old 2Nd Hand Tank To Look Pretty. Challenges....
Posted 19 February 2013 - 02:15 PM
Well I tested the fluidized sand bed filter hooked to the Eheim. There's no way that filter can give enough power to it.
I have to figure something else in this case.
Posted 21 February 2013 - 11:07 PM
If anyone has set a flow like this, spraybars along the back, will I need a powerhead additionally I wonder for the bottom somewhere. I am also afraid the Eheim may not be powerful enough to clean its side of the tank but we'll see.
Here it is at the moment with no lights and substrate yet. The wood is just thrown in there to soak but needs better positioning probably but I agree with Guerrero, it will stay on the left side.
And the ripples of the spraybars
Edited by snazy, 21 February 2013 - 11:09 PM.
Posted 22 February 2013 - 12:12 PM
This way, the floating plants can at least grow on the side with no surface agitation
If you'd like, I can get a picture/take a short video of mine.
Posted 22 February 2013 - 04:39 PM
So I am guessing this type of setup either needs extra powerheads somewhere(have no clue where) or I need to change it somehow.
Posted 22 February 2013 - 11:42 PM
Posted 23 February 2013 - 04:56 AM
I put a piece of paper on both sides to see how it goes and it went straight for the intakes depending on which side I dropped it but the driftwood dust won't move, I guess that's gravity talking. At the moment, the spraybar flow hits the front glass and travels towards the back along the bottom but not necessarily into the filter intakes because the sprayers are positioned straight along the back. How do I make it go to the intakes then if I keep the spraybars? I tried putting the spraybars at an angle but then I get no surface movement and nothing changes much. Or should I get a small powerhead or two to increase the flow, let's say, placing them in between the spraybars in the middle of the tank at slightly downward and angled way facing the sides a bit so the flow still hits the front glass again but at an angle and hopefully pushes the dust towards the intakes?
Either way, I won't get it perfect. I am waiting for pictures Thanks.
As soon as I get the lights I'll "plant" the floating plants
Edited by snazy, 23 February 2013 - 04:57 AM.
Posted 06 March 2013 - 01:02 AM
That soil has proven difficult to dry around here too, only 3rd wash/drying now, one to go.
There's a delay with the LED unit, so can't plant it anyway.
I moved the driftwood again on the other side, since there's nothing more to scape with
I have two sets of stones, mostly freebies but I don't like them so now I've set my mind on a third type.
I still need to setup the fluidised sand bed filter. I got an Eheim pump instead that can be placed outside the tank. I just need to get pipings and figure out the inlet and outlet and which side of the tank to place them at. The good part is that the filter can go into one side of the cabinet along with any of the externals, it's so small and narrow, but thankfully very productive for bio.
And I am thinking to keep my grown up baby cories instead of selling them and make this tank a cory heaven for now The tank is 100G minus substrate and driftwood. How many can I fit considering I want some middle swimmers like 10-ish forktail rainbows and possibly a few of my platies, some ottos(3-4) and eventually some shrimp.
I don't know what I'll do with the bristlenose. He is so cute but is so destructive I am sure he'll dig holes and plants all around the place.
Edited by snazy, 06 March 2013 - 01:05 AM.
Posted 06 March 2013 - 03:11 PM
I can't find a sand/natural gravel that is rounded and is 1-2mm big so I'll take the plunge and put my usual quartz sand instead. At least I know it doesn't compact and doesn't create gas bubbles.
Posted 08 March 2013 - 11:50 PM
Posted 09 March 2013 - 01:48 AM
The pump is luckily quiet
It made it up to the required level between the lines with no leaks yet.
Don't take any notice of the green outlet It needs to be replaced with something more pleasing the eye but i am not sure wether to get a spray bar or a nozzle/lily. And the water is like black tea from the driftwood...horrible sight
Edited by snazy, 09 March 2013 - 01:49 AM.
Posted 09 March 2013 - 06:33 AM
Edited by snazy, 09 March 2013 - 06:35 AM.
Posted 09 March 2013 - 10:52 AM
340L (90g) Planted Tank
6 x Angelfish, 3 x Bolivian Ram, 2 x Bristlenose Plec, 10 x Sterbai Cory, 3 x Espei Rasbora, 4 x Rummynose Tetra, 2 x Nerite Snails
Posted 12 March 2013 - 08:13 AM
Anyway, I thought I'll post a picture of my nice brown water at the moment. People pay money to get it so brown
Posted 12 March 2013 - 05:56 PM
Lido 120.(Nano reef) Tetratec ex 700. Deltec MCE 300. kessil A350.
Posted 12 March 2013 - 07:46 PM
Posted 12 March 2013 - 07:56 PM
pfft oh please I got my 300 alder cones yesturday brewed me up some tannins I got this stuff on demand now Soooooooo happy. Also doesn't effect my ph I guess I got stone water. xD
My Black Water Biotope
Posted 16 March 2013 - 12:30 AM
So it turns out I won't have the lights for another week and a half, so its going slow at the moment. I am still wash/drying the soil and I've been getting raised eyebrows at home
I changed the outlet for aesthetic purposes and moved the sand bed filter down. I left it out so I can see all the time as I am new to this and want to see what will happen once the bacteria bulds up.
The filter is below the tank now next to the pump. For the record, due to it being connected to a pump, it's totally easy to stop, disconnect the pipes and move it. I didn't spill a drop.
And my new spraybar, just hanging over the other spraybar. I am not sure where to put that thing without having 10 000 pipes at the back of the tank. I don't have a background so I am trying to keep it as tidy as possible. It's a bit bulky on the side though. I didn't want to spend money on a black intake, so that ugly green one is still there.
I've turned up the temperature to 30C so that water is evaporating fast and I am too lazy to top it up.
And I've managed to move pest snails in the tank already. I suspect the filter media
Edited by snazy, 16 March 2013 - 12:34 AM.