Beginning of my new 468lt planted tank journey

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  1. Aqua

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    Hello Everyone,

    My new tank finally arrived on Sat morning and boy am I excited!

    The Specs:

    1300 x 600 x 600
    Reeftek Dual T5 54w light unit with Sylvania Grolux and an 8000k tube (will get another dual next month to have 4 tubes in total, 2 of each)
    Seachem Flourite Substate x 28kg to start (thats the most I could find all over the western cape so hope its enough)
    Eheim 300w heater
    Sump filtration with an Eden pump 2800lt p/h (plumbing is being done tomorrow, so I cant say anything else about it now, still new to me)
    Boyu internal powerhead - 700lt p/h
    Can't think of anything else now....

    Prep for setting up my new planted tank (low tech):

    After my tank arrived, I spent time cleaning it well with wet cloth and dry cloth and a lot of elbow grease! Then attached anubias and java fern to some pieces of driftwood I will be using that are being kept in my 220lt for now, until the new tank is set up... then my bf made the hole in the shutterboard for the overflow, and started rinsing the substrate for tomorrow...7kg's down, another 21 kg's to go...

    Tomorrow, plumbing for the sump is going to be done, and the substrate will be clean and ready to go in :) Whilst the plumbing is taking place, I will be off to builders to get the wood to cover the stand... this is going to be interesting :)

    Will update tomorrow once I am at that point... really looking forward to the outcome and also to my fish having more than double the space they have at the moment :)

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    Insane tank!
     
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    Awesome size! I will be following this one closely!
     
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    Thanks for the support, I appreciate it, it's really nice to be able to share this with others that also love it :)

    YAY! just got my tools for the plants from @Sean J - many thanks, can't wait to use them! I have not managed to get any more substrate cleaning done today, busy day at work, but will carry on tonight, also couldn't get the wood as they only had 16mm and I need 12mm, but can get that from another company in Montague gardens tomorrow. The plumbing is going to be done now now... will post pics of plumbing once it has been done.

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    Kind Regards,
    Candice

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    Wooohooooooooooooo! great size. Should turn out AWESOME!!!!!!
     
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    lol - now I see why you couldnt go for a tank longer than 1,3m and wider than 60...he,he - Nice going Candice - cant wait to see the finished tank..
     
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    Thanks @fishygirl101 :)

    LOL @azurekoi - yep and I may have misjudged the 60 part as we have to move the tank forward for the inlet to come in from the back, but we will make a plan :) plumbing is busy being done now, can't wait to start it up and see how the sump works... This is the part that really teaches you patience, I just want to move on to the creative part already and start putting the aquascape together :) slowly slowly catch a monkey eh... ;)
     
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    Sump Process and End Result

    Hi Everyone,

    So finally the plumbing is done! Yippy!

    Many thanks @Altum and Dean for an excellent job! it's very neat and tidy and quality workmanship :)

    Pics of the process and the end result:

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    awesome us of space in that corner .. nice thing is if you really need to fit another tank you could redo the sump to only be 1/2 the shelf at the bottom and still squeeze another tank in on the corner, but as it is it is perfect some extra kit at the bottom CO2 etc ..

    are you going to do wrap for the cover-up or two doors?
     
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    The End Result

    Here is a pic of the end result for this evening, still have to cable tie the plug and secure the inlet pipe to the top of the tank tomorrow...
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    Very excited to start putting the substrate in and get to the fun part :)

    Candice

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    Thanks @f-fish, the limit I am allowed in the house is 2 tanks :) otherwise I would have about 4 or 5 by now lol...@Altum told me about an auto top up sensor I can get at a later stage which will fit nicely next to the sump and then yes, definately the Co2 when I get there.

    Since I am doing the cover up myself, I was thinking of getting 2 pieces of wood (only for the exposed sides) and then sticking it on with velcro, watched a youtube video of it and the main thing is that it works for what it's intended for - to cover up the bottom of the tank. If I had the know how, I would have done it with proper cupboard doors, but its a little intense for me at this stage, can always make a project out of it at a later stage once I have both tanks set up and running and will then have more time on my hands to learn how to do it :)
     
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    Does anyone have any nice ideas for the background? :) Saw this today, but not sure about it...

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    maybe rather buy some leather grain ABS sheeting .. it is thinner and lighter if you want to look at a hanging cover-up
     
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    Thanks @f-fish, is that wood or plastic? I am trying to source it but no one seems to know what I am talking about lol... so far I have managed to find 3mm superwood in cherry wood colour which is the colour I am looking for to match the kitchen cupboards... please let me know about the ABS sheeting so I know who to contact.

    Thank you,
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    @Aqua, looking good there :) cant wait to see the scaping start to shape up :)
     
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    Thanks @mydummyname :) I am so so excited! Going to have a look at wood options for the cover up of the stand now and to get my light tubes YAY!
     
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    Nice setup, will follow this one!
     
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    @f-fish - Don't worry about the explanation, I found out its the same plastic used for the hoods, I can see how it would be more durable, but I can't say is my cup of tea lol but thanks for the suggestion none the less :)[FONT=&quot][/FONT]
     
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