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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 1:55 am Post subject: DREAM ::120 Gallon Journal :: Update 1st June Reply with quote

 Hi  Friends,  I  have  started  a  planted  120G  tank.  I  am  putting  up  this  journal,  so  I  can  key  down  all  my  experiences  through  the  journey  and  can  get  your  help,  encouragement  and  help  through  out  this  project.
   
 I  am  giving  the  name  of  this  project  'Dream'  as  for  last  one  year  I  was  just  trying  to  start  this  tank  but  could  not  do  this  due  to  different  priorities  at  home  front.  Finally  this  is  the  time  to  get  started.  
   
 Lets  take  a  quick  look  at  the  basic  details  of  this  tank.
   
 Size:  50"x24"x24"  (It's  a  124G  custom  made  tank  with  12mm  float  glass)
   
 Stand:  It's  sitting  on  a  Iron  Stand  made  with  L  Angles.  It's  my  own  design  and  again  custom  made  one.  Lets  take  a  look  at  the  stand.
   
 
   
 
   
 Substrate:  Yes....  this  is  not  going  to  be  an  ADA  tank.  I  will  follow  normal  year  old  method  of  Laterite+Peat  and  River  Sand.  I  picked  up  a  bag  full  of  Laterite  when  I  went  to  my  native  place  last  year.  From  the  color  you  can  see  this  is  reach  with  High  Iron  content.  This  is  a  crushed  small  gravel  form  of  Laterite  brick.
   
 
   
 As  it  is  pure  laterite,  hope  it  will  help  me  to  bringdown  the  pH  little  bit.  The  next  part  was  to  add  a  commertial  substrate  with  the  laterite  available  in  India.  It's  known  as  'Soilrite'  but  not  exactly  for  aquariums(Thanks  Trevor  Sir  To  Discover  this).  But  lots  of  hobbyiests  have  tried  this  with  success  while  growing  aquatic  plants.  Soilrite  is  a  mixture  of  Canadian  Peat  Moss,  Vermiculite  and  Solirite.  Vermicules  are  kind  of  volcanic  ash  and  famous  for  its  very  high  ECE.
   
 
   
 So  my  bottom  layer  is  a  mixture  of  Laterite  and  soilrite.  Total  thinkness  of  the  bottom  layer  is  arround  1".  
   
 
   
 
   
 I  topped  it  up  with  2  types  of  River  Gravels.  For  the  back  and  Mid  ground  plants  I  have  used  3-4mm  River  Gravel  where  as  for  the  foreground  carpet  plants  am  going  to  use  finer  river  sand  of  arround  2mm.  Below  is  the  River  Gravels  used  in  Back  and  Midground.
   
 
   
 Total  substrate  thickness  at  back  is  arround  5"  where  as  it  is  just  2.5"  at  foreground.  Used  pieces  of  Thermocol  to  make  the  initial  slope  at  the  bottom  and  spread  the  substrate  layers  top  of  it.
   
 Hardscaping:  I  have  used  only  Rocks  for  Hardscaping.  The  tallest  one  is  arround  1.5  feet  high  where  as  rest  of  the  rocks  are  hardly  6"  tall.  We  had  a  detailed  discussion  on  finalising  Hardscape  for  this  tank  before  in  forum  itself  and  will  like  to  thanks  members  to  help  me  finalizing  the  Rock  setup.
   
 Here  We  Go,
   
 
   
 
   
 Sorry  for  the  lousy  condition  of  the  tank  glass.  Too  lazy  to  clean  them  up.  As  of  now  the  tank  left  for  cycling.  I  will  love  to  avoid  the  initial  algae  attack  to  some  extent  with  a  cycled  tank.  Cool
   
 BOOM  Setup:  I  will  be  using  2  x  150watt  MH  for  lighting.  I  have  picked  up  2  8000K  astralux  bulb  for  this  tank.  The  MH  are  placed  1  feet  above  of  the  water  surface  to  avoid  extra  heating.  To  fix  these  MH  top  of  the  tank,  again  I  sat  with  pen  and  paper  to  design  the  stand  and  came  up  with  this.
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 
   
 the  complete  stand  is  splitted  into  4  parts  and  bolted  together,  so  if  I  want  to  move  the  tank  later  somewhere  else,  it  will  take  just  5  min  to  split  the  stand  into  bits  and  pieces.
   
 I  am  a  good  boy....  so  before  my  wife  kicks  me  out  of  my  apartment,  I  painted  that  ugly  iron  stand  last  weekend.
 
 
   
 CO2  Setup:  I  will  be  using  a  4.5KG  CO2  Cylinder  and  a  AquaBay  CO2  Kit  along  with  Dymax  tower  type  Internal  CO2  reactor  which  will  be  driven  by  a  Powerhead  of  700lph  capacity.  Later  I  have  a  plan  to  upgrade  it  to  a  external  reactor  may  be  an  Aqua  Medic.
   
 
   
 
   
 
 
 Filteration:
 
 
 
 Control  Unit:
 
 A  good  utilization  of  a  lazy  Sunday  Afternoon.  I  have  made  the  Switch  control  board.
   
 
   
 I  give  2  inputs  to  the  board.  1  from  15Amp  Line  another  from  5  Amp  line.  I  have  connected  each  timer  to  different  Amp  input  line.  And  there  are  4  independent  switches  which  are  not  connected  to  timers  and  taking  5  amp  input.  
 As  I  have  used  5  pin  timer,  I  will  get  double  output.  So  I  made  the  design  like  something  so  when  Timer  1  will  be  on  my  MH  will  Glow  and  when  It  will  be  off  One  spot  light  will  be  on.  Same  for  timer  2.  When  it  will  be  on,  My  CO2  will  start  and  when  it  will  be  off  my  Air  pump  will  Start  running  (Just  An  Example.  I  am  not  going  to  airate  the  tank  at  night  even.)
   
 
 
 Here  is  the  plant  list,  what  I  have  planned  for  this  tank.
 
 Let  There  Be  Light  Smile
   
 
 
 Plant  List:
 
 Ammannia  Senegaleniss
 Rotala  Rotundifolia
 Rotala  Sp.  "Nanjenshan
 Rotala  Sp'green'
 Rotalla  Wallichii
 Tonia  Sp  Belem
 Ludwigia  Inclinata  Var.  Verticillata
 Ludwigia  Ovalis  Sp  "Red"
 Ludwigia  Plaustris  
 Ludwigia  Sp  "Cuba"  
 Mayaca  Fluviatilis
 Crypt  Petchii
 Eriocaulon  Sp.
 Glossostigma  Elatinoides  
 Limnophila  Aromatica
 Hemianthus  Micranthemoides
 Micranthemum  Umbrosum
 
 Yesterday  I  have  completed  plantation.  But  still  working  on  that.  Plants  got  stuck  in  Singapur  Airport  for  3  days  and  came  in  a  pathetic  condition.  Will  update  you  with  pictures  soon.
 
 My  special  thanks  goes  to  Raghu,  Tarun,  Deepak,  Seetharam  and  Bhaskar.  They  helped  me  a  lot  to  kick  off  this  project.  
 
 Oops  forgot  to  say  thanks  my  betterhalf,  who  gifted  me  the  CO2  Setup  and  Eheim  2217.  Smile
 


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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 2:06 am Post subject: Re: DREAM :: Making Of A 120 Gallon Reply with quote

 Wow.  Awesome.  Way  to  go.  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 2:10 am Post subject: Re: DREAM :: Making Of A 120 Gallon Reply with quote

 would  love  to  see  how  this  develops...  Thumb Up  where  did  you  ge  the  regulator  kit  from?
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 2:46 am Post subject: Re: DREAM :: Making Of A 120 Gallon Reply with quote

 Nice  Work  Tirtha,  All  the  best  for  a  wonderful  Aquascape  :-)
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 4:39 am Post subject: Re: DREAM :: Making Of A 120 Gallon Reply with quote

 Hi  tirtha,
 
 nice  start...  but  if  u  r  doing  this  for  AGA  2009  then  i  have  a  lil  suggestion..  as  much  as  i  read  from  AGA  sites  they  hate  different  textured  rocks  in  same  scape..  so  if  possible  try  to  put  similar  textured  rocks  in  this  scape..  otherwise  no  problem  Very Happy
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:38 am Post subject: Re: DREAM :: Making Of A 120 Gallon Reply with quote

 Wow!
 I  am  going  to  follow  this  closely  and  hope  to  learn  a  lot
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 8:39 am Post subject: Re: DREAM :: Making Of A 120 Gallon Reply with quote

 @tirtha:  where  did  you  get  those  MH  lights?
 
 Great  setup...good  going  Smile
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 Nice  setup  tritha..   Cheering  long  way  to  go..  keep  updating.  Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 9:29 am Post subject: Re: DREAM :: Making Of A 120 Gallon Reply with quote

 Nice  setup   Clapping  .....  i  am  alos  in  the  making  of  my  175L  planted  tank,  so  i  m  going  to  follow  this  very  closely.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 9:55 am Post subject: Re: DREAM :: Making Of A 120 Gallon Reply with quote

 Brilliant  Tirtha   Thumb Up  
 
 thanks  for  sharing  in  such  a  detailed  manner   Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 11:52 am Post subject: Re: DREAM :: Making Of A 120 Gallon Reply with quote

 Good  luck  Tirtha   Thumb Up
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 12:25 pm Post subject: Re: DREAM :: Making Of A 120 Gallon Reply with quote

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 Wish  you  Good  luck  Thumb Up  
 
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 12:42 pm Post subject: Re: DREAM :: Making Of A 120 Gallon Reply with quote

 Dear  Tirthankar
 Good  Beginning  
 A  request  for  you,  please  post  in  details  about  the  progress  on  bimonthly  basis,  so  that  new  planted  tank  beginners  can  have  an  idea  how  to  start  and  maintain.  Make  it  a  true  and  worthy  to  read  planted  aqualog.
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 All  the  very  best,  Tirtha.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 22, 2008 1:00 pm Post subject: Re: DREAM :: Making Of A 120 Gallon Reply with quote

 Hi  Tirtha,
 Looking  ffw  to  see  your  aquascape  now.
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