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  1. AHP

    AHP Astrea Snail

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    Well I have tried to upload photos under my profile but they are not uploading. I am guessing they are to big or high detail.

    Anyways here is the stand that I have build without paint. I have put on a liquid waterproofing sealant.

    Here are the pics:
    Now I haven't put the doors on but they are going to be bi-folding and fold from right to left with a bend in the middle.
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    Up close on the doors
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    Upper & Under shot
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    What is looks like from the side, sorry for the blurry picture
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    From the back, this is going to house the pvp if I drill the tank later. Also the weight of the tank will not be sitting on top.
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    I am sealing the bottom of the tank. The product I used, I have not idea if it is good but it was the only thing I could find at Lowes.
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    Any ways here it is. I will try to paint over the weekend and post those pictures. Then its off to inside the house we I can start prepping for the getting the tank wet!
    Hope you enjoy
     
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  3. AHP

    AHP Astrea Snail

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    So I finish painting and install but... like everything in this hobby problems came up.

    My stand is level but the floor in my kitchen is not, there is a slope to it. I am guessing it's the foundation slopping water away from the house. So... I have to shim the stand which is a pain in its self because it fits up against drywall.
    Also the hinges I wanted to use on my doors are not strong enough to support both doors (bi-folding), So I have to buy new hinges and possible router out a grove for the bolt of the hinges to fit in.

    On top of all that I got sick over the weekend and I am not feeling good as I am writing this.
     
  4. AHP

    AHP Astrea Snail

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    Sorry forgot to post my updates. I had a bit of a problem with the leveling but had a local friend come over and help me out.
    Here is everything I have up to this point.
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    I also installed the RO/DI unit and have about 30gal's for ready to go water.
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  5. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Beautiful stand, love the door design.

    You will most likely need to add minerals back into the water for the fishes health.
     
  6. oldfishkeeper

    oldfishkeeper Giant Squid

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    Looks really, really nice AHP!
     
  7. AHP

    AHP Astrea Snail

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    Thanks! The door idea was my wife's.
    As for the minerals I am going to be using a Eheim 2217 and here are some pictures of me cleaning it.

    This canister is new to me so I replaced each sponge with a new one.
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    I cleaned about 50% of the rings
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    I am not sure what this is but it was in the area where you would put Biological Media (Substrates)... I am thinking about get some new Substrates, but if I don't I only cleaned about 50% of this as well.
    Any ideas on which substrate would be best I am all ears.
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    The only thing I need to buy is the filter floss and since today is Labor Day nothing is open.
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    I also bought some lights today from buildmyled.com and they seem like a great fit for what I am going to do. (Plant / Community)
     
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  9. AHP

    AHP Astrea Snail

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    Thank you! I am trying to take my time and do everything right but I am sure I will miss something.
     
  10. AHP

    AHP Astrea Snail

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    BTW here a fish list that I was thinking about...

    - Cardinal Tetra's
    - Otocinclus Catfish or Trinidad Pleco
    - Celestial Pearl Danis
    - Dwarf Gourami or Neon Blue Dwarf Gourami
    - Red Platy
    - Redtail Shark
    - Tigar Barb
    - Red Cherry Shrimp
    - Maybe, Lemon Cobra Guppy

    If you can think of any more that are compaitable or semi compatiable, I am intersted.

    For Plants I am still looking at that. Here is what I will be using for the sand and lights
    Sand:
    Super Naturals
    http://www.caribsea.com/itempage_fre...ernaturals.htm

    Lights:
    buildmyled.com
    Fish Focus Blue 13000K - Medium Light (I wanted the fish to pop but also support some plant growth, I know I am not encouraging the best growth but I am only going to have about 4-5 plants).
    Fish Focus Blue 13000K - Build My LED, LLC
    We define medium light as being most suitable for lo-tech planted tanks (with your preferred fertilization schedule) and soil tanks. The “medium” light level provides enough PAR that almost any plant will thrive -- though growth rates (speed) will be limited by the absence of the CO2 injection found in a hi-tech tank. That said, it is also perfectly acceptable to use medium light with CO2 injection -- in which case plant growth rates will be higher
     
  11. oldfishkeeper

    oldfishkeeper Giant Squid

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    I always really liked angel fish. The marble angels were my favorite. I really like the guppy idea and it would be cool for your kids to see them have babies :)
     
  12. AHP

    AHP Astrea Snail

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    Yea I like the marble angels as well, but I am just afraid they are going to go after the Tetras or Danios. Has anyone had luck with the angles or do I need to watch for something particular?