pjracer's 46 Bowfront Planted Tank Build

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  1. pjracer

    pjracer Peppermint Shrimp

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    Hello all,

    A couple of weeks ago I was given a 46 gallon bowfront aquarium complete freshwater setup. My uncle just didnt have time to take care of it anymore.

    I already have a reef tank and my wife has a 36 bowfront guppy tank so I decided on a planted tank.

    I cleaned it all out and only kept the tank, stand and glass tops.

    Yesterday I recieved my light's. I bought a 36 inch odyssea 2 T5 65k setup. Accordign to my LFS its not enough light for the planted tank I want. Today I place a order for a 4 x 6500 T5 setup.

    I oredered a C220 Canister filter by Marineland and 60 pounds of CaribSea Eco-Complete planted substrate. I have the driftwook soaking in R/O water.

    I chose to dose CO2 for now. Im using Flourish Excel. I ordered a dosing pump to supply my daily dose.

    Its all cleaned out and in position.
     

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  3. bvb-etf-luva

    bvb-etf-luva Banned

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    wow looks great so far, i wish you luck! i myself do not have much experience whatsoever with freshwater so ill probably find this build quite interesting.
     
  4. pjracer

    pjracer Peppermint Shrimp

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    Painting The Background

    Today I bought the stuff to paint the back of the tank.

    Supplies:

    Drop cloth or news paper.
    Spray paint flat black
    3M wide painters tape
    99% isopropal Alcohol.

    I cleaned the back of the tank with the alcohol. Then taped the back off and sealed the tank with the tape and a painters drop cloth.

    Painted about 4 layers and let dry. Remove painters tape and we have a background.
     

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  5. 2in10

    2in10 Super Moderator Staff Member

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    Great start.

    If those are HO T5 than you have sufficient light for the tank. Check out these charts.

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    Charts are from The Planted Tank forum, work done by a gentleman going by the alias of Hoppy.
     
  6. pjracer

    pjracer Peppermint Shrimp

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    Thanks 2in10. You have been a great help in helping me chose my tank equipment.
     
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    My pleasure
     
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  9. pjracer

    pjracer Peppermint Shrimp

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    Equipment Arives

    Today I recieved my C220 Canister filter by Marineland and 60 pounds of CaribSea Eco-Complete planted substrate and Flourish Excel CO2.

    Everthing is in and cycling.
     

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