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#1 Littlebig

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 12:49 PM

Hi guys,
. A little background story to start, I live in remote WA and have dreamt of a large SA set up for a good 5+ years, due to many reasons been putting it off.
Well not any more, finally pulled the pin on a 6x2x2 black silicone from aqotix in Perth, and got a removalist to transport it some 1500km north. Needless to say I was stressing until it arrived safe and sound. In the mean time I set to building (part of) my stand and collecting some decor and organising some equipment. I will try and update this thread as the tank progress happens. For now il add some photos, the best part hope you enjoy ab3af19268ebf5b82a195ccd268f2738.jpgb8f9936f2882e8cee346410bed58ba63.jpgd039b43ae9cccc32652f02552988cb25.jpge195e2191ff3d9b613c8d0d6c81b4ce4.jpgcde02a7913855e84bff6b4c596031677.jpgd9c42224f16fbc36e8db9028b0e6dcc4.jpg

#2 Littlebig

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 01:00 PM

OK guys, a little update on the build. I have purchased an eheim 2260 and waiting for it to arrive. As for the sand I went to local pool shop and they don't have any plain silica sand so I'm not sure what I'm going to do about that yet.
My RO unit turned up as well so have been getting that set up and slowly filling the tank to leak test it.
Have also continued on with the stand and hood, working out sizes and door placement ect. The lights I have are reasonably heavy so iv built the hood to hold them.
Still left to finish glueing up the doors and fixing all the timber to the cabinet and hood635f577ba15684e3f2155323c0376d2e.jpg39501cabde254800855a4752ccf49798.jpg99dc613ed0127dbe603d0a262046e92c.jpge49eaf7203ddaf7e370ff4037cc45fa7.jpg0c8aa5bb0eba2dbef0e9d4cd6d210264.jpgaa92c0def668bb049ef73f4946086839.jpg301fd75649ea485828f70dd5edbedc7d.jpg30f89b280b5d9da065324fb2b8668ca5.jpgaee6c107e6e40c82cdc6c1ce6ac3b23a.jpgfe043dfc1b792bcce22527da5b2a4aa0.jpg5702c8556d816e7212946a32e533ae2c.jpgd808e1ce8821de2bcb319c46d0f45459.jpgb251b0b84f1caffe219d98036d1c5f42.jpg7d038b60af2287c4ead959bc5108a417.jpga66ece52f81088918f53464a253ad449.jpg

#3 Littlebig

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 01:09 PM

Forgive me if the pics don't quite line up the the text, already an existing build thread on another forum. I tried to simplify the post abit so there is less to read.

#4 ice

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 02:39 PM

Looks great mate! Looking forward to seeing this up and running.

 

What species are you looking at stocking?



#5 Littlebig

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 02:48 PM

Looks great mate! Looking forward to seeing this up and running.
 
What species are you looking at stocking?

Thanks mate, so am I just quietly haha.
It all kinda depends on what is available. But aiming towards G. Bracybracyus, branco, and can't remember the others off the top of my head.

#6 Littlebig

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 02:55 PM

Planning on one largish group of the same species at the moment. See how we go

#7 stewie17

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 06:40 PM

Look fantastic mate,looking to start my own build shorty around a 5x2x2.5. Well done

#8 Delapool

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Posted 07 July 2017 - 08:36 PM

Like the build - looking forward to seeing this progress.


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#9 Littlebig

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 08:55 PM

Another update..
Been pretty busy trying to get this thing finished, finished fixing all the cabinet together, doors aligned cabinet lined and hinged. Still to get some struts of some sort to help with the lid. In hindsight I should have made the lid in two instead of one as it has abit of weight to it. I have sealed all the timber. Oh also fitted lights into the hood, with a door on the side of the hood to access the controls on the light. Also found some PFS and have washed and placed in the tank. Ah man lots done and still lots to do. Oh also got a couple 220lt drums for the RO just need to get a pump to make the water changes easier. Il stop rambling and add some pics
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#10 ice

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 08:58 PM

Looking awesome mate!

#11 Delapool

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 09:55 PM

Looking good! I like the cabinet finish.


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#12 Mattia

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Posted 14 July 2017 - 10:52 PM

Oh that set up looks sexy!!

#13 Littlebig

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Posted 15 July 2017 - 06:07 AM

Thanks guys, down to the business end now. Just left to fill the filter with media and sort out the hoses coming over the edge of the tank, as they don't sit against the glass properly. Tidy up the cabinet from all the cables and,... In goes the fish
Oh and some plants ✌️

#14 Littlebig

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 06:20 PM

OK guys, not much left to do now, finally finished the cabinet and hood. Got the lights programed and most of the bits in the cabinet tided up. Found some satanoperca and got them delivered on Wednesday, they are currently in a qt tank which has been up for about 4weeks or so now, until the big tank is fully set up. Also got a few plants from Aquotix as well. But unfortunately everything is waiting on the filter media which seems to be taking forever to arrive.

#15 Littlebig

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Posted 21 July 2017 - 06:30 PM

The little guys have really settled down in the qt tank and seem quite comfortable even noticing abit of lip hierarchy starting to form already, they are getting fed about 3 times a day at the moment and eagerly take everything I have put in so far Attached File  DSC_2007.JPG   63.88KB   14 downloadsAttached File  DSC_2009.JPG   64.69KB   14 downloadsAttached File  DSC_2029.JPG   51.19KB   14 downloadsAttached File  DSC_2039.JPG   29.86KB   13 downloadsAttached File  DSC_2042.JPG   37.81KB   13 downloadsAttached File  DSC_2046.JPG   31.56KB   14 downloadsAttached File  DSC_2047.JPG   42.45KB   13 downloadsAttached File  DSC_2055.JPG   67.14KB   13 downloadsAttached File  DSC_2056.JPG   54.27KB   13 downloadsAttached File  DSC_2064.JPG   42.6KB   13 downloads

#16 Littlebig

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Posted 27 July 2017 - 02:00 PM

I ended up getting a couple l397 plecos to add to this set up which arrived a few days ago along with the filter media, so I have filled the filter with a layer of foam then ceramic rings then foam the rings then foam.
So we finally got to set up the main tank and added the plants and fish yesterday afternoon and they seem to love it.
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#17 Chopstick_mike

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Posted 27 July 2017 - 10:53 PM

Did you just put new media onto the filter? Just be careful as your tank needs to cycle before adding all your fish

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#18 Littlebig

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 07:38 AM

Yeah thanks mate. Have added some media from filter from qt tank that's been running for a while. Should help hopefully. I will be keeping an eye on water pm for sure

#19 Delapool

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Posted 28 July 2017 - 10:26 PM

Driftwood is looking nice!

What sort of plants did you end up with?

#20 Littlebig

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Posted 29 July 2017 - 06:27 AM

Thank you, I have a couple little Java ferns and anubius and one anubius Nana so far. Unsure Wether I will add any more at this stage. Better make sure these ones are doing well first




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