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8 Years Later And A New 6X2X2

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#1 Johny

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 01:23 PM

Well for those who were around back then and may remember I kept quite the collection of tank busters for a pre-adolescent teenage kid haha some of them including Aros, bichirs, rtc, clown knives etc etc.

Unfortunately all good things came to an end after I lost some of my prized fish and so I decided to sell what was remaining and move on from the hobby for a little while.

I didn't think it would take so long but life had kept me at bay to get back into it sooner but finally after 8 or so years I bit the bullet and purchased a new tank.
A brand new 6x2x2 with a pine stand came up for sale and I managed to score it for $600. Freshly built by Morley Aquariums it hasn't even be filled yet! Has the back painted black and black silicone around all the edges. Couldn’t ask for more. 


The plan was always to have it in my room so the lack of cabinet / hood does not worry me.

I’ll start with a quick photo of the stand after I took delivery.




I was not too happy with the overall strengthening of the stand. There was excessive movement when pushed from each end.
Went past the local Bunnings and purchased 5 metres of pine timber and cut it down to size and braced the entire bottom of the stand.

As shown I went both horizontally and vertically between each main leg. Finished it off with a thin piece of ply board over the top where the tank will eventually sit on with foam as well.

Here is the end product.




Made a huge difference. Now there is no longer any movement either way and I am finally feeling confident with it.

Tonight I will sand it down and apply the first coat of varnish to it.

Will keep this post updated as I go along.


#2 Jules

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Posted 02 November 2018 - 03:02 PM

Nice one!

What kind of fish are you planning on keeping?


Couldn't interest you in a full set up 7x2.5x2 for TBs? Im getting out.

#3 Johny

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Posted 14 November 2018 - 09:45 PM

The plan will always be to keep whatever tb's and exotics I can get my hands on!  :D

Quick update - 

This was the end product of the stand once all sanded down and varnished.




Did some shopping over the last couple weekends and managed to pick up the heater and light as well. Big thanks to Morley aquariums and City barn malaga for providing the goods!

Opted for a NemoLight 72w and a titan G2 Heavy duty 600w heater.




Now for the lighting I remember it was always such a pain taking it off and on again during the water changes and generally just getting in the way of things when it was time for water changes so I did not want a repeat of that.

Decided I was going to run a smaller light and have it suspended over the tank.

Reason for the smaller light was also because I do not want excessive lighting. I like the more ''natural'' look in a tank and if I can have the two sides a tad bit darker then that would be ideal.

So after 2 weeks from ordering, my custom light stand brackets finally showed up yesterday.




Wasted no time in getting them installed to the back of the stand.




Finally it was time I could move the tank to inside the house and on to its stand.

Here is a quick photo with the suspended light hanging from it.




Still need to play around with the height of the light as I want to bring it down a bit lower now that I have seen it lit up but Ill worry about that later.


Additional extras I have purchased that are arriving and due on its way is the Fluval Air pump, Various water conditioners and test kits and filter media. Forgot How quickly it all adds up starting from scratch again haha.

Next pay I plan on ordering the cannister. Deciding to go for the Eheim 2260. Figured for the sheer size of media it can hold there is no equivalent on the market! Just costs an arm and a leg when you factor the additional quick disconnect taps and all the filter media but as they say do it once and do it right  :rolleyes:






#4 Jules

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Posted Yesterday, 06:55 AM

That's looking really good!

Agreed, the light needs to come down a bit.


Going to put a substrate in the tank? And does that driftwood fit?

#5 Johny

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Posted Yesterday, 08:52 AM

Cheers mate!

I'm still 50/50 on what I want to do... I want to use a fine sand but do not want to cover the complete bottom and only have a certain section with sand like the back or the two corners and the remaining bare bottom. Not sure how it will turn out from what I am trying to picture but Ill cross that bridge once the aquascaping begins haha.

Driftwood fits perfectly thanks once again for that!

#6 Jules

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Posted Yesterday, 09:25 AM

Look at garnet sand, always looks awesome for big exotic/predator tanks (better then standard white IMO).

I buy the bags direct from GMA Garnets.


Nice, yeah pretty sweet bit of wood, so will look good in your tank!

#7 Westie


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Posted Yesterday, 10:16 AM

I'm enjoying watching this thread. I also like the look of the dark corners. If you light it up bright like an xmas tree it will look artificial. Hope you manage to track down some cool fish

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