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New Tank Build

Post by rhodrigo27 » Fri Mar 25, 2011 5:52 pm

Hello all,

So my quest has begun for a new home for my guys, Biff, Chip and Kipper.

This was there previous home, a seriously outgrown rubber maid...
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I found a 66 gal custom tank from a closing down fish shop which I picked up for £45, and also got an aqua pro 4 filter (Never heard of it either) which I got for £30, The shop keeper had the filter running on a much larger 8ft tank so I am hoping it will be able to keep my guys clean. we shall see.

This is the tank as i picked it up
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so last week I got a sideboard from a neighbour who was getting rid of it. I have strengthened it up (not show in the pic), sanded it down and re-painted it.
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This is the stand sanded down, with a new wider top in place to support the tank


This is how they will look together,

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I popped into a new large specialist fish shop in my town and found an incredible piece of bogwood, it cost me £50. Its about 3.5ft x 1ftby 2 ft tall. I am planning on using the top bit for them to bask on, which pokes right out the top of the tank. To stop them escaping i am planning on building a wood and plexiglass surround to prevent any escapes,

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I have the wood in the tank with the filter running to remove any impurities, tannins etc and make sure it is clean for my guys later in the week, is there anything else I should worry about or do before I put them in? It looks like it is taking over the whole tank, but I can assure you this is as it is just floating around and I have not yet fitted it in yet..

I was trying to get this all in, but I have had to go work in the Scottish Highlands, so the plan has been delayed.

So i placed the guys in the tank with some basic stuff, I have a superfish aqua pro 4 filter, which i got second hand, repti-glow compact UV light, tank heater etc. so they should be happy for the week or so whilst I am away (dont worry my housemate will be feeding and looking after them)

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you can just see the filter underneath the tank in a plastic box to collect any 'spare' water haha.

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Slate basking area,

My next plan is to customise that piece of bog wood so that I am able to fit it in the tank without reducing to much swimming area, and utilise the top for a basking area. I am thinking of using sand as a substrate (have read into it)

Eventually..... I am planning on planting some turtle friendly plants.......... (maybe a waste of money) and adding some fish (guppies etc) as i have another 10g tank that i might use to breed guppies and grow plants in.

All advice welcomed....

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Re: New Tank Build

Post by Neil » Fri Mar 25, 2011 6:51 pm

Nice job, just thinking that as they get bigger, than slate will be too small, thin, and slippery for them to get up. Personally, I like above tank basking areas, but if not then at least at the one end to maximise swimming space ~thmbu
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Re: New Tank Build

Post by Tim » Fri Mar 25, 2011 10:48 pm

Agreeed! It looks great, chuck in some real aquatic plants in for them too,
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Re: New Tank Build

Post by Julie » Sat Mar 26, 2011 4:28 pm

Coming along a treat ~clappy
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Re: New Tank Build

Post by V1C1OUSFLOWER » Thu Apr 21, 2011 1:56 pm

Wow what an amazing set up, good job ~fn-hdbng
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Re: New Tank Build

Post by MikeC » Thu Apr 21, 2011 5:20 pm

Is the compact UV bulb supposed to be providing heat also? I doubt it will do so. The norm would be to use a tungsten or halogen bulb to provide heat in the basking area.

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Re: New Tank Build

Post by rhodrigo27 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:50 am

Ok so it's been a fair few months since my last post and thought an update was needed,

Firstly some bad news, kipper my smallest ybs passed away a few weeks ago :( unknown causes

Since then I have redone the tank, cleaned it so that biff and chip can enjoy it.
Picture time excuse the quality, taken from my iPhone
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Left view
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Middle and right view
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View from left side with biff
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And biff and chip Not being camera shy!
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@mike c. There is a halogen bulb also on the basking rock, also have a power head that is on for a few hours everyday that held to lift crud off the floor and get it through the filter
There are 3 guppies in the tank also, originally 5. Biff and chip occasionally hunt and get se good exercise in doing so.
Next in the plan is to add sand, and finally get round to using

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Re: New Tank Build

Post by rhodrigo27 » Wed Aug 03, 2011 12:59 am

Not sure what happened but I was unable to write any more...

So yes next on the list is to add sand, and finally adapt the large piece of bogwiod so that it can fit and create a basking area whilst leaving plenty of swimming room.
Also in my plan is to add some java moss and java fern when the sand is in to give a really nice natural look.
To emphasise all this I plan to get a duel strip light fitting to provide light and uv to the whole tank whilst keeping halogen on th basking areas
I also wish to amend my air supply so that I have 2 or 3 air stones or curtains as my two love swimming through the one I have at the moment.

Wow that sounds like a lot more now it's all written down...

Will update again when I start work on this next upgrade!

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Re: New Tank Build

Post by Julie » Wed Aug 03, 2011 7:56 am

Looks good - sorry to hear about Kipper ~cry-wtry
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Re: New Tank Build

Post by Maria » Wed Aug 03, 2011 3:09 pm

Lovely setup, looks great!!
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