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hello fellow fishkeepers,

well im very happy to work out photobucket and can now share my experiances building my dream tank! a 240gallon 8x2x2 fully planted tank

here are some pics along the way of this long journey to planted paradise please enjoy and keep green from troy

8x2x2 custom made starfire front + sides

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starfire visability shown

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twin cabinet i made from hmr white and stainless

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tank on raw cabinet

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here are some more pictures of the process of sanding sealing and spraying the mdf satin panels :-)

sanding satin mdf with orbital sander @ (240p) grit paper

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mirotone sealer on panels

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hand sanding sealer with superfine 3m scotchpad

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sprayed panel with base coat black

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panels drying on rack

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doors,gables and trim on rack

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ok now onto fitting the sprayed panels to the carcass :-)note the bottom trim is not on

the whole process took me no more than 3 days from start to finish with alot of drinking inbetween

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now onto applying the 3d background and drilling the intake/outlet holes,

i used aquaone 3d limestone finish backgrounds as they look sick and really do merge together nicely :-)

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using gobars and some cloth to prevent scratching on the starfire

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drilling holes with diamond holesaw @ 32mm dia

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eheim installation set with adj nozzel for co2 (1700plh) and custom 25mm spraybar for main outflow (2400lph)

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now its time to place this bad boy on location, i litterally had to move house to find a suitable place to home this aquarium

my previous place was an old queenslander with stillts and not worth risking putting over 1.5 ton on the bearings.lol

kicker panel i made becouse the floor was out by nearly 1inch from end to end.

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with kick now level the aquarium is placed on and should be dead level. with 2.4 meters of length you need to spot on or it will show

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with the aquarium in place its now time to get dirty and start the hardscape and layering the substrate with flourite fertilizer

heres some pics of the process enjoy :-)

60kgs of playsand for the front and 30kgs of flourite mixed with around 40kgs of 3mm red river gravel

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some driftwood pieces that were laying around in the garden collected from 1770 (agnes)

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layering the flourite in dedicated areas that root plants will be placed

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final config of main driftwood creation that is nearly 4ft long and over 2ft high coming out of aquarium (open top)

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now with hardscape in place its time to start attaching and planting all my plants from the previous 70g planted tank i had running.

filtration at the time was an old eheim 2250 that i had cycled 2 months before ready to go for this very day

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1 hour later after aquascaping and a crap load of easylife to reduce plant shock and help stabilize the water column

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5 days later the water is crystal

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BEER TIME!! after a hard 9 months of planning and savings

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ok back to business and and time to get the dupla halides hung and install the surround sound :-) this is starting to sound like pimp my fishtank,lol.

the speakers are bose passive radiator monitors that create some nice base considering there only 2inch

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hear you can see the air port that the back passive speaker is and the front is opposed

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i made a custom sliding rail so the halides and both speakers can be adjusted when doing major maintenance

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the finished unit and ready to rock out some soothing tunes

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now what to stock it with? to tell you guys the truth the main reason i went all out and decided to get an 8fter is my red line torpedo barbs that i hated to see cramped in my old 70g, they needed to swim and i felt so sorry for them i just had to do it. i also had discus at the time and put them also in but at the end there really not suited for high flow planted. ive been through many of fish combinations since inc 50 rummynose and 30 cardinals, congos ect.. but ive finally found a balance and its not overstocked and too busy that it once was. i can finally sit down and enjoy a few coopers and indulge what this project has become, it wasnt easy and caused many headaches,backaches,cuts,bruises,yelling and fustration that only now is getting the results i craved for. you learn from your mistakes and once you make it its like climbing mt tibrogaran and having a beer on top of it, cheers and hope you've enjoyed the build and many more updates to come with growth and wellbeing of the fish :-) Aussie

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and heres a video of the tank i uploaded last week

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Jeez looks nice! What are you going to stock in it?

thanx muf :) current stocking is

5 redline torpedo barbs

5 sae's

10 otto's

8 pristella tetra's

8 cardinal tetra's

5 rainbow praecox

3 khuli loach's

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Great looking tank.

Do the kuhli's dig up the substrate much? Have they mixed the back with the front white sand at all? I have kuhli's and am going to try a diy substrate soon.

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Thanx guys :)

Mrmark the khulis are no worries becouse I have raised terrace so seperate the substrate from the play sand.

The only issue was some flagtails that used to spit the gravel over it and chew my plants like the congos but there long gone.

Cheers greenterra. I am huge fan of your builds and photograpby. :) I would love to buy some prints for my fishroom and

one day hopefully going to build a 360 long ply tank with the referance plans from yours but going salt water with live rock and solartubes.

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