My hightech/diy setup

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  1. CharlZA

    CharlZA Conductor of the poop train

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    Hey guys so here is my setup spec is as follows:

    Tank Size: 60 Liters

    Filters:

    Seachem Tidal 55 (Hob Filter)
    Tetratec EX 600 Plus (Canister Filter)

    Heater:

    Eheim Jager 50 Watt

    Co2:

    4KG fire extinguisher with gate valve installed running on a LST Aqua - CO2 Dual Gauge Regulator with JBL ProFlora direct CO2 Inline Diffuser.

    Lights:

    X2 Zeta LED lights with DIY cooling

    Flora:

    Microsorum Pteropus Petite (Petite Java Fern)
    Anubias Hastifolia
    Anubia Nana Petite
    Anubias Nana Petite var. White
    Echinodorus ‘Ozelot Green’

    Fauna:

    German Blue Ram
    Apistogramma
    Kuhli Loaches striped/black
    Red Serpae Tetras
    Synodontis Petricola
    Zebra Snails
    Volcano Snails

    South Africa being South Africa I am now running a 2000 VA UPS on each filter for load-shedding which keeps them running through the 2+ hours without power. I also bought a battery backup air pump that can run on its own battery for about a day. Also have some backup water that I keep stored for a week before doing water changes:

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    Decided to take the Co2 route last year November bought a brand new fire extinguisher bottle and all the equipment needed to run the entire thing including an inline Co2 diffuser. Had to Mcuyver since it wasn't designed for the size pipes of my canister filter:

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    My DIY LED light design, consisting of PC fans (for cooling) and some PVC trunking holding the two units together. Also, cut my own class top to stop fish from jumping out. Bonded some wood handles onto the glass making it easy to lift and remove:

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    Made a small shelf with a flap with hinges to hide all the cables, I can lift the flap if I need to get to the cables and plugs underneath the tank:

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    Also bought one of those flow accelerators it was on special for **** and giggles did not actually expect it to work as well as it currently is:

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    Some of the Zebra Nerite snails that keep my algae under control:

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    Found a place that has broken slate pieces, collected a few of them so I can start growing my different Anubia species on them:

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    Some livestock pictures:

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    Tank shot:

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    You’ve got some mad McGyver skills! And super filtration on that tank.
    Plants look lush and green.
    Had to google Volcano snails and see they’re what I know as rabbit snails? Very cool!
    Out of interest (I’ve never kept them), do you keep pairs of rams and apistos, or single ones?
     
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    That looks awesome!

    I take it you are running your C02 purely through the canister then and nothing directly into the tank?
     
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    Yup, you cannot have too much filtration rather too much then too little.


    Yup also know as rabbit snails.

    They aren't pairs my tank isn't big enough so its two males, no issues with agression and they have been tank mates for a year now. But I guess it is down to their temperament and character.
     
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    CharlZA

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    The defuser is hooked up to the outlet pipe of the canister filter so as the water exits the filter it mixes with the Co2 and gets pumped back into the tank.

     
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    It helps when I look at the pic the right way round x_x
     
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    Nice looking tank and a nice collection of cool fishes too....welcome to TASA
     
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    Looks good.
    Very nice
     
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    CharlZA Conductor of the poop train

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    Yeah it looks kind of funny like it is upside down but it is the right side up.
     
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    Forgot to mention I installed a led bar on the back of the tank stand and put it on a timer so when the main lights go off it switches on. Gives the tank a nice spooky look plus it is a nice night light for the fish:

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    Looks great. Very healthy plants
     
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    CharlZA Conductor of the poop train

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    Thanks normal innert sand using only root tabs and Co2 no liquid fertilizers.

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    I like browsing second-hand shops whenever I get the chance and found these two gems:

    An Eheim pre-filter, with a bit of DIY I actually managed to make it fit my Terratec canister filter:

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    The second thing I found was a small Eheim hob filter. Looks like an Eheim Liberty 75, sponges inside was old and pretty rotten cleaned it out and added some sheet foam so now it is an extra mechanical filter:

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    A lot of people who have bought the Seachem Tidal have been having overflow issues. With a bit of patience and playing around, I found the perfect solution use it as a purely mechanical filter. Filled the entire basket with very fine sponge works like a charm:

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    A lot of people only post the nice side of their setups, but we all have that part of the aquarium we like to hide away so here is mine:

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    Tried keeping mine as neat as possible, went as far as doing a DIY shelf with a hinge flap that hides all the cables :

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    That looks great! The jumble of cables behind my tanks looks like a crow’s nest. Annoys me endlessly and is probably a bit of a safety hazard. Hoping to tidy things up / rethink with the upcoming tank reshuffle.
     
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    Really like the idea of the hinged box. Would be quite cool to get sliding hinges, so it can go straight up, then it can be proper storage too but that does look neat and tidy


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    The flap is just so I can get to the cables. If there was space a sliding out tray would have been pretty amazing and would have been super easy to do.
     
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    Yeah nothing irks my OCD more than a crows nest of cables.
     
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