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Old 11/07/2018, 01:26 PM   #326
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Next up: building the foundation of a living ecosystem!
If I wasn't doing the low carb diet, I'd already have started cooking the popcorn! Looking forward to that post!


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Old 11/07/2018, 02:27 PM   #327
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Good question! Let me see…
Next up: building the foundation of a living ecosystem!
This is the part that I am really interested in. I came in after that part was all finished with your tank the 1st time around and then I lurked a long time because I was too insecure to speak up. Now I am open and ready to learn about this process!


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Old 11/08/2018, 08:15 AM   #328
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If I wasn't doing the low carb diet, I'd already have started cooking the popcorn! Looking forward to that post!
You can safely eat popcorn and not break the rules of your carb diet. :0)


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Old 11/08/2018, 01:19 PM   #329
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I agree! The next part gets very interesting. Laying the foundation for an ecosystem starts at the bottom. My ideas on substrate have evolved and I'm dying to pontificate! I'm very tempted to get right into it, but I don't want to get ahead of myself too much, just yet. I think it would be better to discuss it when I'm actually doing it. Once I get through these system fixes I'll be free to really delve into the juicy stuff.

For now I'll just tease you with some general stuff to wet your appetite.

The big picture of what I'm attempting to do is provide the necessary ingredients to form a natural, functioning ecosystem, in the confines of a plastic box. Though I do have priorities, like growing seagrass, I'm thinking of the whole system. I'll be trying to balance and orchestrate natural processes, with the practical issues of aquarium keeping. I believe Nature can play a much bigger part than it currently does. I hope to learn a lot from this experience and pass it on to others. Can't wait!


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Old 11/10/2018, 07:08 PM   #330
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Saturday I sanded and finished up the new fake wall. Here's a couple pics:


From the end. Not too bad. Obviously, the color doesn't match up. I sprayed it with a bleach solution to see if I can lighten it up.


Through the front panel. I think I can live with this. Assuming it works!

Sunday I'd like to get wiring and plumbing done. Maybe fill it up with water to test the wave pump. I should get the fake root placed too. It's happening.


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Old 11/10/2018, 07:25 PM   #331
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I like. Good work!


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Old 11/10/2018, 07:36 PM   #332
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Thanks Sam!

It's OK. I like that it takes minimal space, for what it is concealing. It looks kind of natural. It'll look more so when life starts to colonize it. Now I need to see if it all functions as planned.


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I like it too. The texture matches the old part well. Like you said, when life begins to colonize it, any color difference should be less obvious. That is so cool having a tank with no intrusive pieces of equipment showing! That is what some of us have strove for our whole aquaria life!


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Thanks Dawn! And thanks for reminding me that I did accomplish my goal of hidden equipment. I'm happy with it, for the most part. I just hope it works!


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Sunday I got the wave box wiring done, as well as the UV-to-canister filter combo plumbing. Unfortunately we left the hoses out and now they're under a foot of snow. I was going to use a hose to fill the tank quickly. Now my family has taken over the living room, so I'm done.

I was unable to set up the fake mangrove root. More cracks and two attachment points broken. It doesn't look good. For now I'm going to set up the tank without it. It may be salvageable, I'm not sure. Let's see how bad I miss it. I will miss the powerhead. It shot a stream of water down the back wall, including the coast to coast refugium. It was half of a gyre flow pump scheme. On the other hand, its effect on the overall current, and it's effect on the seagrass wasn't ideal. I won't miss that. I'm hoping that the wave pump will more than make up for the loss. And without the mangrove root, my tank would seem ideal for a wave box.

Wet test and buffing out the viewing panels is next. The buffing will be a workout, but I'm thrilled to be able to do it!


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You're strongly making me want to set up a planted tank again Mike


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Thanks NikonN8, and welcome!


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I had a thought about doing a wet test. Since the light diffuser on the bottom is used to help hold down the fake walls, I shouldn't fill the tank until I've buried it with the substrate.

I should get started on the buffing first, then add substrate and then fill 'er up! I guess I'll also be able to talk about substrate now, so yay!


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