Well i have managed to secure myself a bargain on Ebay for $60. I have a few research questions before I get into stocking discussions, Planting ideas and the DIY 3D component of the build. But i do have a wishlist ready once the tank is ready. I will be working to a budget of $50 per week, but this is absolutelly flexible and i will post the purchases as i go along. Maybe it might give others an idea.
L 36" (92cm)
W 14" (36cm)
H 16" (42cm)
Capacity 36 G (140litres)
I have done a leak test for 48 hours and thankfully the tank held water. I also gave it a first clean to remove the nice water line around it using water. However i want to remove the hideous blue cheap paint on the back. I was thinking of using metholated spirits to remove the paint and give the inside a quick wipe to remove any remaining scum.
Q. Am i moving into dangerous ground with the metholated spirits?....I had intended to soak the tank again after the clean to confirm no leaks. Any advice before i begin.
The base and hood need a little loving to remove a mould stain which in the absence of tank leaks i can only assume condensation from the heater and tank. We shall call that a work in progress.
My next concern is filtration. I am pretty keen to get an external canister filter (Eheim) for the tank but i cant remember the general rule. Is it 3 or 4 times tank capacity pumped per hour.
Heating again is a concern. I am looking at a 200w heater but after all i want your advice on the best options. Is 200w enough for the capacity but I am considering 2 150w heaters to run the tank and act as an emergency if one fails. Your thoughts
Lastly lighting. The light fixture in the hood is stuffed and well i want a new one. It is going to be a planted community tank and i would like to provide low to medium lighting to sustain the plants and not blind the fish. Reading the articles and it talks about T5 T8 daylight, All a little confusing but informaton is power and want to get it right.
I think that is enough for now. I have a workbook full of ideas which i hope to throw your way as the build progresses. Designs and sketches for the 3D backdrop.......its a mess but i want to take it slow so i get it right first time.
Thanks for all your help