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post #11 of 19 Old 12-30-2012, 09:58 AM
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You might want to start a thread in the DIY section. I have never gone down this road, I'm hopeless at such things; but other members have written about their projects so getting their attention should get some answers to your questions on the plumbing.

You'll find the DIY Aquarium forum under the "Aquarium Resources" area part way down the opening page.

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post #12 of 19 Old 12-30-2012, 04:57 PM
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Byron & Izzy,
Thanks for the warm welcome.
Thanks also for encouraging words.
Izzy: you are right about the sand & UGF thing... Didn't cross my mind. What if I put a small layer of gravel on the UGF plates and then top it off with sand? will that work? I'm not using very fine sand its gonna be coarse sand, maybe 2 to 3 mm. does that make any difference?
I still think you'd be better off without the UGF if you want sand. I'm pretty sure even larger grain sand will make it's way into the UGF. I had an UGF and even some of the smaller pieces of gravel got down in it. Just think of it this way, it's one less piece of equipment you have to buy so you can focus on getting the best material for your DIY.

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post #13 of 19 Old 12-30-2012, 05:52 PM
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I still think you'd be better off without the UGF if you want sand. I'm pretty sure even larger grain sand will make it's way into the UGF. I had an UGF and even some of the smaller pieces of gravel got down in it. Just think of it this way, it's one less piece of equipment you have to buy so you can focus on getting the best material for your DIY.
I completely agree. Sand cannot be used with a UG filter.

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post #14 of 19 Old 12-30-2012, 09:46 PM
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Driftwood in it??? That one has a pointed branch. No go if you want fancy goldfish especially ones with delicate eyes. I do not encourage using driftwoods in goldfish tanks. Go with bare bottom tank and potted plants. The lesser the substrate, the better so you can easily clean out the poop. Goldfish have no use for substrate anyway but will appreciate hiding places. Try using floating plants that will not be eaten easily such as water lettuce. As these also spawn easily, don't be surprised to find eggs sticking around the plant roots. They deposit their eggs on mop-like objects when they spawn.

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post #15 of 19 Old 12-31-2012, 01:43 AM Thread Starter
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No UGF

Ok so no UGF...
No driftwood either?!?!
the driftwood doesn't seem to have any sharp edges though... well, I think I'll jus stick to rocks then...

Byron, thanks for suggestion... think I'll post it right away
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post #16 of 19 Old 01-13-2013, 02:39 AM Thread Starter
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hey everyone...
huge update...
I managed to spend about a week at my MILs and build the tank, stand, sump, overflow and all the blah blah...
I know a lot of you were against the driftwood, but i couldn't convince the ladies. so the DW is in...
But I had my MIL convinced to have a look out to see if the fish are having any sort of trouble... if so the DW would be out.
No fish yet... I've used some sand from my established tank and a pack of 'beneficial bacteria'. hoping that will speed up the cycling... hoping to transfer the fish end of the month...
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post #17 of 19 Old 01-13-2013, 05:17 AM
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Nice work! All looking tip top what you running in your sump?

And I read though the negatives of the wood with the gf a while back but by jolly George it looks good! Hell, if the GF didn't like it I'd be trading them and keeping the tank like that. Looks gawjus :-d
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post #18 of 19 Old 01-13-2013, 05:52 AM Thread Starter
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thanks Nilet699!
sump's got some ceramic rings, plastic bio media, filter floss, activated carbon... need to add more media. takin it easy since there is no fish load. need also to include a canister filter.
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post #19 of 19 Old 01-13-2013, 07:34 AM
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Thought you might have a few due to so many compartments! Hardly a bad thing though!
You just need to get a crack on with it now.... I want one building!
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