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post #1 of 18 Old 06-07-2013, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
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DIY Acrylic 15Gal With Dual Aqua-Bridge

Just thought I'd see what you guys think of my first attempts at a DIY Acrylic Tank.

It consists of two 1ft Cube Tanks joined by two 1 1/2" Diameter Aquabridges. Should be about 15 Gal.

Just waiting for the acrylic "glue" to set then I'm going to water test it tomorrow, fingers crossed!!!!
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post #2 of 18 Old 06-07-2013, 08:20 AM
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What are you going to put in there? I've never seen anything like it!

-Kristen's tanks:

14g Tall:
Planted, eco-complete, Red Cherry Shrimp

16g Aqueon Bowfront:
Planted, eco-complete, 8 Ember tetras, 7 Green neon tetras, 6 Harlequin Rasboras

36 Aqueon Bowfront: Planted, sand, 10 Julii cories, 8 Zebra Danios
7 Cherry Barbs, Asst snails & Ghost shrimp
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What are you going to put in there? I've never seen anything like it!
Got another "normal" tank with some breeding Black Bar Endler Guppies and some Red Cherry Shrimp so going to move some of them in to see how they like it, and maybe add a Mystery Snail.

Be interesting to see if they'll all use the bridges!?
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post #4 of 18 Old 06-07-2013, 08:33 AM
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Me too!

-Kristen's tanks:

14g Tall:
Planted, eco-complete, Red Cherry Shrimp

16g Aqueon Bowfront:
Planted, eco-complete, 8 Ember tetras, 7 Green neon tetras, 6 Harlequin Rasboras

36 Aqueon Bowfront: Planted, sand, 10 Julii cories, 8 Zebra Danios
7 Cherry Barbs, Asst snails & Ghost shrimp
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post #5 of 18 Old 06-07-2013, 10:01 AM Thread Starter
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I was thinking of having sand on one side as substrate and gravel on the other, maybe adding a couple of Peppered Cory's and seeing if they spend most of their time in the sand side as I've read that they prefer sand to gravel?
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post #6 of 18 Old 06-07-2013, 10:04 AM
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Cories definitely prefer sand. Mine sift it through their gills constantly and snuffle around in it. Quite a sight to watch.

-Kristen's tanks:

14g Tall:
Planted, eco-complete, Red Cherry Shrimp

16g Aqueon Bowfront:
Planted, eco-complete, 8 Ember tetras, 7 Green neon tetras, 6 Harlequin Rasboras

36 Aqueon Bowfront: Planted, sand, 10 Julii cories, 8 Zebra Danios
7 Cherry Barbs, Asst snails & Ghost shrimp
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post #7 of 18 Old 06-07-2013, 10:24 AM Thread Starter
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I'm sure you're right.
I have Corys in my big tank and I have a split of 4/5ths sand to 1/5th gravel substrate and they seem to spend a fair bit of time on the gravel but they do seem to prefer the sand though. I also have a pair in a smaller tank that has gravel only and are happy enough to breed!
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post #8 of 18 Old 06-08-2013, 04:43 AM Thread Starter
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Quick update!

Water test today, had small "pinprick" leak in the joint between the lower bridge and one of the tanks.
Drained the water, (holds 50L or 13G by the way), dried it off and re-sealed. Just have to wait to re-test tomorrow. Fingers crossed!
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post #9 of 18 Old 06-08-2013, 07:42 AM Thread Starter
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My son owns a small business here in Australia, that cuts and etches, among other things, acrylic.
So we designed the tank and laser cut the acrylic to suit. He's only just started really and he's still trying different things to see what sells etc.

I suggested he may be able to make and sell these small, custom made nano tanks, but he thinks he'd have to sell this one for example for about $250-$300 AUD and he believes people wouldn't pay it!

I said I've seen guys pay 100 bucks plus for a nice piece of driftwood for their tank, so who knows!

We might have to make a few more variations, then maybe visit a few LFS's and see if they might be interested in promoting them?
I had an idea to, maybe do basically the same as we've done here, but create a tank in the middle so that the tubes go "through" from the tanks either side,(if that makes sense?) and the middle tank could house a nice betta? Would be cool to see the fish swim from one side to the other safe and sound. Perhaps a bit cruel on the Betta though, he might get a bit agitated?
What do you guys think, cost-wise and any other ideas for variations on the Nano Tank?
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post #10 of 18 Old 06-11-2013, 10:46 AM Thread Starter
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Visited my LFS and bought some Quartz Sand, 5kg of predominantly white with black flecks for the left hand tank and 5kg of predominantly black with white flecks for the left.
After a thorough rinsing of both I put them in the respective tanks and gently filled with water, got a bit of clouding (as seen in the first picture).

After a couple of hours the water is clearing nicely, (see 2nd picture).

I'm running an Aqua One 101F Internal Filter in each tank, running with media taken from existing mature tank filters, and at the moment I've got a 125 watt Jaeger heater in one tank (hoping this is sufficient to heat both tanks). The light is just temporary until I decide what I want to use. I've turned it off in the last picture to show the Aquabridges more clearly. (see 3rd picture).

I'm going to experiment with different combinations of rocks, driftwood and Plants tomorrow to see what I like the look of most.
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