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Old 05-05-2011, 03:01 PM   #1
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90 gallon build/rebuild.

After almost a month of of battling bacteria blooms and more recently ammonia spikes I have decided to sell/ give away my fish ( anyone in the Seattle area need fish?) an completely strip and rebuild my tank from the ground up. What I plan to do it:

-Reline all the interior silicone.
-Scrub the bejesus out of the glass and decor to clean it.
-Build a DIY 3D rock background and use it to conceal my filter in and out.
-Re-plumb my filter intake and out take to fit behind the background.
- Repaint the outside plastic pieces on my tank
- Sand and refinish my stand.
-Add an in-line heater to filter return.
-Upgrade lighting ( will need your guys help with this)
-Possible DIY Co2 reactor if I go the planted route.

I figure all that will take about 2 months and will give me plenty of time to figure out what stocking plan I want to go with. My ideas are African cichlid/ cat tank with a reef made in the same style as the background. A mix of South american cichlids and a few hardy live plants, Or a large planted community.

I will be posting updates on my progress, I plan to start as soon as I find a new home for my fish. I'll post a picture of the tank to show what I'm starting with.
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:25 PM   #2
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Very cool. Sounds like you have your work cut out for you. lol
Should look brand new when your done!

Good luck
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Old 05-05-2011, 03:45 PM   #3
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Yea it's gunna be a fun and loooong project. It was a used tank so it needs a little TLC, I'm actually a little depressed that I'll be out of town this weekend and can't start on it.

On a side note anyone knowing if minor scratches in the glass on inside of tanks can be fixed?
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Yea it's gunna be a fun and loooong project. It was a used tank so it needs a little TLC, I'm actually a little depressed that I'll be out of town this weekend and can't start on it.

On a side note anyone knowing if minor scratches in the glass on inside of tanks can be fixed?
If the scratches aren't too deep use regular tooth paste (not gel lol), a soft cloth with a circular polishing motion and it should take them out. I'd also suggest you start in a discrete spot as a test. This technique worked for me, but YMMV.

I was warned that deep scratches should be left alone and in some cases concern over the strength of the glass can be compromised by some deep scratches.
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Thanks Mr Limpet, the scratched aren't to deep so I'll give that a try. The back of the tank has less scratches so it will become the new front ^_^
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Thanks Mr Limpet, the scratched aren't to deep so I'll give that a try. The back of the tank has less scratches so it will become the new front ^_^
Yep, that's what I did. Only the (viewable) side had scratches that I wanted out.
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One thing I just thought of, how on earth am I going to keep my filters "seeded" for like 2 months so I don't have to start from scratch? The only other tank I have is a 10 gallons.
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One thing I just thought of, how on earth am I going to keep my filters "seeded" for like 2 months so I don't have to start from scratch? The only other tank I have is a 10 gallons.
Put the filter in service on a $10 plastic tub (they work as tanks too ) and seed it with shrimp or something is my best suggestion. Of course I'm guessing the 10g won't be big enough to hold the media from the 90g lol.
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I have a Eheim 2217 and a Penn-plax cascade 1000 I believe it is ,those poor little shrimp will feel like they are in a tsunami! I'm sure my gf will love a plastic tub full of water in the living room and the look I'll get when I say " but Mr. Limpet suggested it" *insert angry gf eye roll here*
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I have a Eheim 2217 and a Penn-plax cascade 1000 I believe it is ,those poor little shrimp will feel like they are in a tsunami! I'm sure my gf will love a plastic tub full of water in the living room and the look I'll get when I say " but Mr. Limpet suggested it" *insert angry gf eye roll here*
Put it the bathroom and make a hot tub out if it lol. With that much filter, I'm outta ideas for you.
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