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Old 11-15-2010, 03:17 PM   #11
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It will all depend on how tall the canister is with the hose attachment. 50 cm is not that tall and the hoses might get twisted or bent. You will also have to read the manual for the canister as there is a maximum and a minimum height for the canister to be positioned underneath the tank. And I should point out that you will want to put the 10 gallons in as well to make sure that you have enough room to service every device. The HOB filters for the 10s might be a nuisance to get to.
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If you're looking at using the tens for growing out fry, why not drill and plumb all the tanks together? then you don't have to worry about aclimation, etc. between tanks.
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Would like to but all that plumbing and drilling glass is not for me but I am lucky because the two 10 gallons are below I can water change into the lower ones and keep them in line with the top by removing 50% from the two tens and filling with 25% from big tank and 25% fresh water. That was the best I could come up with to try align them to each other. Think that will work?
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Yes, it should. Usually if my fry tanks are empty, and I'm moving fry into them, I drain the water out of the fry tank and simply fill it from the parent tank.
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Old 11-15-2010, 05:53 PM   #15
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Okay thanks that would be much easier and makes sense.
Spent most of the day shopping today and checking prices for this build and have found some really nice things for it and have decided to do the whole cabinet in a brown and black stone chip with stainless steel fittings.I am going to work in some down lighting if I can using the external filter as a show piece instead of hiding it as it will make life easy to maintain it.
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external filter it is 350gph with a built in 9watt UV lamp and all the trimmings with great reviews here in the UK
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Okay so after a trip to the local B&Q and a nice chat with the sales person who gave me advice and cut all the wood for FREE because of the amount I guess and the fact that I would be back for the wood to build the shell of the stand. This is where I stand so far. I did all the plans on a excel speed sheet and have decided that the skeleton has to be straight forward square and as strong as possible. I have pre-drilled all the holes where the screws cut across the grain just for that extra bit of wow. Then made sure to glued and screw every single joint and wiped away any excess. I used drywall screws I find they are sharper and the thread is more grooved so it holds better and cuts into the wood as you turn them in.
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Update Build day 7 :Okay so I managed to put the skeleton of the frame together and one thing is apparent the filter plus the 2 ten gallon tanks plus the 55 gallon tank means I have one huge fish tank stand and was going to change it. My wife said I must leave it as I am looking it this as three seperate tanks and its not going to really look like that as they so close together. I agreed that what I see and how it will look could mean I am wrong but the top of the tank is going to be 1.5meter high and will mean I have to use a step to work in it. When sitting down on the couch the 10 gallon tanks are perfect at 1 and a half foot starting point and the large tank starts at just over 3 foot and because I have two kids this could be an advantage at prevent a Ooops :0.

The really really good news is that the review on the external filter I chose said they deliver fast and today being day two since the order it arrived at the door along with the Fluval heater. I am really happy with the filter but it seems to have way to little bio balls activated carbon and ceramic rings. As if they are only samples and enough to start but would not support a tank when it is under full bio load with many fish. I will order some more tonight.I also crossed over to the reality side of aquariums and bought a API freshwater master test kit.
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Can't wait to see the finished stand! I love building projects.
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Sounds cool! can't wait to see the finished product
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