38 Bowfront "the Moving Tank"

Discussion in 'Freshwater Aquarium Builds' started by NKlamerus, Feb 23, 2019.

  1. NKlamerus

    NKlamerusValued MemberMember

    Figured I would start a dedicated thread, mostly where I can keep track for myself of the life of the tank.

    As of today I am a week into the first cycle, one pictus catfish, ~40lbs of pool filter sand, Fluval 206, marineland heater, 2 local plants (will need to identify later), 5 bulbs of Italian Val's, and a Tiki in and out of the tank

    Named it the moving tank because I was born and raised in NW Florida and recently relocated or Eugene Oregon, with plans to move to Salem Oregon or back to Florida.

    Built a stand for it out of 2x5 and some 1/4", still in progress

    Only using Prime, Stability, and started using " Tropica Premium Nutrition" today. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    NKlamerus

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    Stopped at the hometown fish stores today and wow were they stocked. I was also invited to the local fish group, Willamatte Valley Aquarium Society [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  3. danhutchins

    danhutchinsWell Known MemberMember

    Nice tank. I want a bow front but can't afford it. Maybe I can talk the wife into letting me get one when taxes come in. Do they make them in 55 gallons?
     
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    NKlamerus

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    I'm sure they do, so far I love the look, it's the first Bowfront I've ever had, also the first "tall" tank I've ever had.

    I'm 6'3" so I like being able to always see into the tank but it does propose some challenges with decor and plants.

    I've already noticed the water flow is much nicer. No hardcore jamming at the cornsrs
     
  5. KimberlyG

    KimberlyGFishlore VIPMember

    I have a 54 gallon bowfront that I adore but it is a corner unit.
     
  6. richie.p

    richie.pFishlore VIPMember

    Nice tank in your second picture am I seeing what looks like dragon fly larva in the plant
     
  7. aae0130

    aae0130Well Known MemberMember

    I do not believe there is a 55 in standard bowfront. As Kimberly mentioned the 54 gallon tanks are corner tanks. The more traditional style bowfronts in that area of size are the 46 and 72. The 46 gallon is 36 inches long. The 72 gallon is 48 inches long.
     
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    NKlamerus

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    Is that what they are? I picked 4 of them out today, so far I'm probably at a dozen or so. All in different stages. Lots of dead ones as well, I thought they were mayflies?

    They have the 3 little tails sticking out of the end

    Thank you for the clarification

    I should add that while the Bowfront is nice, another downside to a tall tank is if it has the plastic divider up top that runs between the rims it is much harder to add larger items to the tank!

    B-BAM! New cneterpiece added. Giant peice of bogwood, And what looks like a vampire spike!

    Next upgrade will be lighting. Would like to get a real bar that goes across the top for more even coverage.

    Need to tidy up the accessories and I'll re-vaccum the sand tomorrow with my water change. [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
  9. ndefil

    ndefilNew MemberMember

    Looks awesome
     
  10. OP
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    NKlamerus

    NKlamerusValued MemberMember

    Thanks bud!

    Definitely planning a yoyo loach in the future, I know it'll enjoy it,

    Back when I ran natural limestone in my tanks I had a 3" yoyo loach would find a hole and lock himself in there. Nothing I could do except place the rock in a bucket and hope that he swam out, then hurry up and pull the rock out!

    Anything else that will enjoy the holes/crevices?

    We were already planning on 8-10 RummyNose tetras, and then one odd fish, either a spotted African leaf fish or another knife fish. Some concern that the leaf fish will attack the RummyNose but I'll try and buy them large or let them grow before added a juvenile leaf.

    Undecided on a pleco or snails to help with cleanup. Wife wants an army of snails.
     
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    NKlamerus

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    Pictus is acting kinda weird since I put the log in.

    Pretty much avoiding it all together, might have a chance to explore tonight and settle in? [​IMG]
     
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    NKlamerus

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    Got the beginning of the stand shell done. Really added some strength. [​IMG]
     
  13. richie.p

    richie.pFishlore VIPMember

    If you put any small fish in there with the dragon fly larva the chances are they will kill them it's important you clear the tank of all of them they are nasty things to have in a tank, if you had the plants from the same place you need to check them all
     
  14. danhutchins

    danhutchinsWell Known MemberMember

    Looks really nice.
     
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    NKlamerus

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    Things have settled just wish the pictus would get out of the corner! He's pacing around the filter inlet?

    First water change done with new decor, was able to vaccum up most the wood pieces, pictus got scared to the bottom but he's panting pretty hard.

    Also found a little 1" pink worm, probably from the driftwood [​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    NKlamerus

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    Got the desk lamp mounted up. It was free so I'll definitely take the free light, it's a different color than the led bars that came with the tank too

    I've got some white spots/clouds on the inside of the glass. (Look in the shadow of the wood) assuming it's bacteria from the cycle.

    Still don't have my test kit yet[​IMG][​IMG]
     
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    NKlamerus

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    What a nightmare, its snowing heavy for the first time in my new town in 7 years. This is my first real winter.

    Power has been out on the tank for 9 hours, pictus was gasping at the surface when I got home from work. Did a 10 gallon water change with cold water and definitely seemed to help. [​IMG]
     
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    NKlamerus

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    More snow this year then they've had since the 1960s apparently

    Doing a 3 gallon change with hotter water from the propane stove, should help a little
     
  19. richie.p

    richie.pFishlore VIPMember

    How things holding out, could you put hot water in a bottle and float in the tank, not to hot just enough to hold the temp, or even put a quilt around the tank just to try and hold the temp a bit
     
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    NKlamerus

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    Power came back on late list night!

    Water temp was below 66°

    I instantly had everything on, surprised with how much junk was in there and settled

    Went ahead and ran the lights overnight and into today to help the plants jump start

    Water change and vaccum today is much needed for sure [​IMG][​IMG]
     
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