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Lights!

Posted 11/06/2011 at 01:33 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

Well, In the meantime, lets get those lights on there!

As the lights are going to be hidden away in the canopy, we had the luxury of not needing them to be pretty. We pillaged Home Depots plumbing dept and fabricated this light rig...

[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/light-rig.jpg[/IMG] [IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/light-rig2.jpg[/IMG]

The lights are screwed into the pipes and then the whole thing...
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Let there be water!

Posted 11/06/2011 at 01:31 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/fill-her-up.jpg[/IMG]
[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/filling1.jpg[/IMG]
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...wow it sure takes a long time to make +144g of RO...
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Equipment Deliveries

Posted 11/06/2011 at 01:23 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

While all that was happening a few goodies arrived:

[B]2 x Vortech mp40 pumps[/B]
I really like the mp10 I have on my nano, so I figured this tank deserved 2 mp40s.

[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/mp40s.jpg[/IMG]

[B]2 x EHEIM Jager Aquarium Thermostat Heater 200W[/B]
I read that having 2 heaters that can heat half the tank volume each is better (safer!) than having one that can do everything. So I bought 2 of these...
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Finished Aquascape!

Posted 11/06/2011 at 01:19 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

It took a few more days of dust and swearing... the aquascape is finally complete!!

Front
[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/dry-scape.jpg[/IMG]

Left
[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/dry-scape-L.jpg[/IMG]

Right
[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/dry-scape-R.jpg[/IMG]

Sideways
[IMG]http://i144.photobucket.com/albums/r161/TheAaarrrggg/dry-scape-3q.jpg[/IMG]...
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Aquascaping: Part 2

Posted 10/30/2011 at 02:57 PM by Aaarrrggg (Aaarrrggg's 144g Half Circle Dream)

I'd read about using rods, or "pegging" for aquascapes, but never actually braved it before. I ordered a 10lb bucket of [URL="http://www.marcorocks.com/bondingmortar.aspx"]E-Marco-400 aquascaping mortar[/URL] and picked up some yellow fiberglass "driveway markers" from Lowes (as recommended by numerous [URL="http://www.tcmas.org/article_aquascaping_part2.php"]aquascaping guides[/URL].)

My (wonderful!) husband then got to work drilling holes...
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