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I'm sorry the size wasn't quite what you wanted, but it still looks so good and will still work! :wub:

The tank arrived! I was so excited opened up the packaging and quickly realised I got the measurements wrong. I thought it was 36" length x 12" height x 18" width (90cm x 30cm x 45.7cm). It is in fact 36" length x 18" height x 12" width. I had a panic. I had a little cry. The space is very tight but thankfully Peter is more calm than I am. He removed a plinth from cabinet above to make of fit. I can keep it positioned so there's enough space to get at the tank. Though I will need a stool. Until we've somewhere else it'll do in the this space & I'll move my 58L/16G over beside it. Which is 24" length x 13.5" height x 12" width (60cm x 35cm x 30cm). All my research into the right height filter. It was really upsetting. But it is a lovely shape tank.
I saw a bonio box in the cupboard! You have a dog(s) too?? Definitely kindred (non) spirits! What kinda dog? Share photos! Mine is in my profile pic :)

The sand is great, you went for the Unipac Limpopo sand too, right? I rinsed mine, but not super thoroughly, and it didn't cloud at all, was so great since most sands do cloud the tank for a few days and I was impatient to crack on with hardscape and planting. Nice to be able to muck about it with it and not have to worry about that, although it still took a day for the water to look crystal clear. But it wasn't a mess either, even when I removed a load of sand since I'd put too much in. The site says "Processed to avoid dust and debris", I guess it really is!

Can't wait to see the tank up and running, and when the first livestock go in! So excited for you love
 
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@AdoraBelle Dearheart we've a Vizlador - Vizla crossed with a Lab. She's a rescue I found in the street in a bad way away 7 years ago. Fell for her instantly. Dozer is now about 10/11. She's very affectionate and cuddle but quite active too. Elliot (my kid) loves giving her bonios! Abd cuddles :)
 

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Lovely tank, how annoying about the measurements but seems it’s worked out fine in the end.

Are you able to fit tank lights on top as well ? Hopefully won’t be an issue.

Custom glass lids look good, looks like a quality job and think even I would be rather pleased with that if that was mine and I am a bit pernickety about things like that :lol:

See the Eheim filters running nicely and seems you’ll get good turnover and flow for the water column.

You’re getting there:yahoo:

Love the pics of the dog btw;)
 
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Lovely tank, how annoying about the measurements but seems it’s worked out fine in the end.

Are you able to fit tank lights on top as well ? Hopefully won’t be an issue.

Custom glass lids look good, looks like a quality job and think even I would be rather pleased with that if that was mine and I am a bit pernickety about things like that :lol:

See the Eheim filters running nicely and seems you’ll get good turnover and flow for the water column.

You’re getting there:yahoo:

Love the pics of the dog btw;)
Yes I fit the lights on. Millimeters to spare haha. The lid is very smooth. It was €70 but I think it was worth doing. I might a small handle on each end just to make sliding easier.

I'm really glad I put the blackout on the sides too. It's looking really nice. The stream from the Eheim is lovely. The sound of the water is really nice. I've a plant delivery due tomorrow and will start the cycle by adding ammonium hydroxide & the Tetra SafeStart bacteria. The Bonsai & moss might come tomorrow too.
 

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@AdoraBelle Dearheart we've a Vizlador - Vizla crossed with a Lab. She's a rescue I found in the street in a bad way away 7 years ago. Fell for her instantly. Dozer is now about 10/11. She's very affectionate and cuddle but quite active too. Elliot (my kid) loves giving her bonios! Abd cuddles :)
OMG, I love her!! She has such a sweet, kind face! The photo with Elliot and her...my heart. That's one to frame and hang somewhere.

Pixie, my Springer/Border Collie, goes nuts for Bonios. I don't know what they put in them since they look sorta plain and boring compared to most treats I buy for her, but she goes nuts and dances around and spins when she sees a bonio box. I don't give them often since they're huge, and I usually only use small treats for training exercises and games, but every now and then I get some in since she gets so excited.
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OMG, I love her!! She has such a sweet, kind face! The photo with Elliot and her...my heart. That's one to frame and hang somewhere.

Pixie, my Springer/Border Collie, goes nuts for Bonios. I don't know what they put in them since they look sorta plain and boring compared to most treats I buy for her, but she goes nuts and dances around and spins when she sees a bonio box. I don't give them often since they're huge, and I usually only use small treats for training exercises and games, but every now and then I get some in since she gets so excited.
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She's gorgeous. You know those nutrigrain oat bars? If Dozer smells one open in the room she goes bonkers!!
 
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Tank is warming up. I don't know what the blue light is for but it looks kinda cool. I really love the Aquaballs! I'm really enjoying the waves they create at the top. @Lajos_Detari thanks for recommendation to get two! They're fantastic.
 

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I left the waves going all night and now have lots of bubbles on top. Is that ok or will I lower the spray bar and nozzle?

I noticed yesterday some trapped air in the sand. Will I move it around to get rid of this? I'll be planting today once the plants arrive. Not too much at once but a nice start.
 

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I'm despairing here. Can't find anywhere with ammonia for cycling tank. Delivery from UK is about 3 times the price of the dr tims ammonium. Also my plants didn't arrive today.

I have the tetra SafeStart - could I add this to tank with plants and strive for a plant/silent cycle? It's just seems crazy to spend so much in delivery for the ammonium :/
 

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