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    Thread: Osaka 260 Winter Project

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      Osaka 260 Winter Project

      One of those rare snow days here in the PacNW .... bored, so I thought I might share my winter pandemic project.

      Over 10 years ago I had a few low tech planted tanks - a 120g with potted plants, anubias and goldfish, a 70g Oceanic planted community and some Walstad style nano tanks. When I retired and started travelling south in the winter, I gave up the aquarium hobby and focused on outdoor ponds that I could leave on their own for a few months at a time.
      Now, I am staying home year round and decided to get back into planted tanks this winter for something to keep me occupied while waiting for ponding season to re-open!

      I started with a search for a beautiful tank and stand. I live on Vancouver Island, BC, Canada, so my options for any purchases are limited (long, expensive ferry trips to the rest of the world plus high shipping, taxes, duty and exchange rates to Canada to consider). However, I was very lucky to have found this Fluval Osaka 260 (68g) tank, with the original stand and light fixture - supposedly unused! It seems hard to believe since the Osaka line of tanks was discontinued by Fluval back in 2011, but the owner said he bought it as ďold new stockĒ and never got around to setting it up. The tank and glass are pristine, in any case.
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      To match my 40ís house and 50ís decor, I decided to paint the brushed aluminum trim on the tank with hammered gold spray paint. Very pleased with the outcome.

      The original fixture is a t5ho with 2 x 39w bulbs. Iím also adding a Current Satellite Plus Pro that I had for lighting an indoor succulent garden. Since the tank is so deep, I think this combo will give me a Ďmediumí light range with an approximation of 52 par for the t5ís and 78 for the LEDís which will sit nearer to the front of the tank. I figure I can raise and lower the fixtures with chains and use timers to adjust the intensity when needed (the photo shows them as high as the rack will let them go).
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      Unfortunately, in my very small house, the only walls available for the tank run parallel to the joists underneath. Plus, in this old house the joists are only 2x6 construction! The position of the tank has it sitting across one joist near the front, so I added a second one under the back. The joists are held up in the crawlspace with nice, heavy beams, and the tank is sitting right on top of one on the right. I added two steel jackposts under each corner on the left. I think Iíve eliminated any possibility of sagging and the floor feels very stable when I jump on it.

      While I was down in the crawlspace, I decided to run a stainless steel water hose attached to both my washing machine taps for warmed water and have it coming up through the floor behind the fish tank. Luckily, the bathroom is on the other side of my chosen wall and I was able to tap into the shower drain, right above the pea trap, and bring that pipe up behind the tank, as well. Water changes should be a breeze : )

      Hose and drain pipe behind tank (painted gold to match):
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      I arranged the hardscape and bags of lava on top of a black eggcrate on the bottom. The spiderwood came with pieces of drilled slate screwed to the bottoms, but that didnít work for my positioning, so I removed them and tied the wood down to the eggcrate. Hopefully it will stay put, otherwise I can use some spare rocks to weight it (again, hopefully).

      I ordered 6L of ADA Powersand Advance L to fill in the gaps around the lava bags and the spaces in the eggcrate, and 9L of Amazonia 2 for the rest.
      Also ordered a CO2Art dual stage regulator and their inline diffuser, and sourced a CO2 canister and place to fill locally.

      I used the Powersand as planned and it covered the bottom and filled some gaps. Then I started putting the Amazonia soil down. Amazing how fast your rocks sort of dwindle ... I added a few more rocks and rearranged some others. I over ordered the soil a bit (4 bags and I only used 2!) so I felt that I could be generous with it.

      I am using an Oase Biomaster Thermo 350 canister, with a Koralia 400gph powerhead for extra flow in the tank.

      The drawback to the Fluval Osaka original stand, beautiful as it is, is that there are open shelves in the middle with only 2 smaller cabinets on either side. The filter and the Co2 tank basically fill the interior space ... oh well, Iíll manage : )
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      I ordered plants online - mostly tissue culture with a couple of potted plants and some bucephalandra, and proceeded with a dry start. Basically - plant in damp substrate and cover the tank to keep it humid. When the emersed plants develop strong root systems you flood the tank and carry on with cycling.

      1) Initial planting
      2) After flooding
      3) A few weeks after
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      The tank project was started in November. As of today, I have re-arranged some plants and replaced some that were not doing well, dialed in my lighting and co2 to control diatoms and algae (fairly successfully), changed the background to black, and added livestock - honey gouramis, zebra otos, glass catfish, black neons, blue rilli shrimp and blue ramshorn snails.

      Maintenance includes everyday doses of macro and micro ferts and a weekly 50% WC and plant trim.
      Iíve ordered a macro lens for my phone, so I can hopefully get some better (at least more in focus) shots of the tank!
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      WoW Ci what a beautiful aquarium. I love the black background and all of your plants. Looks so healthy. I also love your honey gouramis. I have a pair of Gold gouramis since they were young but once grown they do not get along at all and I had to separate them.

      Thank you for sharing your winter pandemic project.
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      Very tastefully set up.
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      Wow, that's a lovely project. You certainly have some substantial skills in this realm!

      I've only ever done low tech tanks, and haven't even tried doing tissue cultured plants, much less an emersed start. Your results are truly impressive!

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      Beautiful job Ci!
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