My strive toward creating self sustaining Natural Planted Aquarium using low-tech Walstad Method.
Walstad Method provide an ecosystem where plants and fish balance each other's needs. The soil underlayer insures that plants grow well enough to outcompete algae and recycle fish waste and toxins.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Build your own Aquarium.
So finally I am done building my own 5-feet aquarium.
Here are a few
links that will help you out building your own.
See to it that you
are well through with the whole process. Here are a tips that may be helpful
11. I preferred the method 2 presented in
Link1. The only difference was the side glasses are placed on the bottom glass
instead of side glass sticking to the edge of the bottom glass. See figure below.
22. You can use a the normal general
purpose silicon sealant instead of getting some costly aquarium sealant. I have
good experience with china made brand “GP” and “Resibond”. The sealant glue
costs you around Rs 125 and the silicon gun cost you around Rs 80.
33. My bottom glass had cracked when I had
placed the aquarium for drying in hot sun. Note Acetic glue cures via air
moisture not via heat. I had to replace the bottom glass. To remove the glass
you need to use a Topaz Razor blade and a pen knife. The razor blade is used to cut open the
sealant and the pen knife is used to widen the insertion created by the blade. Once
the blade and pen knife is in, just drag the blade to cut open the selant and
then drag the pen knife to widen the cut. See pics below.
44. See to it that you are present at the
glass vendor while cutting the glass. The vendor may dupe you by providing a
normal glass instead of a 'float glass'. A normal glass has lot more
irregularities due to which it may break easily in pressure.