4ft fish tank aquarium planted tank

My new 4ft fish tank: Complete

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Having only been in my new house for two weeks I still haven’t had my internet setup. This has gave me the opportunity to set up my new 4ft fish tank, and obsessively mess about with it.

I posted before that I wanted the new tank to be 4ft wide. As it was in the living room I didn’t want it taking up too much space. I wanted the length so the fish could really pelt it down the tank, but not so much the depth as it would become more of an obstruction. I bought a tank, as previously posted. Just to go over it again it’s a Clear Seal 4ft tank. Just the glass, no hood or equipment.

Read which equipment I added to this tank here.

The tank is now set up

As stated in the title the tank is now set up and complete. It looks great sitting in my new living room. The tank stand my dad built is perfect, better than I imagined. The fish have also settled in.

4ft fish tank aquarium planted tank
As you can see the custom tank stand I had my dad build me. It’s flush with the tank edges and is incredibly strong.

4ft fish tank aquarium planted tank

4ft fish tank aquarium planted tank
you can see the pipes from my All Pond Solutions 1000EF external canister filter.

4ft fish tank aquarium planted tank

4ft fish tank aquarium planted tank
Here you can see one of the two pieces of glass sat inside two 4ft plastic runners I got from eBay.
4ft fish tank aquarium planted tank
Side view.
4ft fish tank aquarium planted tank
Most of the plants are new and need to spread to fill out all the gaps.

4ft fish tank aquarium planted tank

4ft fish tank aquarium planted tank

4ft fish tank aquarium planted tank

4ft fish tank aquarium planted tank

The plants have all been cut down to produce more stems. So they’re all pretty short. I have ordered some more Vallis.

Vallis

Vallis is a medium to high, background plant, it looks like long grass. Once this plant has settled it spreads its roots beneath the substrate and new ones pop up all over the place. I do like my tanks heavily planted so I’ll be allowing these plants to take over the tank. I’ll carry on planting. Using off cuttings of plants that grow too tall, until I get that really dense jungle look.

My major worry was transporting the fish and the tank from my parents home to my house. Luckily it was a very short distance. I was transporting the fish from their 64 litre tank, taking them to my house and putting them back in the same small tank while I set up their new larger tank. This is a quick summary of what I did in steps.

Step by step

  • Rip out all plants from the 64 litre set up tank and put them in a bucket. I did this so I could easily catch the fish without them hiding, or ruining the plants with the net.
  • Removed the fish with the net and put them in a bucket, without plants or decorations in the tank this was made easier.
  • Removed water and put that in a bucket . I removed just one bucket full to keep and place back in once the tank was moved.
  • Removed all equipment like the filter and heater and transported all of this separately to my new home in the car.
  • Removed all gravel from the tank so I could reuse it in the new larger one.
  • Took some filter media from the tanks filter to add to a smaller filter that would go back into the tank.
  • Added the fish to this bare bottom tank (their original 64 litre) with just the heater and filter. All the plants and gravel were still sat in a bucket awaiting the new tank.
  • Started setting up the new tank with the gravel and plants I took out of my old tank.
  • Added the external canister filter I previously had, added a new second external filter and filled the tank up after the plants and gravel were in.
  • Once the water warmed up, I introduced my fish to their new home.

I will be looking at getting more fish. The new tank with the huge amount of filtration I have running on it, can accommodate a lot of fish.

I’m thinking of getting a larger shoal of Tetras, maybe Lemon Tetras or Diamond Tetras. As well as 6 more Panda Corys and maybe a pair of Apistogrammas.

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