Hello Everyone, 1st time poster here. First I just want to say thanks to Joey for all the great videos! I just discovered your channel recently and been binge watching them. They are so helpful and inspiriational!
I've been in the hobby for about 10 years now and had as many as 3 aquariums at once.
I'm in need of some guidance in several areas so here goes.
Freshwater, heavily planted Using an off the shelf 60 gallon cube (I believe Marineland 24"^3) from LFS
1) viewable from all 4 sides
2) Use some sort of diy sump or canister filter underneath. Preferably sump so I can have as much equipment as possible out of the tank. This will be my first sump as I've only used HOB and sponge filters.
3) Since my wife LOVES to rearrange the furniture and we have oak floors, put the stand on wheels. Before you try to convince me otherwise I'm not the first to do this. There are several videos on youtube of people who have put wheels on larger tanks.
4) Quiet, I mean not louder than typical sponge filter setup.
Where I am so far:
1-2) I wish to have 3 pipes: 1 return, 1 intake, 1 backup intake located in the center of the aquarium. My lfs said I could use a 9x9 weir box but would lose quite a bit of space (I calculate about 8 gallons), or I could run straight pipes with no box. A third idea I had could be to build a small weir box to mount/silicone to the pipes near the surface. The smallest, simplest, and most ecinomical, would be straight pipes. If I cap the inlet with a slotted cap/spounge, would that be adequite to keep fish out or would the suction be to much? Also, how much space do I need between each hole? How risky is it to drill your own hole? The video makes it look easy, but I'd hate to crack the glass on a $200 aquarium.
3) Here are my current plans for the frame of the stand done in sketchup. I'm planning to use 2x4s milled down to 1x3s (probably more like 1x3.25). I figure that with a 20 gallon sump I would be looking at around 800lbs or so total, so 4, 4" casters rated 250lbs each should do the trick. Current plan has 2 straight casters mounted at the edges, 2 swivel casters with brakes mounted somewhat in so I can hide the casters with trim the outside. The circles around the casters represent the caster's approximate range of motion. I'd like to keep the stand's footprint as small as possible. I would appreciate any feedback on the plans for the stand. (Unfortunately I can't post a link to my sketchup plans since I don't have enough posts....)
I'm not planning to have a canopy. Lighting, probably a pair of 24" led strips, maybe finnex 24/7s. I'm undecided how to hide the cable. Probably try to rig something to attach the cable to one of the outside corners of the tank.
4) I'm between a submerged sump, trickle tower, or possibly a large canister. The tower would be cheaper and likely have a smaller footprint. This would be a benefit since you'll see in the plans that a 20 gallon tall barely fits underneath; however, I'm concerned about the noise of the water trickling down in a trickle tower. How loud are they compared to a submerged sump? If I go with the 20 gallon tall sump, I'll definitely do submerged. A 5 gallon bucket canister is also appealing, but I want the auto top off sumps provide, and am concerned about the lack of surface skimming you get with a canister.
Co2) Currently, I don't plan to do co2, but after watching the diy video on it and noting the cost and annoyance of daily doses of Flourish excel, I'd like to have the option of adding co2 later. I'm wondering if I could put in a 4th pipe through the bottom to allow me to run air lines/co2 lines in the future?