IBC Indoor Pond

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  1. Tyl3r97

    Tyl3r97 Not so new Member

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    So latest project for me is a new enclosure for my Sawshell Turtle

    I’ve cut the IBC down to 750mm so will be 700mm water height, holding roughly around 780L of water. Dimensions are 1200x1000x780(700 water height)

    Set up an old Aqua one 1200lph filter with a 380lph internal filter from an older tank that I shut down this morning to get the good bacteria cycling in the tank while I wait for my 10,000lph filter to show up (should be next week).

    Will add some fish in there next week as well some plants for more added bacteria, I’ll also run the 2 smaller filters with the bigger one while I’m waiting for the bigger filter to grow beneficial bacteria within it. Hopefully this will speed up the cycling process.

    I’ll be building an above tank basking area that will be roughly 900x600 out of marine ply, sealed with pond sealant. Will also have a glass window on the open side for viewing. Not sure on what I’m going to use for the ramp in order to stop him from escaping just yet, ideas would be good! :)

    3.5 bags of bunnings play sand later (washed thoroughly - IT TOOK FOREVER LOL) and this is where I’m at at the moment. Will be taking progress photos so other people on here have an idea of how I have built it if they wish to take on a similar progress.

    Now to figure out what to use for the lids in order to let the UV from the lights to be able to work properly. I was thinking timber frame with bunnings metal shelving (I’ve used it for my indoor tanks without the timber frame and it works perfectly).

    I may also have to build up the side of the IBC depending on how I build the ramp for the basking area, but we will see how I go.

    Really looking forward to seeing how this turns out!

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    Hi mate, be sure to put some calgrit in with that sand.
     
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    Hi mate, just waiting on my next trip to enfield pet and produce to pick some up
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    Filter come yesterday, and I’ve started to plant the IBC so that there is plenty of vegetation for him when he moves in (which won’t last long anyway )

    fish and cal grit are next up

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