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unissuh
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PostPosted: 2010.08.14(Sat)23:03    Post subject: Bookshelf display tanks (1/4) Reply with quote

Due to various reasons, I decided to shut down my nano-reef and convert the tank back to freshwater. Following on from my topic in Freshwater Basics here, I think I've decided on what to put into it and so am starting a journal of my planned Corydoras tank-to-be.

Various specs:
Tank - AquaOne rimless, braceless, 50 cm x 29 cm x 29 cm (L x W x H), 42L
Filter - AquaClear 70 for the moment, looking into a nano canister
Lighting - Planned 2x Mort Bay ecoclip clip-on lamps (7w CFL or 3w LED each)
Heater - AquaOne 55w
Cooling - DIY computer fan

Planned fauna:
8-10x Microdevario kubotai
5-7x Corydoras habrosus
1-2x Otocinclus sp

Planned flora:
Cyperus helferi (if I can ever find some)
US Fissidens
Needle-leaf java fern
Anubias nana?
E. tenellus?
Amazon frogbit?

Still right at the start of putting things together, but hopefully it should be up and running soon. Very Happy

Pre-cycling my filter in anticipation:


Replacing the very scratched black signwriter's vinyl for the background:


Current status:

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PostPosted: 2010.08.15(Sun)1:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Can't wait!
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PostPosted: 2010.08.15(Sun)12:39    Post subject: Reply with quote

Its getting there!
What do you have in the tank you have the ac 70 on? The filter is as big as the tank Shocked
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unissuh
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PostPosted: 2010.08.15(Sun)12:55    Post subject: Reply with quote

Nothing, besides that random Anubias I couldn't find space for elsewhere. Laughing

It has a small internal filter and heater in it - just using it to cycle the AC70 before I fill up the real tank.
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PostPosted: 2010.08.15(Sun)15:35    Post subject: Reply with quote

speaking of that picture of your gigantic filter.. I love the multiple uses textbooks seems to have... Laughing
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PostPosted: 2010.08.15(Sun)16:28    Post subject: Reply with quote

Looks like you trimmed the wood up a bit! It looks good! I'm pretty stoked to see what else you add to it. Smile
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PostPosted: 2010.08.15(Sun)21:42    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks guys. Theres so much expectation, I hope it doesn't turn out a total flop! Laughing
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PostPosted: 2010.08.16(Mon)3:41    Post subject: Reply with quote

unissuh wrote:
Thanks guys. Theres so much expectation, I hope it doesn't turn out a total flop! Laughing


Unlike some people! *looks at self in mirror giving disapproving look*


Are you going to have only cories, and then maybe have a few female bettas, or tetra?
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PostPosted: 2010.08.16(Mon)4:30    Post subject: Reply with quote

unissuh wrote:
Thanks guys. Theres so much expectation, I hope it doesn't turn out a total flop! Laughing


Laughing Laughing Quit making such great tanks and we'll have lower expectations!

But seeing as how you picked out the coolest piece of wood ever... I don't think it'll be a flop. Rolling Eyes Laughing
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PostPosted: 2010.08.16(Mon)9:10    Post subject: Reply with quote

Caton wrote:
Unlike some people! *looks at self in mirror giving disapproving look*

Are you going to have only cories, and then maybe have a few female bettas, or tetra?


I wouldn't call you or your tanks are a total flop... Razz

Planning on Microdevario kubotai for a mid-level fish - should be shiny enough to stop the Philistines from whining too much.

Having trouble with plant choices mainly.

Trying to figure out which of these planting plans to follow:

Cyperus helferi (back) & Needle leaf java fern (feature).

Positives: Good biomass, decent amount of plant cover for skittish fish
Negatives: Makes tank/wood appear smaller

Predominantly pygmy chain sword, mosses.

Positives: Makes tank appear larger
Negatives: Potentially poor biomass, not much plant cover

What do you guys think? Taking suggestions for other plans too (as long as they're low light plant compatible, no Blyxa Razz).
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